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OASIS Honored with HHS Award
The OASIS Institute, an Active for Life®
grantee, was one of nine organizations to receive the National
Innovation and Prevention Award at the U.S. Health & Human
Services National Prevention Summit in October. OASIS was
recognized for its Active Start program. Active Start adds
physical activity classes to the Active Living Every Day
program. The program, offered through neighborhood senior
centers, is funded through HHS’ Administration on Aging
and began in Los Angeles in partnership with the City of Los
Angeles Department of Aging, and has since expanded to St.
Louis and Indianapolis. For more information, go to http://www.oasisnet.org.
AFL Program Dissemination
Three of the new Administration on Aging Evidence-based Disease
Prevention State grantees will be testing Active for Life®
programs over the next three years. They include: Ohio, building
on the efforts of AFL grantee Council on Aging of Southwestern
Ohio/Hamilton County General Health District; Maryland, building
on the efforts of AFL grantee The Jewish Council on Aging
of Greater Washington; New York, where 3,000 mid-life and
older adults are being targeted for physical activity programming
during the three years. Additionally the OASIS Institute’s
AFL efforts will be expanded to Houston with funding through
the Houston Endowment, and to Indianapolis.
Grant Report on RWJF Web site
The report In Paradigm Shift, Team Creates a Physical
Activity Assessment Tool for Older Adults With the Focus on
Tailoring Activity to Individual Needs is available on
the Robert Wood Johnson Web site at http://www.rwjf.org/reports/grr/046841.htm?gsa=1.
The report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis
of pre-activity screening practices to assess their usefulness
and value, as well as the factors that influence the different
approaches. The report is based on work done by a team led
by AFL director Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH, with AFL Generations
program coordinator Kerrie Hora, MS.
Can Help Counter Fatigue
A report from Harvard Medical School says that
although the underlying cause of persistent fatigue can
be hard to identify, that doesn’t mean the fatigue
is imaginary. According to Boosting Your Energy,
a report from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing
division of Harvard Medical School, fatigue often signals
that something is wrong, physically or emotionally. Still,
most people—even those being treated for fatigue-producing
illnesses—can take steps to boost their energy. One
suggestion from experts is to exercise. Exercise almost
guarantees more sound sleep. In addition, it causes the
body to release hormones that can make people feel more
energized. Boosting Your Energy is available for
$16 online at http://www.health.harvard.edu/BE
or by calling 1-877-649-9457.
Remind Older Adults to Protect
Eyes When Outside
Sunglasses protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays and should
be worn year-round, optometrists say. “Ultraviolet
radiation reaches the earth’s surface, even on cloudy
or overcast days,” said Adam Gordon, O.D., a clinical
professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School
of Optometry. Snow reflects ultraviolet radiation, so people
who spend much time outdoors during the winter are at greater
risk of exposure. “Over-exposure to ultraviolet rays
causes painful corneal abrasion, which can last for several
days to a week,” he said. In addition, accruing scientific
evidence links prolonged ultraviolet exposure to cataracts
and possibly macular degeneration.
Dog Walking Helps Boost Physical
Data from the 2001 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS)
was used to determine the contribution of dog walking to
regular physical activity among dog walkers. Almost half
of the dog walkers in this study obtained at least 30 minutes
of walking through bouts of at least 10 minutes each in
one day, suggesting that dog walking contributes to a physically
active lifestyle. Dog walking is convenient for most dog
owners and may provide support and motivation for physical
activity in the same way a human buddy system provides support
for physical activity. The results are published in Preventing
Chronic Disease 3(2):A47, 2006, http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/apr/05_0106.htm.
New Eat Smart - Play
Hard Web Pages
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service launched two Web pages
that will help kids and adults put the Dietary Guidelines
and My Pyramid recommendations into action. The Eat
Smart - Play Hard Web page, http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardkids,
provides kids with interactive learning and skill-building
experiences in a virtual community setting, and encourages
and motivates them to make better lifestyle choices using
kid-friendly, entertaining techniques. The new Healthy
Lifestyle Web page, http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle,
provides parents and other caregivers with tools for healthy
living including low cost menus and recipes that meet the
new dietary guidelines.
Help for Those with Limited
Hablamos Juntos eUpdate is an electronic newsletter
that focuses on developments in improving patient-provider
communication for individuals with limited English proficiency.
The information is useful in the development of health materials
in languages other than English. For information see http://www.hablamosjuntos.org/default.about.html.
Issue Briefs from ASA
In order to make its Live Well, Live Long materials
more accessible to professionals with limited time, the
American Society on Aging (ASA) has created a new series
of "issue briefs." These condensed discussions
of the issues explored at length in the project's online
modules are now available as PDF files on the Live Well,
Live Long project Web site, http://www.asaging.org/cdc/issue_briefs.cfm.
Update of CDC’s 5
A Day Web site
The CDC has updated its 5 A Day Web site (formally
the NCI 5 A Day Web site), at http://www.5aday.gov.
This Web site contains information for the consumer and
health professional, as well as a section for state fruit
and vegetable coordinators. The Web site features a tool
in which consumers can determine how many fruits and vegetables
they need daily based on their age, sex and activity level.
Consumers can then find examples of what a cup and a half
cup of fruits and vegetables looks like, as well as helpful
tips for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The recipe
database contains over 600 healthy recipes. Health professionals
can find research, resources and tools, and information
about the 5 A Day program in the For Health Professionals
section. This section also contains information for coordinators
including the coordinator calendar, upcoming events, and
Fitness Programming for Older
Adults Top Trend
Expanded specialized fitness programming for older
adults is one of the American Council on Exercise’s
(ACE) top ten trends for 2007. ACE notes in a news release,
“A well-balanced fitness program offers many benefits
for seniors. It conditions muscles, tendons, ligaments and
bones to help fight osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, keeping
the body more limber and stabilizing joints to lower the
risk of everyday injury and enhance overall quality of life.”
See all of ACE’s fitness trends at http://www.acefitness.org.
A Little Exercise Is Better
Even if people only get a little exercise, they might reap
some health benefits, according to Steve Blair, PhD, professor
in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology
and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina. Dr.
Blair is preparing to publish the results of a five-year
exercise study involving a group of postmenopausal, moderately
hypertensive, sedentary women who were tested at different
levels of exercise. “We pretty much know that exercise
is good for you, but how much is really required to have
any benefit? Is it the public health consensus rate –
30 minutes of moderate intensity five days per week? Well,
suppose you do half that. Do you get any benefit? Well,
nobody knew,” Blair said. “The women were tested
at 50, 100 and 150 percent of the consensus exercise recommendations.
The results indicated that even a little exercise goes a
long way.” For more information see http://www.sph.sc.edu/news/blair.htm.
The PPET Study: People and
Pets Exercising Together
The effectiveness of a weight loss program targeting obese
humans and their obese companion dogs was assessed in a
one-year prospective, controlled trial. A people and pet
group (PP) and a people only group (PO) met separately in
small group sessions led by a registered dietician who provided
nutrition and physical activity counseling over a one year
period. The PP group also participated in activities to
build cohesiveness with their pets and to increase self-efficacy
for dog walking. Participants in both groups, including
the overweight dogs, lost a significant amount of weight
from baseline to 12 months and increased time spent in physical
activity. There was no significant difference in weight
loss between groups. The overweight dogs served as social
support for the overweight owners during the intervention.
For more information see the October issue of Obesity,
14(10):1762-1770, 2006, http://www.obesityresearch.org.
Safe and Effective Exercise
Classes for Older Adults
Twenty-five Active Aging Community Task Forces were formed
to increase awareness about the benefits of physical activity
among older adults and their service providers; to increase
the number of older adult exercise classes incorporating
resistance exercises; and to increase the number of trained
personnel to lead exercise classes. Over a five-year period,
36 workshops to train exercise class instructors were held,
153 new exercise classes for older adults were created,
and 81 previously existing classes incorporated resistance
exercises. These exercise classes served about 7,200 older
adults, who saw improvements in low back/hip range of motion,
agility/dynamic balance, leg strength, and upper arm strength.
See Evaluation and Program Planning 29(3):242-250, 2006,
Is Exercise or Diet Better
to Fight Risk Factors for Diabetes
It’s a toss up, according to a new study by a Saint
Louis University researcher who is a member of a Washington
University team of scientists examining whether a calorie-restrictive
diet can extend people’s lifespan. “Both diet
and exercise provides profound benefits to reduce the risk
of diabetes. Both those who restrict calories and those
who exercise benefit from weight loss,” says Edward
Weiss, PhD, lead author and assistant professor of nutrition
and dietetics at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College
of Health Sciences. Weiss said the scientists looked at
markers for developing diabetes because the disease is one
of the main causes of premature death. The study was published
in the November issue of the American Journal of Clinical
Exercise Can Help Prevent
Regular physical exercise can cut the likelihood of developing
the degenerative eye disease, age-related macular degeneration,
by 70%, suggests research published ahead of print in the
British Journal of Ophthalmology. Br J Ophthalmol
2006; doi: 10.1136/bjo.2006.103796 http://www.bmj.com.
Exercise Has Benefits Over
Diet Only Weight Reduction
For older adults who want to shed pounds, exercise may be
even more important than cutting calories, new research
suggests. In a study of 34 adults in their 50s and 60s,
researchers found that both dieters and exercisers lost
weight. The exercise group, however, did so while maintaining
their muscle mass, strength and fitness levels, whereas
dieters showed declines in all these measures. The findings,
published in the November 9 issue of the Journal of
Applied Physiology, http://jap.physiology.org,
suggests that exercise has added benefits over dieting alone.
"Exercise-induced weight loss provides the additional
benefit of improving physical performance capacity,"
lead author Dr. Edward Weiss, of Saint Louis University,
said in a statement.
Structured Exercise Delivers
Regular structured exercise may allow previously sedentary
elderly people to attain significant improvements in their
physical functioning and reduce the likelihood they will
become disabled in the future, according to findings from
a multicenter pilot study presented at the Gerontological
Society of America's annual meeting in November. The results
of the study, known as the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence
for Elders Pilot (LIFE-P) study, also appear in the November
issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences,
New Partners for Smart
Growth. Feb. 8-10,
2007. Los Angeles, CA. Features cutting-edge smart growth
issues, the latest research, implementation tools and
strategies, successful case studies, interactive learning
experiences, and new partners, projects and policies.
For information, go to http://www.newpartners.org/.
Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults. Feb. 14-15,
2007. Seattle, WA. The Prevention Research Centers
Healthy Aging Research Network is hosting this research-to-practice
conference. For information, visit http://www.son.washington.edu/cne/secure/display4.html?SKU=07107-C.
Active Living Research
Conference. Feb. 22-24, 2007 in Coronado, CA.
Presentations on perspectives related to economics, crime,
culture, etc., and will focus on the prevention of obesity
in communities, neighborhoods, children, and families.
For information, go to http://www.activelivingresearch.org.
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/.
AAHPERD National Convention. March 13-17,
2007. Baltimore, MD. This conference, sponsored by the
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation
and Dance, features a comprehensive program including
programming and events targeted to the distinct populations
of the health and physical activity industry.
Resource Centers For Minority
Aging Research (RCMAR)
The NIH invites applications from qualified institutions
to create or continue RCMAR and the RCMAR Coordinating Center.
It is anticipated that approximately $2,740,000 will be
available for each RCMAR award in their first year, and
that three to five RCMAR awards will be made plus one Coordinating
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.
Civic Ventures Purpose Prize
Civic Ventures has announced the opening of nominations
for the 2007 Purpose Prize, a major initiative that invests
in Americans over 60 who are leading a new age of social
innovation. In its second year, the prize includes five
$100,000 investments and ten $10,000 investments in entrepreneurs
in the second half of life who are combining their passion,
creativity and experience to address issues of social significance.
The nomination period will close on February 1, 2007. For
information, go to http://www.purposeprize.org.
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.
Stepping On Grant
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced
the availability of funding through the Dissemination
Research on Fall Prevention: “Stepping On” in
a U.S. Community Setting Grant. The deadline for applications
is February 23, 2007
College Station, Texas 77843-1266