We describe a program model designed to achieve high adherence, a major problem for work-site exercise/fitness programs. Our model is a 6-month program consisting of 15 1-hour program meetings, with participants exercising on their own time four times per week. Procedures employed to enhance adherence are contracting, group competition, monitoring, and social support. This program model has been applied nine times. One hundred fifty-nine university employees took part in the initial test with a dropout rate of 9% (15 persons). The average adherence rate for nondropouts was 98%, which is higher than rates usually reported in the literature. Adherence was defined as exercising four times a week.
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