November 4, 2008
This letter is in support of the Move Baby, Move! program. The American Heart Association (AHA) and our subdivision the American Stroke Association (ASA) has partnered in Dallas to educate and serve the people of the metro area who are at high-risk for cardiovascular disease through physical activity promotion and education.
We are working together to disseminate heart disease information to the communities. Using Move Baby Move's knowledge of older adult wellness and AHA's scientifically-based tools and information we are reaching high-risk groups in senior centers and churches in the Dallas area.
Move Baby Move is partnering with the AHA using Power To End Stroke (targets African-Americans), about cardiovascular diseases using the local partnership with the AHA. Move Baby, Move! and AHA both endeavor to reach the uninsured, high-risk, under-served populations. The partnership allows us to do that without "reinventing the wheel". This serves as a best practice for saving dollars and reaching the groups.
Cultural Health Initiatives Director
October 30, 2008
It is my privilege to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of Aaron Palmer and strongly support his application to New Ventures in Leadership. I understand that you are selecting individuals who have leadership potential within the areas of health and wellness, and civic engagement. I consider Mr. Palmer a strong leader - and a visionary - in health and wellness programming.
It has been my joy to work with Mr. Palmer for the past few years, in his capacity as a principal of Move Baby, Move!, and in my capacity as a recent convert to health promotion and evidence-based disease prevention programs. I believe we share a common mission of engaging older adults in an activity that improves and maintains health (both physical and mental) and thus enhance the quality of life.
Mr. Palmer has demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing personalized activity programs for older adults that are responsive to individual needs, and appropriate for those at all levels of ability. He has made inroads in reaching minority elders - a particular interest of ours, given the targeting criteria of the Older Americans Act, and in employing a holistic approach.
I'm impressed with Mr. Palmer because he has excellent clinical skills and a much broader vision of how medical and social programs can, and should, be integrated at the national level. He's a tireless advocate for health and wellness programs who is willing and able to break new ground.
Doni Van Ryswyk
Manager of Aging Programs
President of Texas Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Move Baby, Move! has established partnerships and strategic alliances with local, state and national organizations including:
The American Heart Association www.americanheart.org
The Dallas Area Agency on Aging www.ccgd.org/daaa/daaa.html
The North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging www.nctcog.org
Exercise Is Medicine www.exerciseismedicine.org
“Only a tiny percentage of the American population is healthy. And it is no accident that they are healthy. They work at it.” - Gary Null, Ph.D.
Move Baby, Move! ™
This is a whole-body workout taking place in the comfort of a chair which allows us to include the well population as well as many who have varying levels of debility. There is really no impact which again is a reason that everyone can be included in this program. The participants feel a sense of accomplishment and It’s fun!
Breathing (roses/candles): Throughout Move Baby, Move!, we consistently give verbal cues and visual cues to help the participants focus on deliberate (intentional) rhythmic breathing. This helps to maximize Oxygen intake for delivery to the contracting muscles. This can be educational for everyone, but maybe especially helpful for those with pulmonary pathologies, including COPD, asthma, bronchitis, etc.
Shoulder rolls, prayer position, breaststroke, steering wheel, left lane, right lane, chin down, chin up, shin slides.
These exercises focus on the scapulothoracic articulation, the glenohumeral joint, and the cervical vertebrae. Some of the supporting musculatures include the upper, middle and lower trapezius, the rhomboids, rotator cuff (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis), the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, biceps brachii, triceps brachii, erector spinae, and Sternocleidomastoid among others.) During the warm-up, we focus on good postural alignment (within reason for those with significant postural deviations such as scoliosis or a fixed kyphosis). This is important for several reasons. Good posture is helpful in maintaining or restoring good balance during functional activities. It also helps the participants increase their tidal volume during inspirations throughout the regimen. Giving consideration to the sitting posture which is employed during Move Baby, Move!, Improved posture leads to improved muscular balance and therefore improved joint alignment and improved arthrokinematics. The low impact, repetitive movements help to increase synovial fluid production at the joint surfaces keeping them lubricated, nourished and healthy.
2) Hips / Thighs
Double-tap right/left marching in place, single heel taps, marching it out, hip abduction, warrior pose.
While maintaining good postural alignment, this section progresses to the lower extremities increasing hip flexor strength, knee extensor strength, hip abductor strength and ultimately performing upper and lower extremity movements together to address coordination.
3) Abs / Core
Handclaps, toe taps with claps, knee lifts “tummy muscles”, knee lifts with claps, tap it out, side to side, deep breaths in, glut scoot to the edge of the chair, flowers/candles.
These exercises target the hips, knees, and ankles while maintaining a stable core and contracted abdomen. Some of the supporting musculatures includes the rectus abdominis, abdominal obliques, thoracic and lumbar paraspinal, quadriceps femoris, biceps femoris, the hip abductors and adductors, gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior and many others.
by Physical Therapist
“Exercise does not promise you eternal youth, but if your body is not moving you are not alive. Quality of life is an important issue to many people as they get older... but unless we make a conscious effort to choose and improve the quality of our experiences, we have a tendency to fall into predictable ruts that dull our senses and put our brains on automatic pilot. We become complacent and bored... and a bored person is boring, especially to ourselves. One way out of this predicament is to increase our body awareness and viability. The only way to do this is to exercise.” - Gary Null, PhD.
4) ATT (Arthritis-Type- Text)
Side biceps curls, handlebar position “open up and push”, tiger claws, shake it out, make “O’s”, play the piano, wrist circles, warrior pose.
These movements progress down the upper extremities to include the distal joints and muscles. The proximal and distal radioulnar articulations, the radiocarpal articulation, intercarpal articulations, carpometacarpal joints, and interphalangeal joints are all included to maintain optimal range of motion and strength in the elbows wrists and fingers.
5) Cardio / Punching / Heel taps:
Marching in place combined with upper extremity flexion, “test our coordination”, overhead chest press, punching/jabs, uppercuts, hooks, shooting baskets, flex wrist down.
Combination movements are utilized to increase the heart rate and respiratory rate even more. Upper extremity motions such as these may restore or maintain one’s ability to perform overhead activities of daily living such as upper body dressing, grooming, and shelving / de-shelving objects overhead.
6) Cool Down - Flexibility Component:
Warrior pose, full circle with the arm while following through with eyes/neck, assist with a bad arm, push ceiling up, push the floor down, stretch outsides posterior deltoid stretch, shoulder flexion overhead stretch, thoracic spine extension, extend knees and dorsiflex/plantarflex ankles, ankle circles, shake it out, warrior pose.
Serves to lower heart rate, respiratory rate and improve range-of-motion.
A guided imagery stress reduction technique.
Further helps to lower heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. It also aids in the reduction of the stress-related hormone cortisol.
Move Baby, Move! has presented at various events nationwide including:
Iowa Governor's Conference on Aging, Des Moines, IA
Native Diabetes Prevention Conference, Phoenix, AZ
State Farm 50-Million Pound Challenge Health Expo, Dallas, TX
American Heart Association Gospel Concert and Health Fair featuring Dr. Bobby Jones, Dallas, TX
The Alzheimer's Association of Dallas Annual Conference, Dallas, TX
13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Annual Dallas Area Rapid Transit Senior Health Fair, Dallas, TX
The Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club Kosciusko, MS
The 2009 Texas Public Health Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX
2009 WFAA Health and Fitness Expo, Dallas, TX
American Heart Association Vestido Rojo "Go Red" for Hispanic Women, Forth Worth, TX
Lewisville ISD, Lewisville, TX
UTA Spring Fling Health and Fitness Expo, Arlington, TX
Nortel Employees Health and Wellness Program, Richardson, TX