Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

The purpose of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program is to encourage older adults to maintain good health by participating in community based health promotion and disease prevention activities with an emphasis on health education, physical fitness and health screening.

Eligibility

60 years of age and older.

Top 3 Goals

  1. To develop a regional health promotion project to address a national public health problem of concern to older adults.
  2. To encourage senior centers to develop individual health promotion projects by applying for special funding.
  3. To increase regularly scheduled exercise classes and health screening events at the senior center level and improve senior center community partnerships through continuing health promotion programs.

Explanation of Services

Health promotion services for seniors are designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of seniors in each County under the jurisdiction of the East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Each senior center is required to develop an annual health promotion plan that serves as a guide for implementing health promotion activities. The health promotion program manager, with the senior center director, assesses, plans and develops a variety of activities relevant to the needs of older adults specific to each county. Health promotion plans are written to common goals and objectives that create health promotion services. Programming is focused on activities that increase exercise opportunities, improve access to health screenings and provide health education information to improve self-care abilities.

Number of Persons Served

The projected output for FY2016 is for 23,000 units of service of which 10,000 is evidence based program (EBP) units.

Source of Funding

IIID health promotion/disease prevention, Older Americans Act.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Cynthia Rockey (865) 691-2551, Ext. 4342 or by E-mail at CRockey@ethra.org.