The idiom “money talks” refers to using money to persuade people or buy something. Would money talk loud enough to motivate older adults to walk?
STUDY: In-person interviews were conducted with 1,000 people 50 years and older in Singapore. Participants answered questions about their levels of physical activity and attitudes toward walking. They selected from 10 options describing a six-month group walking program.
After 12 months, people who had been advised by the automated system achieved about the same physical activity levels as those with the human advisor.
Among employers in the United States who offer benefits, 77% offered at least one wellness program in 2013 (Kaiser Family Foundation ). http://kff.org/private-insurance/report/2013-employer-health-benefits/ Common among the wellness benefits were exercise and weight loss programs.
A group of 32 people, ages 25-65 years, who were physically inactive were given a “compact elliptical device” to use while they were sitting watching television or working at an office. Accelerometers were attached to the elliptical trainers to measure how often the ellipticals were used.
People with cardiac ischemia have restricted blood flow caused by narrowed arteries, which results in less blood and oxygen circulating to the heart.
A group of 200 women, ages 45-64 years old, were asked about their current levels of physical activity, what motivated them to be active, and their plans for the future.
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