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Evaluation of Active Living Every Day (ALED) Among People With Arthritis

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Project Description

Evidence has shown that regular moderate-intensity physical activity improves symptoms and function in persons with arthritis. A 20-week behavior-based, lifestyle activity program was developed by the Cooper Institute, Brown University, and Human Kinetics to help people with sedentary lifestyles become and stay physically active. In the general population, this program, Active Living Every Day (ALED), has been shown to be effective at improving cardiovascular disease risk factors, activity levels, and cardiorespiratory fitness while also being cost-effective compared to traditional facility-based programs. However, the current research supporting ALED has not evaluated specific benefits for people with arthritis. The primary goal of this study is to assess the effectiveness and feasibility of the Active Living Every Day Physical Activity Program (ALED) for people with arthritis.

Project Objectives

  • To demonstrate that the ALED program can increase physical activity and fitness levels among people with arthritis.
  • To demonstrate that the Active Living Every Day has arthritic-specific benefits such as decreasing pain and improving function.
  • To evaluate the feasibility of offering the Active Living Every Day program through the public health network.

Abstracts, Publications, Presentations

Callahan LF, Shreffler J, Mielenz T, Hootman J, Schwartz T, Brady T. The impact of a behavioral lifestyle program on physical activity in older adults with arthritis. 2nd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, April 13-16, 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Schoster B. A Qualitative Evaluation of Active Living Every Day in People with Arthritis, 2005 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 15, 2005, San Diego, CA.

Buysse K. Participant and Facilitator Reported Satisfaction with the Active Living Every Day Program, 2005 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 15, 2005, San Diego, CA.

Callahan LF, Schoster B, Hootman J, Brady T, Sally L, Donahue K, Mielenz T, Buysse K. Modifications to the Active Living Every Day (ALED) course for adults with arthritis. Prev Chronic Dis 2007;4(3):A58.

Callahan L. Lessons Learned: Implementing Community-Based Arthritis Self-Management Interventions, 2005 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, November 15, 2005, San Diego, CA.

Principal Investigator

Leigh Callahan, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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