Increasing physical activity among adults 50 and over
group of the nation's leading health and aging organizations
have collaborated to produce a plan of action designed to
ensure an increase in physical activity among the country's
rapidly growing population of people age fifty or older.
Representatives from such organizations as AARP, the American
College of Sports Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National
Institute on Aging, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
have led the effort to create a guide for use by organizations,
associations and agencies to help increase physical activity
among older persons.
Those who created the Blueprint have adopted the following
as a mission statement:
We envision a society
in which all people age 50 and older enjoy health and quality
of life, which is enhanced through regular physical activity.
We will inspire an approach to aging that encourages physical
activity in all aspects of people's lives.
The Blueprint begins by providing background on health
and physical activity among older Americans. The Blueprint
then moves on to address both the barriers that inhibit the
physical activity of this age group and the means to overcome
such obstaclesthrough research, engineering, advocacy,
publicy policy and medical systems.
Additional reading material:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's