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Michigan Senior Center Recognized with 'Prescription for Better Health Award' from the National Council on Aging and CVS/pharmacy
Date:3/17/2009

Traverse City Senior Center, MI is honored for their dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle for seniors in their community. Five other centers also named award recipients.

LAS VEGAS, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Aging in America Conference today in Las Vegas, Nevada, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and CVS/pharmacy announced the recipients of its Prescription for Better Health Award, after a nationwide competition for programs that provide seniors in their communities with access to activities and education that promote healthy lifestyles.

Traverse City Senior Center of Traverse City, Mich., was selected as the top honoree in recognition of its program 'The Amazing Race,' which is a 16-week course designed to empower seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices while also encouraging them to take advantage of resources in their hometown. Each week seniors are given a "challenge" at a local business or agency that relates to wellness or healthy living, such as bowling, miniature golfing and mall walking. For the less active participants there is a "detour" that includes activities like having their blood pressure taken and calculating the number of calories in a certain food.

"It's very rewarding that NCOA and CVS/pharmacy recognize senior centers like ours as we all strive to improve the health of seniors in our communities," said Lori Wells, director of Traverse City Senior Center. "The award affords a unique opportunity to share our program with other senior centers and encourages them to implement a program similar to 'The Amazing Race.'"

"Organizations like Traverse City Senior Center are doing exceptional work that encourages seniors to make a positive impact on their health and wellness," said Donna Phillips, Vice President for Membership of the NCOA. "We are thrilled by the large response to the Prescription for Better Health Award each year
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