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Project Title:Bingocize™: Improving Older Adults’ Physical Fitness While Engaging Students and the CommunityInstitution Name:Western Kentucky University Innovation Category:Research and Regional Stewardship Project Director:Jason Crandall, Ph.D., HFS, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation and SportContact Information:(270) 745-2077, jason.crandall@wku.eduWebsite:http://www.bingocize.com
Project Description:

The 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.


1)  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, Kentucky.

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 Bingocize 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)

Challenges/Problems Encountered:The first challenge was making connections with the community. Finding and contacting appropriate facilities was difficult, but it was made easier by communicating with campus partners who were interested in the area of aging and service-learning (i.e. Center for Gerontology and the ALIVE Center for Community Engagement). A second challenge was ensuring the students’ schedules would allow them to participate. To address this barrier, Bingocize was scheduled once per week during class time. We hope to add additional facilities in the future so students enrolled in other courses (practicum/internship) will be given the opportunity to create their own programs. 
Evaluation Approach:Because this is a service-learning program, it is important to evaluate both the students and the community participants. The student learning outcomes were derived from the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommended knowledge, skills, and abilities. The older adult participants’ outcomes were derived from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise and Older Adults (2010). The students measure the participants’ fitness; however, Dr. Crandall is responsible for the overall assessment of the project. 
Potential for Replication:Replicating the program is not difficult. First, there is minimal equipment needed to start the program. Many older adult facilities already have a bingo game and the required exercise equipment is inexpensive. Second, stakeholders have much to gain from participating. The students are in need of experience, the older adults are interested in socializing and improving their health, the university likes community partnerships, and, finally, the community sites appreciate help implementing new and innovative programs.
Additional Resources:Nancy Mager, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Western Kentucky University
270-745-4652  /  Sponsored.Programs@wku.edu
CEO-to-CEO Contact:Gary Ransdell , Presidentgary.ransdell@wku.edu
(270) 745-4346
Date Published: Monday, February 3, 2014