Past and Current Partner Activities

The National Park Service

“Build Up Your Endurance with a Visit to a National Park”

women walking for exercise
National parks offer many opportunities to build your endurance amid beautiful scenery and breathtaking landscapes. A group walk, an exhilarating hike, or a brisk walk or jog with your dog are just a few ways to get your heart pumping. This week, the National Park Service, a Go4Life® partner, is celebrating National Park Week, and admission to any national park is free on April 15-16 and 22-23.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get moving and improve your fitness while enjoying the beauty of the Great Outdoors. These resources can help you plan your days at the park

Success Fitness Chicago, LLC

Breakfast Club Fellowship Leads to Go4Life Exercises

Older men doing wall push upsThese members of a men’s breakfast club at the Park Ridge Community Church follow their Wednesday morning meals with Go4Life exercises in the church gymnasium. Led by trainer Carol Longman A.C.E. of Success Fitness Chicago, a Go4Life partner, the 30-minute class focuses on building strength and improving balance, two of the four exercise types recommended for older adults.

At the first class, Carol introduced the men to the Go4Life Exercise and Physical Activity Guide and worked through the exercises in the book with them. The men quickly saw how they could include strength and balance exercises as part of their in-home workouts. As Herb, a member of the group, said ” It’s helpful that we have a take-home book that follows the exercises we do in class. The pictures and layout make it easy to find exercises and practice them.” With the help of a fitness instructor and Go4Life, these men have found a way to experience good fellowship, good food, and good moves —all in a single morning!

City of Daly City Library and Recreation Services

Go4Life tools: practical, effective, fun…”

Older adults in a group exercise classLeslie DuBridge, an employee of the City of Daly City’s Department of Library and Recreation Services and a Certified Wellness and Life Coach, is a long-time Go4Life partner who has found creative ways to involve older adults in many Go4Life-related activities. “Crunch then Lunch” sessions, strength training, and Go4Life Walks are among the many activities she has organized. She recently led this Seniors Pre-Lunch Fitness session at Doelger Senior Center in Daly City, CA — and also composed this poem about Go4Life and its partners. Go Leslie!

Go… Go…Go4life Partners!
Keep doing what you do
Serving our seniors to help them move
Stay encouraged & know that you’re valued
Your reach to one, helps a multitude to be empowered.
Lifestyle fitness is our aim
Go4Life tools: practical, fun, effective
Of this, let us joyfully proclaim!

The Health Network of Wisconsin

“With Go4Life, we are improving lives…”

Go4Life materials and healthy snacksThe Health Network of Wisconsin, a homecare agency and Go4Life partner, works directly with older adults in their homes and senior living communities. By introducing Go4Life where they live, Outreach Coordinator Sandy Borkovetz is able to establish rapport with residents and help them build and maintain strength. The homecare agency’s goal is to help older adults remain independent for as long as possible—even if they have chronic health conditions or mobility issues.

Sandy uses the Go4Life Speaker’s Toolkit to educate, motivate, and help residents set their personal goals. Using available Go4Life exercise materials, she instructs them in the four essential Go4Life exercise groups: strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. Finally, in each community, Sandy looks for a Go4Life exercise enthusiast with a compassionate, loving attitude who is willing to help sustain the Go4Life program at that location. At one location, she is working to set up an exercise area featuring Go4Life posters, tracking tools, and information materials.

Sandy says, “With Go4Life we are improving lives both physically and emotionally, thereby lifting the human spirit.”
Older adults in a group exercise class

Silver Linings Integrated Health

“Offering age as an image of beauty…”

Adrienne Ione founded Silver Linings Integrated Health in Takoma, Washington in 2012 and signed on as a Go4Life partner in 2015 when she first heard about the program, which she calls “a perfect fit. An enthusiastic Go4Life partner, she is committed to the integration of mental and physical wellbeing among older adults. Whenever possible, she also incorporates the natural environment into programming, believing that nature magnifies the learning process.

Throughout the year, Silver Linings educates community members through classes and Go4Life materials, including posters and handouts. Safety and fun are two pillars of her programs, which include free community classes, such as 45-minute mindfulness walks and yoga stretch sessions held in local parks. Each week during September’s Go4Life Month, classes focus on one of the four essential exercise types: strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance.

Adrienne says that her life philosophy is aging actively and thinking positively. As she states on the Silver Linings website, “In a culture that glamorizes youth, I aim to offer age as an image of beauty.”

The Villages Health

Go4Life improves everything we touch on here.”

Group of older adults holding Go4Life materialsAmy Wixted is the Wellness and Education Manager of The Villages Health at the Villages retirement community in central Florida. Her overall mission is to make The Villages—currently home to more than 120,000 residents and growing—the healthiest retirement community in the country.
Go4Life has been incorporated into every possible activity since the campaign started in 2011. A wealth of available activities supports good health and active aging—wellness seminars, diabetes and nutrition education, and a huge range of physical activities program that includes A Matter of Balance, Bone Builders, tai chi, and many more. Residents beginning new physical activities must commit to watching Go4Life videos on the website to be sure they are doing exercises correctly and safely.

Amy finds that Go4Life materials work for everyone, giving even the most sedentary residents a path to becoming active, and ensuring that more active residents incorporate all four recommended types of exercise. “Go4Life improves everything we touch on here,” Amy says. “It provides a trusted link to good information and resources for our residents. Go4Life is a true gift for us.”

JCC Association of North America

Go4Life has been an invaluable partner.”

Steve Becker, vice president for Health and Wellness Services and director of Corporate Partnerships for JCC Association of North America, serves as a resource for staff at 120 member JCCs throughout the United States and Canada. In that position, he helps promote professional growth and identifies new program opportunities to benefit both staff and members. Go4Life is one of those programs.

Steve led the way for the JCC Association to become one of Go4Life’s original partners when the program started in 2011. Since joining, he has continually displayed Go4Life on the Association’s Program Partners website. Through newsletter and listserv notifications, he has encouraged health and fitness staff to consider Go4Life programming, especially during Go4Life Month every September. Local JCCs have picked up the theme by creating Go4Life tip sheets, holding educational programming, and developing a calendar of Go4Life Month classes and events.

Steve underscores the value of the partnership to the Association and its member sites this way: “Older adults are one of the JCC’s core populations. Anything we can do to promote healthy lifestyles benefits this population and the JCC community as a whole. Go4Life helps us keep health and fitness staff up-to-date with excellent, science-based information about physical activity and exercise for older adults that they otherwise may have missed. Go4Life has been an invaluable partner.”

Go4Life Month Happenings

See how organizations around the country are celebrating Go4Life Month and getting older adults up and active in September!