Active for Life Grantees
"There have been more years added
to life expectancy in the last century than from all recorded
time," comments Active for Life director Marcia
Ory, Ph.D. " At Active for Life, we
hope to help mid-life and older people become and remain
physically active throughout their lifespan."
"Research shows that much of the illness, disability
and death associated with chronic disease is avoidable through
known prevention measures including regular physical activity,
healthy eating, and avoiding tobacco use, as well as the
uses of early detection practices such as screening for
breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, diabetes and its
complications and depression," says Ory. "The
risk of chronic diseases and disability certainly increases
with advancing age, but poor health does not have to be
an inevitable consequence of aging."
AFL Grantee Locations
The Active for Life program
is funding grants to nine organizations throughout the United
States to support implementation and evaluation of two model
programs aimed at increasing physical activity in mid-life
and older Americans. It is hoped that the outcomes will
lead to knowledge about how to make the two model programs
more effective in helping individuals make changes in their
lives, but also to learn how the Active for Life
program can be incorporated into existing community organizations'
initiatives on an ongoing basis. Long-term sustainability
issues will be a critical measure of success for the program.
The interventions being used in the
- Active Choices,
a telephone-based program developed by The Stanford Center
for Research in Disease Prevention and
- Active Living Every
Day, a group-based program developed by
The Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics Publisher's, Inc.
Funding for the initiative is provided
by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
"The Active for Life
program strives to help people incorporate healthy lifestyle
changes into their daily lives. It's not enough to simply
give people information," Active for Life
deputy director Diane Dowdy, Ph.D. remarks. "Studies
show that people are aware of the risks of poor health practices
and for the most part they know what they should be doing.
The challenge is to help people actually make and maintain