Computer-Based Physical Activity Advice for Ethnic Minority Aging Adults

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Despite the recognized health benefits of a physically active lifestyle, mid-life and older low-income and ethnic minority adults, including Hispanic Americans, are among the least active and understudied groups in the U.S. This research aims to develop and evaluate a bi-lingual physical activity promotion program, applying easy to use state-of-the-art computer technology, which is tailored to the preferences and needs of mid-life and older Latino adults. Such computer-based programs represent a potentially low-cost means for reaching the large proportion of low-income and ethnic minority Americans who are under-active.

Official Title

Computer-Based Physical Activity Advice for Ethnic Minority Aging Adults

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 55 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: ALL
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. 1. Spanish or English-speaking Latino men or women 2. Greater than or equal to 55 years of age 3. No plans to move within the next year 4. Inactive (have not engaged in moderate-intensity or more vigorous physical activity, \> 3 days per week for at least 20 min per day) within last 6-months 5. Able to participate in study intervention and assessments at the community-based location 6. Willing to be randomly assigned to either study arm (Year 02)
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. 1. Any medical condition or disorder that would limit participation in moderate intensity physical activity (such as sustained walking), including life-threatening disorders, myocardial ischemia, and major functional disabilities in the orthopedic area 2. Not stable on their medications, including hormone replacement therapy, for 3 months 3. Severe depressive symptomatology (score \> 16 on the 18-item Spanish version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale \[CES-D\]); English version used when indicated 4. Gross levels of dementia (score\< 23 on the Folstein Mini-Mental State Exam) 5. Inability to complete a face-to-face training session with the embodied conversational agent (ECA) program


Abby C. King

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Leslie Pruitt