Study Title: Physical Activity and Community Engagement (PACE) Among Returning Veterans
Objective: The primary objective of this project is to develop and evaluate an integrated community- and exercise-based program that can be “prescribed” to augment existing transition assistance programs for recently discharged veterans. The project involves a collaboration with Team Red White and Blue (RWB)-a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the lives of veterans by enhancing their connection to their community. We will also examine the effect of vigorous-intensity exercise- which has been associated with a number of benefits compared to other levels of exercise intensity (e.g., increases in quality of life and reductions in anxiety). We aim to provide a pilot test of (1) the acceptability and effectiveness of Team RWB for veterans transitioning out of the military and (2) the effectiveness of a vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise prescription for enhancing the efficacy of Team RWB. To this end, we will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that involves 60 veterans who have been discharged from the U.S. military within the last 5 years.
Clinical Trials Registry: NCT03152214
Status: This study is currently recruiting participants.
IRB Protocol: 2017-03-0109