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Active Living Every Day


Active Living Every Day is based on the research study Project Active, which was conducted at The Cooper Institute, and several subsequent studies that are included in Active Living Every Day, Second Edition. The extensive research shows that teaching people lifestyle skills such as realistic goal setting, identifying and addressing barriers to physical activity, and developing social support systems effectively helps people become and stay physically active. The organizations listed below have funded or recommend Active Living Every Day due to its strong research base.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
  • U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Active Living Every Day is an evidence-based behavior change program. Our approach is unique because it addresses the root causes of inactivity rather than simply prescribing exercise. Participants learn the skills they need to become and stay physically active. These skills include:

  • Identifying and addressing barriers to physical activity
  • Increasing self-confidence about becoming physically active
  • Creating realistic goals and rewards for physical activity
  • Developing social support
  • Recovering from lapses in physical activity

Click here to learn how to offer Active Living Every Day in your community or organization.

Click here to participate in Active Living Every Day.