The health and safety of everyone involved with our organization is very important to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
***Therefore, all Enhance Fitness classes are postponed at least until May 1, 2020***
Click here for more information regarding any changes happening to upcoming programs and events in regards to COVID-19.
Are you a current EF particpant and would like to stay physically active while classes are postponed? See below for some helpful links and example videos. As always, please be sure to be safe while you exercise and consult your doctor to decide what is best for you.
- Home Workouts from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
- Exercise and Physical Activity resources from the National Institute on Aging
- Letter from Project Enhance
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.
If you're a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan member, you may be eligible to attend certain Enhance® Fitness classes offered by the NKFM for no-cost or low cost through the Silver&Fit® program! Find out more by clicking on the Silver&Fit logo.
Southeast Michigan | Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County - Updated Winter 2020
Southeast Michigan | Washtenaw and Livingston County - Updated Spring 2020
Mid Michigan | Genesee and Saginaw County - Updated Summer 2019
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.
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.
“…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
Generous Program Funders:
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