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the Active for Life® National Program Office
Professionals who direct
lifestyle programs may find they can jump-start their effectiveness
at the beginning of the year simply by dovetailing their
approach to clients’ and patients’ New Year’s
resolutions. While only about 40% of resolution makers maintain
their resolutions after six months, almost 20% of those
who make resolutions to diet or mend relationships do continue
to realize success after two years. According to the American
Psychology Association’s Monitor on Psychology
(Vol. 35, No. 1), readiness to change, use of behavioral
strategies, and successfully weathering temporary setbacks
are keys to accomplishment.
more information see www.apa.org/monitor/jan04/solutions.html.
AFL Receives Honorable Mention
in Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence
The Active for Life® National Program
Office is an honorable mention recipient of the 2005 Archstone
Foundation Award of Excellence. The award was created in
conjunction with the Gerontological Health Section of the
American Public Health Association to recognize the best
practice models in Gerontology and Geriatrics. For more
details see http://www.archstone.org/press_release2296/press_release_show.htm?doc_id=314215.
The Active for Life®
NPO Moving In January
The NPO will be moving to a new location on the Texas A&M
University campus in late January.
The new postal address will be:
School of Rural Public Health
Active for Life National Program Office
College Station, TX 77843-1266
Phone and e-mail addresses will
remain the same.
Kudos to OASIS Founder Marylen
In the mid-1970s, when educator Marylen Mann started espousing
the idea that older people can still learn and contribute
to society, her ideas were far from foregone conclusions.
But she persisted in her ideas, and in 1982 Mann and the
late Margie Wolcott May formed OASIS, an organization dedicated
to providing challenging, meaningful pursuits for people
age 50 and older. OASIS is one of nine AFL grantee organizations.
Mann was recently honored as a recipient of the prestigious
2006 AARP Impact Award. AARP recognized her as one of ten
people who did something extraordinary to improve the world
in which we live.
Tapping Existing Relationships
and Contacts Can Lead to a Stronger Program
Active for Life® grantee FirstHealth
of the Carolinas is re-engaging key contacts, community
leaders and facilitators to get their ideas and input on
ways to expand AFL outreach to new participants. It’s
a great idea to keep in touch with collaborators and continue
to engage them in your program’s efforts. Often the
type of help and input they give has long-term value.
National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial
and Ethnic Disparities in Health. January 9-11, 2006. Washington,
D.C. The Office of Minority Health of HHS and its
co-sponsors will hold the National Leadership Summit on
Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. For
more information, visit www.OMHSummit2006.org.
on Aging, Disability and Independence. February 2-4, 2006.
St. Petersburg, FL. This conference will bring
together researchers, practitioners, business leaders and
people involved in aging policy. For information, go to
Active Living Research Conference.
February 16-18, 2006. Coronado, CA. For details,
go to http://www.activelivingresearch.org.
Joint Conference of the National
Council on the Aging and the American Society on Aging.
March 16-19, 2006. Anaheim, CA. The conference
will feature more than 800 sessions covering a diverse range
of topics in aging. For information go to http://www.agingconference.org/agingconference/jc06/index.cfm.
TV-Turnoff Week. April 24-30,
2006. For information and resources see 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.
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 and Bike-to-Work Day on
Friday, May 19. For more information see http://www.bikemonth.com.
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 http://www.psava.com/doc2006/main.html.
National Employee Health
& Fitness Day. May 17, 2006. Presented by the
National Association for Health & Fitness. For more
information see www.physicalfitness.org.
Tactics and Tools
Brief on Walking
The California Health Interview Survey is about
to release a policy brief on adult physical activity which
points out some of the strong associations between walking
and perceived safety. See www.chis.ucla.edu
for more information.
Poor Balance Associated with
There is increasing interest in exercise programs
to improve balance in older adults. The Standing Strong
Program, developed in response to the National Blueprint
to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 50 and Older,
combines strengthening and balance training exercises. It
is based on Sensorimotor Training which enhances the physiologic
systems involved in the control of balance. After three
months of performing the exercises three times a week, participants
improved both their strength and balance by approximately
For more information, contact Michael
E. Rogers, PhD, at email@example.com or Phil Page,
PT, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic Population of
the United States
The U.S. Census Bureau Report, Hispanic Population
of the United States: March 2003 and 2004, provides
an update on the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics
of the nation's Hispanics, with national summary data from
the Current Population Survey. Characteristics including
sex, age, citizenship, nativity, educational attainment,
occupation, income and poverty status are highlighted in
the report. For information go to http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hispanic.html.
Health, United States,
Health, United States, 2005 is an annual report
on trends in health statistics. The report consists of two
main sections - a chart book containing text and figures
that illustrates major trends in the health of Americans
and a trend tables section that contains 156 detailed data
tables. The two main components are supplemented by an executive
summary, a highlights section, an extensive appendix and
reference section, and an index. The trend and chart book
tables and chart book figures are available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.
Five-City Panel Study on
To test the effectiveness of its walking campaign,
AARP, in collaboration with ICR/International Communications
Research, designed both a population-level and an individual-level
evaluation across five southern U. S. cities with similar
socio-economic characteristics, including Richmond, VA one
of the two Active for Life® demonstration sites.
The four additional sites served to test the effectiveness
of different elements of a walking program: media only (Raleigh),
media with step-counters (Columbia), media with peer support
(Little Rock), and media with both step-counters and peer
support (Montgomery). The reports focus on the population-level
research and highlight changes over time in knowledge, attitudes,
awareness, and behavior concerning walking and other physical
activity among respondents in the five surveyed cities.
For details see http://www.aarp.org/research/health/prevention/walking.html.
The Value of Branding
Learning from the “Big Dogs” - not-for-profit
associations and government agencies don’t live in
the $300 billion marketing world of consumer goods but there
are concepts that might be learned from consumer goods branding.
Check out Frances Kelly III and Barry
Silverstein’s new book, “The Breakaway Brand”,
to see how Nike got to be such a stand-out in a crowded
marketplace, and how JetBlue and Apple have risen above
the fray through effective branding. The book is published
Low-level Exercise Delays
While exercise generally protects the normal heart
from cardiovascular disease, will exercise potentially improve
the prognosis of patents with heart disease, or will it
place further demand on an already over-stressed myocardium?
The paper, Low-intensity Exercise Training Delays the
Onset of Decompensated Heart Failure in the Spontaneously
Hypertensive Heart Failure Rat, appears in the November
edition of the American Physiological Society’s American
Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology.
For details see http://www.the-aps.org/press/journal/05/23.htm.
Worksite Health Programs
Are Good Business Investment
According to an article in the December issue of
the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, employers
who invest in worksite health promotion plans can see a
return of $3 to $6 for each dollar invested in the program
over a two to five year period. For more information, go
Exercise of Brains and Bodies
May Improve Memory
Research released recently at the American College
of Neuropsychopharmacology's Annual Meeting found that older
Americans may improve their memory by making simple lifestyle
changes including memory exercises, physical fitness, healthy
eating and stress reduction. The study was conducted at
the University of California, Los Angeles. The study was
the first to test the impact of combining memory exercises
and stress reduction with a healthy diet and exercise to
Proceedings of the Aging
Americans: Impacts on Ecology and the Environment
The EPA presents the transcripts and findings of
the Proceedings of Aging Americans: Impacts on Ecology and
Environmental Quality Workshop (8/10-12/04.) The report
includes research on the exposure of humans and ecosystems
to various pollutants, the extent of the exposure, and the
health and ecological effects from such exposure. For a
copy, go to http://www.epa.gov/aging/pdfs/2005_0620_finaldraftaging.pdf.
Healthy Eating Research
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced
the launch of Healthy Eating Research, an $11 million national
program to support research to identify, analyze and evaluate
environmental and policy strategies that can promote healthy
eating and prevent obesity among children. The program is
directed by Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D., professor of epidemiology
and community health in the University of Minnesota's School
of Public Health. The program's first Call for Proposals
focuses on school food policies and environments and is
available at www.rwjf.org/cfp/her.
A news release announcing the program is available at http://www.rwjf.org/newsroom/newsreleasesdetail.jsp?id=10383.
For more information, please visit www.healthyeatingresearch.org.
to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in American Indians and Alaska
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute invites
applications for cooperative agreements to conduct five-year
studies in American Indian/Alaskan Native communities to
test the effectiveness of behavioral interventions to promote
the adoption of healthy lifestyles and/or improve behaviors
related to cardiovascular risk, such as weight reduction,
regular physical activity, and smoking cessation. Deadline
for applications is March 10, 2006.
For information go to http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/NIH/NIH/RFA-HL-06-002/listing.html.