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Seniors Get Peppy with PEPPI – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

For Americans and Arkansans alike, physical activity is one of the most important things they can do for their health. It can prevent many health problems that seem to come with age, including stroke and heart disease. Researchers report that physical activity helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases, aids in chronic disease management, and allows people to stay independent. Arkansas is among the top 10 states for stroke and heart disease deaths, so the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and their partners trained leaders to teach exercise classes designed for adults aged 65 or older in communities across the state. Most participants reported positive outcomes, and health officials expect improvements to continue.

Learn how the Arkansas Department of Health implemented an exercise program to help older adults lose weight, feel better, and reduce the impact of heart disease and stroke.

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Organization Name: Arkansas Department of Health
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Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence

4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
United States
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Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to

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