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Active Living Every Day

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Developed by: Cooper Institute.

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Phone: 1- 800-747-4457 ext 2522;


Active Living Every Day (ALED) uses facilitated group-based problem solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living.

Developed by behavioral scientists at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX, and offered through a partnership with Human Kinetics, this comprehensive program utilizes the Active Living Every Day (ALED) book and offers optional online support resources for participants and facilitators. The ALED program is flexible. It can be offered independently or with existing community-based physical activity programs.

Supporting Evidence:

A randomized, clinical trial was conducted with 235 participants to compare the 24-month intervention effects of a lifestyle physical activity program with traditional structured exercise. It measured improvements in physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Both the lifestyle and structured activity groups had significant and comparable improvements in physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness from baseline to 24 months.

Subsequent Research:

A subsequent study was conducted to translate the program into practice within a community setting

Four community-based organizations implemented Active Choices, a six-month, telephone-based program, and five implemented Active Living Every Day, a 20-week, group-based program. Both programs emphasize behavioral skills necessary to become more physically active.

Participants completed pretest and posttest surveys. Participants (n=838) were aged an average of 68.4 ±9.4 years, 80.6% were women, and 64.1% were non-Hispanic White. Seventy-two percent returned posttest surveys. Intent-to-treat analyses found the following:

  • Statistically significant increases in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and total physical activity.
  • Decreases in depressive symptoms and stress.
  • Increases in satisfaction with body appearance and function.
  • Decreases in body mass index.


Dunn AL, Marcus BH, Kampert JB, Garcia ME, Kohl HW, Blair SN. Comparison of Lifestyle and Structured Interventions to Increase Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness: A Randomized Trial. JAMA. (1999) 281 (4): 327-334. [Online]:

Wilcox, S, Dowda M,Griffin SF, Rheaume C, Ory MG, Leviton L, King AC, Dunn A, Buchner DM, Bazzarre T, Estabrooks PA, Campbell-Voytal K, Bartlett-Prescott J, Dowdy D, Casto CM, Carpenter RA, Dzewaltowski DA, Mockenhaupt R. Results of the First Year of Active for Life: Translation of 2 Evidence-Based Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults Into Community Settings. Amer Journal of Public Health. (July 2006) 96 (7): 1201-1209. [Online]:


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