goals of Bingocize™ are to provide service-learning experiences for exercise
science students and to create low-cost exercise programs for older adults. Led
by students, Bingocize™ is a combination exercise and bingo game that can be
implemented at older adult facilities such as assisted living, nursing homes,
and senior community centers. Exercises
are alternated with rolls of bingo until someone wins the game and a prize.
Functional fitness is assessed at the beginning and end of each semester. The
course outcomes for students are evaluated using reflections and group
projects. The program is funded by both internal and external grants.
To provide opportunities for exercise students to
apply exercise prescription information for older adults, while gaining a
better understanding of the barriers older adults face each day.
2) To provide a
fun and effective way for older adults to participate in exercise so they can
improve their functional fitness and other psychosocial variables.
3) To implement
Bingocize™ at other
local facilities, while sustaining the programat the six existing
facilities in Bowling Green, Kentucky and two facilities in Owensboro,
4) To help
other schools and facilities across the country to replicate the program.
1) Recruit at
least 15% of the attendees from each older adult facility to participate in the
project (determine average daily attendance at facility and monitor attendance
at each session)
2) Improve overall functional physical fitness in
participants by 20% (conduct fitness
testing at regular intervals throughout the grant period)
3) Achieve a
75% adherence rate for participants who begin each Bingocize™ project (monitor attendance at each session)
4) 75% of the students enrolled in EXS 455: Exercise
and Aging will score 85% or better for the course (course rubrics will be used
to assess the students)