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April 12, 2000 Contact: Jody Oesterreicher (312) 996-8277; joest@uic.edu


The University of Illinois at Chicago is recruiting participants for its popular exercise program for older adults with chronic illnesses.

Researchers assign eligible participants to an exercise-at-home program or an instructor-led program at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club and Family Life Center on the West Side.

The free program can help control the symptoms of diabetes; reduce disability caused by arthritis; reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure; aid recovery from heart disease; prevent osteoporosis; and improve mood.

The program is part of a study of the long-term impact of exercise on adults more than 50 years old with two or more of the following chronic medical conditions: arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The program uses gentle aerobic exercise designed for older adults with chronic illnesses, including those using canes and walkers. Exercises include light weight training, stretching and flexibility exercises, tai chi movement and walking.

Researchers monitor the health of participants throughout the program. Members of the instructor-led program meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the center, 2102 W. Monroe St.

To find out more about this free program and eligibility, call Caryn Johnson or Jan Warren at (312) 355-3174.

With 25,000 students, the University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest and most diverse university in the Chicago area. UIC is home to the largest medical school in the United States and is one of only 88 national Research I universities. Located just west of Chicago's Loop, UIC is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the area.

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