Healthy lifestyle and prevention programs can help you take control of your life and manage your health conditions. The Ohio Department of Aging supports several evidence-based, community initiatives that provide health benefits and promote disease prevention.
Because you're never too old to learn how to live a happier, healthier and safer lifestyle, we offer two major initiatives with a host of programs to address your health conditions and needs.
HEALTHY U Ohio
HEALTHY U helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions so that they can have the highest possible quality of life.
Healthy U Ohio Programs
STEADY U Ohio
STEADY U helps Ohioans understand that falls are not a normal part of aging and that most falls can be prevented through minor changes in home, health and habits.
STEADY U Ohio Programs
For HEALTHY U and STEADY U programs in your community,
contact your area agency on aging.
Calendar of upcoming workshops
HEALTHY U Ohio
HEALTHY U: Chronic Disease is a small group program that helps adults of any age gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives. Individuals participate in an interactive workshop 2 1/2 hours a week for six weeks. Each workshop is facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom live with a chronic disease themselves. HEALTHY U was developed by researchers at Stanford University, and is effective in improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.
HEALTHY U: Diabetes builds on the successful structure of HEALTHY U: Chronic Disease, but is tailored specifically for adults living with type 2 diabetes. Like other HEALTHY U programs, workshops are conducted in a series of six, 2 1/2 hour weekly sessions at locations within your community, by workshop leaders with personal experience dealing with diabetes and diabetes-related conditions.
HEALTHY U: Chronic Pain helps participants who live with back pain, nerve pain, fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain to improve their confidence in managing their symptoms and daily activities. Like the other HEALTHY U programs, participants attend a series of workshops where they learn to develop action plans to incorporate changes in their lifestyle, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and deal more positively with emotional issues associated with their condition.
Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an interactive program that provides participants with tools to better manage diabetes. It is conducted in six weekly two-hour sessions and is based on principles of empowerment and adult education. The primary goal of DEEP is to empower participants in diabetes self-management efficacy.
STEADY U Ohio
is an award-winning group program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants meet in small groups in community settings once a week for 8 weeks, where they learn to view falls as controllable, set realistic goals, change their environment to reduce risk factors and exercise to increase strength and balance. A Matter of Balance is offered through area agencies on aging, senior centers, local aging network providers and health departments. A Matter of Balance Learn more about A Matter of Balance.
Tai Chi Tai Chi is a centuries-old, mind and body practice that involves fluid, whole-body movements that gently challenge and strengthen balance, mental focus, deep breathing and relaxation. It has been proven to improve balance and reduce falls and may have other health benefits as well. Tai Chi is available in many Ohio counties. Learn more about Tai Chi.
Find more information and resources for falls prevention at www.STEADYU.Ohio.gov.
Additional Healthy Lifestyle Programs
The Ohio Department of Aging supports two programs to help address health and wellness for people with depression and Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers. These programs may require screening or referral to participate.
Healthy IDEAS - Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors) is an individualized, depression self-management program that includes screening, assessment, education and referral to appropriate health professionals if appropriate. The program is conducted through case management and serves clients as well as family caregivers. Healthy IDEAS is available in select regions of Ohio through participating area agencies on aging and provider agencies.
Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease - Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease provides exercise training to people with Alzheimer's disease who live at home. At the same time, family caregivers learn about strategies to manage behavioral symptoms. This program is offered in select regions of Ohio through regional Alzheimer's Association chapters. Contact your regional chapter for further information.
This September, help STEADY U Ohio take "10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls!"
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Become a Volunteer Leader
HEALTHY U and A Matter of Balance community classes use volunteer instructors to conduct workshops. People who have taken part in a class are often inspired to become class facilitators, wanting to share the benefits of self-management with others in their community. If you're comfortable in working with a small group, consider training to become a class facilitator to help others live happier, healthier lives.
To learn more about these programs and volunteer training opportunities, call toll-free:
to be connected to the area agency on aging serving your community.
Funding for the programs on this page comes from the U.S. Administration on Aging. Our partners include the Ohio Department of Health, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the Ohio Public Employee Retirement Systems, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and other local organizations.
The Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio's aging network are proud partners of the Healthy Ohio initiative.
The Ohio Department of Aging is proud to support Ohio Senior Olympics.