Ellen Satlof, NATA
214-637-6282, ext. 159
For Immediate Release:
NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION (NATA) SUPPORTS GOALS OF “ACTIVE AGING WEEK” TO MOTIVATE OLDER ADULTS TO PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Nationwide Program Takes Place September 25-October 1, 2006
DALLAS, August 17, 2006 – “Active aging” describes individuals who live life as fully as possible. Exercise helps play a vital role in keeping adults healthy both physically and mentally. To encourage more older adults to participate in physical activities, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) supports “Active Aging Week” – a nationwide series of events spearheaded by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA).
Beginning Monday, September 25 and culminating on October 1, “International Day of Older Persons,” health care and fitness organizations will sponsor free classes, education seminars, health fairs, community walks and other events to encourage older adults to explore exercise options that will engage and suit their lifestyle.
“Staying physically active improves the quality of life for aging adults both at home and at work,” said Chuck Kimmel, ATC, president, NATA. “Before starting any new exercise regimen, it’s important to speak with an athletic trainer or other health care professional, who can advise you on a routine best suited to your age and physical condition.”
“We know the vital role athletic trainers have in working with older adults to keep them fit and healthy” said Colin Milner, chief executive officer, ICAA. “We are delighted to have NATA’s support as our organizations share a commitment to this important age group and its general health and wellness.”
For more information about Active Aging Week events and how to get involved, visit http://www.icaa.cc/aaw.htm.
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