Using Peer Education to Promote Balance, Fitness, and Physical Activity Among Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

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Article - Merrimack Access Only

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American Journal of Health Studies


Expert Health Data System, Inc.

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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.