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Active for Life - Increasing Physical Activity Levels in Adults Age 50 and Older!
AFL Grantees
Blue Shield of California
Church Health
Council on Aging
Greater Detroit
Jewish Council for the Aging
The Oasis Institute
San Mateo
YMCA of Met. Chicago

San Mateo County Health Services Agency

Active for Life program contact:

Doris Estremera

The San Mateo County Health Services Agency and Berkeley City Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program are teaming up to offer Active Choices to the 50 plus population in their service areas. The agencies are especially targeting people in urban, low-income groups, including African Americans, immigrant Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders and multi-ethnic individuals age 60 and older.

Active Choices is a chance for us to focus on increasing physical activity with older adults. Since older adults gain so much from increasing or maintaining their level of activity in terms of independence and self-sufficiency, this is a vital program for our community. We have already seen Active Choices participants taking great strides, from clients being able to walk to the market again instead of taking a shuttle to clients who have rekindled their love of dancing,” notes Justine Kaplan, formerly of Berkeley City Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.

The Health Education Unit of the San Mateo County Health Services Agency provides:

  • Client and community needs assessments
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation for target populations
  • Community mobilization and organization
  • Implementation of health promotion and intervention
  • Evaluation, assessment, and design of educational materials
  • Facilitation of group meetings and coordination of collaborative programs
  • Community outreach, coalition building and partnership development
  • Social marketing campaigns
  • Youth education and intervention
  • Contract development, negotiation and monitoring
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Media relations
  • Promotion of physical activity for older adults
  • Programs for older adults on the misuse of medications.

Partnering with the Health Education Unit of the San Mateo County Health Services Agency is the Berkeley City Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program. Berkeley’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program focuses on using physical activity and nutrition promotion to help prevent or lessen the effects of diabetes, heart disease and obesity in the Berkeley community.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Program offers:

  • Active Choices - helping older adults get more physical activity
  • Nutrition education and curriculum with local Head Start and child care centers, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and alternative schools
  • Policy work on increasing access to local, fresh, affordable produce
  • Policy work on increasing physical activity opportunities in workplaces, schools and neighborhoods
  • Programmatic and policy work related to reducing health disparities.
Grantee Contact Info

San Mateo County Health Services Agency
225 37th Avenue
3rd Floor
San Mateo, CA 94403

Phone: 650-573-2208

Berkeley City Health Department
1947 Center Street
2nd Floor

Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone: 510-981-5314

Active for Life National Program Office | SRPH Building | 1266 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-1266
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