About AIS Health Promotion
Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of older adults in San Diego County so they will remain independent. The Health Promotion unit provides programs specifically for older adults to manage chronic conditions, improve physical functioning, increase socialization, and prevent falls.
Representatives from a network of senior, health and other community organizations meet monthly to exchange information and cooperate in collaborative programs.
Website to remember:
www.SanDiegoFallPrevention.org – videos, local resources (exercise classes, PT’s, home modification, medical alerts, etc), Toolkit, and more!
www.HealthierLivingSD.org - includes schedules for programs and classes
www.AISEvents.org – includes links to Vital Aging info
Feeling Fit Club, an exercise program for older adults:
The Feeling Fit Club is a functional fitness exercise program offered via three different delivery methods throughout San Diego County: 1) on-site classes with trained instructors at various community sites, 2) a television program that is shown twice daily on three stations, and 3) a video/DVD program for home use. The classes include 4 core components: strength (upper body, lower body, and core), balance, aerobic endurance, and flexibility. All moves and exercises are designed to be adapted to various physical abilities and can be performed from a seated or standing position. Program evaluation has shown improvement in participants’ strength, flexibility, balance and ability to perform activities of daily living. Please see the current schedule.
The exercises in the home based program are focused on more frail seniors who are home-bound. There are five unique episodes which build in difficulty from Monday to Friday, and the episodes are repeated each week. The television programs are shown twice per day, Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Cox: 19 or 24; Time Warner: Channel 85; Uverse: Channel 99 and scroll. Please note that the program is shown on the “Local Government Access” station and may be listed in the TV guide as Feeling Fit – it may show up as “Local government Programming” and it is sometime pre-empted by other programs. We have no control over this.
For seniors for whom this schedule does not fit their daily routine, of if they are frustrated with the show getting pre-empted, the DVD can be sent to them along with a stretch band for home exercise. The DVD/Video is exactly the same as the TV show (all 5 episodes).
For more information or to order a DVD either call 858-495-5500 or
Healthier Living With Chronic Conditions (aka, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
Designed at Stanford University and for people with conditions such as arthritis, depression, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, or any chronic illness, this program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program consists of a workshop that meets 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who also have a chronic condition. Topics include diet, exercise, medication management, cognitive symptom management, problem solving, relaxation, communication with healthcare providers, and dealing with difficult emotions. The Healthier Living workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule
For more information call 858-495-5500.
Healthier Living with Diabetes (aka, Diabetes Self-Management Program)
Designed at Stanford University and for people with Type 2 Diabetes, this program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program consists of a workshop that meets 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who also have diabetes. Topics include diet, exercise, medication management, blood glucose monitoring and management, foot care, complications of diabetes, problem solving, stress reduction, and communication with healthcare providers. The Healthier Living with Diabetes workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule
The Health Promotion unit has
developed an expanded version of the
Healthier Living with Diabetes
program which includes the
Stanford workshop PLUS two individual consultations with a
Registered Dietician on diabetes educational needs and nutrition
before the workshop as well as post-workshop follow-up by program
staff. We expect this program to become a recognized Medicare
diabetes self-management program.
For more information call 858-495-5500.
NEW! Healthier Living: Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEPTM)
Developed by the University of Illinois-Chicago for people with Type 2 diabetes, DEEPTM has been shown to be successful in helping participants take control of their disease and reduce the risk of complications. The program is part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve health outcomes and quality of life among diverse, underserved Medicare populations. DEEPTM consists of a workshop that meets once per week for two hours, led by a certified peer educator. This is a very hands-on, fun and informative workshop that assists participants in making lasting changes in their lives to control their blood sugar, eat well, exercise, prevent complications and live a healthier life. DEEPTM workshops are currently being piloted at community sites, with a focus on Southeast San Diego. Click here for current schedule.
For more information, please call 858-495-5500.
Fall Prevention Programs:
Scientific evidence indicates that comprehensive fall prevention for older adults include management of medical risk factors, environmental safety, safe behaviors, and exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and balance (such as Tai Chi). Our website, www.SanDiegoFallPrevention.org offers a Toolkit and Resource Guide, including contact information for local organizations that address different facets of fall prevention. The website also has a variety of educational videos, including English and Spanish videos for seniors, and short video for clinicians.
Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance
The TCMBB program is a modified version of the Yang style of Tai Chi that commonly is done using either 108, or, in the “short form,” 24 different positions. TCMBB further simplifies the traditional style and has only 8 essential positions. This program was developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) and was designed especially for older adults to reduce their risk of falls.
Older adults learn and practice the TCMBB form in a slow, flowing, and controlled fashion in a free group fitness class. Classes are ongoing and held for one hour, two times per week. Evidence suggests, participating in TCMBB reduces falls and fear of falling; and increases functional balance and physical performance. Click here for current schedule
This free program is sponsored by AIS and facilitated at Tri-City Medical Center. Lead by a Tri-City Medical Center physical therapist and peer leader whom also collaborate with guest experts to provide information on exercise, visions, safety and medications.
The workshop meets weekly for two-hour sessions for nine weeks. The program includes: an exercise manual, informational hand-outs, guest speakers, a home visit, and pre-and post-balance assessments.
Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention workshop. The results were published in the September 2004 issue of the American Geriatrics Society. This program has been proven to reduce the risk of falling.
Tri-City Medical Center
4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056
For more information call:
Tracy Park, MPT, at 760.940.7873, ext. 1
Other classes may be found on
the website resource guide. (
Committees to make a difference:
Health Promotion Committee: Mission: improve the health of
older adults so they may maintain independence as long as possible.
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 2:30 – 4:00 at
the 5560 Overland Avenue, SD 92123 – Ground Floor Training Room
Fall Prevention Task Force: Mission: Reduce falls and their devastating consequences in San Diego County. Task Force members work on special projects, do presentations in the community, and work with AIS on our fall prevention programs.
- Central Chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 at the 5560 Overland Avenue, SD 92123 – Ground Floor Training Room
- North County chapter meets at Tri-City Wellness Center: 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm.
Fall Prevention Task Force Speakers’ Bureau: Task Force members are trained to give fall prevention presentations to older adults and service providers. If your organization wishes to schedule a fall prevention speaker please send your location, time/day request, and number of attendees to the contact below: