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Dissemination and Implementation of EnhancedFitness in YMCA-Affiliated Sites: The Early Adopters’ Experience
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wider dissemination of evidence-based health promotion programs relies on developing, implementing and testing effective strategies. EnhanceFitness ® (EF) is an evidence-based and community-delivered group exercise program for older adults. From 2005-2011 over 100 YMCA-affiliated (Y) sites adopted and offered EF. Using the RE-AIM framework, this symposium examines the strategies used by Y sites to deploy EF. The presenters will introduce YMCA of the USA’s organizational approach to advancing a healthy aging agenda, including dissemination of EF; summarize findings from 52 phone interviews conducted with EF participants and instructors, and Y staff; and identify key lessons learned that will inform the subsequent national dissemination of EF by YMCA of the USA to 2,600 Y-affiliated sites. Given a rapidly aging society and the multiple benefits of physical activity, this symposium is timely and consequential because of the significant role that evidence-based programs play in health promotion. Dissemination lessons from early adopters of EF can inform dissemination efforts more broadly, including other evidence-based programs.
Session Objectives: Describe the role of YMCA of USA in promoting healthy aging.
Describe successful strategies to increase adoption, implementation, and maintenance of EnhanceFitness in YMCA-affiliated sites.
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Organized by: Aging & Public Health
Endorsed by: Chiropractic Health Care