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Published studies prove the effectiveness of Active Living Every Day's behavior change strategies

Based on the latest research, Active Living Every Day (ALED) is a step-by-step behavior change program that helps individuals overcome their barriers to physical activity. Both you and your participants can rest assured that Active Living Every Day isn’t just another fitness trend. It’s an evidence-based program that’s been shown to work for people from all walks of life. Active Living Every Day has been proven effective in several large-scale studies:

The Cooper Institute

The Active Living Every Day program is based on a study by The Cooper Institute, which has achieved worldwide recognition for its outstanding research in the areas of physical activity, behavior change, obesity, and nutrition. Their Project Active study showed that people who incorporate moderate level physical activities, such as walking and stair climbing, into their daily routines enjoy the same health benefits as gym goers. At the end of the study, the "lifestyle" group had lower blood pressures and had gained the same improvements in fitness as the gym exercisers. What’s more, many of them maintained their healthier habits for years after the program ended. The research materials from Project Active were used to create the Active Living Every Day program.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation chose Active Living Every Day to be part of their Active For Life (AFL) initiative. AFL was one of the first national studies to examine whether evidence-based physical activity programs could reach large numbers of adults aged 50 or over and be sustained over time in community or clinical settings. Participants from several different ethnicities and educational and income levels were recruited and successfully completed the program. At the end of the 4-year study, participants showed significant increases in moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity as well as decreases in BMI. Participants also reported decreases in depressive symptoms and perceived stress.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Active Living Every Day was used as part of a CDC-funded study on the effect of regular physical activity on arthritis. Class sites included church, senior, community, retirement, and wellness centers in urban and rural areas; sites reflected a diverse ethnic and racial population across a broad range of socioeconomic status. In a post-study survey, 86% of participants reported that they were more physically active than before they started the course. 71% rated ALED excellent or good in reducing pain and stiffness. The program is now one of only 5 physical activity interventions included in the CDC Arthritis Program, which recommends programs that are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis.


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Read the research for yourself. These published studies prove the effectiveness of Active Living Every Day’s techniques.


Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Wegley,S., Buchner, D.M., Ory, M.G., Phillips, A., Schwamberger, K., & Bazzarre, T. (2010). Changes in physical functioning in the Active Living Every Day Program of the Active for Life Initiative. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 30 June 2010. doi: 10.1007/s12529-010-9108-7


Callahan, L.F., Schoster, B., Buyssse, K., Hootman, J., Brady, T., Sally, L., Donohue, K., & Mielenz, T. (2007). Modifications to Active Living Every Day (ALED) course for adults with arthritis. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, 4 (3).


Carr, L.J., Bartee, R.T., Dorozynski, C.M., Broomfield, J.F., Smith, M.L., & Smith, D.T. (2009). Eight-month follow-up of physical activity and central adiposity: results from an internet-delivered randomized control trial intervention. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6 (4), 444-455.


Carr L.J., Bartee R.T., Dorozynski, C.M., Broomfield, J.F., Smith, M.L., Smith, D.T. (2008). Internet-delivered behavior change program increases physical activity and improves cardiometabolic disease risk factors in sedentary adults: Results of randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 48 (5), 431-438.


Dunn, A.L., Garcia, M.E., Marcus, B.H., Kampert, J.B., Kohl, H.W., III, & Blair, S.N. (1998). Six-month physical activity and fitness changes in Project Active, a randomized trial. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30 (7), 1076-1083.


Dunn, A.L., Marcus, B.H., Kampert, J.B., Garcia, M.E., Kohl, H.W., III, & Blair, S.N. (1999). Comparison of lifestyle and structured interventions to increase physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness: A randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 281 (4), 327-334.


Estabrooks, P.A., Smith-Ray, R.L., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Dowdy, D., Lattimore, D., Rheaume, C, Ory, M.G., Bazzare, T., Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S. (2011). Sustainability of evidence-based community-based physical activity programs for older adults: lessons from Active for Life. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 19 April, 2011. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-011-0039-x


Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S, Ory, M.G., Lattimore, D., Leviton, L.C., Castro, C., Carpenter, R.A., & Rheaume, C. (2010). Results from the Active for Life process evaluation: program delivery fidelity and adaptations. Health Education Research, 25 (2), 325-342.


Hildebrand, M., & Neufeld, N. (2009). Recruiting older adults into a physical activity promotion program: Active Living Every Day offered in a naturally occurring retirement community. The Gerontologist, 49 (5), 702-710.


Kohl, H.W., III, Dunn, A.L., Marcus, B.H., & Blair, S.N. (1998). A randomized trial of physical activity interventions: design and baseline data from Project Active. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30 (2), 275-283.


Lattimore, D., Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S., Rheaume, C., Dowdy, D.M., Leviton, L.C., & Ory, M.G. (2010). Understanding the challenges encountered and adaptations made by community organizations in translation of evidence-based behavior change physical activity interventions: a qualitative study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24 (6), 427-434.


Sevick, M.A., Dunn, A.L., Morrow, M.S., Marcus, B.H., Chen, G.J., & Blair, S.N. (2000). Cost-effectiveness of lifestyle and structured exercise interventions in sedentary adults: Results of Project ACTIVE. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 19 (1), 1-8.


Smolander, J., Blair, S.N., & Kohl, H.W., III (2000). Work ability, physical activity, and cardiorespiratory fitness: 2-year results from Project Active. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 42 (9), 906-910.


Troxell, C.L., Johnston, J.D., Hornsby, W., Laymon, A., & Massey, A.P. (2009). The effects of a multi-level physical activity and health promotion intervention on a group of females in the worksite setting. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 41 (5), 152.


Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Leviton, L.C., Bartlett-Prescott, J., Bazzarre, T., Campbell-Voytal, K., Carpenter, R.A., Castro, C.M., Dowdy, D., Dunn, A.L., Griffin, S.F., Guerra, M., King, A.C., Ory, M.G., Rheaume C., Tobnick, J., & Wegley, S. (2008). Final results from the translation of two physical activity programs. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 35 (4), 340-351.


Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Wegley, S., & Ory, M.G. (2009). Maintenance of change in the Active-for-Life initiative. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 37 (6), 501-504.


Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Dunn, A.L., Ory, M.G., Rheaume, C., & King, A.C. (2009). Predictors of increased physical activity in the Active for Life pro­gram. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6 (1)


Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Griffin, S.F., Rheaume, C., Ory, M.G., Leviton, L.C., King, A.C., Dunn, A.L., Buchner, D.M., Bazzarre, T., Estabrooks, P.A., Campbell-Voytal, K., Bartlett-Prescott, J., Dowdy, D., Castro, C.M., Carpenter, R.A., Dzewaltowski, D.A., & Mockenhaupt, R. (2006). Results of the first year of Active for Life: Translation of two evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults into community settings. American Journal of Public Health, 96 (7), 1201-1209.


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Based on the latest research, Active Living Every Day (ALED) is a step-by-step behavior change program that helps individuals overcome their barriers to physical activity. ALED offers alternatives to more traditional, structured exercise programs. Participants choose their own activities and create their own plans based on their lifestyle and personal preferences, focusing on moderate-intensity activities that can be easily added to their daily routines. The course text and online tools offer

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