Healthy Aging


Active Living

Active Living

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Active Living. Physical activity maintained throughout life is associated with lower incidence and prevalence of chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that 28 to 34 percent of adults 65 to 74 years of age are inactive. Additionally, the medical costs associated with inactive adults are substantially higher compared to active adults.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting active living.

Michigan Encouraging Physical Activity Among Older Adults with EnhanceFitness
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
This case study focuses on the Michigan's EnhanceFitness program aiming to improve functional fitness and well-being in mature adults.

Moving Ahead: Community-Based Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This brief guide outlines strategies and tools to plan, conduct, and maintain effective interventions targeting older adults. It provides an overview of the RE-AIM framework for planning and delivering physical activity programs for older adults. The final section in the brief offers more general tools to support activities at each step of the RE-AIM process.

Arthritis Insights: Findings From Focus Groups with State Legislators
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
This report outlines the factors that influence state legislators' decisions on whether to take action on a particular health issue, such as arthritis. It also addresses strategies for advancing evidence-based self-management education and physical activity interventions at the state level.

Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Aging (NIA
This guide is the centerpiece of Go4Life, NIA's national campaign to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. To find out more about how Go4Life can help you be more active, visit the website at Go4Life is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human services.

Healthy Aging Webinar: Physical Activity and Quality of Life
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS)
This webinar provides an overview of the relationship between physical activity and quality of life among older adults, highlights ASTHO's 2014-2015 President's Challenge, and shares resources from NIA's Go4Life Campaign. 

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