Health Care Providers
Many of your older patients may have growing concerns about maintaining their health and independence as they age. They may understand that physical activity is an important ingredient in any healthy, independent lifestyle, but they might not know where to begin.
If your patients…
- are not getting enough daily physical activity
- are unsatisfied with their body appearance and function
- are concerned about losing their independence
- suffer from chronic diseases or conditions that may be improved with physical activity (diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure)
- are stressed, fatigued or depressed
- have a high BMI
…then Active for Life may be able to help.
Active for Life is a proven, evidenced based program that helps older, inactive adults reap the benefits of incorporating regular physical activities into their daily lives.
Unlike exercise classes or gym memberships, Active for Life focuses on behavior change and motivation to help individuals find unique, personalized ways to build physical activity into their lives.
What is Active for Life?
Active for Life offered by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Hamilton County General Health District, and YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Support comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Administration on Aging and Ohio Department of Aging, Cooperative Agreement 90AM3119/01.
It was developed by The Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics.
Emphasis is placed on the little things individuals can do every day to increase and maintain physical activity levels, proving that physical activity does not need to be strenuous or time-consuming to achieve health benefits. The program motivates participants and assists them in developing the behavioral skills needed to build moderate to vigorous physical activity into their everyday lives. Participants use the Active Living Everyday - 20 Steps to Lifelong Vitality workbook published by Human Kinetics.
- classes are small, motivational, supportive groups of 10-20 people
- 60-90 minutes per class over 13 or 20 weeks
- led by instructors certified through Human Kinetics
- $15 for complete program, including workbook and pedometer
Proven health benefits
A report published in the American Journal of Public Health has concluded that the Active for Life program is effective at helping senior adults increase their overall physical activity and improve their quality of life. The report examined results from the program's first year and found:
- significant increases in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and total physical activity
- increases in satisfaction with body appearance and function
- decreases in depressive symptoms and stress
- decreases in body mass index
Click here to read the full report.
Refer a patient
Registration and eligibility screening are required for participation. If you would like more information about Active for Life, please call (513) 946-7813 or send us an e-mail.