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Jan 13, 2023

Texas A&M Vital Record celebrates findings from recent StrongPeople publication

Researchers from the Texas A&M School of Public Health and AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health through Agriculture recently published findings from an evaluation of the StrongPeople Strong Hearts program in the International Journal of Behavior Nutrition and Physical Activity, indicating positive changes in objectively measured physical activity for study program participants.

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Nov 15, 2022

New StrongPeople research findings highlighted in article from American Heart Association

This article celebrated findings from a StrongPeople research article recently published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes which looked at outcomes of a community-based healthy living program in rural areas. The study found that participants achieved significant weight loss, improved blood pressure and lowered triglycerides by the end of the 6-month program, as well as maintaining or improving their gains and physical activity and healthy eating behaviors 6-months afterwards.


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Research Articles
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There is a wealth of published research on the StrongPeopleTM programs, and you can find access to these publications in the table below. To sort the articles in the table below, you can click on any of the column headings to sort by that field. You can also click on the program box at the top left to filter by program, or use the search box on the right. Click on the icon of a microscope to preview the file, the download button to download individual files, or to bulk download, select the checkbox next to the articles that you are interested in, and then select the Download Selected Documents button at the bottom of the table.

Changes in physical activity outcomes in the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities (SHHC-2.0) community-based randomized trialInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity2023Strong HeartsPhysical activity, Rural, Community-based, Randomized controlled trialstrong-hearts
Improvements and Maintenance of Clinical and Functional Measures Among Rural Women: Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities-2. 0 Cluster Randomized TrialCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes2022Strong Heartscardiovascular disease, intervention, multilevel, prevention, ruralstrong-hearts
Effects of StrongPeople Strong Bodies on Functional Fitness: A Community-Based Randomized TrialTranslational Journal of the ACSM2021Strong Bodiesstrength training, older adults, rural, community setting, physical activitystrong-bodies
Evaluation of a Civic Engagement Approach to Catalyze Built Environment Change and Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Among Rural Residents: A Cluster (Community) Randomized Controlled TrialBMC Public Health2022Change ClubCivic engagement, Built environment, Nutrition, Physical activity, Rural health equity, Social influencechange-club
Healthy Hearts for an Abundant Life: Feasibility of a Culturally Adapted Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Curriculum for African American WomenHealthy Equity2021Living WellAfrican American; cardiovascular health; community based interventionliving-well
Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Behavior Changes Among Rural Women: An Exploratory Mediation Analysis of a Randomized Multilevel Intervention TrialTBM2020Strong HeartsMediation analysis, Rural, Nutrition, Physical activity, Social supportstrong-hearts
The StrongWomen–Healthy Hearts program in Pennsylvania: RE-AIM analysisTBM2015Living WellDissemination, RE-AIM, Cardiovascular disease, Women, Physical activity,Nutritionliving-well
Design and National Dissemination of the StrongWomen Community Strength Training ProgramPreventing Chronic Disease2008Strong Bodiesstrength training, dissemination, community-based exercise programstrong-bodies
Ripple Effects of a Community-Based Randomized Trial for Rural Women: Strong Hearts, Healthy CommunitiesObesity Journal2020Strong Heartssocial network, community program, health behaviorsstrong-hearts
Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: A Community-Based Randomized Trial for Rural WomenObesity Journal2018Strong Heartscardiovascular disease, older adults, women, rural health, strong-hearts
Effects of the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities Intervention on Functional Fitness of Rural WomenJournal of Rural Health2019Strong Heartscardiovascular disease, fitness, obesity, physical activity, ruralstrong-hearts
Support and Sabotage: A Qualitative Study of Social Influences on Health Behaviors Among Rural AdultsJournal of Rural Health2016Strong Heartshealth behaviors, qualitative research, rural health, social environmentstrong-hearts
Strength Training Improves Body Image and Physical Activity Behaviors Among Midlife and Older Rural WomenJournal of Extension2013Strong Bodiesstrength training, older adults, women, body image, physical activitystrong-bodies
Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural CommunitiesJournal of Nutrition and Metabolism2014Strong Heartsrural areas, built environment, healthy eating, physical activity, strong-hearts
Process Evaluation of Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: A Rural Community-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention ProgramJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior2019Strong Heartscardiovascular disease, health promotion, program evaluation, rural population, women’s healthstrong-hearts
Long-Term Body Weight Maintenance among StrongWomen–Healthy Hearts Program ParticipantsJournal of Environmental and Public Health2017Living Wellweight loss, community program living-well
The StrongWomen Change Clubs: Engaging Residents to Catalyze Positive Change in Food and Physical Activity EnvironmentsJournal of Environmental and Public Health2014Change Clubcivic engagement, rural areas, community changechange-club
Strength Training and Older Women: A Cross-Sectional Study Examining Factors Related to Exercise AdherenceJournal of Aging and Physical Activity2010Strong Bodiescommunity program, aging, physical activitystrong-bodies
Effects of High-Intensity Strength Training on Multiple Risk Factors for Osteoporotic FracturesJAMA1994Strong Bodiesstrength training, older adults, women, bone densitystrong-bodies
Changes in Diet and Physical Activity Resulting from the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities Randomized Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Multilevel Intervention TrialInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity2019Strong HeartsCardiovascular disease, Rural, Community, Nutrition, Diet, Exercise, Physical activitystrong-hearts
Examining the Associations betweenWalk Score, Perceived Built Environment, and Physical Activity Behaviors among Women Participating in a Community-Randomized Lifestyle Change Intervention Trial: Strong Hearts, Healthy CommunitiesInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health2019Strong Heartsbuilt environment; physical activity; Walk Score; obesity; rural health; interventionstrong-hearts
Factors Related to Leader Implementation of a Nationally Disseminated Community-based Exercise Program: A Cross-Sectional StudyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health2008Strong Bodiesstrength training, older adults, implementation, leadershipstrong-bodies
Improved Physical Fitness Among Older Female Participants in a Nationally Disseminated, Community-Based Exercise ProgramHealth Education & Behavior2012Strong Bodiesaging and health, community-based participatory research, community health promotion, evaluation, health promotion, outcome evaluation, physical activity/exercise, training health professionals, women’s healthstrong-bodies
The Effects of Multidimensional Home-Based Exercise on Functional Performance in Elderly PeopleJournal of Gerontology2004Strong BodiesOlder adults, strength training, home-based programmingstrong-bodies
Web-Based Dissemination of a Civic Engagement Curriculum to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Towns: The eHEART StudyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health2020Change Clubrural health; food environment; built environment; civic engagementchange-club
Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables, a Culturally Tailored Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Rural Latinas: Findings from a Pilot StudyInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health2019Living Wellhealth promotion; physical activity; nutrition; Latinaliving-well
Environmental Influences on Physical Activity among Rural Adults in Montana, United States: Views from Built Environment Audits, Resident Focus Groups, and Key Informant InterviewsInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health2017Strong Heartsphysical activity; rural health; triangulation; mixed methods; built environment; obesity; preventionstrong-hearts
A Randomized Control Trial of Resistance Exercise Training to Improve Glycemic Control in Older Adults with Type 2 DiabetesDiabetes Care2002Strong BodiesType 2 Diabetes, Older Adults, Latino, Progressive Resistance Trainingstrong-bodies
Strong Hearts for New York: A Multilevel Community-Based Randomized Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Intervention for Rural WomenContemporary Clinical Trials2019Strong HeartsPhysical activity, Nutrition, Social network, Civic engagement, Rural, Cardiovascular diseasestrong-hearts
Improving Heart Health among Black/ African American Women Using Civic Engagement: A Pilot StudyBMC Public Health2017Change ClubCardiovascular disease, Blacks/African Americans, Lifestyle behaviors Socioecological model, Health disparitieschange-club
Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables: Adaptation of the StrongWomen—Healthy Hearts Program for Rural Latinas Using an Intervention Mapping ApproachBMC Public Health2017Living WellHealth promotion, Rural, Health behavior, Latina, Adaptationliving-well
A Qualitative Study of Factors Related to Cardiometabolic Risk in Rural MenBMC Public Health2016Strong HeartsMen’s health, Rural health, Cardiometabolic disorder, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Prevention, Qualitative researchstrong-hearts
Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: A Rural Community-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention ProgramBMC Public Health2016Strong HeartsCardiovascular disease, Rural, Community, Nutrition, Diet, Exercise, Physical activity, Civic engagement, Health promotion, Evidence-basedstrong-hearts
A Qualitative Study of Leadership Characteristics among Women Who Catalyze Positive Community ChangeBMC Public Health2012Change ClubWomen, Leadership, Public health, Social ecological model, Obesity preventionchange-club
Cost-effectiveness of a Community-based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Intervention in Medically Underserved Rural AreasBMC Health Service Research 2019Strong HeartsCost-effectiveness analysis, Cardiovascular disease prevention, Rural, Economic evaluation, Quality adjusted life years, Womenstrong-hearts
The Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities Program 2.0: An RCT Examining Effects on Simple 7American Journal of Preventative Medicine2020Strong HeartsRCT, rural population, older adults, cardiovascular healthstrong-hearts
The Benefits of Strength Training for Older AdultsAmerican Journal of Preventative Medicine2003Strong Bodiesstrength training, older adults, bone healthstrong-bodies
National Dissemination of StrongWomen–Healthy Hearts: A Community-Based Program to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Midlife and Older WomenAmerican Journal of Public Health2015Living Wellcardiovascular disease, older adults living-well
The StrongWomen–Healthy Hearts Program: Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Rural Sedentary, Overweight, and Obese Midlife and Older WomenAmerican Journal of Public Health2009Living Wellliving-well
Targeting Exercise for Promoting Bone Health in WomenAmerican Journal of Medicine & Sports2004Strong Bodiesolder adults, strength training, bone healthstrong-bodies
A Civic Engagement Approach to Encourage Healthy Eating and Active Living in Rural Towns: The HEART Club Pilot ProjectAmerican Journal of Health Promotion2018Change Clubcivic engagement, culture change, rural areas, built environment, healthy eating, physical activity, qualitative researchchange-club