As we age, keeping
physically active can help protect us from heart disease, diabetes, depression,
osteoporosis and certain cancers. However, it can be tough to find the
motivation to keep moving and stay active. Only 28 to 34 percent of adults aged
65 to 74 are physically active, and only 35 to 44 percent of adults 75 years or
older are physically active, according to statistics from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is committed to improving the health and
well-being of all Rhode Island seniors. Our team developed the Step Up
Challenge to help Rhode Island seniors increase their physical activity through
friendly competition. The program also addresses the negative health impacts of
social isolation, a prevalent issue in the senior community.
Challenge, participants are teamed up with a local senior center or Your Blue
Store location to track steps and physical activity. Three Rhode Island
senior centers – one in each region of the state – with the highest average
steps over four weeks will receive a $2,500 grant to invest in health and
wellness activities for its members. The Your Blue Store location with the
highest average activity will host a celebration to honor participants.
centers are offering special classes for the Step Up Challenge. BCBSRI members
can track activity using the BCBSRI wellness app, powered by Virgin Pulse®.
The app also offers customized nutrition tools, a sleep tracker and the
capability to create healthy challenges with other app users. Participants are
advised to consult a physician before they undertake the Step Up Challenge and
participate in the program at their own risk. The Step Up Challenge runs from
September 3 through September 30, 2019 – details, including a list of
participating senior centers, can be found online at www.rhodeahead.com/medicare/move/step-challenge.
If you didn’t have a chance to participate in
the Step Up Challenge, it’s never too late to check out classes offered at your
local senior center, stop in to Your Blue Store, or to start a walking group
with your friends or neighbors. This competition is a great reminder to stay
active, engaged and committed to healthy aging