Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


About the Organization:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people – at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training.

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Prevalence of Health-Care Providers Asking Older Adults About Their Physical Activity Levels
News from the May 17, 2002 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Resources on Aging and Physical Activity:

The Role of Midlife an Older Consumers in Promoting Physical Activity Through Health Care Settings
New recommendations for consumers, researchers, health care providers, the aging services network, and the media for promoting physical activity through the health care system.

Strength Training Program for Older Adults
This strength training programs helps you to feel stronger, healthier, and more vital.

State-Based Physical Activity Program Directory
This site provides information about physical activity programs involving state departments of health. Use this site to research programs, gather ideas, and share information.

State Specific Prevalence of Selected Chronic Disease-Related Characteristics
This report includes state data on the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Physical Activity and Older Americans
This report describes the importance of physical activity, the prevalence and costs of inactivity, and the health benefits for older adults.

Special Recommendations for Older Adults

Promoting Active Lifestyles Among Older Adults
Paper describes CDC’s involvement in the National Blueprint and the strategies that CDC is pursuing.

Healthy Aging: Preventing Disease and Improving Quality of Life Among Older Americans
CDC report on the aging of America and strategies to prevent chronic disease and disability.

Chronic Disease Notes and Reports: Physical Activity
Newsletter focuses on healthy aging. See page 10 for article on physical activity and successful aging.

Physical Activity and Health
A fact sheet from the Surgeon General.

Personal Energy Plan (PEP)
A 12-week self-directed, worksite program to promote healthy eating and moderate physical activity.

Promoting Physical Activity: A Guide for Community Action
This guide can be used to facilitate behavior change from both an individual and community perspective.

Active Community Environments
This CDC-sponsored initiative promotes walking, bicycling and the development of accessible recreation facilities.

Aging Activities and Links
Website links to trends in health and aging, longitudinal studies in aging, and aging-related statistics.