NIH Y-U Research Study

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Do you have trouble keeping physically active? Are you feeling isolated? You are not alone! About 1/2 of older adults do not get enough physical activity and nearly 1/3 are socially isolated.

Exercising regularly and socializing with others are critical for our health and wellbeing. If you are 50 years of age or older, you may qualify for the Y-U Study offered through a collaboration between the YMCA of the North and the University of Minnesota. This study is looking at two online group educational programs which may help you in managing your health, keeping active, and connecting with others while enhancing your wellbeing. There is no cost for taking part in this study, and these programs are offered at no charge to you.


Participants will attend online screening visits, and if eligible, be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to one of two online group programs, 9 weeks in length.

  • Mindful Movement: This group program focuses on teaching techniques to help adults manage their thoughts and emotions and overcome barriers associated with exercise. You will also learn how mindfulness can help your overall health and wellbeing.
  • Keys to Health & Wellbeing: This group program covers information about things you can do to enhance your own health and wellbeing. You will be introduced to different health-related topics important for people 50 years of age and older.

Why participate in a study?

To learn more about why you might want to participate in a study like this one, visit the National Institute of Health's article, "Research Trials and You."


This study is a collaboration between the YMCA Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (R33AT009110). The lead investigator of this study is Dr. Roni Evans.