Project Enhance News: JANUARY 2024

A monthly newsletter brought to you by Sound Generations

Staying Connected: Top stories in this newsletter

Continuing EF + EW Education Opportunities

January “Recommended Reads” List

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Attn: EF Master Trainers – 2024 Resource Update

New Year = New Schedule for our National Calls

  • Quarterly EnhanceFitness Master Trainer Calls will now occur every 3 months on the third Thursday of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time, effective Thursday 3/21/2024
  • Bi-Monthly EnhanceWellness Coach Calls will now occur every other third Thursday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time, effective Thursday 1/18/2024

For more information, reach out to—we can’t wait to connect with you!

Increasing Physical Activity Access

Special Olympics, Inc. is part of the movement to improve the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by increasing their inclusion in healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention systems. Systems Change in Inclusive Health Subgrants help support organizations that are identifying solutions to systemic problems impacting the health and well-being of people with IDD.

The American Council on Exercise will develop curriculum to train physical activity leaders, both with and without IDD, to provide fitness access and education in under-served communities across the country.

Sound Generations will revise and adapt EnhanceFitness to improve accessibility to people with IDD, expanding national access to inclusive fitness programming.

When we talk about increasing access, it doesn’t only mean locations. It means access to knowledgeable exercise leaders that understand how to include people with Intellectual Disability (ID) in fitness opportunities. Check out a FREE Continuing Education class from our partners at American Council on Exercise to support growing your skills: Special Olympics Inclusive Fitness Online Training. In this interactive course, you’ll explore the unmet health needs, health disparities, and access barriers people with ID experience. Then learn principles and strategies for effectively communicating, instructing, and motivating individuals with ID. You’ll also review methods for inclusion, activity modification, program design, and fitness assessment. Additional Special Olympics resources are also be provided. Share your experience with other instructors in the private EF Instructor Facebook Group!

Partnership Spotlight: DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that you can petition for Continuing Education Credits for your time spent in EnhanceWellness and EnhanceFitness Training? It’s true! Grab your certificate and agenda and head on over to ACE!

Coming soon: An Updated CEC Discount Sheet in your EW Coach and/or EF Instructor portal. Give your brain a workout and be a lifelong learner!

Requesting Public Comments for Falls Prevention Data Collection Tools

Some Enhance Fitness affiliates have participated in data collection for Administration for Community Living (ACL) Falls Prevention Grants in their state. If your affiliate is one of these, you may be interested in providing feedback about revisions to the data collection forms for future grantees. ACL has announced an opportunity for the public to comment on the data collection requirements for the ACL Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program Information Collection. This notice solicits comments on the proposed extension of this data collection. Grantee agencies through this program represent a variety of organization types, including state agencies, area agencies on aging, universities, nonprofit organizations, and tribes. The respondents for this data collection are grantee staff, local staff, and program participants.

Comments on the collection of information must be submitted by Monday, February 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Click here to submit a comment on the data collection requirements.

Project Enhance “Recommended Reads+”: Our January List

Effectiveness and Implementation of an Enhance®Fitness Physical Activity Intervention Specifically in Adults with Arthritis: A RE-AIM Evaluation, The Gerontologist, 2023, featured in this month’s Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Research Roundup

Physical Activity Alliance’s 2023 End of Year Report (Yes! Progress WAS made!)

Powered by Connection: Older Americans Month (May) ideas and resources

Reframing Aging Caravan Newsletter

1200 Australians (aged 50+) ranked 5 motivational slogans: #1 “Use it or lose it”; #2 “Move more, live longer”; #3 “Stay fit to stay functional”; #4 “Be active 30–60 minutes a day to stay fit and well”; #5 “This is your time—enjoy being strong and active” (in Testing slogans designed to motivate older people to be more physically active). Did your guess agree with the ranking? Thanks to The Weekly Exerciser Newsletter for highlighting this study.

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

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. But half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it.

Glaucoma has no early symptoms. The only way to check for it is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but starting treatment as early as possible can help stop vision loss.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people are at higher risk, including people who:

  • Are over age 60
  • Are Black/African American and over age 40
  • Are Asian American
  • Are Hispanic/Latino
  • Have a family history of glaucoma

This Glaucoma Awareness Month, join the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) in encouraging everyone at higher risk for glaucoma to get a dilated eye exam. It’s the best way to protect their vision!

The Enhance Program Resource Portal

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

“Regular contact with my EW Coach helps me to stay focused on important health issues like nutrition, exercise, and rest. When someone takes personal interest in your health it’s a good thing. In the future, long term, I think it will make a big difference. In the meantime it will help me to stay in a positive, hopeful frame of mind.”

EW Participant

NEW for EF Master Trainers: Updated 2024 New Instructor Training slide decks for conducting in-person and remote trainings are now available in the EF Affiliate Portal.

COMING SOON for EF Instructors and EW Coaches: Updated CEC access and discount code available in your portals.

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 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 to schedule yours today!