Project Enhance News: April 2024

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Staying Connected: Top stories in this newsletter

EF in Churches

EF & EW Modules Update

EF4All Pilot Learnings

National Public Health Week


Implementing EnhanceFitness in Churches

In Hawaiʻi, kūpuna (older adults) are among the most valued members of society. Even the word kūpuna, by definition, denotes someone who is wise and highly respected, a keeper of knowledge and a living treasure of our community.

With support from the Atherton Family Foundation, Pearl City Community Church’s (PCCC) Kūpuna Empowerment Working Committee, YMCA of Honolulu and University of Hawaiʻi have published a handbook focused on planning, launching, delivering and sustaining EF in faith institutions to lessen falls risk among older adults.

For more information, contact Michiyo Tomioka, PhD, at mtomioka@hawaii.edu.


Spring In-Person Meeting Opportunities

Let’s Connect! Reach out to us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org


Coming Soon: Updated EF and EW Modules

Updates are in process for EnhanceFitness (EF) Pre-New Instructor Training Modules and EnhanceWellness (EW) New Coach Asynchronous Training. The revisions are informed by your feedback and we hope you will find the format engaging! Look for release in May 2024!


EF4All Pilot and Next Steps

This modified EnhanceFitness pilot class was offered for 8 weeks to people with memory loss and their care partners at Northshore Senior Center in Bothell, WA, between December 2023 and February 2024. Participants completed pre- and post-program fitness assessments as well as self-report of satisfaction, and validated measures of depression, memory and cognition. A total of 16 participants enrolled.

More information on the participants’ likes and recommendations can be found here.

Next steps: Conduct a study with a larger, diverse group of participants to understand EF’s impact on health outcomes of this population.

Thank you to the University of Washington’s de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging for leading this work! For more information, contact projectenhance@soundgenerations.org.


Project Enhance “Recommended Reads & More”: Our April List

UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Progress Report, 2021-2023: Explore what progress has been made to transform the world to be a better place to grow older.

Move to Live More Newsletter (New Publication)

Navigating Aging: The burden of getting medical care can be exhausting for older patients in the North Kentucky Tribune

Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Watch: A Closer Look at Recent Approvals to Address Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) by KFF Health News

Resurgence of Indigenous Food Traditions Helps Heal Bodies and Spirits at the American Society on Aging website

From the Arthritis Foundation Patient Education and Connect Groups 90 Day Calendar (Word document download):

  • Living Well Series: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Webinars: Shades of Arthritis for Black/African American and Hispanic Communities, Advances in Arthritis Research, and Fighting Brain Fog and Fatigue
  • Connect Groups: A variety of topics including learning about movement and nutrition

Celebrate National Public Health Week April 1 – 7

Happy National Public Health Week! Check out this Toolkit your organization can use to recognize the connections that strengthen public health in our communities and nation.

How are you partnering with Public Health in your community to promote health and lessen falls risk?

Share what you are doing with us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org


The Enhance Program Resource Portal

Expanded program resources are available to licensed EF and EW Affiliates and active EF instructors

Thank you to ALL the Volunteers who support health promotion programs through technology assistance, administration, class support and instruction!

Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, and even feel happier and healthier while helping others.

REMINDER: Interactive online training has allowed us to restructure the Year One EF Licensing fee: Organizations can launch at a significantly reduced rate!

All manuals can now be printed directly from the EF and EW Affiliate portals. Instructor and Coach candidates should have a hard copy of the manual prior to Day 1 of training.

To access the resource pages, please contact us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org to request your account.


REMINDER! Pay invoices any time—day, night or weekends!

Project Enhance invoices can now be paid by credit card online through a secure web portal.

The link to the payment portal is included in the email sent with each invoice and on the invoice PDF itself. You can also find it on our website under Contact Us.


Project Enhance Team Update:

We are short staffed and responses from Project Enhance team members may be delayed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Let us help you build your capacity to reach more people and improve lives. Join upcoming EF Trainings and EW Trainings or contact projectenhance@soundgenerations.org to schedule yours today!