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For Immediate Release:

February 17, 2017

 

THE EIGHT Joins National Go4Life® Campaign

New public-private effort focuses on fitness for older adults

 

 

LA QUINTA, CA-THE EIGHT announced today that it is partnering with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health on the Go4Life campaign, a new national exercise and physical activity campaign for people age 50+. The goal of Go4Life is to enlist sedentary older adults – today only 25 percent of people aged 65-74 say the engage in regular physical activity – to reap the health benefits of exercise by making it a part of their everyday lives. 

 

THE EIGHT Wellness programs target communities challenged by access to and lack of adequate wellness resources. Their wellness programs, workshops and health fairs provide basic information to the public on how to stay well in all areas of their lives: “We are very excited about the Go4Life campaign and proud to join the NIA,” said Francheasca Roberson, Chief Operations Officer. “Together with the range of private and public organizations involved in this effort, we can bring this important message and outstanding Go4Life resources to the communities that we serve.”

 

THE EIGHT will participate in Go4Life by offering tailor made experiences to help engage and motivate the growing numbers of older people to start exercising, and keep exercising to improve their health and achieve a better quality of life. THE EIGHT will incorporate Go4Life into their own health and wellness activities, disseminating materials to wellness partners, volunteers and throughout 50+ communities.

 

“You’re never too old to increase your level of physical activity and exercise,” says Richard J. Hodes, M.D., director of the NIA. Go4Life is based on studies demonstrating the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older people, including those with chronic health conditions. This new campaign reaches out to older people who traditionally have not embraced exercise and shows them ways that even those with physical limitations may be able to exercise safely as well.”

 

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. The NIA leads the federal government effort conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute’s broad scientific program seeks to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Go4Life is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

About THE EIGHT: THE EIGHT, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, promote “wellness” by utilizing the 8 Dimensions of Wellness to assist in the (Occupational, Physical, Social, Spiritual, Financial, Environmental, Intellectual, and Emotional) needs of people in low to moderate income communities.  THE EIGHT mission is “Wellness—Connecting Life Resources to People in Need” with the goal to make wellness the norm in the Coachella Valley and abroad. For more information visit THE EIGHT website at: www.theeight.org.

 

Contact: Carol Langley

1+760-618-1528

admin@theeight.org

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