Evidence Based Programs (EBP's) offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease among older adults. These programs are based on rigorous study and scientific evidence and are designed to lower the risk of chronic diseases and help prevent falls.  


A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Check out this video from the National Council on Aging for more information about A Matter of Balance!

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Reduce stress while improving your balance with this low impact program. Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of movements which are performed in a slow, focused manner combined with controlled breathing. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints and has been proven to improve balance and mobility, increase flexibility, improve posture, relieve pain and stiffness, and reduce the fear of falling. To find out how Tai Chi is an effective exercise for fall prevention and find a class near you, visit Tai Chi for Health Institute.


Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Improve your health and quality of life with this safe, structured, and effective strength training program. This eight week program includes 16 exercise classes that meet twice weekly for one hour. Sessions are led by a team of MU Extension specialists and are designed to increase muscle strength and flexibility, strengthen bones, lift depression, and reduce the risk of heart disease.  To learn more about SSSH or to find a class near you, go to http://missourifamilies.org/sssh/.

Regional Arthritis Center Programs

The Walk with Ease (WWE) program is a physical activity and self-management education program. The group format is a structured six-week program that meets 2 or 3 times weekly. Groups are led by trained leaders. The program is designed to help people with arthritis better manage their pain and make walking a daily habit.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) is a community-based exercise program offering a variety range-of-motion, flexibility, strengthening, balance and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of these exercises can be modified to meet participant needs and are designed to reduced levels of pain, stiffness and fatigue, and improve strength and overall health. Classes meet twice weekly and are led by trained leaders.


For more information and to find a class near you, visit Steps to Better Health. 

Exercise and physical activity are an important 

part of healthy aging. They can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic

conditions affecting older adults. To help you

get fit and exercise and physical activity into

your daily life, the National Institute on Aging

(NIA) created the Go4Life campaign.

Go4Life offers free, evidence based resources 

for older adults in one convenient place.

For more information on 4 types of exercise,

Go4Life videos, and tips on how to get motivated

to exercise and stay safe while exercising.....

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