Participants sought for research study to promote healthy aging

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

Researchers in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies are seeking men and women who want to become more physically active to participate in a research study about how to promote one’s own healthy aging.

AgingPlus-webThe research study will test the effectiveness of a new program called AgingPlus, which was designed around the idea that it’s never too early (or too late!) to improve the chances of growing old(er) in good health. Plenty of research has shown that physical activity is the most promising non-pharmacological, non-invasive and cost-effective method to promote healthy aging. Therefore, the AgingPlus program provides education, motivation and support to individuals who want to take a more active role in shaping their own healthy aging by becoming more physically active.

Participation in this program is free of charge and involves a two-month commitment. In Month 1, participants will receive information each week about healthy aging. Through a random assignment process, participants are selected to either receive information by mail at home, or to attend four weekly informational classes in a small-group setting. In Month 2, each person will be working toward a personalized physical activity goal — a goal that fits in with the participant’s lifestyle, schedule and preferred activities. Participants will also have weekly supportive phone calls with the research team during Month 2. These phone calls are designed to increase the likelihood that physical activity can become a daily habit and can lead to a lasting change in lifestyle.

You may be eligible if you are mostly sedentary (physically active two days per week or less), you want a more active lifestyle and you are age 50 or older. The program will be offered in January, February and March. The program is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register, please call (970) 491-5001.

CSU IRB Protocol #13-4679H

CSU University Communications Staff