The Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) Program has been funded by the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The LIFE program introduces older adults to exergaming, video games that integrate game play with physical activity. Younger adults (age 16 and older) serve as LIFE trainers for the older adult participants.
If you are 60 years of age or older and are looking for a new and fun way to be physically active the LIFE Program could be for you and is being offered in Sibley at the Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center starting Feb. 3 from 3 – 4 p.m. and will run every Monday and Thursday until March 27. The program is also being offered at Sanford Rock Rapids Fitness Center starting Feb. 10 from 4 - 5 p.m. and will run Monday and Thursday until April 3.
The LIFE Program, developed by researchers at Iowa State University, is a low intensity physical activity program that uses exergaming, or active video games, to get people moving. Early studies have shown that the LIFE Program improves fitness and well-being. Some of the exergaming activities included with the LIFE Program include bowling, volleyball, and tennis. The program is free and you do not have to be a member of the wellness centers to participate.
For more information about the LIFE program, call Katie Knobbe, nutrition and health program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach at 712-371-3611 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences. For details on the Osceola County program, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/osceola.