Best-practice physical activity programs for older adults: findings from the national impact study

  • Hughes S
  • Seymour R
  • Campbell R
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OBJECTIVES: We assessed the impact of existing best-practice physical activity programs for older adults on physical activity participation and health-related outcomes. METHODS: We used a multisite, randomized trial with 544 older adults (mean age 66 years) and measures at baseline, 5, and 10 months to test the impact of a multiple-component physical activity program compared with results for a control group that did not participate in such a program. RESULTS: For adults who participated in a multiple-component physical activity program, we found statistically significant benefits at 5 and 10 months with regard to self-efficacy for exercise adherence over time (P < .001), adherence in the face of barriers (P = .01), increased upper- and lower-body strength (P = .02, P = .01), and exercise participation (P = .01). CONCLUSIONS: Best-practice community-based physical activity programs can measurably improve aspects of functioning that are risk factors for disability among older adults. US public policy should encourage these inexpensive health promotion programs

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  • 80 and over
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Strength
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Risk
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Efficacy
  • United States
  • Universities
  • methods

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  • PMID: 19059858


  • S L Hughes

  • R B Seymour

  • R T Campbell

  • N Whitelaw

  • T Bazzarre

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