Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from CHIBE researchers Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH and Jason Karlawish, MD. In a 16 week period, both financial incentives and opportunity to donate to charity increased walking in older adults, by 2,348 steps and 2,562 steps per day, respectively.
This study is among the first few studies looking at the effectiveness of financial incentives in improving health behavior in older adults, and helps address some limitations of earlier studies.
The Institute of Medicine announced 70 new members during its 43rd annual meeting. Karen Glanz, professor of epidemiology and nursing and affiliated faculty at CHIBE, was among those elected. The statement notes that, "Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service."
Source: Penn Current, September 30, 2010
A lengthy Q&A profiles the CHIBE affiliated faculty member, a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor appointed to the Medical and Nursing Schools, who was recently named George A.Weiss University Professor and director of Penn’s Center for Health Behavior Research.