"[As a participant of the LIFE Program I] worked at own pace and ability, [I enjoyed the] great guidance in the activity."
~LIFE 1 Participant~
The Living well through Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) Program is the first of its kind—a unique program led by younger adults that increases access for at-risk older rural populations to sustainable, low cost, physical acivity programming.
The LIFE Program consists of 6 weeks of exergaming and 16 weeks of wellness newsletters. Exergaming involves using video games that integrate game play with physical activity.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and researchers at ISU are evaluating the Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) program. The LIFE Program is a community-based intergenerational exergaming physical activity program for older adults. Exergaming, or video games with integrated physical activity, is growing in popularity as a means of enhancing motivation and adherence to physical activity participation among older adults as well as improving quality of life and depressive symptoms. The LIFE Program (LIFE 1) was pilot tested at seven sites in Story County Iowa for effectiveness and a participant satisfaction; it was then revised based on participant and trainer feedback (LIFE 2).
Trained Extension and Outreach personnel, are and/or will begin implementing and evaluating the LIFE 2 Program in different rural counties around Iowa including: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Butler, Calhoun, Clayton, Davis, Decatur, Fremont, Ida, Iowa, Keokuk, Louisa, Lyon, Pocahontas, Ringgold, Sac, Taylor, Van Buren, Wayne, and Worth.
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