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the Active for Life® National Program Office
Dr. Ory Recognized by Gerontological
Society of America
Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, director of the Active
for Life® (AFL) National Program Office, was selected
as a co-recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Mentorship in
Gerontology Award from the Gerontological Society of America.
The award is given to individuals who have fostered excellence
in, and had a major impact on, the field of gerontology by
virtue of their mentoring and inspiration.
Synergy Projects Meeting
Diane Dowdy, PhD, director, and Kerrie Hora, MS, program manager,
of the Generations Working Together to Prevent Childhood
Obesity project participated in a Synergy Meeting recently
with representatives from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded
programs Preventing Obesity in Children: Reducing the
Risk for Diabetes and Healthy Eating by Design.
The Generations Project was established in response
to the growing risk of overweight and obesity among low-income
children. It is a pilot project for Active for Life
grantees. The meeting participants focused on lessons learned,
policy, and environmental impact of their programs. The potential
for dissemination and development of a resource network at
the grantee level to enhance sustainability and growth of
these projects was also discussed.
Active for Life Final Grantee
The final meeting of the Active for Life grantees
will take place October 3-5, in San Antonio, TX. The theme
is Round Up in the Lone Star State. Program grantees will
have an opportunity to share highlights of their efforts in
reach and sustainability, some of their key learnings, and
future plans. In addition, preliminary program evaluation
results will be discussed.
Tactics and Tools
Active Options has been developed to help older
adults, health care providers, information and assistance
specialists, and others identify appropriate and accessible
physical activity programs for older adults. This Web site
can also help physical activity program providers reach
and recruit more older adults into their programs and help
them identify gaps in the programs currently being offered
in a community. For information, go to http://activeoptions.org.
Research Translator Blog
Community-based health and wellness practitioners who work
with older adults need evidence-based information. However,
this type of information is often only available through
difficult-to-access university libraries and databases.
The information can also be presented in an overly technical
manner. To address this, the Aging Research Translator Blog
offers weekly, easy-to-understand updates on aging-related
research for community-based practitioners.
Take Control with Exercise
This upbeat 60-minute fitness DVD produced by the Arthritis
Foundation provides a balanced exercise routine based on
the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. It has been created
specifically for people with arthritis. The DVD includes
two optional endurance routines to create a more challenging
workout and a guided imagery segment for relaxation. For
information, go to http://ww2.arthritis.org/afstore/singleproduct.html?idCat=&idSubCat=&idproduct=3785.
Updated Physical Activity
Updated physical activity guidelines have been
released by the American College of Sports Medicine and
the American Heart Association, published in the August
issue of Medicine
& Science in Sports & Exercise. The guidelines
recommend the same amount of moderate-intensity aerobic
physical activity for adults ages 65 and older, and adults
ages 50 to 64 with chronic conditions or functional limitations,
as for those ages 18-65. The recommendation is at least
30 minutes of aerobic activity on five days each week or
vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least
20 minutes on three days each week. The recommended amount
of aerobic activity, whether of moderate- or vigorous-intensity,
is in addition to routine, light-intensity activities of
daily living. Muscle-strengthening activities have been
incorporated into the new guidelines. To maximize strength
development, those 65 and older need to include resistance
(weight) training into their fitness routine. This should
include 10 to 15 repetitions of exercises that use major
muscle groups. Flexibility training two days a week, and
balance exercises to reduce the risk of falls, should also
be incorporated into the fitness programs of people age
65 and older.
A Little Bit Helps
According to research published in the May 16 issue
of Journal of the American Medical Association
even small amounts of physical activity, approximately 75
minutes per week (25 minutes, three times per week), can
help improve fitness levels for postmenopausal women who
are sedentary and overweight or obese.
A Little More May Be Better
While moderate intensity walking can decrease the likelihood
of disability and age-associated disease, researchers at
the Mayo Clinic have noted that such physical activity may
not be sufficient. High-intensity activity might be needed
to protect against age-associated increases in blood pressure
and decreases in thigh muscle strength and peak aerobic
capacity. The study was reported in the July issue of Mayo
Clinic Proceedings (http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com.)
Exercise Does Not Effect
Researchers have found that moderate physical activity has
no effect on the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis
(OA), according to a study in a recent issue of Arthritis
Care and Research (http://www3.interscience.wiley.com)
The results of the study, which monitored 1,279 older adults
over a nine-year study period, suggested that older adults,
even those who are overweight, can participate in recreational
exercise without worrying that they might develop knee OA
as a result.
Researchers reported in the June 4 issue of the International
Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
that older home-bound adults who participated in a home-based
self-management arthritis intervention called I'm Taking
Charge of My Arthritis! maintained their variety and frequency
of exercise eight months following the completion of the
intervention. The findings of this study indicate that significant
improvements in exercise levels and the long-term maintenance
of behaviors can be achieved through a self-management intervention
with this target population. Home interventions may also
have a strong impact on the facilitation of learning and
adoption of behaviors. Wide scale interventions such as
this may make a significant contribution to the management
of disability among those suffering from arthritis.
Healthy Lifestyles Lower
In a study published in the July 2007 issue of the American
Journal of Medicine (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00029343),
researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina,
Charleston found that people 45 to 64 years of age who added
healthy lifestyle behaviors could substantially reduce their
risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduce their death
rate. Compared to people with less-healthy lifestyles, study
participants’ incidence of cardiovascular disease
dropped 35 percent—and their death rate dropped 40
percent—when they ate at least five fruits and vegetables
daily, exercised at least two and one-half hours per week,
maintained a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 30 kg/m,
and did not smoke.
September 24 – October
1. Active Aging Week. The International Council
on Active Aging has announced this year's theme, Choose
An Active Life. For information, go to http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm.
September 30: World Heart
Day. The theme for this year’s World Heart
Day is Healthy Families, Healthy Communities.
Sponsored by the World Heart Federation; for more information,
visit their Web site at http://www.worldheart.org/awareness-whd.php.
September: America On the
Move's Campaign. http://www.americaonthemove.org.
September: Healthy Aging®
September: National Cholesterol
Education Month. Send e-mail inquiries to: email@example.com
Meetings and Conferences
American Council on Exercise
Fitness Symposium. September 5-7. Las Vegas,
Physical Activity and Public
Health Courses. September 11-19. Hilton Head
Island, SC. http://prevention.sph.sc.edu:80/seapines/index.htm.
National Council on Aging
Advocacy Day. September 18. Washington, DC. http://www.ncoa.org.
National Recreation and
Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition. September
25-29. Indianapolis, IN. http://nrpablog.typepad.com/congressexpo07/.
The Cooper Institute Conference:
Diversity in Physical Activity and Health. October
18-20. Dallas, TX. http://www.cooperinst.org/events/scientific/index.cfm.
American Public Health
Association Annual Meeting. November 3-7. Washington,
of America Annual Meeting. November 16-20. San
Francisco, CA. http://www.geron.org/.
National Prevention and
Health Promotion Summit. November 27-29. Washington,
DC. For information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/cochp/conference/index.htm.
ICAA Conference: Active
Aging 2007. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Orlando, FL. For
information go to http://www.icaa.cc:80/convention.htm.
National Council on Aging/American
Society on Aging Joint Conference. March 27-30. Washington,
AAHPERD National Convention
& Exposition. April 8-12. Fort Worth, TX.
World Congress on Physical
Activity and Aging. Tsukuba, Japan. July 26-29, 2008.
The University of Tsukuba, in collaboration with the Japan
Ministry of Health and Nutrition; the Foundation of Fitness
Promotion and Exercise Guidance, the Japan Health Promotion
and Fitness Foundation, the Center of Excellence in Health
and Sport Sciences, and the Tsukuba Advanced Research
Alliance will host this important scientific event. Information
will be posted at http://www.isapa2008.org.
Excellence in Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging
A new awards program recognizes communities for
their outstanding comprehensive approaches to implementing
principles of smart growth, as well as strategies that support
active aging. This award will be presented to communities
with the best and most inclusive overall approach to implementing
smart growth and active aging at the neighborhood, tribe,
city, county, and/or regional level. Eligible candidates
are invited to submit applications, which are due October
17. The initiative is a collaborative effort with the President's
Council for Fitness and Sports, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the National Council on Aging's
Centers for Healthy Aging, the National Blueprint Initiative,
and Active for Life. More information about the award is
located at: http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards/index.htm.
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
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Childhood Obesity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will commit at least
$500 million over the next five years to fight childhood
obesity in the U.S. The Foundation will focus on improving
access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for
safe physical activity in schools and communities. It will
place special emphasis on reaching children at greatest
risk for obesity and related health problems: African-American,
Latino, Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islander
children living in low-income communities. Information is
available at http://www.rwjf.org/portfolios/features/featuredetail.jsp?featureID=2276&type=3&iaid=138.
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