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Press Release

February 01, 2004 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4634

February, 2004


In honor of National African American History Month, the Administration on Aging recognizes the efforts of our partner, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged and their work in helping AoA improve the health in the African American elderly community.

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $298,050 to the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged (NCBA) to conduct a 36-month, faith-based community leadership program. The program is focused on reducing obesity as a leading risk factor for chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney failure, and diabetes among African American seniors. Church-based aging and health advocacy committees have been established to disseminate health promotion information that promotes weight reduction, improve nutrition and increase physical activity.

“One of our top priorities is the health and well-being of all older Americans,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell. “By outreaching to and providing culturally relevant and appropriate information in the African American communities, we can help prevent or delay disease and disability, reduce health care costs to our nation and provide a better quality of life for our elders.”

NCBA’s campaign enlists the help of faith- and community-based organizations in four cities: Baltimore, Maryland, Buffalo, New York, the Prince George County, Maryland segment of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia. Group Ministries of Buffalo and Baltimore, Bowie State University in Maryland and the Richmond Capital Area Agency on Aging are energizing local community-based health advocacy committees to make a difference in the lives of older African Americans. These committees, all with senior members, are the vehicles through which important health promotion information about weight reduction, improved nutrition and increased physical activity reaches African American seniors.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, works with a nationwide network of organizations and service providers to make support services and resources available to older persons and their caregivers.