Friday, July 30, 2010

Healthways and n4a Diabetes Demonstration Project Supports Improved Well-Being for Seniors

“Healthways, Inc. and National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) today announced the results of a recent diabetes demonstration project exploring the benefits of exercise in helping seniors manage chronic conditions and improve overall health. The n4a/Healthways Diabetes Demonstration Project included a customized 12-week Healthways fitness program geared towards seniors with diabetes. The program found that two-thirds of the demonstration project participants felt their health was much better or somewhat better at the conclusion of the program. Following the 12-week program, participants were more likely to rate their health as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ (39 percent post-program vs. 28 percent pre-program). Also notable, at the start of the program, 29 percent of participants reported physical pain associated with exercise versus 17 percent upon completion of the study. Participants also reported moderate shifts towards healthier eating, including increased intake of fruits and vegetables and moderate improvements in their functional fitness.”

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