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OASIS Recognized for Brain Fitness Programming
Date:3/11/2010

OASIS, one of the most experienced and successful organizations providing lifelong learning and service opportunities for adults age 50 and over, has been awarded an American Society on Aging-MetLife Foundation MindAlert award for its Active Generations program. The MindAlert awards program recognizes innovation in mental fitness programming for older adults.

(Vocus) March 11, 2010 -- OASIS, one of the most experienced and successful organizations providing lifelong learning and service opportunities for adults age 50 and over, has been awarded an American Society on Aging-MetLife Foundation MindAlert award for its Active Generations program. The MindAlert awards program recognizes innovation in mental fitness programming for older adults.

OASIS Active Generations is an intergenerational nutrition/activity program that partners older adult volunteers with children in grades 3-5. The program implements CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), an evidence-based, nationally recognized school nutrition and physical activity curriculum. CATCH builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition experts, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime.

“Active Generations engages older adults as champions in making a social impact on one of the greatest challenges facing America today, childhood obesity,” says Marcia Kerz, President, The OASIS Institute.

“The program supports our efforts to promote ’brain fitness’. By participating in meaningful and healthy activities, the volunteers are challenging their bodies and minds,” adds Kerz.

Each Active Generations after-school session is 90 minutes long and includes three components: an interactive lesson, a healthy snack, and moderate to vigorous physical activity. The volunteers teach the lessons, prepare an
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