StrongWomen- Healthy Hearts: A Community Based Program for Midlife and Older Women

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sara C. Folta, Tufts University Identifier:
First received: September 21, 2011
Last updated: September 22, 2011
Last verified: September 2011

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. CVD disproportionately affects underserved populations, specifically low-income, minority, and rural women who have higher obesity rates and experience other health disparities. There is a need for replicable, evidence-based programs that target women, particularly midlife and older women who represent an increasing proportion of the U.S. population, to reduce their CVD risk . StrongWomen - Healthy Hearts is a 12-week, community-based program that has demonstrated effectiveness at improving CVD risk factors, including body weight, diet quality, and physical activity in a controlled, randomized trial conducted with midlife and older overweight and obese subjects in Arkansas and Kansas.

The central objective is to rigorously evaluate dissemination of the StrongWomen - Healthy Hearts Program using the RE-AIM framework to achieve maximal public health impact. Expanded dissemination will occur through the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) This partnership will leverage a long and successful collaboration between Tufts University and CSREES that provides strength training programs to older women in 41 states.

Cardiovascular Diseases
Overweight and Obesity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: StrongWomen- Healthy Hearts: A Community Based Program for Midlife and Older Women

Further study details as provided by Tufts University:

Estimated Enrollment: 1200
Study Start Date: September 2010

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Women greater than 40 years old who are overweight or obese and sedentary


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Greater than 40 years of age
  • Female
  • BMI greater than 24
  • sedentary (not doing any type of exercise more than once per week)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unstable medical condition that would preclude participation in an exercise program
  • current participation in another lifestyle modification program
  • cognitive impairment
  • pregnancy.
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Responsible Party: Sara C. Folta, Assistant Professor, Tufts University Identifier: NCT01439477     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TuftsU-9289
Study First Received: September 21, 2011
Last Updated: September 22, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Tufts University:
healthy eating
heart disease
prevention & control
Middle aged
Health promotion

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Body Weight
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