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A pilot study combining Go4Life® materials with an interactive voice response system to promote physical activity in older women.

  • Author(s): Saquib, Juliann
  • King, Abby C
  • Castro, Cynthia M
  • Tinker, Lesley F
  • Sims, Stacy
  • Shikany, James M
  • Bea, Jennifer W
  • Lacroix, Andrea Z
  • Van Horn, Linda
  • Stefanick, Marcia L
  • et al.
Abstract

Telephone-based interactive voice response (IVR) systems could be an effective tool for promotion of physical activity among older women. To test IVR feasibility, we enrolled 30 older women in a 10-week physical activity intervention designed around National Institute on Aging (NIA) Go4Life® educational materials with IVR coaching. Participants (mean age = 76 years) significantly increased physical activity by a mean 79 ± 116 (SD) minutes/week (p < .001). Participants reported that the Go4Life® materials, pedometer, and IVR coaching (70% reported easy technology) were useful tools for change. This pilot study demonstrates IVR acceptability as an evidence-based physical activity program for older women.

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