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Developed by: University of Illinois at Chicago
Program Administrator: Sue Hughes,
Year Program First Implemented: 1996

Overview:

Fit and Strong! combines flexibility, strength training and aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA).  Fit & Strong! works with providers across the country to deliver an eight-week program that improves lower extremity stiffness, lower extremity pain, lower extremity strength, aerobic capacity, participation in exercise and caloric expenditure, and self-efficacy for exercise.

Supporting Evidence: 

A randomized, controlled trial was conducted with 80 participants. Relative to the persons in the control group, individuals who participated in the exercise program experienced a statistically significant improvement in exercise efficacy, a 48.5% increase in exercise adherence, and a 13.3% increase in 6-min distance walk that were accompanied by significant decreases in lower extremity stiffness at 2 and 6 months. Program participants also experienced a significant decrease in lower extremity pain and a borderline significant improvement in efficacy to adhere to exercise over time at 6 months (p =.052). In contrast, persons in the control group deteriorated over time on the efficacy and adherence measures and showed no change on the other measures. No adverse health effects were encountered.

Reference:  

Hughes SL, Seymour RB, Campbell R, Pollak N, Huber G, Sharma L. Impact of the Fit and Strong Intervention on Older Adults With Osteoarthritis. The Gerontologist. (2004) 44 (2):217-228. [Online]: http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/2/217.abstract.

 

 

 

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