Public Information/Active Aging Tips

Below you will find tips and advice on Active Aging. The files are in PDF format and can be read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (click HERE to download it). Simply click on a title of interest to begin downloading the file to your computer.

Five Easy Steps to Beginning Strength Exercises

Five Causes of Inactivity

Five Ways to Eat Better

Five Reasons to Eat Well

Five Easy Steps to Begin Endurance Exercise

Exercising Safely

Five Ways to Increase Eating Pleasure

Three Ways to Test Your Fitness

Beyond Screening


Active Aging Tips From the Blueprint Partners

You Can! Campaign
The Administration on Aging released this national outreach campaign geared to promoting better nutrition and physical activity for seniors.

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.

Step Up to Better Health Walking Program
A new online walking section on the AARP website provides tips on getting started, staying motivated, and a walking log and other interactive tools.

Exercise for the Elderly
A handout from the American Academy of Family Physicians for elderly patients on starting to exercise and selecting different types of physical activities.

Exercise: How to Get Started
Information sheet from the American Academy of Family Physicians for patients on how to start an exercise program.

Exercise: A Healthy Habit to Start and Keep
Information on how to get started, prevent injuries, and definitions of fitness terms by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Diabetes and Exercise
Information sheet from the American Academy of Family Physicians with exercise checklist.

Exercise Tips for Older Americans
Suggestions for starting an exercise program by the American Heart Association.

Older Americans and Physical Activity
Physical fitness provides many benefits. Information from the American Heart Association.

Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
Exercise at home, at work, and at play: tips from the American Heart Association.

Tips for Exercise Success
Source: American Heart Association

Just Move
The American Heart Association offers an online fitness center that includes an exercise diary to help you track your workouts.

Choose to Move
A self-paced 12-week physical activity program created specifically for women by the American Heart Association. Participants can receive a free program handbook with tips and tools to help you meet your fitness goals.

Staying Active: Articles and Web Tools
Ideas and web-based calculators from the American Cancer Society to help you improve your lifestyle.

Physical Activity and Health
A Surgeon General report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Physical Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report includes statistics on incidences of chronic illness, economic consequences of inactivity, and the associated health risks of not maintaining a healthy weight.

Promoting Active Lifestyles Among Older Adults
Paper describes efforts of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in pursuing National Blueprint strategies.

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

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults
The Guide serves as a roadmap explaining why physical activity is important and offering tips to increase physical activity.

The Vitality Approach: Active Living
Health Canada’s Vitality Program Leader’s Guide for healthy living. The guide is targeted to leaders working in the health promotion field.

Safe Living Guide: Home Safety for Seniors
A Guide from Health Canada includes a section on Physical Activity:Investing in Yourself.

Exercise: Getting Fit for Life
National Institute on Aging health information on exercise and steps to better fitness.

For the Young at Heart: Exercise Tips for Seniors
Stay fit by walking, gardening, playing golf, jogging, or other activities you enjoy. Information from the American Physical Therapy Association

Fitness: A Way of Life
American Physical Therapy Association brochure describes what it means to be “fit.”

What You Need to Know About Balance and Falls
This article discusses how your body maintains its balance; common problems with balance seen in older adults; and advice and exercises for improving balance and preventing falls. Source: American Physical Therapy Association

A Patient’s Guide to Preventing Falls
This ready-to-use pamphlet from the American Geriatrics Society provides suggetions on what you can do to prevent falls and what your doctor can do to assess your risk. Recommendations may include an exercise program with balance training.

Resistance Training for Persons with Physical Disabilities
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability paper includes resistance exercise guidelines for specific disability groups, such as stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Fitness for Persons with Disabilities
A Research Digest newsletter article from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise
Paper includes a literature review and exercise guidelines. Source: National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Arthritis Today’s Just-Right Walking Plan
A 12-week walking plan for beginners, intermediates or advanced walkers from the Arthritis Foundation.

For Your Heart
A personalized website from the Office on Women’s Health that provides articles on exercise, nutrition, stress, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease.

Walking: A Step in the Right Direction
Answers questions, such as “How do I start a walking program?” and “How do I warm up?” Source: Office on Women’s Health

Physical Activity and Weight Control
A weight control information network, offered by the Office on Women’s Health.

Stay Physically Active
Links to publications on physical activity.

The President’s Challenge: You’re It, Get Fit
The new web site is a motivational tool to help all Americans become active and fit.

Exercise Questions
Frequently asked questions about exercise from the Office on Women’s Health.

Pep Up Your Life
A fitness guide for mid-life and older adults from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Contains 35 exercises to increase flexibility, strength and endurance.

Fitness Fundamentals
Learn the basics about fitness and plan a personal workout session. Information from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Link Between Physical Activity and Morbidity and Mortality
A Surgeon General fact sheet report on health benefits of physical activity and the health burdens that could be reduced through exercise.

Cost and Consequences of Sedentary Living
An article in the newsletter Research Digest on fighting the war against sedentary lifestyles. Source: President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Physical Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease
A report on why physical activity should be a priority for Americans of all ages. Also provides information on the economic impact of inactivity. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Higher Direct Medical Costs Associated with Physical Inactivity
The Physician and Sportsmedicine Journal article on the health care cost savings of physical activity.

Changes in Physical Activity and Short-Term Changes in Health Care Charges: A Prospective Cohort Study of Older Adults
An article in Preventive Medicine that discusses cost savings of physical activity interventions.

Obesity Among Older Americans
A new Center on an Aging Society data profile on obesity rates and the link between obesity and chronic conditions.

Checklist Helps Older Adults to Select Age-Friendly Fitness Facilities
Checklist from the International Council on Active Aging.

Keep Active, Safe At Any Age
U.S. Product Safety Commission brochure includes an activity log and seven steps to prevent injury.

A Healthy Solution to Aging
Magazine article from the International Council on Active Aging on the advancement of knowledge about health benefits of physical activity for older adults.

Resistance Training in the Older Adult
Current Comment from ACSM on the benefits of resistance training.

Creating Communities for Active Aging
A guide from Partnership for Prevention for developing a strategic plan to increase walking and biking by older adults in local communities.

From the Field: Four Communities Implement Active Aging Programs
Partnership for Prevention report provides examples of community programs and guidance on how communities can evaluate these efforts.

Program Evaluation: Impact of Active Aging
Partnership for Prevention publication offers a step-by-step approach to evaluation that communities can apply to their own programs.

Safe Communities Service Center
Website features news, best practises and success stories, coalition websites and a safe communities data toolkit. Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety
This call for action document includes goals and strategies that can be taken to reduce injury and mortality associated with bicycle-related incidents.

Preventing Falls in Older Californians
This White Paper provides background information on best practices for fall prevention.