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dc.contributor.authorBuhrman, Julie
dc.description.abstractThe study’s purpose was to explore the relationship between depression and health promoting lifestyle (HPL) engagement before and after a state-wide health promoting behavior intervention in Georgia senior centers. Participants were a convenience sample of 546 older adults (median age 75.0 years, 81.0 percent female, 37.2 percent black, and 22.7 percent depressed). The 12-week intervention’s themes were eating healthy, being active, being positive, and getting checked. Pre- and post-tests assessed HPL engagement based on meeting current nutrition, physical activity, tobacco avoidance, and preventive screening recommendations. At pre-test, depression was negatively related to physical activity and overall HPL engagement and positively related to preventive screenings. HPL engagement increased following the intervention. Depression was not a predictor of change in HPL engagement following the intervention. The results provide evidence for the intervention’s effectiveness at improving HPL engagement in the target population and depression was not a barrier to these improvements.
dc.subjectOlder adults
dc.subjectHealth promoting lifestyle
dc.subjectHealth promoting behaviors
dc.titleResponse of older adults with a previous depression diagnosis to an intervention aimed at increasing health promoting behavior in Georgia senior centers
dc.description.departmentFoods and Nutrition
dc.description.majorFoods and Nutrition
dc.description.advisorMary Ann Johnson
dc.description.committeeMary Ann Johnson
dc.description.committeeChristopher T. Stivers
dc.description.committeeThomas Mote
dc.description.committeeRichard Meltzer

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