American Academy of Health and Fitness

FITNESS SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION HOME STUDY PROGRAMS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tammy Petersen
                          Direct Line:  800.957.7348
                                  E-mail:  Tammy@AAHF.info

It Applies – Use It or Lose It!

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HEALTH AND FITNESS PREPARES CERTIFIED NURSE AIDES TO IMPPOVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND “INDEPENDENCY” OF THEIR PATIENTS

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF), the leader in education and training for successful aging, presents a new program for Certified Nurse Aides titled Functionally Fit. This is the second program created by Tammy Petersen, Founder and Managing Partner of AAHF, that specifically targets older adults. This advanced training utilizes convenient on-line training to teach CNAs how to make functional strength part of the daily care plan. It was developed to help improve the quality of life for older people who are suffering from physical frailty or from some degree of physical dependency. This is a unique approach allows wellness and fitness to be a part of the entire continuum of care and qualifies for a minimum of 12 in-service hours.
Consider these average national statistics for nursing home residents:
Nearly 95% of residents were dependent on staff for bathing
87% dependent for dressing
79% dependent for toileting
74% dependent for transfers
50% dependent for eating
74% dependent on staff for 4-5 ADLs
54% are chair bound
31% can ambulate with assistance while only 16% can ambulate with little or no assistance
Functionally Fit, through on-line trained Certified Nurse Aides (CNA), reaches the chronic long-term care and assisted living patient to provide daily functional training as an accepted and expected part of the daily care plan.  The CNA, or other front-line caregiver, is educated and then certified to provide this type of care. Society must change its view that long term care facilities are just warehouses where we store people until they die. Ideally, functional training, with a focus on strength, should be part of a person’s lifestyle at any age. But as people grow older and begin to lose muscle strength and mass, it becomes even more important to reverse, or at least slow, the effects of aging and to guarantee independence for the activities of daily living into old age. Along with the course manual, there are 24 sessions presented in an on-line program to facilitate the learning process. A color-coded DVD and poster set of the program to be used with the patient is also provided as an additional instructional guide for each resident’s room.  

  Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, the American Academy of Health and Fitness is a professional association committed to providing advanced training and continuing education for fitness professionals who are serious about ensuring safe and effective programs for the older adult.

For more information on AAHF call 800.957.7348 or log onto www.aahf.info.
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American Academy of Health and Fitness
Phone 800-95-SRFIT (800-957-7348)
Fax (703) 451-4952

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