Walk with Ease at isu
To avoid program interruptions due to the holiday season, we have paused new program enrollments at this time. If you are interested in joining our January cohort, we will be happy to accept your referral forms and will notify you when we begin again in mid-January!
8/7/2020 UPDATE - Due to social distancing guidelines, we are still unable to offer enrollment in the group-exercise version of Walk with Ease. However, we have modified the self-directed program to offer a "no-contact" version of the program to support enrollment while respecting concerns about participant health. For more information see below.
Walk with Ease at ISU is a structured walking program designed for adults aged 60 and older, available in partnership with the ISU Exercise Clinic. It was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and our team is working with CHPcommunity to support dissemination across the state. The local programming provided at ISU is set up as a research study to allow versions of the programming to be evaluated. Detailed information is provided in the Informed Consent document but summary Information is provided below.
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In light of social distancing guidelines, a new “no-contact” version of the Self-Directed version of WWE is now available to allow participants to enroll without having to meet with the research team. Study materials will be delivered by mail and all assessments will be completed online in the no-contact version to allow individuals to participate in the program without risking their health.
Walk with Ease is a 6 week program designed to help individuals establish regular patterns of walking. The program is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control as an evidence-based program for older adults. Participants in the study can choose from two formats but both are based on the same foundation and principles.
- Group Option: The group program option consists of 3 self-paced, one hour long walking sessions each week for 6 weeks, with a goal of increasing walking ability each week. Sessions are held at predetermined times and locations to help create a consistent walking routine and to allow interactions with peers and program leaders.
- Self-Directed Option: The self-directed program option provides the same included in the group sessions, but with the freedom to complete the walking sessions independently. Participants receive a guidebook with education content and are also given the opportunity to be guided by a trained student health coach to provide motivation and support.
The program is open to anyone over the age of 60 who could benefit from becoming more physically active. To be eligible, you must be able to stand without increasing pain for at least 10 minutes, must be referred to the study by their health care provider, and must be willing to complete several surveys and fitness assessments as part of the research project.
If you feel that you are eligible to participate, and would benefit from participation in this study, speak to your health care provider for a referral to the research team, who will provide informed consent documentation and answer any questions you may have.
Click HERE to download the referral form that needs to be signed. This signed referral form must be brought to the first pre-participation session or be submitted electronically by FAX or email to document approval.
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If you have already obtained a signed permission form you may signup for the program HERE or by emailing your signed referral form and contact information to email@example.com