Title

What older adults find useful for maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

12-8-2004

Abstract

Four focus groups were conducted with a total of 29 adults 60 years of age and older enrolled in the SENIOR Project, a health promotion intervention study designed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and exercise among community-dwelling older adults. The focus groups explored the motivations of older adults to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables and/or exercise and the strategies used to adopt or maintain these behaviors. Participants stated that maintaining health, remaining independent, and fearing illness provided the motivation needed to adhere to these behaviors. The strategies or the behavioral processes used to adopt or maintain these behaviors included counterconditioning, helping relationships, stimulus control, and selfliberation. © 2004 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly

Volume

24

Issue

2

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