Computer-Based Physical Activity Advice for Ethnic Minority Aging Adults

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT01144767


Despite the recognized health benefits of a physically active lifestyle, mid-life and older low-income and ethnic minority adults, including Hispanic Americans, are among the least active and understudied groups in the U.S. This research aims to develop and evaluate a bi-lingual physical activity promotion program, applying easy to use state-of-the-art computer technology, which is tailored to the preferences and needs of mid-life and older Latino adults. Such computer-based programs represent a potentially low-cost means for reaching the large proportion of low-income and ethnic minority Americans who are under-active.

Official Title

Computer-Based Physical Activity Advice for Ethnic Minority Aging Adults

Stanford Investigator(s)


Inclusion Criteria:1. Spanish or English-speaking Latino men or women 2. Greater than or
equal to 55 years of age 3. No plans to move within the next year 4. Inactive (have not
engaged in moderate-intensity or more vigorous physical activity, > 3 days per week for at
least 20 min per day) within last 6-months 5. Able to participate in study intervention and
assessments at the community-based location 6. Willing to be randomly assigned to either
study arm (Year 02) Exclusion Criteria:1. Any medical condition or disorder that would
limit participation in moderate intensity physical activity (such as sustained walking),
including life-threatening disorders, myocardial ischemia, and major functional
disabilities in the orthopedic area 2. Not stable on their medications, including hormone
replacement therapy, for 3 months 3. Severe depressive symptomatology (score > 16 on the
18-item Spanish version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D]);
English version used when indicated 4. Gross levels of dementia (score< 23 on the Folstein
Mini-Mental State Exam) 5. Inability to complete a face-to-face training session with the
embodied conversational agent (ECA) program


behavioral: Computer-generated advisor

behavioral: Comparison control condition

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Leslie Pruitt