Project Enhance News: May 2024

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Staying Connected: Top stories in this newsletter

Sitting Time Reduction and Blood Pressure

Launching EW Coach
Training Modules

Reaching More People
with Health Programming

Celebrating Older Americans Month


Reduction in Sitting Time and Blood Pressure in Older Adults

You may have seen a recent randomized trial to reduce sitting time and lower blood pressure in older adults in the news. Reducing cardio metabolic risk in older adults is very important, and time spent sitting is an opportunity for behavior change because we’re a sedentary society. According to Medscape, “…among older adults, on average, more than 70% of time is spent sitting during our waking hours. Observational studies suggest that longer sitting time is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality.”

Recently we were able to discuss the study with Principal Investigator Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, Senior Scientific Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute of Washington. Dr. Rosenberg shared, “Our findings are really promising because sitting less is a change that may be easier for people than increasing physical activity, especially for older adults who are more likely to be living with restrictions like chronic pain or reduced physical ability.”

And she asked us to pose two questions to our Project Enhance Community: How could the sitting less approach help you and your community? What kind of program would you want to help you sit less?

Send your input to us at projectenhance@soundgenerations.org and we will compile and share. Thank you!


Spring In-Person Meeting Opportunities

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


Launching! Updated EW Training Modules

Revised online training modules for the EnhanceWellness New Coach Asynchronous Training are live! The revisions are informed by your feedback and we hope you will find the format engaging! Updated pre-training modules for the EnhanceFitness New Instructor Training are following shortly. Watch this space for updates!


NEW! EF Instructor Teaching Tip Sheets on Cognitive Impairment, Limited Dexterity and More

National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability’s (NCHPAD) EnhanceFitness Instructor Tip Sheets are newly available resources in your (free!) EF Instructor Resource portal. These one-pagers provide EF Instructors with guidance to create an inclusive learning environment for participants with Cognitive Impairment, Mobility Disability, Limited Dexterity, Deaf or Hearing Impairment, Vision Loss and Blindness so everyone can enjoy the health benefits participation brings.

Thank you to Expert Inclusion Specialist Cara Riggins, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the whole NCHPAD Team! We appreciate your ongoing partnership!


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

Yes! It is Arthritis Awareness Month and Older Americans Month but did you know it is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? Celebrate by learning more about the work of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition or take a few minutes and watch a short video to learn 4 Things You Should Know.

ACSM Trends for 2024 Did you know that Wearable Technology is the #1 Fitness Trend in 2024? And that Fitness Programs for Older Adults is the #3 Fitness Trend worldwide? How many of your participants and clients use some sort of wearable or app to track their health metrics? Would they be interested in integration for the EnhanceFitness metrics or tracking certain EnhanceWellness measures? Share your thoughts with us: Email paiged@soundgenerations.org

Home-based resistance training performed at either fast or slow speeds improves power output in older adults. Two bodyweight exercises, 3 sets of 10-15 reps, 3 times a week — check out this new study and what Jackson Fyfe, PhD has to say about it in The Weekly Exerciser.

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget published an update of the Statistical Policy Directive No. 15 on the collection and reporting of Federal race and ethnicity data to better serve a diverse America. Keep an eye out for updated EF and EW Participant Information Forms (PIFs) in the future.

Do you also offer Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance? Many of our affiliates do. Read here about how Dr. Fuzhong Li’s cognitively enriched TJQMBB improves cognition!


Celebrating Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being.  

Sound Generations is celebrating Older Americans Month all month long by focusing on the power of connection in three of the many programs we offer: Caregiver Support, Community Dining and EnhanceFitness. Stories highlighting implementations at IDIC Filipino Senior & Family Services in Seattle, WA, and Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation, WA, will be shared throughout May. Follow along!


The Enhance Program Resource Portal

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

“Your class is why I can confidently say I am stronger in both body and mind… Your class has changed my life!” – EF Participant, YMCA of the Chesapeake

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!