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Volunteer work in grade schools produces persistent health benefit for older black women
Date:2/9/2009

p>That group was compared to survey and medical information gleaned from 150 black women from the Baltimore Woman's Health and Aging Studies (WHAS) a group of 1,400 women, older than 65, who live in 12 zip codes in Baltimore city and county and whose medical records have been tracked by Johns Hopkins since 1992.

Each participant filled out the Minnesota Leisure Time Physical Activity Questionnaire (MLTPAQ) at the start of the study and each year for three years. This questionnaire, which measures activity levels by rating calorie consumption, asks question about how a person spends free time and time on such things as household chores, exercise and leisure recreational activities.

When the researchers compared women from both groups who had little or no activity at the start of the study, women from the EC group burned twice as many calories as women in the WAHS group. This study shows that this increased physical activity was sustained throughout the three-year study period.

"Although our original eight-month study also showed this increase, the fact that it was sustained for three years illustrates the potential for a sustainable, long-lasting lifestyle change," says Tan. "And since this program has such a strong community-help component, it fits nicely with our new president's call to citizens to get involved and get active."


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Contact: Eric Vohr
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410-955-8665
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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