NRPA is partnering with the CDC to offer grants to help improve healthy aging in your departments.This wellness blog will detail the three different grant opportunities that are being offered, and provide information on how to apply.
According to the NRPA grant application, “NRPA is seeking local park and recreation agencies to join efforts to increase the availability, participation, and sustainable support for programs that positively impact chronic disease management, increases in physical activity, and the quality of life for individuals.” It is worth noting that each of the grant opportunities that will be discussed in this wellness blog are for instructor training.
The first instructor training grant that NRPA and the CDC are providing help in delivering Walk with Ease programs. Walk with Ease is an evidence-based walking program geared towards older adults with arthritis. It is a low-impact six-week program, that offers structured walks and provides information to participants. The program helps to teach people how to safely and comfortably incorporate physical activity into their everyday lifestyle. There are 175 instructor grants available for this opportunity, with a maximum of two grants awarded per department.
The second instructor training grant opportunity is for the Active Living Every Day program. Active Living Every Day is a 12-week program that that teaches sedentary people the skills necessary to overcome barriers to physical activity. According to their website, “Active Living Every Day (ALED) uses facilitated group-based problem-solving methods to integrate physical activity into everyday living.” There are 50 of these grants available through NRPA, with each a maximum of two grants awarded per department.
Lastly, Fit & Strong is the third instructor training grant being offered. Fit & Strong is a physical activity and behavioral-change 8 or 12-week program that teaches sedentary adults with joint pain and stiffness how to engage in safe and effective exercise. This program has “has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in this population.” 50 Fit & Strong grants will be awarded by NRPA, with a limit of two grants per department.
All three of these grants would be a great way for your department to encourage healthy aging through your programs. These programs are all evidenced based interventions and endorsed by NRPA. Additionally, all of the instructor training will be conducted online!
To find out which one(s) of these programs would be appropriate to incorporate in your department, use this program assessment tool provided by NRPA. Then, apply for the programs at this link. There are already a handful of departments in North Carolina who have implemented one or more of these programs and I’d love to see even more!
Until next time,