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Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181fee69e
Original Article

From Research to Practice: EnhanceFitness, an Innovative Community-Based Senior Exercise Program

Belza, Basia PhD, RN, FAAN; Snyder, Susan MS; Thompson, Meghan; LoGerfo, James MD, MPH, FACP

Section Editor(s): Lewis, Carole B. DPT, PT, GTC, GCS, MSG, MPA, PhD, FAPTA; Editor

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Successful health promotion and disease prevention efforts require not only the development of evidence-based programs but also the broad dissemination of those programs. In this article, we trace the development and dissemination of an evidence-based exercise program for older adults, EnhanceFitness (EF). We summarize its effectiveness, describe its adoption by partners, and highlight best practices related to program maintenance. We organize the article around a program planning and evaluation framework called RE-AIM. The EF enterprise remains robust because of its scientific evidence (it works), easy replicability, low-cost, strong advocates, timely technical assistance, and affiliation with an academic partner.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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