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Promoting Physical Activity

Current Studies

Physical Therapists Recommending EnhanceFitness to Expand Reach (PT-REFER) HPRC is partnering with the national YMCA on a five-year core research project. The goal of the project is to design and evaluate a new system to increase recommendations by physical therapists to an accessible and effective group physical activity program offered at the YMCA. Read more.

Program Interventions

HPRC works with community organizations that reach and promote healthy levels of physical activity to large numbers of older adults through effective programs and policies.

EnhanceFitness (EF). This community-based exercise program was developed collaboratively by HPRC and our community partners, Senior Services and Group Health. HPRC is the organizational lead for EF research and evaluation.

EF is an example of how we work to bring research to practice. Investigators and staff serve on the EF Advisory Committee, speak at annual trainer and instructor meetings, assist students and other investigators in conducting research on EF data, and disseminate EF findings through articles and presentations. HPRC also plays a key role in adapting EF for frailer older adults, ethnic and racial minorities, and people with cognitive impairment and chronic conditions, such as arthritis.

HPRC participates in EnhanceFitness training through presentations, development of new materials, and expert consultatons.

Belza B, Snyder S, Thompson M, LoGerfo J. EnhanceFitness, an Innovative Community-Based Senior Exercise Program. Topics in Geriatric Medicine. 2010 Oct-Dec;26(4):299-309. Abstract

Physical Activity for a Lifetime of Success (PALS). This research study tested a structured telephone support program to help sedentary older adults become more physically active.
Batik O, Phelan EA, Walwick JA, Wang G, LoGerfo JP. Translating a community-based motivational support program to increase physical activity among older adults with diabetes at community clinics: a pilot study of Physical Activity for a Lifetime of Success (PALS). Prev Chronic Dis. 2008 Jan;5(1):A18. Online article.

Southeast Seattle Physical Activity Network (SESPAN). This research study encouraged community-based organizations in Southeast Seattle to 1) make connections with each other to create new senior physical activity programs and 2) build a network of groups and organizations to assist in making larger-scale environmental and policy changes to increase senior physical activity.
Cheadle A, Egger R, LoGerfo JP, Walwick J, Schwartz S. A community-organizing approach to promoting physical activity in older adults: the southeast senior physical activity network. Health Promot Pract. 2010 Mar;11(2):197-204. Abstract.

Workplace Solutions. The workplace is a primary location for promoting physical activity among working adults. HPRC investigators are working with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to develop and test dissemination of a workplace health promotion initiative, Workplace Solutions, to large and smaller employers.

Coalitions and Partnerships

HPRC collaborates with partners to develop policies, programs, and social and physical environments that promote physical activity for older adults.

Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP). HPRC is an active member (and member of the steering committee) of this King County coalition and participates in its projects that promote physical activity among older adults.

Washington Alliance for Healthy Aging (WAHA). HPRC actively participates in meetings of this state-level group, which focuses on promoting the dissemination of research, best practices, and strategies for healthy aging.

See a list of all of our projects.