Evaluation of Active for Life: Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older

The Foundation's program, Active for Life: Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older, was designed to increase the number of American adults age 50 and older who engage in regular physical activity. The purpose of this project is to award grants to community grantees to implement two evidence-based programs that have been found to encourage physical activity in people over 50. Under this grant, an evaluation team will study the process by which the community grantees adapt these models to their own local situations and resources. The evaluation team will also work with grantees to prepare for a rigorous evaluation of program outcomes. The evaluation team will work with the Active for Life National Program Office and the model developers to document adaptations of the models that are, and are not, acceptable modifications. They will track implementation over time and write a report documenting implementation. This project will be considered successful if, in the process of grantee selection, the field gains a better understanding of community agencies that can and cannot implement the evidence-based models. In addition, the project will be a contribution if it informs the field of physical activities about adaptations that make the research-to-practice linkage. Finally, the project will be a success if it creates the conditions for a rigorous study of program outcomes in community-based settings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $740,606.00

Awarded on: 1/28/2002

Time frame: 2/1/2002 - 10/31/2006

Grant Number: 43723


University of South Carolina Research Foundation

901 Sumter Street
Columbia, 29208-0001


Sara Wilcox
Project Director