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Feasibility and outcomes of a multilevel place-based walking intervention for seniors: a pilot study.

  • Author(s): Rosenberg, Dori
  • Kerr, Jacqueline
  • Sallis, James F
  • Patrick, Kevin
  • Moore, David J
  • King, Abby
  • et al.
Abstract

This pilot study tested the feasibility and acceptability of a novel multilevel walking intervention for older adults in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The intervention included site-specific walking route maps, pedometers, and individualized goal setting. Pedometers were worn for self-monitoring and for the primary outcome (steps per day). Surveys at pre- and post-intervention assessed daily activities, benefits, barriers, route use, quality of life, and satisfaction. Steps per day were very low at baseline and increased significantly at post-test. The findings indicate that a multilevel site-specific intervention is feasible and acceptable for increasing steps among seniors living in a CCRC.

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