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

Mall Walking Walking has many health benefits and is highly accessible (requires no equipment or special attire and is free), adaptable (as it requires little to no skills or training), is appropriate for all fitness levels, is modifiable for all levels of mobility (slow vs. fast, using assistive device, with a disability), and adjustable in frequency, intensity, duration. Mall walking programs promote active aging by reducing the common barriers to physical activity among midlife and older adults. Malls provide climate controlled areas to walk, have on-site security personnel, flat and well lit paths, and provide social support through the presence of other walkers. HPRC developed Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide which underscores the health benefits of walking, highlights the features and benefits of mall walking programs that make them particularly appropriate for the aging population, and provides practical information for planning, implementing and evaluating mall walking programs.

Workplace Health The workplace is a primary location for promoting physical activity among working adults. Our workplace health programs, Workplace Solutions and HealthLinks, include physical activity components.

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Our Vision...

A world of physically active older adults.

Selected articles on physical activity

Selected presentations on physical activity

Related tools and products

Physical Activity Investigators

Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN
Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, PhD
Lesley Steinman, MPH, MSW

Selected Resources

Watch a video about EnhanceFitness

EnhanceFitness and EnhanceWellness

CDC's EnhanceFitness and Arthritis video