Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2011

Fitness pilot study results to be revealed

Dr. Lena Rippstein, associate professor of nursing and director of nursing at Schreiner University, and Dr. Kyle Busing, assistant professor of exercise science, will present ““I Did What? Fitness after 50” as part of Schreiner’s Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture Series Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center second floor ballroom. The presentation will give the results of Rippstein’s and Busing’s eight-week pilot study of community-based fitness programs for older adults.

Participants in the pilot study met three times a week to work out with dumbbell weights, starting each session with a weigh-in and blood pressure measurement. They also were measured for flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness and increased ease of daily living at the beginning of the study and at the end of four and eight weeks. Busing and Rippstein expect to publish the results as “The Effects of A Community-Based Fitness Program on Health Measures of Older Adults.”

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