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Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice


Hills, AP and Arena, R and Khunti, K and Yajnik, CS and Jayawardena, R and Henry, CJ and Street, SJ and Soares, MJ and Misra, A, Retirement village physical activity and nutrition intervention process evaluation: Informing practice, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Article Epub ahead of print. ISSN 2213-8587 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30204-3


Objective: This process evaluation aimed to determine participantsí perceptions of the strategies utilised in a six‐month intervention that set out to improve physical activity and nutrition in retirement village (RV) residents.

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from intervention participants residing in 17 RVs located in Perth, Western Australia, via self‐report questionnaires (n = 139) and semi‐structured interviews (n = 16).

Results: Intervention resources were moderately useful and suitable. Program ambassadors were encouraging (86%), but more frequent, and more direct, contact were preferred. The main reason for withdrawing from the program was health‐related conditions (aches, pains, injuries).

Conclusion: This study provides evidence that the intervention was reasonably appropriate for older adults residing in RVs. Program ambassadors were well accepted, a successful strategy that should be considered for future interventions in RVs. Increased face‐to‐face engagement was preferred, but such an approach will require greater investment. The findings contribute to a small research base concerned with health behaviour interventions in RVs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aged Health Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
UTAS Author:Street, SJ (Dr Steven Street)
ID Code:129256
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-11-20
Last Modified:2018-11-20

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