Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

PATH helps seniors design healthy lifestyle

January 17, 2001


Are you offering the PATH program again this spring?

Yes, we are. PATH, the acronym for Personal Actions to Health, is being offered to individuals older than 55 from Feb. 21 to April 20 (excluding March 21 and 23) at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H.

The eight-week course will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

This nutrition and exercise program is designed to help older adults develop a healthier lifestyle. The name, Personal Actions to Health, was chosen to emphasize the fact that our personal actions particularly our eating and physical activity behaviors have a profound impact on our health.

PATH also points out that each of us has the ability and the responsibility to take actions to maintain our own health.

The program features the following four components:

Healthy Eating for Life," a nutrition education series designed to help people learn how to modify and practice new food habits to protect or improve their health and quality of life.

The Benefits of Exercise," which links strength and flexibility exercises to improving personal health. Topics will include arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular health and lifestyle management.

"Low-Fat Cooking," sampling a variety of new tastes in food using healthy cooking procedures.

"Let's Exercise" (optional), flexibility and strength-building exercises will be led during a group workout.

In addition, a Functional Fitness Assessment will be scheduled before and after the eight-week program.

Who is sponsoring this PATH program?

Developed in cooperation with the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension, PATH is being sponsored by a local coalition whose purpose is to promote physical fitness and nutrition education activities among older adults in the county.

Agencies represented in the coalition are the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department; K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County; Douglas County Senior Services Inc.; Kansas University's Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences; Lawrence Memorial Hospital; Lawrence Parks and Recreation; and Lawrence Housing Authority.

Two partnering agencies have been instrumental in the success of the program. They include the Trinity Lutheran Church and Dillons.

So how do I find out more information about this course?

That's easy. For more information, contact me, 843-7058; Shirley Grubbs, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 843-0721; Jessie Kwatamdia, Douglas County Senior Services Inc., 842-0543; or Kathy Fode, Lawrence Parks and Recreation, 832-7930.

Is there anything else that I need to know about enrolling in the course?

Because the program requires a doctor's consent for you to participate, it's important for you to register by Feb. 2. A minimal registration fee of $10 is being charged.

Registration forms are available from any of the coalition agencies. Enrollment is limited, so it's important to register soon.

Also, you may be interested in knowing that a PATH exercise group has evolved as a result of participation in this course. They continue to exercise twice a week at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

In addition to enjoying some friendly camaraderie, those participating have shown an increase in flexibility, strength, endurance, agility/balance and coordination.

Susan Krumm is an Extension agent in family and consumer sciences with K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County, 2110 Harper Ave. She can be reached at 843-7058.

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