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Training senior fitness instructors: an update on proposed curriculum standards by C. Jessie Jones, Ph.D., FACSM

Fitness and physical activity classes for older adults are springing up throughout the world in all kinds of facilities. The increase in senior fitness offerings results from a combination of two things:

* The recognized value of physical activity in preserving functional capacity and reducing physical frailty in later years (U.S. Surgeon General, 1996; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000, 2001; World Health Organization, 2000); and
* The support of the medical community (Nied & Franklin, 2002).

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