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2012

Helping Older Adults to Initiate Exercise Habits

Researchers

  • Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Senior Fellow, by courtesy
  • Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)

The aims of this seed were to 1) assemble a longitudinal dataset by collecting information on individuals’ exercise patterns in the post-commitment contract period, as data on their demographics, randomization to contract duration suggestions, contract choices, and exercise patterns during their contracts have previously been collected, and 2) assess whether longer commitment contracts and consequently more exercise during the contract period increases the formation of exercise habits in the post-contract period and whether this effect is differential in older adults who face more immediate health risks from continued sedentary lifestyles. Data collection has been completed and the researchers are currently finalizing their analysis and write-up of findings. Preliminary findings have been presented in Oslo at international meetings sponsored by the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen.

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