Making promises is easy. Keeping them is the hard part.
The world is littered with billions of broken New Year's Eve resolutions. Yet behavioral psychologists are optimists, pointing out instances in which change to large-scale behavior was desired, implemented and sustained. Quitting cigarette smoking is often cited as evidence of this possibility.
Stanford University Medical embraces the idea that physical fitness is the ultimate determinant of successful aging. Together with the Lifelong Fitness Alliance (LFA), the center plans to prove how important it is to stay physically active as we age. The data from Stepping Strong's walking program — as well as research, scientific publications, meetings, the Internet and personal experiences — reveal that its members live 30 years longer and are less susceptible to disabilities.
AARP and LFA are committed to helping seniors enhance and extend their fitness, physical activity goals and overall well-being through an outreach volunteer program — the Fitness Ambassador Program.
Fitness Ambassadors are trained volunteers who will promote and lead walking groups in their community, using the Stepping Strong 10-week wellness program. The Fitness Ambassadors provide mentorship, encouragement and support to sustain individuals throughout the program, thus enhancing their chances for success.
Both AARP and LFA have found that their most successful programs are those with a strong social component, and data show that peer support further increases the positive outcomes from the Stepping Strong program. Moving alone is fine, but moving together has many additional advantages.
Stepping Strong can improve fitness for those 50 and older, and the Fitness Ambassador Program is the catalyst for healthy change.
If you are interested in becoming a Fitness Ambassador or would like to participate in the Stepping Strong program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 650-361-8282.