"[The LIFE program] gave me lots of good ideas with the little newsletters— [I] saved them and read them all the time."
~LIFE 1 Participant~
Intro to LIFE
Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness & Exercise
The LIFE Program was created by an interdisciplinary team made up of an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach nutrition specialist, 4-H program specialist, developmental psychologist, and an exercise physiologist.
The LIFE Program is an research-based health program developed around the Whole Person Wellness Model (WPWM). The LIFE Program focuses on reaching four of the six WPWM dimensions: physical, emotional, intellectual, and social.
The theory-based LIFE program aims to connect the generations, improving aging perceptions in young adult trainers while providing socialization for the older adult participants.
The LIFE Program is a physical activity program that uses low-impact, moderate activities guided by the exergaming tool, Kinect®. It has two main parts:
On-site physical activity (for 8 weeks)
Follow-up newsletters (for 16 weeks)
- Learn More
- Getting Started
- "How To"
- Contact Us
Sarah L. Francis, PhD, MHS, RD
Did You Know?
The LIFE Program can increase access for at-risk older rural populations to sustainable, low cost, physical activity programming.