Using the Ecological Model to Address Physical Inactivity in Older Adults

By: Kimberly Feiler  

Physical activity has been shown to have a significant impact on health. Lack of adequate physical activity contributes to multiple, preventable, chronic diseases. The ecological model has shown to be a useful approach in addressing various health problems, including physical inactivity. Descriptions are provided for the factors in the ecological model (physical environment, social environment, biological factors, psychological factors, and socioeconomic status) as relate to physical activity, and proposed levels of intervention are provided through a hypothetical community-wide example.

Older Adults, Physical Activity, Prevention, Ecological Model
Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Kimberly Feiler

Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Science, La Sierra University, United States
United States