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Get the Facts
Live Healthy Georgia Tip Sheet
Physical Activity and Health: At a Glance
A report put out by the CDC on what has been learned about physical activity and health in decades of research. This article includes sections on the benefits of regular physical activity, public health concerns, a discussion of moderate physical activity with numerous examples, precautions for a healthy start, and special messages for special populations.
Practical Tips and Tools
Target heart Rates
Target heart Rate Calculator
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): BMI Calculator
Online Resources
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans - Active Older Adults
A chapter from the US Department of Health and human Services' 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, with key recommendations for older adults.
AARP's Physical Activity in the Spotlight
Numerous links on seniors and physical activity, including new ways to be active, health tips, and more
American Family Physician: Exercise for the Elderly
This site has information on the safety of exercise for the elderly, as well as information on how to get started, types of exercise, when to call a doctor, and graphics demonstrating more specific exercises.
CDC: Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults
Information on a strength training program for older adults developed by Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute on Aging
A comprehensive guide put out by the National Institute on Aging. It contains chapters on the benefits of exercise, safety, motivation, sample exercises, self-tests, and nutrition as well as appendices containing information on target heart rate, an exercise plan, activity and progress charts and a listing of additional resources.

To order a free copy of the Exercise Guide, is available online (click on Exercise Guide) or call toll-free 1-800-222-2225.

Exercises for Older Adults
This collection of handouts gives simple and easy exercises that can be done standing or sitting.
Fitness and Wellness facility Locator and Patient Referral Program
This website helps older adults and physicians find fitness and wellness facilities dedicated to serving 50-plus adults of different abilities.
Let's Get Moving! A Walking Program for Congregations
Your congregation can begin the program as a simple exercise program
or theme it to coincide with a program or even the liturgical
calendar. Program materials and resources included.
Physical Activity for Everyone: Special Recommendations for Older Adults
A page on special recommendations for older adults with advice on aging successfully, getting moving, the need for strength, keeping young at heart, and key recommendations for this special part of the population.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
Search programs by city or type of activity.
Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
This center is dedicated to "promoting health and preventing complications through exercise" for people with spinal cord injuries. They provide a practical handout on exercise and spinal chord injuries.
Go4Life
This physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health encourages fitting physial activity and exercise into a daily routine.

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Site last reviewed: October 24, 2012

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