About Adult Health & Fitness Today
Adult health & Fitness Today is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that promotes improved health and wellness for adults 45+. We are funded through contributions from our members, philanthropic donations, foundation grants and public supported organizations.
We’ve done our homework and we know we can make an impact. We know we can improve the quality of life for Americans over 45. Documented Studies by Adult health & Fitness Today supporting the need for and impact of our healthy lifestyle programs – Balanced Living, Make More Muscle and Let’s Get Started: all strength training, nutrition and lifestyle classes that can be performed multiple times weekly.
- Documented Program Outcomes: Program evaluation and report in collaboration with HARC Data, “Stay Strong Live Long; The Impact of Strength Training and Healthy Lifestyle Choices on Adults 50+”. Download full report.
- Secondary Data Analysis ofMedicare costs. Download full report.
Senior Scholarships in Fitness Training — We are adjusting this program to accommodate the Zoom video conferencing platform.
This program touches lives in a secondary manner and will impact not only those training for certification, but hundreds of other community seniors, who will now be able to regularly participate in fitness training. This program will provide opportunities for seniors, in study and training for the American Council on Exercise personal fitness training or group instructor certifications at no cost to the participants. AHFT will supply assistance in:
• Applying, studying for and passing the supervised certification test to become licensed fitness trainers and group instructors.
• On the job training, after certification. This is necessary for professional experience before working with the public.
• Tutoring/Training delivered by an experienced, certified ACE personal fitness trainer or certified group instructor
After completing a one-year program, scholarship recipients can each volunteer to work with their peers at Adult Health & Fitness Today, or other fitness/senior facility. This directly increases the community impact and provides one measure of program success, program completion. Sponsoring education and certification to a few people, produces an “in kind” revenue with donated hours by the scholarship recipients. In turn it provides the community with professional health and fitness instruction at no cost.
Recipient: Eva Brown (Refer to our website for more on Eva. Check the “Home” page and AHFT Blogs “Trainer Profile”).
Balanced Living — Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle
This program consists of 20 pre-recorded exercise classes offered in two progressive levels, 40 sessions total. These videos, along with written materials (for PDF download) and an instructional manual will be provided offering step-by-step instruction on class facilitation.
• Level 1: Get Moving series: intended for seniors that have difficulty standing and walking, to improve their capacity in performing the actions of daily living.
• Level 2: Keep Going series: intended for seniors with normal mobility to maintain their ability to perform the actions of daily living
Implement Healthy New Behaviors — Participating regularly in a new fitness program is a positive behavior change.
Social Relationships and Health — Positive personal relationships and social support affect health. Enhancing social support through befriending and confiding in classmates and staff members.
The Mind and Health — Mind Muscle connection – get back in touch with our bodies through exercise and nutrition – be aware of our movements and surroundings
Stress and Emotional Health — Physical exercise and better nutrition facilitate less stress, more positive emotions and fewer mood swings and in general better living
Diet and Nutrition — Functions of food: bodily growth/atrophy, energy/toxic, mental effects (social, habit, mind altering, fun, taste, etc.) Energy content of foods; functions of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and WATER.
EXPECTED PHYSICAL OUTCOMES FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS:
After regular participation, 2-4 classes per week students should:
• Have More Energy: Endurance or aerobic activities increase your breathing and heart rate.
• Make Muscles Stronger: Keep using your muscles. Strength exercises build muscles.
• Improve Balance: You are less likely to fall when your leg, hip and core muscles are strong.
• More Flexibility: Stretching exercises can improve flexibility.
Emphasis on increased activity, upbeat attitudes, and new behaviors will contribute to healthy individual and lifestyles.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
30 years business owner/manager, certified ACE personal trainer and group instructor, nonprofit health and fitness experience
Retired office/payroll/account manager (25yrs. 46 stores), philanthropist (current), experienced board member
Retired registered nurse, nonprofit consultant, experienced board member/officer
Retired Riverside County Sheriff (first woman deputy in Riverside County, retired), 20 years owner/operator of property management company, retired
Barry Messinger, Esq.
U.S. Army Retired Colonel — Registered Nurse with 20 years military service; Director of Central District Health, Boise Idaho.U.S. Army Retired Colonel — Registered Nurse with 20 years military service; Director of Central District Health, Boise Idaho.
Leader of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guilds, Josh oversees and manages 32+ fundraising events per year and over 16 additional patient diversionary events. From 2017 to 2019, Josh successfully secured $5.3 million to support the building of a new pediatric outpatient clinic located in Coachella Valley to help provide medical and dental services to underserved children of the region.
Director of Communications
Past Executive Director of the FAIR Foundation and Board member, business owner 30+ years, marketing & communications professional.
Currently a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the College of the Desert Library, a non-profit organization supporting the COD Library. Past positions include Worker’s Comp District Underwriting Manager, Administration, and Education Director.
Our mission is to improve public health and wellness for adults by offering group exercise and education, promoting healthy aging, encouraging active lifestyle and insuring lifelong independence. Be Strong – Live Long!
Reports and Accomplishments
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HEALTH WARNING AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER
Any information given by ADULT HEALTH & FITNESS TODAY staff, volunteers or other featured healthcare service providers, during an exercise or health education class
- Should not be considered as advice for the diagnosis, management, treatment or prevention of any disease or disorder, and
- Should not be offered in place of the recommendations, treatment or referral, by a physician or other medical expert
ADULT HEALTH & FITNESS TODAY shall not be held responsible for any liability, of any kind, resulting in the use of this video.