Date of Award
Physical Therapy (M.S.)
The purpose of this study was to determine if a program of exercise walking would lead to any changes in the level of physical fitness for obese white women, aged fifty and over. Twenty-two women were recruited from three sites located in Holland, Michigan. The ten week program consisted of exercise walking three times a week for forty-five minutes at 60% to 70% maximum heart rate capacity. Subjects' weight, mean percentage of body fat, waist to hip ratio, body mass index, and the step test were found to decrease significantly between the pre- and post-test measures. As a result of this study it appears that exercise walking can lead to positive changes in the level of physical fitness of obese, white women, aged fifty and over.
Dallas, Mary I., "Exercise Walking for Obesity Management in Older Adult White Women" (1996). Masters Theses. 262.