8/14/2013 – Virtual adviser helps older Latino adults get more exercise, researcher says

When it comes to getting motivated to exercise and do things that are good for our health, sometimes all it takes is a little help from our friends.

This was certainly the case for a group of older, mostly Latino adults in Northern California: They benefited from the advice and encouragement of a virtual friend — a physical-activity adviser named Carmen, a new study reports.

The lead author of the study is Abby King, PhD, professor of health research and policy and of medicine, director of the Healthy Aging Research & Technology Solutions laboratory at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a Stanford Center on Longevity faculty affiliate.

Read more at Stanford School of Medicine.