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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507
Monday, May 24, 2010

HHS Officials Host Age Strong! Live Long! Walk on the National Mall

Several communities across the country to join in

HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr will lead an Age Strong! Live Long! Walk on the National Mall on the morning of Thursday, May 27, 2010. This event, which will involve seniors from across the Washington, D.C. area, is the culmination of the U.S. Administration on Aging’s events to celebrate Older Americans Month 2010. The event program showcases the strength and vitality of older Americans and encourages their pursuit of active lifestyles and community engagement.

WHO: Bill Corr, deputy secretary, HHS
Cindy Padilla, principal deputy assistant secretary for aging, HHS
J.C. Hayward, Mistress of Ceremonies and Local WUSA 9 News Anchor
WHAT: A walk on the National Mall surrounded by educational exhibits and activities
such as fitness demonstrations.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Pre-program activities and on-site registration, exhibits, and warm-up
exercises.
10:15 a.m. Walk*
WHERE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Background: Each year the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) encourages aging services organizations and other community partners nationwide to join in the national celebration of Older Americans Month by hosting activities in their local communities. This year AoA organized the Age Strong! Live Long! Walk on the National Mall to bring together older Americans and their families and friends to celebrate their wisdom, experience, and ongoing contributions to their communities. Cities around the country including ones in Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin are holding their own Age Strong! Live Long! Walks as well.

*Participants who choose not to complete the walk may enjoy a T’ai Chi demonstration conducted by Dave Leibson of the T’ai Chi Ch’uan Study Center. For more information about the Walk on the Mall or for individual or group registration, please go to www.aoa.gov or www.olderamericansmonth.org.