Using Peer Education to Promote Balance, Fitness, and Physical Activity Among Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
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American Journal of Health Studies
Expert Health Data System, Inc.
Background. The current study examined a peer education program aimed at increasing physical activity participation and promoting fitness and balance among adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). Methods. Twenty-two individuals (NMale=13, NFemale=9, Mean age=26.7) with ID participated in exercise and education sessions two days a week for 6-weeks. Pre- and post- tests were implemented. Results. Participants significantly reduced their waist circumference, t(18) = 1.83, p<- 05, increased physical activity participation, t(10) =3.62, p<. 001, and improved their peformance on sit-to-stand test, t(17)=4.78, p<.001, and balance test, t(18)=1.76, p<.05,. No significant changes on BMI, hand grid test, and 6-minute walking test. Conclusion. Peer education shows promising effects on promoting physical activity, fitness, and balance among individuals with ID.
Finn, K. E.,
Corcoran, M. P.
(2015). Using Peer Education to Promote Balance, Fitness, and Physical Activity Among Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. American Journal of Health Studies, 30(4), 180-186.
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