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Physical Activity


The CDC 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends two types of physical activity each week to improve health—aerobic and muscle-strengthening.  Experts recommend older adults engage in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes five days a week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.  But statistics show that less than one-third of Americans aged 65+ meet this level.

Community Programs

NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging helps community organizations offer fun and proven programs  that keep older adults moving.  Explore the programs.

How NCOA Helps

We connect community organizations with proven programs that empower older adults to engage in exercise.  In addition, the Center promotes multiple healthy aging programs proven to empower and engage older adults in self management and behavior change to improve chronic disease self-management, fall prevention, and depression. Each of these programs helps older adults to become more physically active and to live healthier lives.  Learn more about how evidence-based programs can help.

Tools and Resources 

The Center for Healthy Aging provides a number of tools and resources for those interested in programs that promote physical activity.  Find out more


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Introduction to Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults
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