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Factors associated with enrollment of older adults into a physical activity promotion program.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of aging and health
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
1
Pages
96–113
Identifiers
PMID: 10160566
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article investigates the extent to which a proactive two-phased recruitment approach resulted in recruitment of a representative sample of older adults from two lower income congregate housing facilities into a physical activity promotion program. Enrollees were similar to nonenrollees with respect to education, gender, marital status, race/ethnicity, self-rated health, physical functioning, psychological distress, exercise frequency, level of social contact, having a confidant, use of alcohol, and smoking status. However, enrollees were younger, more likely to speak English as a primary language, less likely to be completely sedentary, and more likely to be overweight. Overall, 21% of the target population were recruited into the program. Recruitment strategies such as those used in this study appeared to enable enrollment of a reasonably representative sample of a small well-defined population.

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