Project Enhance News: December 2023

A monthly newsletter brought to you by Sound Generations

Staying Connected: Top stories in this newsletter

A Gift for You!

December “Recommended Reads” List

HIV/AIDS Awareness Resources

Fitness Score Cut Point Review


First come, first served! Enhance Fitness 30th Anniversary Playlist

What better way to celebrate the end of the year than with the GIFT OF MUSIC! We have a limited supply of coupon codes remaining for 100% off our EnhanceFitness 30 year Anniversary digital album! Here is that code: EF30YEAR On your mark, get set, GO!



Heritage Community of Kalamazoo (MI) recently recognized Senior Well-Being Manager and Enhance Fitness Trainer Megan Hill for her dedication, passion and unwavering commitment to enhancing the well-being of community members in all she does! Way to go, Megan!

EnhanceFitness Instructors (L-R) Lonnell with Howard University, Washington, DC, and Sunny with Guangzhou Jiajianeng Sports Development, China, recently connected at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center (Washington, DC) EnhanceFitness class! How awesome is that? Do you check out other EF classes when traveling? Share your stories!


Q: Can participants use their FSA/HSA/HRA to pay for class expenses? A: It depends

The goal of this webinar is to provide a summary of the recently updated IRS guidance on the use of Tax-Favored Health Accounts (Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Health Reimbursement Accounts) to pay for physical activity expenses.

You’ll also hear directly from the IRS, SHRM as well as other experts from the healthcare and health & fitness sectors.

Register and learn practical advice for clinicians, employers, community-based health & fitness sites, and exercise professionals about how to use the IRS guidance to help support people with the appropriate medical conditions to move more.


Project Enhance “Recommended Reads+”: Our December List

“Habits are not a finish line to be crossed. They are a lifestyle to be lived.” Many reflect on health related behavior change as a new year approaches. Here are a few recommended reads to spur discussion:

Article From Next Avenue: Wake Up With Purpose: What I Have Learned from My First 100 Years

Blog Post from National Council on Aging 7 Tips for Navigating Grief During the Holidays

Newsletter from Atomic Habit author James Clear’s 3-2-1 Newsletter

Book by Kelly McGonigal, PhD The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection and Courage

Book by M.T. Connolly The Measure of Our Age: Navigating Care, Safety, Money, and Meaning Later in Life

Podcast from Move to Live More Empowering Americans to Lead Physically Active Lives

Send us your recommendations for our monthly list – let’s support each other to learn more, work better!


December 1st was World AIDS Day. Check out these great resources to raise awareness in your community:

Being HIV-positive is no different from being HIV-negative when it comes to exercise. Regular physical activity and exercise are part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, including people with HIV.

World AIDS Day
Every year on December 1, we observe World AIDS Day to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and work toward our goal of ending stigma and increasing HIV testing. This year’s theme is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit” — check out HIV.gov for resources to raise awareness in your community. You can share MyHealthFinder materials to encourage people to get tested for HIV and start a conversation with their doctor about testing. Finally, Healthy People 2030 offers resources related to preventing sexually transmitted infections.


The Enhance Program Resource Portal

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

Are you prepping now to kick off 2024 EnhanceFitness classes with Fitness Assessments? Remember to review the Instructor Manual, Section 5-20: “Fitness Scores Needed to Remain Mobile until 90+ Years” to refer to in your goal setting conversations.

“Cost savings in health care expenses and in diminished quality of life would be substantial if we could prevent, or at least delay, older adults’ progression from the independent to the frail and dependent category.”

– Senior Fitness Test Manual/Roberta E. Rikli, C.Jessie Jones – 2nd Edition, 2013

NEW for EF Master Trainers: New Instructor Training slide decks for conducting in-person and remote trainings will be updated in the EF Affiliate portal by January 1, 2024!

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!