In this six-month telephone-based program, individual participants are supported with guidance to incorporate preferred physical activities in their daily life. Active Choices coaches provide brief telephone-based guidance and support on a regular basis with mail or email follow-up to participants’ homes.
The evidence and outcomes
Active Choices was developed at Stanford Prevention Research Center. In a comparison study with Active Living Every Day, Active Choices was found to be effective in emphasizing the behavioral skills necessary to encourage older adults (age 50 and older) to become more physically active.¹ The study found statistically significant increases in total physical activity, decreases in depressive symptoms and stress, decreases in body-mass index (BMI), and increases in satisfaction with body appearance and function. For more information please go to: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/program-summary-active-choices/
Participants attend weekly one hour group meetings and receive a workbook and handouts to help them complete their work. For an additional fee, they also have access to the ALED online resources that provide supplemental tools and enhancements, including links to many activity-related topics.
Delivering Active Choices with QTAC-NY
¹Sara Wilcox, et al. American Journal of Public Health. July 2006, Vol 96, No. 7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1483857/