The Senior Stretch program focused on heart-healthy eating and physical activity. The program grew in popularity from six participants at the kickoff to approximately 17 participants throughout the program. Health screenings were offered for participants, and classes were held on topics such as heart-healthy eating, modifying recipes and food preparation methods to reduce fat and salt, as well as blood pressure and diabetes. Participants were also served monthly heart-healthy meals. For physical activity, the seniors participated in chair aerobics and stretching exercises.
Name of program
Program start and end date
1/19/2003 to 5/17/2003
Number of times program met per week
Number of participants (total)
Number of male participants
Number of female participants
Location of activities
Internal efforts to promote Hearts N' Parks programs:
External efforts to promote Hearts N' Parks programs:
Number of presentations: N/A
Partners who contributed to adult programs:
Athens Regional Medical Center
Provided staff for health screenings, materials, and classes.
University of Georgia Extension Service
Provided monthly healthy meals and sessions on heart-healthy food preparation.
Senior Stretch Unfortunately, the post-questionnaires could not be administered on the last day of class. Instead, they were administered over the phone by a physical activity student intern. He reported that it was very difficult to conduct the phone surveys because the seniors had so many questions themselves. Participant scores showed significant improvement in physical activity level and moderate improvement in physical activity attitude, as well as FIT and SIT scores. Overall, the seniors appeared to enjoy the program.