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FOR RELEASE: March 22, 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Speaker to Discuss Active Aging

Promoting the emotional, social and physical well being of older adults will be the focus of the April meeting of the Oklahoma Arthritis Network (OAN). The group will meet Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Room 314, Oklahoma City. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Guest speaker Susan Snyder, director of Senior Services in Seattle, Wash., will discuss “Group Fitness that Changes Lives.” Snyder has directed the Seattle-based Project Enhance, formerly Senior Wellness Project, since 1997. The project is in more than 100 sites in 13 states and will begin implementing programs in Oklahoma this year. Project Enhance received the International Council on Active Aging 2006 Industry Innovator Award and the US Health and Human Services 2005 Secretary’s Award for Innovation in Prevention award for a non-profit organization.

The OAN features speakers and presentations for the public to help maximize the quality of life for Oklahomans with arthritis and related health conditions by developing resources, promoting access to health care and offering public health education programs. If you would like to attend this meeting, videoconference locations are available in some communities. Please call the following locations to register:

  • Rogers County Health Department (918) 341-3166 - Linda DeSpain
  • Garfield County Health Department (580) 233-0650, ext. 147 - Teresa Bailey
  • Beaver County Health Department (580) 625-3693 - Stephanie Jett/Nancy Lamle
  • Wagoner County Health Department (918) 485-3022 - Panna Kelley
  • Marshall County Health Department (580) 795-3705 - Shannon Williams
  • Tulsa County Health Department (918) 582-9355 - Debra Harren

To learn more information about Project Enhance, arthritis, or upcoming OAN speakers, contact Marisa New, coordinator of the OSDH Arthritis Prevention and Education Program, at 405-271-9444, ext. 56410, or email her at marisan@health.ok.gov. 

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