- Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 09:58
- Written by John Grimaldi
Washington, DC - The Association of Mature American Citizens has created the AMAC Fitness Protection Program as a "palatable way" of improving the health of its members and all older Americans, Dan Weber, AMAC president and advocate for the elderly, announced today.
Weber said that in addition to making older folks feel better, the advantages of keeping fit include the ability to prevent some of the more serious diseases associated with aging, including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer's.
"We want to make this an inclusive endeavor and so we've come up with a trio of rewards for members and their friends and families who pitch in with ideas for making it easier to live healthier and longer. AMAC is offering a $1,500 first prize, a $1,000 second prize and a $500 third prize for those who can create lifestyle games people can play that incorporate mental and physical exercise. The focus of entries must be on brain teasers and light workouts for seniors involving repetitive activities."
The association will introduce a new Web site in the near future that will offer news and research on the value of diet and exercise in controlling chronic disease in the elderly. Readers wishing to enter the Fitness Game contest before the site is available will be able to post their offerings at www.amac.us/fitness-contest.
Weber noted that "as we get older we tend to seek ways to avoid activities that involve exertion. To quote one anonymous wag: the only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck. We need to overcome inertia and find ways of improving our heart rates and blood sugar levels by developing good exercise habits. Of course, it is important to check with your doctor before beginning any regimen that involves strenuous activities."
Weber said that exercise is particular good for fending off Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic conditions. He cited a report by The World Health Organization, which says that a healthy diet, increased physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent 80% of premature heart disease, 80% of type 2 diabetes cases and 40% of cancers.
"Our own AMAC Foundation recently produced a report discussing the potential of fruits and/or fruit juice to reduce [Alzheimer's] disease progression and other recent studies focus on ways using exercise to stimulate brain activity as a means of checking the disease," he added. "One report suggests that adopting healthy brain life habits might delay or prevent the appearance of Alzheimer's disease in some individuals."
Weber said that a special panel will discuss the promotion of preventative care for the elderly at the 2014 AMAC Foundation National Health Care Symposium to be held at the Washington Court Hotel, June 9-10.