Outcomes of an exercise program for older women recruited through primary care

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Objectives: This study reports the social cognitive, health status, and health service use outcomes of an exercise intervention among women over 50 years of age. Methods: A random sample of patients was drawn from two primary care centers that serve a predominantly low-income and African American population. After provider screen, 412 women were eligible and invited to participate in the study. Of these, 123 participated and 1-year follow-up data are available for 72 participants. Results: Participants were more likely to be African American and had a higher average body weight than nonparticipants. Perceived health was the only variable that differed by adherence group at baseline. At 1 year, differences were apparent for body weight, body mass index, hip and waist circumference, triceps skinfold, and exercise self-esteem. The no-adherence group got worse, whereas the moderate adherence group improved. Discussion: These data suggest that even suboptimal adherence to moderate-intensity exercise can yield health benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-585
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2003


  • African American
  • Exercise
  • Older adults
  • Physical activity
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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