Active for Life: Final Results from the Translation of Two Physical Activity Programs

This translational study of Active for Life (AFL), an evidence-based physical activity program for older adults, illustrates the effectiveness of this program in range of real-world settings.

What researchers found: Older adults who participated in the six-month telephone-based Active Choices program and those in the 20-week group-based Active Living Every Day (ALED) program experienced increased total physical activity, increased satisfaction over time with body appearance and function, and decreases in Body Mass Index. Depressive symptoms and perceived stress also decreased among ALED participants.

Why we chose this publication: This article provides evidence for community-based organizations and policy-makers on how they can implement AFL programs in a range of real-world settings among diverse older adults. These researchers also present a model for how to translate and evaluate evidence-based programs in the community.

What researchers studied: These researchers evaluated the effectiveness of Active Choices and ALED by examining changes over time for each program. From 2003 through 2007, survey data on physical activity patterns, depressive symptoms, stress and body satisfaction was collected from participants in both programs.

Publication information:
"Active for Life: Final Results from the Translation of Two Physical Activity Programs"

Wilcox S, Dowda M, Leviton LC, Barlett-Prescott J, Bazzarre T, Campbell-Voytal K, Carpenter RA, Castro CM, Dowdy D, Dunn AL, Griffin SF, Guerra M, King AC, Ory MG, Rheaume C, Tobnick J, Wegley S
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(4): 340–351, October 2008.