Magazine article Aging Today

Asa Gets Physical with Three New Initiatives

Magazine article Aging Today

Asa Gets Physical with Three New Initiatives

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The American Society on Aging (ASA) is involved with new three healthpromotion initiatives that focus on physical activity for older adults:

The National Roundtable on Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults of Color Age 50 and Older.

ASA partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a forum for exploring effective cultural approaches to promoting physical activity. Discussion by a racially diverse group of participants-academic and public health researchers, community practitioners and professionals in aging-explored barriers and solutions to elders ' participation in physical activity in African American, Latino and American Indian communities. Overarching themes centered around engaging with the community, recognizing local strengths, offering a customizable menu of activities and grounding interventions in a community's key cultural aspects.

Live Well, Live Long: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Older Adults. ASA developed this free, Web-based module on physical activity in cooperation with the Centers for Dis ease Control and Prevention. The module will be found on the ASA website this spring at www.asaging.org/cdc. The website is targeted to service providers and includes several learning modules. "Blueprint for Health Promotion" covers behavioral and environmental change, community capacity-building, culturally sensitive materials, health literacy and working with the mass media. Other modules focus on cognitive vitality and optimal medication use for elders. …

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