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Promoting health and wellness

PineBelt Assn. for Families

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It’s never too late to adopt healthy behaviors. Wellness and health promotion programs are relatively inexpensive to operate yet can have a positive effect on the lives of people of all ages, as well as reduce the strain on health service providers. These include programs that focus on chronic disease management, fitness, mental health, fall prevention, and access to healthy food.

There are many opportunities for funders to support local programs and services, as well as bring to your community national programs that have proven success. No need to recreate the wheel.

Explore how funders are improving the health and wellness of older adults—and others—in their communities using these strategies:

Supporting proven health programs
Community mental health
Fall prevention
Integrating the generations to improve health for all
Helping older adults access healthy food
Community initiatives

What to fund

  • National best-practice programs that can be implemented locally
  • Nutrition classes and counseling
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Community health screenings for vision, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis
  • Brown-bag pharmacy assessments, where medication and nutritional supplements used by individuals are reviewed
  • Fall prevention programs
  • Group wellness programs (walking clubs, t’ai chi)
  • Health fairs to provide information about health programs and community resources
  • Healthy food access and media/marketing campaigns on healthy eating

As a small fund in a community foundation, we have made a difference by bringing
evidence-based programs to our communities. We can expect quicker implementation

and more immediate successes, especially when there are other funders and
collaborators involved. For someone entering the aging philanthropic arena,
I believe this strategy jumpstarts results and learning.

Renie Carniol, Grotto Fund Manager