Asphalt Green provides opportunities for over 350 seniors to get fit an active each year. Asphalt Green developed an innovative fall prevention course, Skills in Motion, and is working with Columbia University to publish the results of the program in a peer-reviewed medical journal. We also offer reduced-priced memberships and free programs for seniors in low-income housing.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Asphalt Green facilitates innovative physical activity programs that address the nation’s growing problem of fall-related injuries. Our Skills in Motion program offers a unique approach to fall prevention that improves strength and coordination through a variety of exercises, recess-inspired games, and activities. Participants improve agility, active and static balance, proprioception, hand-eye coordination, quick-twitch muscle response, and core strength. Our vision is to expand the program locally and nationally through licensing to other senior centers and medical providers.

I turned 95 last April with a balance problem. Since I’ve started [Skills in Motion], I am finding an ongoing improvement from one class to the next. I’m not ready to do hip-hop yet, but so far, I’m getting around with more confidence, without the help of a cane or walker.

FRAN, SKILLS IN MOTION PARTICIPANT

WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL FOR SENIORS TO BE ACTIVE:

Seniors who exercise 30 minutes a day live five years longer than those who don’t exercise at all.*

 

Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.**

 

Exercising as a senior may delay or prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and osteoporosis.***
 
 
 

To get involved, contact us at skillsinmotion@asphaltgreen.org or (212) 369-8890 x2283.

 
*BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE
**CDC
***NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGING