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Study Highlights Success of
Active for Life®
Researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold
School of Public Health, in collaboration with researchers
at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural
Public Health and staff from several of the Active for
Life grantee-sites, recently looked at data from 5,000
AFL program participants between 2003 and 2007. The findings,
published in the October
issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
showed significant increases in total physical activity, as
well as increases in moderate to vigorous intensity. Participants
also showed increases in satisfaction of body appearance and
function, and small decreases in body weight. Those who took
part in the Active Living Every Day program also
reported a decrease in perceived stress and depressive symptoms.
Revised Fitness Guidelines
The newly-released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
include recommendations for older adults. Those aged 65 and
older, who are in good health and have no physical limitations,
need at least 150 minutes (two hours and 30 minutes) each
week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking),
OR 75 minutes (one hour and 15 minutes) each week of vigorous-intensity
aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running), OR an equivalent
mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.
In addition, older adults should include, on two or more days
a week, muscle-strengthening activities that work all major
muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders,
and arms). (See the Tips, Tactics, and Tools section
of this newsletter for more information.)
Spellbound in Ohio
Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD, LD, co-author of six health promotion
books, including Active Living Every Day and her
newest book, Healthy Eating Every Day, was the keynote
speaker at the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio’s
fifth annual AFL reunion event. Speaking to an audience of
approximately 200 AFL graduates, she talked about the importance
of the “other side of the energy equation” --
healthy eating. In addition to Carpenter’s presentation,
the event featured several area pet adoption organizations,
who took the opportunity to highlight the value of pets as
both companions and walking partners. For more information,
AFL Leaders Meet with RWJF
AFL Director Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., MPH and Deputy Director
Diane Dowdy, Ph.D., along with representatives from the Michael
and Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living at
the University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional
Campus, met recently with representatives of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation to share information about Texas’
Statewide Evaluations of Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies
project. During the meeting they also learned about evaluation
projects in five other funded states: Arkansas; West Virginia;
Delaware; New York; and Mississippi.
Physical Activity Guidelines
The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) on October 7. The guidelines are available on the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Web site (http://www.hhs.gov).
Also available on the HHS Web site is a fact sheet and FAQ's
that can be used to respond to questions and communicate
with clients and patients. HHS also offers a drop-in news
article about the guidelines. The guidelines can also be
found on the CDC website: http://www.CDC.gov/physicalactivity.
The federal guidelines state adults should exercise for
two and a half hours - or 150 minutes - per week at a moderate
intensity. This breaks down into 30 minutes of exercise
five days per week, consistent with guidelines released
last August by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
and the American Heart Association. ACSM has created resources
assist in your professional translation and communication
of exercise recommendations. These resources focus on the
message of simply starting an exercise program regardless
of minutes-per-day recommendations. A pre-exercise health
assessment and barriers to exercise assessment are available,
as well as demonstrative exercise videos and additional
tools for success. Pass them on to your patients and clients
to showcase the importance and ease of integrating physical
activity into everyday life.
Practice Website and Training Modules
The Interdisciplinary Council for Training in Evidence-Based
Behavioral Practice (EBBP), sponsored by National Institutes
of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science
Research has announced the release of a newly redesigned
website and training modules at http://www.ebbp.org.
A goal of the EBBP project is to develop online learning
tools to help behavioral practitioners and students integrate
research and practice in real-world conditions. The three
training modules currently available are The EBBP Process,
Searching for Evidence, and Introduction to
Decrease in Physical Activity
In early 2008, 29.5 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years
and over engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity,
which was lower, but not significantly different from the
2007 first quarter estimate of 30.8 percent. The data is
from the National Health Interview Survey, Early Release
of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the January-March
2008 National Health Interview Survey (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/).
Exercise with Diet Helps
A group of sedentary and overweight older people placed
on a four-month exercise program not only became more fit,
but burned off more fat, compared to older sedentary people
who were placed on a diet but did not exercise. The new
study also showed that when older people diet without exercising,
they lose more lean muscle compared to those who exercise.
However, when they combined weight loss with exercise, it
nearly completely prevented the loss of lean muscle mass.
These results are important because older people tend to
lose muscle mass as they age, and too much muscle loss may
interfere with activities of daily living. The study is
published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied
Exercise Reduces Development
According to research published in the August issue of the
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.html?ref=0002-8614),
participating in an activity, especially regular physical
exercise, appears to protect hospitalized elderly patients
from developing delirium. Researchers who studied 779 newly
hospitalized patients age 70 or older found that regular
exercise reduced delirium by 24 percent.
October is American Heat
Walk Month. Sponsored by the American Heart Association.
October is Talk About Prescriptions
Month. Sponsored by the National Council on Patient
Information and Education. http://www.talkaboutrx.org/rxmonth2006.jsp
October is Health Literacy
November is American Diabetes
Month. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.
November is the Great American
Smoke Out Month. Sponsored by the American Cancer
Society. November 20 is the Great American Smoke Out Day.
November is National Family
Caregivers Month. Sponsored by the National Family
Caregivers Association http://www.nfcacares.org/
and the National Alliance for Caregiving http://www.caregiving.org/
Meetings and Conferences
Society for Public Health
Education (SOPHE) Annual Meeting. Oct. 23-25.
San Diego, CA. http://www.sophe.org/singlenews.html?item_ID=9463&comm=0
American Public Health
Association Annual Meeting. October 25-29, 2008.
San Diego, CA. http://www.apha.org.
on Urban Health. October 29-31, 2008. Vancouver,
of America Annual Meeting. November 21-25, 2008.
National Harbor, MD.
December 4-6, 2008. San Antonio, TX. http://www.icaa.cc.
American College of Preventive
Medicine Annual Conference. February 11-14, 2009.
Los Angeles, CA. http://www.preventivemedicine2009.org/.
National Conference on
Chronic Disease Prevention & Control. February
23-25, 2009. Washington, DC. http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/
National Council on Aging-American
Society on Aging Aging in America Conference.
March 15-19, 2009. Las Vegas, NV. http://www.ncoa.org.
American College of Sports
Medicine Annual Health & Fitness Summit.
March 25-28, 2008. Atlanta, GA. http://www.acsm.org
American College of Sports
Medicine Annual Meeting. May 27-30, 2008. Seattle,
Ladder to Leadership
This initiative, a collaboration of the RWJF and the Center
for Creative Leadership, is designed to enhance the leadership
capacity of community-based nonprofit health organizations
serving vulnerable populations. Ladder to Leadership
focuses on developing critical leadership competencies for
early- to mid-career professionals through a 16-month leadership
development curriculum. The program will be delivered in
nine priority communities on a staggered schedule over the
next four years. Up to 30 fellows will be selected to participate
in the program in each of nine targeted communities across
the U.S.: Central NY; Cleveland, OH; Birmingham, AL; Albuquerque,
NM; Eastern NC; Portland, OR.; Mid-South Region (Western
TN, Eastern AR, and Northern MS); NJ (specific site/region
to be determined); and Starr County, TX. For information,
visit the RWFJ Web site at http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20281&c=EMC-FA144.
Active Living Research
and Healthy Eating Research
This national program of RWJF supports research to identify
promising policy and environmental strategies for increasing
physical activity, promoting healthy eating, and preventing
obesity. Funding will support time-sensitive, opportunistic
studies to evaluate changes in policies or environments
with the potential to reach children who are at highest
risk for obesity, including African-American, Latino, Native
American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander children
(ages 3 to 18) who live in low-income communities or communities
with limited access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe
opportunities for physical activity. The deadline for proposals
is Oct. 15. For information, visit http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=20361.
College Station, Texas 77843-1266