EF: Enhance Fitness

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About Enhance Fitness

Enhance Fitness is a physical activity program for adults that is designed to improve functional fitness and well being. Functional fitness means keeping strong, balanced, and flexible to retain the ability to do the daily activities of life that you normally would do.

Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based program, which means that it has been tested and studied to show its effectiveness for older adults. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should do at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise weekly, and that they must be given opportunities to enjoy physical fitness activities that are specially designed for their needs.

Regular exercise has been found to decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), osteoporosis (thinning bones), heart disease, and depression. Seniors can improve their health and maintain their independence so that they may age in place longer.

The Enhance Fitness classes are held three times a week at various locations throughout the state. They give people an opportunity to exercise and socialize with their friends.  The classes focus on balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility exercises and are adjustable to all levels of fitness. Classes are taught by certified fitness instructors who are specifically trained in Enhance Fitness procedures and the exercise program. The program is taught exactly the same in each location, and the classes contain all the components of the program to ensure a standardized delivery.

 
Become an Enhance Fitness Instructor (EFI)

Empower adults to change their lives! EFI’s deliver the Sound Generation’s evidence-based Enhance Fitness program using curriculum developed by Project Enhance. EFI’s help participants improve functional fitness and well-being.
EFI’s receive training and certification to implement the program and do not need to be fitness professionals, although this is preferred. Session pay varies based on experience. EFI’s should be able to commit to teaching for at least one year. Weekly time commitment varies.

Qualifications

Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and in front of a group

Ability to build relationships with individuals and create community within a group

Ability to work with a diverse group of people of varying ages, ethnicities, life experiences, etc.

Active listening skills

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude

Knowledge of basic health, nutrition, and fitness principles

A sense of rhythm
 

Interested in becoming an EFI?

To apply to become an EFI, please fill out the EFI interest form. The NKFM has established policies and procedures to ensure the quality of its Enhance Fitness Program. Please read the EFI statement of understanding to further understand the requirements of a lifestyle coach.

If you have further questions about applying to become an EFI, contact hr@nkfm.org or lklinkman@nkfm.org.

 

Testimonials: 

“…since being in this class, I feel mentally and physically better. As long as this program goes on, I plan to be part of it.”    - Enhance Fitness participant, Detroit, MI

“I am thankful for the trainer of the class and the NKFM’s Enhance Fitness for helping me stay mobile.”     - Mollie, Enhance Fitness Participant, Ann Arbor, MI, who recently turned 100 years old!

 


Generous Program Funders:EF infographic
Area Agency on Aging - 1B
Area Agency on Aging - The Senior Alliance
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Health Alliance Plan
HHS Office on Women’s Health
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/ Diabetes & Other Chronic Disease Section
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National REACH Coalition
Ruth Mott Foundation