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Friday, October 10, 2003 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

The Administration On Aging Awards $1.5 Million To Improve Health For Vulnerable Populations

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded grants totaling over $1.5 million to focus on eliminating health disparities among minority elderly individuals and to support a National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging.

The technical resource centers will link community wellness centers and other community groups to conduct grassroots health initiatives. The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity will enhance both consumer knowledge about health promotion/disease prevention aspects of nutrition and physical activity for older adults. “An active healthy lifestyle is a key component to aging well,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell. “Simple modest increases in daily activities can improve overall health, prevent or delay disease and disability, and reduce health care costs for our nation.”

Eliminating Health Disparities Among Elderly Individuals
Technical Resource Center Grants:

Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores Los Angeles, CA $298,050
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging Seattle, WA $356,365
National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc Washington, DC $298,050
National Indian Council on Aging New Mexico $129,155

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity Grant:

National Policy and Resource Center on
Nutrition and Aging at Florida
International University Miami, FL $460,369

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, works with a nationwide network of organizations and service providers to make support services and resources available to older persons and their caregivers. For more information, please visit