A sedentary lifestyle, due to age, depression, obesity, arthritis, stroke or respiratory diseases, is a major risk factor for disability in older adults. Research supports the importance of physical activity in reducing the risk of these conditions. The well documented benefits of physical activity include increased appetite, increased mobility and flexibility, and improved muscle strength and aerobic capacity.

Walking… A Step in the Right Direction

April 16, 2015

Walking is one of the easiest ways for you to be physically active. This brochure provides you with general tips on how to create and follow a walking plan.

Be Physically Active

April 16, 2015

Many older people may feel that physical activity is not safe to do, or that they are too busy or too tired to be physically active. But being physically active every day is one important aspect of a healthy lifestyle that can help you to continue to live independently at home in your community.


April 16, 2015

Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical… Read more »

The 4-Stage Balance Test

April 16, 2015

A tool to assess a client’s mobility and risk of falls, based on his or her ability to hold four progressively more challenging positions.

The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for using the Timed Up and Go test to assess a person’s mobility. The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is a simple test used to assess a person’s mobility based on the time that a person takes to rise from a chair, walk three meters, turn around, walk back to the chair,… Read more »

The 30-Second Chair Stand Test

April 16, 2015

A tool for assessing a client’s mobility and risk of falls. The 30-Second Chair Stand Test helps assess a person’s lower body (particularly leg) strength. This is associated with the ability to perform lifestyle tasks such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a vehicle or bath.

My Plate (ChooseMyPlate.gov)

April 16, 2015

The USDA created MyPlate to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day.  The MyPlate website illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet, and provides tips, resources and interactive tools for weight management, physical activity and meal planning.

Building Strong Seniors and Powerful Programs!

April 16, 2015

This video provides an overview of Mecosta County Senior Center’s project which builds on healthy living practices and reinforces the principles of linking together good nutrition and daily activities that promote positive motion.

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults

April 16, 2015

Eat Smart, Live Strong: Nutrition Education for Older Adults is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) nutrition assistance programs. The intervention is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005 version) and MyPyramid, as well as a… Read more »

AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise

April 17, 2015

The AARP Bulletin commissioned a nationwide survey in November 2011 to assess the level of physical activity among adults age 45 and older. Respondents were asked about their current level of physical activity, their favority type of physical activity, time spent exercising per week, and if they are more or less physically active than they… Read more »