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Characteristics of local ymcas who are early adopters of a senior exercise program

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:42 a.m.

Marlana Kohn, MPH, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, PhD, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Christina Miyawaki, MSW, MA, Health Promotion Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Katherine Hohman, MPH, Healthy Living Department, YMCA of the USA, Washington, DC
Objective: EnhanceFitness ® (EF) is an evidence-based and community-delivered group exercise program that helps older adults maintain health and physical function. A novel partnership between Senior Services (Seattle, Washington) and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the national resource office for Ys in the U.S., could yield promise in improving population health. The purpose of this study was to determine participant and site characteristics at Y sites that offered EF from 2005-2011 to inform EF dissemination. Method: We analyzed data from Y sites who either currently offer, or had previously offered EF. Analyses included descriptive statistics of participant baseline demographics and physical function tests. Parametric and non-parametric tests were performed. Census data was collected to assess demographic characteristics of the communities. Results: Since 2005, 101 Y sites have offered EF to 2,322 participants in 16 states, including 65 active Y sites (n=1824 participants) and 36 formerly active Y sites (n=498 participants). Participants were, on average, 72 years old. When compared to age and gender norms, 74%, 52% and 32% of participants met or exceeded standards for Arm Curl, Chair Stand, and 8-Foot Up-and-Go, respectively. Active sites were located in areas with lower percent white population, higher percent foreign-born, and slightly higher poverty. Conclusion: Nationally-networked community organizations provide an ideal partner for Senior Services to improve wide dissemination of EF into underserved communities. Understanding characteristics of EF participants and Y sites will inform the national dissemination of EF through the Y network.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Describe participant and site characteristics at Y of USA sites that offered EnhanceFitness from 2005-2011.

Keyword(s): Aging, Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the primary research scientist on this work. My research is focused on aging and physical activity, and disseminating evidence-based programs in community settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.