Online Program

Tougaloo College Active Life Program: Aging in Place

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sandra Hayes, DrPH, Owens Health and Wellness Center, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
Patrice Jacobs, Owens Health and Wellness Center, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
Background: Mississippi’s rural elderly have higher rates of overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, food insecurity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke compared to their urban counterparts.

Purpose: The purpose of the Active Life program is to increase knowledge and awareness about risk factors that may lead to cardiovascular disease, reduce sedentary behavior through physical activity, and provide access to primary care services for adults 50 and older living in Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties in Mississippi.

Methodology: The Active Life program is composed of 3 components: 1) Community Health Outreach, which focuses on health promotion, education and prevention such as diabetes and hypertension; 2) Physical Fitness: Participants receive free membership to the fitness center to engage in daily physical fitness activities such as sit/fit, toning, and line dance classes to build strength, and promote weight loss. 3) Screening:  Participants are given 4 quarterly medical screenings for early detection of heart disease and stroke.

 Evaluation: Attendance rosters, intake surveys, pre and post tests, lab results (glucose levels, blood pressure levels, body mass index, cholesterol levels), and satisfaction surveys.

 Results: Results will be reported pending analysis upon program completion in May 2015.

 Public Health Implications: Significant lifestyle changes influenced by increased physical activity, better diet and increased knowledge about risk factors for chronic diseases will result in better health outcomes among adults 50 and older.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss risk factors for chronic diseases among adults 50 and older living in a rural setting. Demonstrate an intervention targeting older adults 50 and older in a rural setting to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases in this population.

Keyword(s): Aging, Chronic Disease Management and Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.