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Women needed for physical activity study

October 04, 2007

MESA, Ariz. — Arizona State University’s Department of Exercise and Wellness needs women between the ages of 45-65 for a study looking at six physical activity questionnaires and/or tests of walking performance that are commonly used in larger studies of women's health.

This study also will examine whether physical activity is related to health issues that are unique to middle-aged women, such as menopausal symptoms. 

Volunteers need to meet the following criteria/requirements:

  • Women ages 45-65 who are able to walk at least one block without a cane, walker or wheelchair, and are free of conditions that would affect their ability to be physically active.
  • Able to communicate in English. 
  • Able to participate for six consecutive weeks (1 hour visit at ASU’s Polytechnic campus each week).
  • Able to wear two matchbook-sized movement monitors for the entire study and complete questionnaires and some lab based fitness tests.

The benefits to participants include:

  • Evaluation of your exercise capacity by treadmill walking test.
  • Physical activity levels from the activity monitors.
  • Body composition measures (height, weight, waist circumference, and body fat percentage).
  • $75 cash for the successful completion of all six weeks

The study is being funded by a grant from the American Sports Medicine Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity.

For more information or to volunteer to be a participant, contact Dr. Kelley Pettee at (480) 727-1568,, or Melanie Mitros at (480) 727-1967, by Nov. 14.