by Miriam W. Battles, development officer, Division of Advancement
Interdisciplinary teams of students from the Nursing and Health & Exercise Science Departments conducted muscle strength exercise groups for older adults in the Huntsville community between January 25 to March 28, 2018. The recipients of this program were 60 years and older. Students shared the “Movement Matters” exercise program that includes services to reduce risk factors for falls, one of which is inactivity. Other services provided included: muscle strength exercise protocol, a pre-exercise assessment, which included blood glucose measurement for diabetics, and blood pressure assessment for all participants. Health teaching on increasing physical activity safely, such as “start low and go slow,” as well as signs and symptoms of overexertion were emphasized. Healthy snacks, bottled water and nutritional bingo were incentives provided for participation.
One day during the Fall semester, a five-hour Fall Prevention Wellness Screening service was also provided. Oakwood students offer these valuable and beneficial services improve and extend the quality of life for older adults.
To continue to support areas of service like this, please designate Oakwood University CFC Code: 96964, September 2019-January 2020 during the Combined Federal Campaign.