Project Enhance News: October 2023

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NEW Special Olympics funds EF Adaptation Work

October “Recommended Reads” List

NEW Funding available for Park & Rec Organizations

Revisiting the PT-REFER Toolkit

Opportunities to Connect In Person in OCTOBER:

October 10th – 12th Washington State Public Health Association Conference, Wenatchee, WA

October 18th – 20th 2023 CDC Arthritis Management and Wellbeing Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Special Olympics funds Inclusive Health Work

Special Olympics, Inc. is part of the movement to improve the physical and social-emotional well-being of people with intellectual disabilities (ID) by increasing their inclusion in healthcare, health promotion, and disease prevention systems. Sound Generation’s EnhanceFitness (EF) program is honored to be a 2023 grant recipient. Our adaptation project will support EF delivery organizations in including adults with intellectual disability and their supporters in EF programming with intention. An inclusive learning environment and safe, modified exercise moves will be provided as needed to include all abilities. Instructors will learn general teaching strategies to accommodate individuals as well as learning about inclusive practices generalizable throughout all health promotion and fitness programs. To connect with us about this important work, email

NEW Project Enhance “Recommended Reads”: Our October List

Public Health Communications Collaborative’s new resource, Communications Tool: Strategies for Developing Culturally Driven Public Health Communications

Arthritis Foundation Resources including the Helpline

America’s Health Ranking’s Physical Inactivity – Ages 65+ in the United States

CDC Report: Adult Obesity Prevalence Remains High; Support for Prevention and Treatment Needed

New CDC data shows the prevalence of obesity shot up across all states in 2022. With excess weight raising mortality risk, and obesity-related cardiac events tripling over two decades, that’s a heavy burden. Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, says the solution is no secret: 

“We know the key strategies that work include addressing the underlying social determinants of health such as access to healthcare, healthy and affordable food, and safe places for physical activity.”

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

Deadline October 23rd: National Parks and Recreation Funding Opportunity

NRPA is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity, the Supporting Healthy Aging Through Parks and Recreation (SHAPR 3.0) grant — aka instructor training grants.

What are instructor training grants? These are grants that allow you or someone at your agency to become trained and certified to teach one of CDC approved, evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults in your community. Learn more and read in NRPA’s OpenSpace Blog what local P&R professionals share about their instructor training grants and how it impacted their community. 

The deadline to apply is October 23, 2023. 

For questions, contact

October is a GREAT Time to review your PT-REFER Partnership TOOLKIT!

The University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center and YMCA of the USA, with support from Sound Generations, developed this Toolkit as part of a research study (Physical Therapists—Recommending Enhance®Fitness (EF) to Expand Reach, or PT-REFER).
The Toolkit was designed for EF organizations interested in building partnerships with physical therapy clinics. It provides step-by-step guidance, in the form of specific tasks and activities, for engaging physical therapy clinics in
EF referral relationships. The Toolkit is available for download in your free EF Affiliate portal.

Share your EF and EW Fall Prevention Event Photos!

How did your EW Coaches and EF Instructors celebration Fall Prevention Awareness Week? Share your stories and photos with us to inspire our community of practice nationally!

< At left, EnhanceWellness and Matter of Balance Trainer Asst. Director Deidre Daymon facilitated a fall prevention event at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center with the Area Agency on Aging, City of Seattle. and International Community Health Services.

The Enhance Program Resource Portal

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

“My EW Coach was tremendous. I was new to diabetes. We met an hour a month and she listened to my concerns and helped me with planning my diabetic meals and helped me connect with an exercise program that worked for me. My EW Coach also referred me to the CDSME “Living with Chronic Pain” workshop which was 2 1/2 hours for 6 weeks. It dealt with strategies, sharing, setting weekly goals. It dealt with diabetes plus other illnesses. My EW Coach is an exceptional educator, encourager, and a good listener.”

– EnhanceWellness Client

EnhanceFitness Insurance Information Resource sheet has been updated!

All manuals can now be printed directly from the EF and EW Affiliate portals. Instructor 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!