Community fitness programs

Program basics

  • Provide fitness programs (for example, spinning, yoga, Zumba) in a community setting to boost physical activity and fitness, plus potentially improving mental health
  • Social support interventions and physical activity messages emphasizing the benefits of activity are tied to success
  • More effective in engaging women and seniors than other groups

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Target population

Community-wide

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Improved physical activity and fitness
  • Potential for improved mental health
  • Better cardiovascular health, especially for older adults

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Organized group fitness programs tend to be more appealing to women and older adults, whereas organized sports activities tend to attract more men and younger adults.
  • Offering classes in parks in low-income neighborhoods may increase awareness and promote participation.
  • Programs that use direct community input to provide culturally relevant programming may improve participants’ attendance and physical activity.
  • Direct, culturally competent outreach that reminds community members to exercise can help motivate individuals to adhere to more regular fitness programs.

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