Community fitness programs
- 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)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
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.