Community exercise program use and changes in healthcare costs for older adults

Ronald T. Ackermann*, Allen Cheadle, Nirmala Sandhu, Linda Madsen, Edward H. Wagner, James P. LoGerfo

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Background: Regular exercise is associated with many health benefits. Community-based exercise programs may increase exercise participation, but little is known about cost implications. Methods: A retrospective, matched cohort study was conducted to determine if changes in healthcare costs for Medicare-eligible adults who choose to participate in a community-based exercise program were different from similar individuals who did not participate. Exercise program participants included 1114 adults aged ≥65 years, who were continuously enrolled in Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (GHC) between October 1, 1997 and December 31, 2000 and who participated in the Lifetime Fitness (exercise) Program

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-237
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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