Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Training on Role of Leisure in Promoting Physical Activity Among Rural-Dwelling Adults Living with ICDs

Center for Healthy Communities Hosts Training on Role of Leisure in Promoting Physical Activity Among Rural-Dwelling Adults Living with ICDs

On Jan. 26, the Center for Healthy Communities hosted a webinar and in-person training about the role of leisure in promoting physical activity among rural-dwelling adults living with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD).

The purpose of the training was to present study findings and implications.

The presenters facilitated a discussion with the session attendees about the perceived supports and barriers that influence rural-dwelling individuals with ICDs’ participation in physical activity; and ways in which healthcare professionals, providing services to rural dwelling individuals with an ICD, can improve the content and delivery of patient education and individualized patient care.

The training prepared participants to describe two barriers of participation in physical activity encountered by rural-dwelling individuals with an ICD, provide two examples of how individualized education and leisure activity plans can facilitate participation in physical activity among rural-dwelling individuals who have an ICD and identify three strategies for improving the content and delivery of education provided to rural-dwelling individuals with an ICD, specific to their health condition and participation in physical activity and leisure.

The training was funded by AARP and trained close to 20 students, faculty and community members. The event took place in McNeill Hall.