UGA exercise study needs older adult participants
The UGA Department of Kinesiology is conducting a research study involving inactive older adults aged 65-plus with internet access and the ability to use social media.
Participation will last about four months with multiple visits to the campus research site and engagement in a social media group. Classes will be twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour between 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. at the Center for Physical Activity and Health. Participation in the social media group will take roughly 15 minutes a day. Upon successful completion of initial visits, classes and follow-up visits, participants receive a free two-month membership to the Center, which is valued at $70.
For more information, email LIKEdawgsUGA@gmail.com or follow this link to see the screening questions to determine eligibility.
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