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Mental Health

Klein Buendel’s (KB) physical activity research seeks to increase physical activity in populations where it can significantly change lives. One area of physical activity research is mental health populations, specifically people with depression.  KB has several ongoing and completed projects involving exercise and depression. The delivery methods for these programs range from one-on-one interventions to Internet-based tailored physical activity programs.

Depression Outcomes Study of exercise

Dose for Teens

The Depression Outcomes Study of Exercise (DOSE) was a National Institute of Mental Health-funded (MH082153; A.L. Dunn) randomized controlled trial of exercise as a treatment for depressed adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21. Participants were randomized into either a public health dose or low dose of exercise for 12 weeks. They completed their exercise assignments at Denver recreation centers with a recreational therapist, who worked with them one-on-one.

Dunn, AL, Trivedi, MH, Kampert, JB, Clark, CG, Chambliss, HO. Exercise treatment for depression: efficacy and dose response. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005:28:1-8.

Dunn AL & Weintraub P. Exercise in the prevention and treatment of adolescent depression: A promising but little researched intervention. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine 2008;2(6): 507-518.