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Congratulations to FirstHealth
of the Carolinas
Congratulations to Active for Life®
grantee FirstHealth of the Carolinas. FirstHealth was awarded
funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the
Healthy Living in Mid-Carolinas initiative. Through Healthy
Living in the Mid-Carolinas, FirstHealth will provide tobacco
cessation and lifestyle change support, through Active Living
Every Day, Healthy Eating Every Day and FirstQuit classes.
Their goal is to reach 7,000 people with the programs during
a seven-year project period.
Update on AFL’s Generations
In response to the growing risk of overweight and obesity
among low-income children, Generations Working to Prevent
Childhood Obesity, an Active for Life synergy
pilot project, continues to support four Active for Life
grantees working to prevent and/or reduce childhood obesity
by changing policies and environments through an intergenerational
approach. Generations grantees met recently in San
Francisco to share strategies and successes. Additional presentations
highlighted the From Farms to Capital Hill: Growing Healthy
Kids, Farms and Communities Meeting and the California Childhood
Obesity Meeting. The Generations Web site (http://www.activeforlife.info/generations/index.html)
offers toolkits, helpful hints, and a list of upcoming meetings.
New Web Site Supports Active
The Learning Network for Active Aging Web site is now online
The Web site is designed to bring research findings to communities
and professionals working to assist older adults in their
pursuit of healthy, active lives. The Learning Network is
part of the Active for Life initiative and receives
technical support from the Healthy Aging Research Network
at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The Learning
Network is coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) through its Aging Initiative http://www.epa.gov/aging/index.htm.
Motivating People to Be Active
According to an article, 10 Easy Ways to Make
Exercise A Habit, on WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/10-easy-ways-make-exercise-habit?ecd=wnl_hyp_042207,
a study by researcher Diane Klein, PhD, showed that long-term
exercisers (who had been working out for an average of 13
years) were not as concerned with powerful muscles as they
were with feeling good and being healthy. Study participants
ranked the things that motivated them to be active:
Stressing these benefits
when developing communications and marketing tools to promote
activity can help tailor messages to specific audiences.
HHS Initiative to Improve
the Health of Hispanic Elders
Five agencies have teamed up to assist local communities
in up to nine metropolitan areas of the U.S. with large
Hispanic populations to develop more coordinated strategies
for improving the health and well being of Hispanic elders.
The HHS initiative Improving Hispanic Elders' Health:
Community Partnerships for Evidence-Based Solutions
is designed to encourage Hispanic elders and their families
to take advantage of new Medicare benefits, including prescription
drug coverage, flu shots, diabetes screening and self-management,
cardiovascular screening, cancer screening services and
smoking cessation programs. For more details visit http://www.academyhealth.org/ahrq/elders.
How Local Governments Are
Preparing for a Wave of Retirees
To help local governments meet the needs of an aging population,
and to leverage the experience and talent of older Americans,
five national organizations have joined forces to assess
the "aging readiness" of America’s communities
and identify solutions. This survey-based article focuses
on the role that local governments have taken to provide
programs and services for older Americans in such areas
as health, nutrition, exercise, transportation, public safety/emergency
services, housing, taxation and finance, workforce development,
citizen engagement/volunteer opportunities, and aging/human
services. It also discusses the challenges that local governments
face in planning for an older population. The publication
is available from the International City/County Management
a local government leadership and management organization.
Excellence in Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging
The EPA is accepting applications for an award which recognizes
outstanding community planning and strategies that support
active aging. Awards for "Excellence in Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging" will be presented to
communities that demonstrate the best and most inclusive
overall approach to implementing smart growth and active
aging at the neighborhood, tribe, municipality, county,
and/or regional levels. Application, award guidelines and
entry rules on the Excellence Awards for Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging are at http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards/.
Applications are due Oct. 17. Winners will be announced
at the New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy
and Livable Communities Conference in Washington, DC in
Physical Activity Important
for People with Diabetes
Adults with either long-standing type 1 or type
2 diabetes had lower skeletal muscle strength than nondiabetic
adults, note authors of a study in the June issue of Diabetes
The study points out that among older adults type 2 diabetes
is associated with accelerated loss of leg muscle strength
Physical Condition Improves
Older people who performed a physical conditioning program
developed by researchers at Yale School of Medicine were
able to maintain or enhance their driving performance, potentially
leading to a safer and more independent quality of life.
According to a study published in the May issue of the Journal
of General Internal Medicine (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.html?ref=0884-8734&site=1),
flexibility, coordination and speed of movement have been
linked with older drivers’ on road performance.
Multiple Risk Intervention
Physicians trying to help patients change more than one
behavioral risk factor may have more success approaching
several topics at once rather than addressing them separately
over time, according to a report in the June 11 issue of
Archives of Internal Medicine (http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/167/11/1152).
Participants of the study were encouraged to stop smoking,
reduce their sodium intake, and increase physical activity
by at least 10,000 pedometer steps per week. The first group
received one in-clinic counseling session on all three behaviors
every six months, plus motivational telephone calls for
18 months; the second group followed a similar protocol,
but addressed a different behavior every six months; and
the third group received usual care, consisting of a one-time
referral to existing group classes. “Long-term multiple
behavior change is difficult in primary care,” the
authors conclude. “This study provides strong evidence
that addressing multiple behaviors sequentially is not superior
to, and may be inferior to, a simultaneous approach.”
Retirement and Physical Activity
Work demands are often cited as a barrier to physical activity.
But researchers found in a Dutch study that the overall
level of physical activity declined among retired adults,
compared to working adults. Researchers suggest that work-related
time pressures might be perceived rather than real, retirement
might create new barriers for physical activity, and developing
new habits that include leisure time activity might be difficult
for some older adults. Researchers suggest that retirees
need to carefully plan their retirement and incorporate
regular physical activity into their daily routines. The
study is in the June 15 issue of the American Journal
of Epidemiology (http://aje.oxfordjournals.org).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings and Conferences
National Wellness Conference:
Creating and Sustaining Wellness Cultures. July 14-19.
Stevens Point, WI. http://www.nationalwellness.org.
Generations United International
Conference. July 24-27. Washington, DC. http://www.gu.org.
National Association of
Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) 32nd Annual Conference and
Tradeshow. July 29 - August 1. San Francisco,
2007 Minority Women's Health
Summit. August 23-26. Washington, DC. http://www.4woman.gov/mwhs.
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.
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.
Innovation in Prevention
A component of the HealthierUS initiative, the
Innovation in Prevention Awards will identify and celebrate
outstanding organizations that have implemented innovative
and creative chronic disease prevention and health promotion
programs. These awards will provide an opportunity to increase
public awareness of creative approaches to develop and expand
innovative health programs and duplication of successful
strategies. Awardees will be the guest of the Secretary
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the
Innovation in Prevention Awardee Luncheon during the 2007
National Prevention and Health Promotion Summit November
27-29 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Deadline for submission is June 29. More information is
available at http://www.prevent.org/content/view/57/8/.
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 email@example.com.
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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