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PCD News Summary for February 2, 2017

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Shared Use of Physical Activity Facilities Among North Carolina Faith Communities, 2013

Melissa Newton

A study of North Carolina faith communities showed that many are opening up their spaces for shared use, including physical activity, which could encourage public health practitioners to expand or enhance faith community partnerships. In 2013, North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the North Carolina Council of Churches collaborated to assess whether faith communities were opening up their spaces to allow the surrounding community to use them for physical activity. This study, the first to look at shared use among faith communities, showed that nearly 83 percent of faith communities were opening up their spaces for shared use, including physical activity. Faith communities in the wealthiest counties were more likely to share their spaces than were those in poorer counties. The most common barriers to shared use included faith communities not knowing how to initiate the process of sharing their facilities and outside groups not initiating conversations about sharing with faith communities.

A Home-Based Exercise Program Driven by Tablet Application and Mobility Monitoring for Frail Older Adults: Feasibility and Practical Implications

Melissa Newton

Frail older adults provided with regular coaching and a stable Internet connection could benefit from home-based video exercise programs combined with a mobility-monitoring sensor. Community-dwelling older adults living in The Netherlands were recruited in 2014 to participate in an exercise study supported by a sensor and tablet application. Participants exercised three months with and three months without supervision from a remote coach. A necklace-worn sensor monitored adherence to video exercises. Participants received tailored feedback on their adherence and daily activity delivered automatically by the system. Adherence overall was 60.9 percent. Adherence to the home-based exercise program proved to be mostly dependent upon stability of the system and internet connectivity. This program shows promise for stimulating physical activity among older frail adults, especially if it offers regular coaching.


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