Physical activity counseling for older women

Cindy Costanzo, Susan Noble Walker, Bernice C. Yates, Barbara McCabe, Kris Berg

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Abstract

Physical inactivity is a major factor in increasing women's risk for chronic disease, disability, and premature mortality. This study compared the effectiveness of five behavioral counseling (BC) sessions with a comparison group receiving one BC session based on the five A's (ask, advise, assist, arrange, and agree) to increase moderate-intensity physical activity, muscle strengthening, and stretching activity. The health promotion model provided the framework for the intervention. A pretest/posttest comparison group design was used, with random assignment of 46 women recruited from an urban midwestern community. A significant group interaction was found only for cardiorespiratory fitness (p <.001). Significant time effects were found (p <.001) for both groups in increasing handgrip, leg strength, and flexibility. BC is a promising intervention to achieve physical activity behavior change with older women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-801
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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Counseling
Exercise
Premature Mortality
Health Promotion
Leg
Chronic Disease
Muscles
Cardiorespiratory Fitness

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Physical activity counseling for older women. / Costanzo, Cindy; Walker, Susan Noble; Yates, Bernice C.; McCabe, Barbara; Berg, Kris.

In: Western Journal of Nursing Research, Vol. 28, No. 7, 11.2006, p. 786-801.

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Costanzo, Cindy ; Walker, Susan Noble ; Yates, Bernice C. ; McCabe, Barbara ; Berg, Kris. / Physical activity counseling for older women. In: Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2006 ; Vol. 28, No. 7. pp. 786-801.
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