OASIS Active Generations
An innovative intergenerational program, Active
Generations, developed by The OASIS Institute, will be
expanded to eight cities during the next two years with a
grant from the WellPoint Foundation, Inc. Active Generations
promotes physical activity and healthy eating for low-income
children and their families. The program reaches children
in after-school settings using teams of volunteers age 50
and older who offer weekly sessions on healthier lifestyles.
The program, which was successfully piloted in Pittsburgh
and San Antonio, will be expanded to OASIS centers in St.
Louis, Albany, Los Angeles, San Diego County, Syracuse, Indianapolis,
2009 Building Healthy Communities
for Active Aging Awards
The Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Award, part
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Aging Initiative,
is designed to increase awareness about synergies that can
be achieved when communities combine and implement the principles
of smart growth with the concepts of active aging. The deadline
for application for the 2009 awards is July 17. The 2008 Achievement
Award Winner, recognized for excellence in building healthy
communities for active aging, is the Bureaus of Portland (OR)
Parks & Recreation and Transportation. Commitment Award
winners for 2008, recognized for planning and taking steps
to integrate smart growth and active aging are the City of
Chtmler, WY; the City of Iowa City, IA; and the City of Satellite
Beach, FL. For more information about the 2008 and 2007 winners,
please visit the Active for Life Leaning Network at http://www.lnactiveaging.org/.
National Physical Activity
University of South Carolina’s Prevention Research Center,
with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
is taking the lead in developing and implementing the National
Physical Activity Plan, expected to be released in late 2009.
A conference seeking input was held in Washington, DC. Conference
details are available at http://www.physicalactivityplan.org/.
Course for Researchers and
Public Health Practitioners
The Physical Activity and Public Health Course sponsored by
the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will
take place Sept. 15-23 in Hilton Head Island, SC. For information,
please visit http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/seapines/index.htm.
Exercise Guide Now Available
Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide
from the National Institute on Aging, a consumer-focused
publication, is now available online and in print (http://www.nia.nih.gov/exercise).
Active for Life Director Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., MPH
was a member of the National Institute of Aging (NIA) Exercise
Guide Panel that developed the document.
CDC's Healthy Communities
Program Web Site Goes Live
The CDC Healthy Communities Program Web Site (http://www.cdc.gov/healthycommunitiesprogram/)
offers information that can be helpful to community health
Institutes: Trains community action teams on how to
make policy, systems, and environmental changes to prevent
and control chronic diseases and reduce the prevalence of
chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity,
poor nutrition, and tobacco use.
for Community Action: Describes some excellent community
and public health resources for promoting healthy communities,
including A Community Health Resources Database and
the Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation
Strategies for Community
Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Wellbeing
aims to move future practitioners from the margins of prevention
to its core by defining the elements of quality prevention
efforts, identifying best practices, and illustrating the
application of prevention principles in a multitude of settings.
Resources for People with
Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) offers
of information and resources that can enable people with
disabilities and chronic conditions to become physically
active. Some NCPAD materials include:
• Eating Well For Diabetes
• Exercise Guidelines for People with Disabilities
• Fall Injury Prevention and Exercise
• First Steps to Active Health: Balance and Flexibility
Exercises for Older Adults
• Walk Your Way to Fitness Video
• What is a Pedometer and How Can I Benefit from Using
Loss and Exercise Program
Tufts University’s Strong Women-Healthy Hearts
program has helped women lose weight and trim their waistlines.
Researchers reporting in the July
issue of the American Journal of Public Health
note that whether the short-term weight loss will translate
into healthier hearts in the long run is not yet known.
But the findings point to the potential of community programs
that target older, sedentary women.
Lifestyle Interventions Can
Improve Cancer Survivors Function
Among older, long-term survivors of colorectal, breast,
and prostate cancer, a diet and exercise intervention reduced
the rate of self-reported functional decline compared with
no intervention. Research results are published in the May
13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Adults who do not smoke, exercise moderately at least once
a week, are socially active, and have at least a high school
education are more likely to maintain cognitive skills through
their 70s and 80s than those who do not. Results of this
research are published in the June
9 issue of Neurology (http://www.neurology.org/).
Increase in Life Expectancy
From 2000 to 2006, the most recent years for which data
are available, life expectancy at age 65 years increased
by 0.9 year for the overall U.S. population, one year for
white men, .7 year for white women, one year for black men,
and 1.1 years for black women. The data is reported in the
2009 National Vital Statistics Report, available
Exercise Can Improve Quality
Exercise appears to improve quality of life in postmenopausal
women regardless of whether they lose weight, according
to researchers reporting in the February
9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine
Researchers also found that women who exercised for longer
periods of time had the greatest improvements in mental
and physical htmlects of quality of life.
Volunteer Work Produces Health
A Johns Hopkins study reveals that older black women who
spend time with young children in the classroom are not
only more active than similar women who don't volunteer,
but seem to stay active. Building on results of a 2006 Hopkins
study showing that 15 hours of volunteer work a week at
a grade school nearly doubled a sedentary older person's
overall activity level, the new study demonstrates that
the increased activity remains high for at least three years.
The study appeared online Jan. 29 in the Journal of
Prevalence of Overweight,
Obesity and Extreme Obesity
Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey indicate that 61 percent of non-Hispanic black
women aged 60 and older were obese compared with 32 percent
of non-Hispanic white women and 37 percent of Mexican-American
women in the same age group. The prevalence of obesity did
not differ significantly by race/ethnic group among men.
For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overweight/overweight_adult.htm.
Aging Related Statistics
Average life expectancy continues to increase. However,
rates of gain are inconsistent between the genders and across
age brackets, income levels, and racial and ethnic groups.
Some disparities also exist between older Americans and
older people in other industrialized countries. These and
other trends are reported in Older Americans 2008: Key
Indicators of Well-Being (http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/Data_2008.aspx).
National Independence Day.
July 4, 2009
August is Cataract Awareness
Month. Sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
August is National Immunization
Awareness Month. Sponsored by the National Center
for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
Meetings and Conferences
National Association of
Area Agencies on Aging (n4A) Annual Meeting.
July 19-22. Minneapolis, MN. http://www.n4a.org/training-events/annual-conference/.
of Generations United. July 27-31. Washington,
CDC Conference on Obesity
Prevention and Control. July 27-29. Washington,
National Conference on
Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. Aug.
11-13. Atlanta, GA. http://www.cdc.gov/healthmarketing/new.htm.
American Society on Aging’s
West Coast Regional Conference. Sept. 8-11. Oakland,
and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging. Sept.
15-16. Chapel Hill, NC. http://prc-hanconferences.com/2009-conference.
The Physical Activity and
Public Health Course. Sept. 15-23. Hilton Head,
Home and Community-Based
Services Conference. Sept. 20-23. Denver, CO.
American Society on Aging's
East Coast Regional Conference. Sept. 21-24.
Philadelphia, PA. http://www.asaging.org/COA09/index.cfm.
of America. Nov. 18-22. Atlanta, GA. http://www.geron.org/Annual%20Meeting
2010 Aging in America Conference.
March 15-19. Chicago, IL. http://www.agingconference.org/AiA10/index.cfm.
Living Research and Healthy Eating Research
Active Living Research and Healthy Eating Research
are national programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF) that support research to identify promising policy
and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity,
promoting healthy eating, and preventing obesity. The
deadline for application is July 17. For more information,
please visit http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20681.
Ladder to Leadership
An initiative of the RWJF and the Center for Creative
Leadership, funding will enhance the leadership capacity
of community-based nonprofit health organizations serving
vulnerable populations. Ladder to Leadership
focuses on developing critical leadership competencies
for early- to mid-career professionals through a 16-month
leadership development curriculum. Up to 30 fellows will
be selected to participate in the program in each of nine
targeted communities across the U.S. For more information,
please visit http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20281&c=EMC-FA144.
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