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ERIC Number: EJ793856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Sustainable Participation in Regular Exercise amongst Older People: Developing an Action Research Approach
Davies, Jeanne; Lester, Carolyn; O'Neill, Martin; Williams, Gareth
Health Education Journal, v67 n1 p45-55 2008
Objective: This article describes the Triangle Project's work with a post industrial community, where healthy living activities were developed in response to community members' expressed needs. Method: An action research partnership approach was taken to reduce health inequalities, with local people developing their own activities to address health and well being issues. At the instigation of older women attending a community consultation, a low intensity exercise class was started. Baseline details including weight, self-assessed fitness and mobility problems were recorded. The class branched out into social activities including healthy eating, walks and outings; members controlling the pace and content of both class and spin-off activities via continuous feedback and discussion with the Triangle researcher. Two evaluation events were held using a focus group format. Findings: Barriers to regular participation are discussed, together with the achievement of a sustainable fitness group with evidence of health improvement in an initially "unfit" group. Social aspects were highly valued by participants and contributed to sustainability of the class, which is now run by members without external input. Limitations: Though activities appeared to be sustainable when the Triangle Project ended, no longer term follow-up has been possible due to cessation of funding. Implications: Projects aiming to achieve sustainability should build in provision for longer term follow-up. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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