Coalition for Living Well After 50
The Coalition for Living Well After 50 is an outgrowth of the National Blueprint for Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older. The blueprint provides a framework for planning, collaborative action, and social change among organizations and agencies interested in improved aging through regular physical activity. Preparing aging Americans for the future by encouraging regular physical activity today will bring health benefits such as extended years independence, reduced disability, and improved quality of life.
The Coalition's vision is to facilitate a community environment in which all people 50 and older may enjoy health and quality of life, while its mission is to identify and bring together community resources to define, create, promote and sustain activities, programs and environments that support lifelong activity and health behaviors among people 50 years and older. The steering committee consists of representatives from Purdue University (Departments of Health and Kinesiology, Foods and Nutrition, Nursing and the Gerontology Program), the Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs, Tippecanoe County Council on Aging, Lafayette/West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, Vision 2020, Tippecanoe County Health Department, the Governor’s Office on Physical Fitness and Sport, Indiana State Department of Health, and the Indiana Public Health Association. To date almost 50 community partners have affirmed their support for the vision and mission of the Coalition.
As a result of The ACE Initiative, funded by the National Blueprint Partners Project, the Coalition is in the process of creating marketing materials, a website, public service announcements and a resource manual of physical activity opportunities in the community. Community forums are underway to solicit participation in the Coalition by underrepresented groups and to educate consumers about the vision and mission of the Coalition.
Funding from the State Department of Health supported a recently completed assessment of the current status of physical activity among community members over 50 years of age. Analysis is in progress to reveal information that will lead to creation of a local blueprint for matching existing services and providers with consumer needs and for the development of new programs to fill gaps that exist.
Planning is in progress for a Coalition led conference (fall, 2004) that will target a cross-section of representatives such as public health workers, city planners, senior center directors, researchers, public policy experts, transportation specialists, health and physical activity professionals, etc. from communities across Indiana. The goal is to demonstrate how collaborative partnerships can lead to innovative approaches to increasing physical activity for all citizens of Indiana.
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