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the Active for Life® National Program Office
April 12th Webinar
- How to Keep Your Prevention Activities Going
Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Active for Life®
National Program Office director will be a featured speaker
at the April 12 You Can! webinar on the topic of
How to Keep Your Prevention Activities Going. You Can!
partners can sign-up for the final You Can! webinar
to take place April 12 from 3 - 4 pm (Eastern). Other speakers
include Susan Lachenmayr, MPH, CHES, of the New Jersey Department
of Health and Senior Services and Diane Joyce of the Southeast
Minnesota Area Agency on Aging. This is the eighth and final
in a series of webinars offered to You Can! partners. Please
RSVP to YouCan@BETAH.com and specify the date and time.
The first 50 callers to sign up for each webinar will be
registered and will receive dial-in information and instructions.
Generations Working to Prevent
The “Generations” initiative is an RWJF Synergy
pilot project administered through the Active for Life
program office. Four Active for Life grantees (Hamilton
County General Health District, working with Council on
Aging of Southwestern Ohio; FirstHealth of the Carolinas;
The OASIS Institute, San Antonio; and City of Berkeley Public
Health Division, a partner of San Mateo County Health Department)
have received funding to include intergenerational efforts
to prevent and/or reduce childhood obesity by changing policies
and environments. The NPO will host a planning meeting for
these four organizations on April 26-27. In addition, NPO
staff members Diane Dowdy, PhD, Kerrie Hora, and Lisa Groce
will attend the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine’s
2006 Health and Fitness Summit & Exposition to build
additional relationships and identify resources to support
further synergy work.
on Physical Activity
AFL NPO staff will also be represented at the International
Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, April 17-20
in Atlanta. AFL director Marcia Ory will participate in
a panel presentation that will address aging, environment,
and public health. To learn more see http://www.ncpad.org/events/index.php?id=189.
AFL NPO Members are Walkin’
As part of a state-wide initiative to promote physical activity,
members of the Active for Life NPO are involved
in the 8-week 2006 Walk Across Texas initiative. The program
was created by the Texas Cooperative Extension Agency to
encourage regular physical activity. The AFL Team expects
to surpass their 8 week goal of logging 830 miles. “It’s
fun, and it’s about setting an example of how you
can remain active for life,” notes AFL director Marcia
Ory, Ph.D. Dr. Ory points out that three of the eight-person
AFL team members are over the age of 50.
TV-Turnoff Week. April 24-30,
2006. For information and resources see http://www.tvturnoff.org.
International Congress on
Physical Activity and Public Health. April 17-20, 2006.
Atlanta, GA. The CDC Prevention's Physical Activity
and Health Branch, in partnership with the Association of
State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors,
are sponsoring this congress. To learn more see http://www.ncpad.org/events/index.php?id=189.
American Occupational Therapy
Association Conference and Expo. April 27-30, 2006. Charlotte,
NC. For information, go to http://www.aota.org/.
Older American’s Month.
May 2006. The Administration on Aging sponsors
this annual celebration. See the AoA Web site for updates
National Bike Month. May
2006. The League of American Bicyclists is promoting
Bike-to-Work Week from May 15-19, 2006 and Bike-to-Work
Day on Friday, May 19, 2006. For more information, see http://www.bikemonth.com.
American Geriatrics Society
Annual Scientific Meeting. May 3-7, 2006. Chicago, IL.
The 2006 Annual Meeting will address the educational needs
of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. To find
out more about the meeting, visit http://www.americangeriatrics.org/news/meeting/index.shtml.
CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation Annual Diabetes
Conference. May 16-19, 2006. Denver, CO. Sponsored
by CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation and CDC's Division
of Nutrition and Physical Activity, this conference will
address diabetes and obesity. For more information, see
National Employee Health
& Fitness Day. May 17, 2006. Presented by the
National Association for Health & Fitness. For more
information see http://www.physicalfitness.org/nehf.html.
N4A Annual Conference. Aug.
6-10, 2006. Chicago, IL. For information go to
NASU National Home and Community
Based Services Waiver Conference (in conjunction with the
Minnesota Aging and Disabilities Odyssey). Oct. 1-4, 2006.
Minneapolis, MN. For information go to http://www.nasua.org/waiverconference/.
Tactics and Tools
to Worksite to Reach Women with Health Messages
Outreach to midlife and older women through the
work place may be a missed opportunity for many programs
that assume most females older than age 55 are retired or
working in the home. According to the U.S. Department of
Labor, there were 10.3 million employed women aged 55 and
over in the U.S. in 2004. These women were most frequently
employed in management, professional and related occupations
(3.9 million) and sales and office occupations (3.8 million).
For more information on this population group see http://www.dol.gov/wb/factsheets/Qf-olderworkers55.htm.
Tool to Assess Readiness
to Implement Programs
The National Council on the Aging has developed a Readiness
Checklist: A Tool for Self-Assessing Readiness to Implement
Evidence-Based Health Promotion, Self-Management and Prevention
Programs. This tool provides a framework for discussions
within a community aging service provider organization,
or more appropriately among partnering organizations, interested
in offering evidence-based health promotion and self-management
programming. For more information go to
Growing Stronger: Strength
Training for Older Adults
This book, co-authored by Tufts University and the CDC,
builds upon the original NIA physical activity guide for
older adults, but is focused more specifically on strength
training. The book was focus-tested with older adults. It
can be downloaded at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger/growing_stronger.pdf.
Accompanying work sheets to track
progress are available at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger/log_sheets.pdf.
Alberta Centre for Active
Living Web site
The Alberta Centre for Active Living Web site allows professionals
to find evidence-based physical activity information. Check
it out at http://www.centre4activeliving.ca.
HHS Prevention Report: Internet
As Resource for Seniors
Internet use among seniors remains lower than among other
American age groups. Only about one-third of older adults
have gone online and these seniors are not representative
of the entire age group. They are predominantly white, college-educated,
and have an above-average income. The report addresses challenges
to using the Internet for older Americans. For instance,
seniors may experience a decline in vision, manual dexterity,
memory, and cognitive ability that all may negatively impact
their online experience. Also, seniors who do go online
overwhelmingly log on from home using dial-up connections
which can complicate navigation of Web sites and online
features, result in extremely long download times, and increase
the likelihood that online forms and applications will time
out. In addition to addressing the challenges associated
with seniors and the Internet, the report offers suggestions
and provides examples for developing senior-friendly Web
sites, and offers resources such as computer training programs
for seniors. For information see http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/pubs/prevrpt.
Remind Physical Activity
Participants to Protect Themselves from Too Much Sun
As the weather gets warmer, many physical activity programs
will move outside. It’s important to remind people
that they need to protect their skin from overexposure to
the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Here are some tips from the American
Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention:
Cover up as much
as possible with a wide-brimmed hat and tightly woven
long-sleeved shirt and pants.
that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
Use sunscreen with
an SPF 15 or higher, and apply it at least 20 minutes
before going outside, and reapply every two hours (more
frequently when sweating or in water). Also note that
sunscreens have an expiration date.
Use lip balm with
to the midday sun (10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) when the
sun’s rays do the most damage.
Exercise Capacity Declines
with Age But Can Improve with Exercise Training
A University of Washington study published in the
March 8 issue of the Journal of the American College
of Cardiology notes that as people age they require
more oxygen to carry out the same amount of physical activity
as younger people. However, this age-related htmlect of health
can be reversed with exercise training, which improves efficiency
to a greater degree in the elderly than in the young. For
more information see http://content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/abstract/47/5/1049.
Even Started Late in Life,
Exercise Brings Benefits
According to a Stanford University School of Medicine study,
published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological
Sciences and Medical Sciences 61:97-102 (2006), the
benefits of regular physical exercise, even when begun later
in life, can delay the progression of musculoskeletal disability
in seniors. For more information see http://biomed.gerontologyjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/61/1/97.
Program Helps Medical Students
The mingling of young and old is at the heart of the Vital
Visionaries project, a program designed to improve future
doctors’ attitudes towards older people and to awaken
in older people awareness of their creative possibilities.
It is managed for the National Institute on Aging by the
Society for the Arts in Healthcare, a non-profit corporation
that promotes the incorporation of the arts in health care.
For more information see http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/feb2006/nia-22.htm.
Work and Home Provide Most
Physical Activity for Latinos
Latino men and women get most of their daily physical activity
from work and home-related tasks, rather than recreational
exercise, according to the results of a study published
in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine 31(2), 2006.
Researchers also found significant differences in how Latino
men and women get most of their physical activity. Among
the 155 people followed in the study, men participated in
more work-related physical activity than women, while women
engaged in more household-related physical activity. Latinos
who were more “Americanized” in their language
and culture than others had lower overall and work-related
activity rates, perhaps because they did not work in manual
labor jobs. For more information see http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/518768/?sc=lwhn.
Exercise Helps Reduce Menopausal
Regular exercise can reduce severe symptoms in menopausal
women and improve their quality of life, according to a
study published in the April 2006 issue of the Journal
of Advanced Nursing. Researchers from the University
of Granada in Spain found that the number of women suffering
severe symptoms fell by a quarter after they took part in
a 12-month supervised exercise program, while problems increased
among women who didn't exercise. Fifty percent of the exercise
group had severe symptoms at the start of the program compared
with 37 percent at the end. For more information see http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.03784.x.
BMI, Physical Inactivity,
and Cardiovascular Health
Weight (BMI) is more strongly related to adverse cardiovascular
biomarker levels including total cholesterol and LDL (bad)
cholesterol than physical inactivity, according to an article
in the March 22 issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association. However, within BMI categories,
physical activity was generally associated with more favorable
cardiovascular biomarker levels than inactivity. The study
is based on cross-sectional analysis of 27,158 women (mean
age, 54.7 years) in the Women's Health Study. See http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/12/1412
for more information.
Older Heart Failure Patients
Don’t Adhere to Exercise Regimes
Older patients with heart failure are likely to take their
medications as directed and to keep their office appointments,
but they are less likely to follow advice to exercise and
to check their weight regularly. Researchers from the University
Medical Center Groningen (the Netherlands) surveyed 501
older heart failure patients. Researchers noted that compliance
with medication and office appointments was high -- more
than 90 percent. The lowest compliance rates were for exercise
and weighing, with only 39 percent of the subjects complying
with exercise advice and only 35 percent getting on the
scale daily or at least three times per week. Because patients
with more depressive symptoms showed more non-compliant
behavior in this study, the researchers suggest that extra
attention should be paid to this patient subgroup. The study
results were published in the February 2006 issue of the
European Heart Journal.
Awards of Excellence in Older
Volunteer Program Management
The MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards
will honor volunteer programs for promising practices in
recruiting and engaging older volunteers. Awards will be
given to three volunteer programs whose practices in recruitment,
orientation and training, retention and recognition of older
volunteers set the standard and can be replicated by other
organizations. Award honorees will receive a monetary award
of $2,500 to help further their work. Additional information
about the 2006 MetLife Foundation Older Volunteers Enrich
America Program Awards, including nomination forms, can
be found at http://www.n4a.org/metlifeprogramawards.cfm.
Deadline for nominations is April 7, 2006.
Community Participation in
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research/NIH/DHHS
is sponsoring support for research on health promotion,
disease prevention, and health disparities that is jointly
conducted by communities and researchers. For more information,
go to http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-026.html
and e-mail: email@example.com.
Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison will award three pilot
grants to investigators using the Wisconsin Longitudinal
Study (WLS) data for scholarly research. Selected recipients
will receive $10,000 to support their research, along with
a residency at CDHA, where they will receive training and
support in use of WLS data. The residency will take place
August 3 – 4, 2006. Grant recipients will be invited
back to CDHA to present their work at a later date. Authors
will be encouraged to publish their work in any appropriate
outlet. Application deadline is June 1, 2006. For details