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the Active for Life® National Program Office
Terry Bazzarre, Ph.D., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF) senior program officer, recently visited the Active
for Life® National Program Office (AFL NPO) site
on the campus of Texas A&M University. Terry met with
AFL staff, and also had an opportunity to meet with the
Dean of the School of Rural Public Health (SRPH), and
to address members of the SRPH faculty and staff.
Marcia Ory, Ph.D.,
MPH, director of the AFL NPO, participated with other
aging network leaders in the National Council on the Aging
Capturing the Momentum meeting held in Washington, D.C.
Successes in the aging field were discussed, and future
directions and strategies to promote evidence-based programs
on healthy aging were addressed.
The Texas Public
Health Training Center hosted a Rural Public Health Interest
Group conference call. Kerrie Hora, program manager for
the Active For Life Generations project, spoke
on the topic of aging.
AFL grantees are
preparing for the Fifth Annual Grantee Meeting, September
19-21, at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT. The
meeting will focus on third year program data and sustainability
issues. Following the grantee meeting, a number of participants
will remain for a meeting related to the Active for
Life® Generations project. The “Generations”
initiative is a RWJF synergy pilot project administered
through the Active for Life National Program
Office. 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.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference.
Sept. 5-8, 2006. Madison, WI. Sponsored by the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking, the theme is
Making Connections. For information, go to http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/index.html.
2006 National Health Promotion
Conference. Sept. 12-14, 2006. Atlanta, GA. Presented
by CDC's Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, the National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,
and the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/cochp/conference/index.htm.
ICAA Regional Meeting. Sept.
29, 2006. New York, NY. This event features active
aging industry speakers addressing trends and ways to build
and maintain an age-friendly staff. To register for this
event call 866-335-9777.
Active Aging Week, the last
week of September 2006 (Oct. 1 International Day
of Older Persons). For free professional resources and more
information on how to host an event, click on the following
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/.
Parks, Recreation, and Public
Health: Collaborative Frameworks for Promoting Physical
Activity, Cooper Institute Series. Oct. 26–28, 2006.
Dallas, TX. For information go to http://www.cooperinst.org/conf2006intro.html.
American Public Health Association
Annual Meeting. Nov. 4-8, 2006. Boston, MA. For
more details, visit the Web site at http://www.apha.org.
4th Annual ICAA Conference:
Active Aging 2006. Nov. 15-17, 2006, Las Vegas, NV. Information
is available at http://www.icaa.cc/.
Gerontological Society of
America Annual Scientific Meeting. Nov. 16-20, 2006. Dallas,
TX. Information is available at http://www.agingconference.com/about_the_meeting.cfm.
Choices for Independence
National Leadership Summit. Dec. 5-6, 2006. Washington,
D.C. At the Summit, AoA, the Aging Network, and
other Federal, State, Tribal, and local leaders will engage
in a peer-to-peer exchange of best practices, strategies,
and tools for helping older people remain healthy and independent.
For information see http://www.aoa.gov/Choices/Summit/summithome.htm.
NCOA-ASA Joint Conference.
March 7-10, 2007. Chicago, IL. This conference
will feature over 900 sessions covering a diverse range
of topics in aging. For details, go to http://www.agingconference.org/asav2/conf/jc/jc07/.
to Promote Active Aging Week
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has free
materials available to help plan Active Aging Week events
(Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2006). The goal of the annual event
is to introduce older adults to physical activity and exercise
options. ICAA materials, available at http://www.icaa.cc,
include planning guides, posters and certificates of participation,
news releases, ideas for activities, activity tools, and
a list of frequently asked questions.
Consumers Nutrition Brochure
Your Personal Path to Health: Steps to a Healthier You
is a new brochure developed cooperatively by U.S. Department
of Agriculture, the Food Marketing Institute, and the International
Food Information Council Foundation. It helps consumers
understand MyPyramid by providing practical tips on how
to bring the recommendations into their everyday lives.
Keeping in step with the main focus of MyPyramid, the brochure
focuses on the individual and his or her personal needs.
An easy reference that breaks down recommended servings
for the average man and woman is included. The publication
can be accessed and downloaded at http://www.ific.org/publications/orderform.cfm.
News from the Center
News from the Center is an electronic newsletter from the
Center for Healthy Aging. It is designed to engage, educate,
and energize aging service providers on evidence-based health
promotion programming. It features recent publications and
highlights demonstrations and upcoming conferences, and
provides information and links to resources, including toolkits
and manuals. For a copy and subscribing information go to
Land Use and Health Toolbox:
Resources on Health and the Built Environment
The National Association of City and County Health Officials
has assembled fact sheets, guides, PowerPoint presentations,
Web casts, policy reports, and other resources to assist
health practitioners, elected officials, and community planners
make the connection between public health, community design
and the built environment. The materials are available at
Older Americans Update 2006: Key
Indicators of Well-Being was recently released by the
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. The
report provides updated information on a variety of topics,
including labor force participation, leading causes of death,
health care use, and other important areas. Supporting data
for each indicator, including complete tables, PowerPoint
slides, and data source descriptions are available online.
Information can be downloaded at http://www.agingstats.gov/.
Free Online Statistics Resource
The Silver Book: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation
in an Aging Nation is a new free, online resource that
brings together statistics, graphs, and important information
about the burden of chronic disease on an aging nation.
It was released this past spring by the Alliance for Aging
Research. The searchable database has more than 500 facts
and statistics from more than 150 sources and it is constantly
updated. Presentation slides can be downloaded for much
of the data. For details, go to http://www.silverbook.org.
Health Statistics Report
Released in Aug. 2006, the Summary Health Statistics
for the U.S. Population is one in a set of reports
summarizing data from the 2004 National Health Interview
Survey, a multi-purpose health survey conducted by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center
for Health Statistics. This report, which includes information
on older populations, provides national estimates for a
broad range of health measures for the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized
population. Details are available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_229.pdf.
Mid-life Physical Activity
and Old-Age Mobility
Loss of mobility is a major concern for older adults. But
researchers report in the Sept. 2006 issue of the American
Journal of Preventive Medicine that adults who are
physically active in their 30s, 40s, and 50s realize beneficial
effects well into the future. These benefits include maintaining
the ability to walk and perform routine daily functions.
Researchers found that people with higher levels of physical
activity in mid-life were significantly more likely to achieve
a higher Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) than
those who had been less active. And they were significantly
less likely to fail the 400-meter walk test compared with
less active adults. For more information, go to http://www.ajpm-online.net/article/PIIS0749379706002017/abstract.
Fewer Exercise Options in
Lower-income neighborhoods and those with higher proportions
of racial minorities are less likely to have gyms, sports
clubs, dance studios and public golf courses, notes a study
in the September 2006 issue of the American Journal
of Public Health. Researchers used Census Bureau population
and socio-economic status data to examine the availability
of the four types of physical activity outlets among a population
of more than 280 million people living in 28,050 zip codes
with 52,751 available physical activity-related outlets
in the year 2000. The study found lower-income neighborhoods
and those with higher proportions of racial minorities are
less likely to have any commercial physical activity-related
facilities and fewer overall numbers of such facilities
than more affluent and predominantly white neighborhoods.
The study’s authors said a lack of such facilities
could be one factor contributing to the lower levels of
physical activity reported among minorities and the poor.
Results of a study that examined the effectiveness of participation
in EnhanceFitness (formerly the Lifetime Fitness Program)
are reported in the August 2006 issue of the Journal
of Applied Gerontology. Authors of The Effects
of a Community-Based Exercise Program on Function and Health
in Older Adults: The EnhanceFitness Program note that
improvements were observed at four and eight month measures
on performance tests of participants, while participants'
self-rating of health improved at eight months. An abstract
is available at http://jag.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/25/4/291.
Positive Results of Strength
Findings from scientific studies funded by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service at the Jean
Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts
University showed that in a group of volunteers with osteoarthritis,
muscle strength increased by 14 percent and balance improved
by 55 percent after a 12-week strength-training program.
Flexibility also improved by 17 percent, and pain, based
on self reports, decreased by 30 percent.
Beliefs About Exercise
Even though appropriate exercise can help relieve the symptoms
of arthritis, people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
may not engage in activity. Based on a series of 12 focus
groups, researchers identified several barriers to exercise.
These included pain, a belief individuals were unable to
exercise, lack of physician recommendations to exercise,
lack of available exercise programs, and lack of understanding
of exercise's ability to improve symptoms. Based on the
findings, researchers recommend that physicians routinely
prescribe exercise, communities increase the availability
of arthritis-specific exercise programs, and health care
professionals emphasize ways in which individuals with arthritis
can modify exercise to accommodate their physical limitations
and effectively manage pain. The study was published in
the August 2006 issue of Arthritis Care and Research.
Reducing Abdominal Fat Cells
Exercise, added to calorie reduction, can help reduce abdominal
fat cells in women, according to research presented in the
August 2006 issue of the International Journal of Obesity.
Excessive abdominal fat is a risk factor for diabetes and
heart disease. The research subjects were divided into three
groups. One that had calorie reduction only, one that engaged
in low-intensity exercise and calorie reduction, and one
that engaged in high-intensity exercise and calorie reduction.
Both exercise groups showed a reduction in both body weight
and abdominal fat, while the group that had only calorie
reduction saw body weight reduction, but no change in abdominal
fat. For more information see http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v30/n8/abs/0803245a.html.
Exercise May Sustain Mental
Based on a review of studies on exercise and its effect
on brain function, researchers find that physical activity
may slow the effects of aging and help people maintain cognitive
abilities well into older age. Fitness training - an increased
level of exercise - may improve some mental processes even
more than moderate activity. The findings were presented
at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Psychological
Association. A news release on the study is available at
More Women Pumping Up
Women are pumping more iron, with nearly 1 in 5 doing twice-a-week
workouts, a new federal study shows. The desire for a more
attractive body, along with worries about bone loss, probably
contributes to the trend, experts said. The U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention did the research, which
is the first to look at the national prevalence of weightlifting
and other forms of strength-training. It was published in
the October 8, 2006 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The study found an overall increase in weightlifting and
other forms of strength-training. In 2004, about 20 percent
of U.S. adults were doing strength-training at least twice
a week, up slightly from the late 1990s, when about 18 percent
of adults were. Women improved the most: About 17.5 percent
did twice-a-week workouts in 2004, up from about 14.5 percent
in 1998. Men, in contrast, held steady at around 21.5 percent.
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
or e-mail: email@example.com.
Women's Sports Foundation
RYKA Women's Fitness Grants Program
Funding is available to support programs that enhance women's
lives through health and fitness. For an application form,
go to http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/binary-data/WSF_GRANT/pdf_file/31.PDF.
Deadline: September 8, 2006.
Robert Wood Johnson Health
& Society Scholars Program
Designed to build the United States' capacity for research,
leadership, and action to address a broad range of factors
that affect health, the program supports up to 18 outstanding
individuals who have completed doctoral training to engage
in an intensive two-year interdisciplinary program in population
health at one of six nationally prominent universities.
For information see http://www.healthandsocietyscholars.org/.
Deadline: October 13, 2006.
National Gardening Association
24th Annual Youth Garden Grant Program
The National Gardening Association and Home Depot are funding
the annual Youth Garden Grant Program. Schools, youth groups,
community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and
intergenerational groups are eligible. Applicants must plan
to garden in 2007 with at least 15 children. Applicants
should demonstrate a child-centered plan that emphasizes
children/youth learning and working in an outdoor garden.
Information is available at http://www.kidsgardening.com/YGG.html.
Deadline: November 1, 2006.
AmeriCorps National Education
Funding is available for projects that address one or a
combination of initiatives that address community needs,
including harnessing the experiences of baby boomers. For
information see http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=10587.
Deadline: February 15, 2007.
College Station, Texas 77843-1266