Project Enhance News: July 2024

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Staying Connected: Top stories in this newsletter

Opportunity for sites offering remote EF to expand reach

Update: USPSTF Fall Prevention Intervention Recommendation

Partnering to support programs in King County, WA

NEW! EF Instructor Training Evaluation format


Are you offering remotely delivered EnhanceFitness?

The University of Washington School of Medicine is seeking sites offering remotely delivered EnhanceFitness classes to partner with in an upcoming multiyear study, Adapting and Implementing a Nurse Care Management Model to Care for Rural Patients with Chronic Pain (AIM-CP). Interested in being part of this work? Contact Elise Hoffman, MPH at evh3@uw.edu or Paige Denison, at paiged@soundgenerations.org to learn more and get connected!


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Regular Exercise as the simplest strategy to Reduce Fall Risk

In the June 2024 edition of Scientific American, the article How Older Adults Can Exercise to Reduce Their Risk of Dangerous Falls recommends low-impact workouts that engage the muscles used in daily living. Does this sound familiar? We hope so! Every strength exercise in Chapter 7 of your EF Instructor Manual starts by stating the purpose and what activities of daily living the movement supports. Thank you for all you are doing to lessen fall risk in your communities!


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

Read more about EnhanceFitness and our work with the University of Washington‘s Health Promotion Research Center to improve community health in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Prevention Research Center’s most recent Issue Brief.

Watch The State of Health Among America’s Older Adults Vlog with Rear Admiral Paul Reed, MD, Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).

America’s Health Ranking’s 2024 Senior Report shows older adults have made progress in measures of social connectedness and access to clinical care but struggle with socioeconomic barriers. The healthiest state for older adults was Utah. This was followed by Colorado, Vermont, New Hampshire and Minnesota. How does your state rank?

CDC has resources to share about Heat and Older Adults. Learn what factors increase risk and how to stay safe and hydrated in extreme heat.


Evidence-based programs are improving the health of older adults in King County

Seventy percent of older adults in King County, WA have one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or hypertension. Significant disparities exist in the prevalence of these conditions based on race, ethnicity, and geography.

The Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL), from 2020-2023, funded 14 community partners serving diverse and multi-ethnic populations to offer culturally specific health and wellness programs that are backed by research and community-developed to address identified needs. Health interventions helped seniors, especially those from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, to improve their physical and mental health.

Programs included chronic disease health management strategies, fall prevention and exercise classes, health education, and mental health counseling, and were provided in over 19 languages at senior centers, low-income housing sites, assisted living facilities, and home visits.

The health promotion programs reached more than 4,600 older adults, with 84% of surveyed participants stating they experienced improvements in health and wellness.

Health promotion programs backed by research

VSHSL partners implemented evidence-based and evidence-informed programs. Evidence-based programs are federally designated programs that have been rigorously tested in controlled settings, proven effective, and translated into practical models. Evidence-informed programs don’t have a federal designation, but they incorporate practices that have been proven effective through both traditional research methods and community expertise, and they are designed to align with specific community contexts and needs.

As part of the Senior Health Promotion investment, the VSHSL funded Sound Generations Project Enhance Team and the University of Washington’s (UW) Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) to support funded providers in implementing evidence-based or -informed programs in their communities, as well as help make connections between providers, and to infrastructure and resources. Sound Generations and UW HPRC have partnered for three decades in developing, implementing, and scaling multiple interventions proven to improve older adult health and well-being.

Sound Generations and UW’s HPRC created the VSHSL Senior Health Promotion Investment Technical Support Team Final Report, to share the impact of and learnings from the 14 Senior Health Promotion programs that served King County’s seniors from 2020-2023.

Read on to learn how flexibility and taking time to build trust with participants is critical for successful program delivery, participant experience, and participant outcomes and more!

Thank you to:


The Enhance Program Resource Portal

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

Our post-training evaluations

have been updated to a new format to improve

trainee experience.

Your feedback is very important to us!

EnhanceFitness forms now available in Korean and Japanese! Thank you to Kawabe Memorial House for sharing these translations!

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:

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!