The Newport 60+ Activity Center received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association during its annual conference on Nov. 5 in Sun River.
The award recognized the work the center has done in evidenced-based prevention programs, specifically the Prevention of Type Two Diabetes.
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual or agency that has shown outstanding dedication to the parks and recreation profession or field through a special project or effort.
The Newport 60+ Activity Center, which is under the umbrella of the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, has focused on bringing evidenced-based classes and activities to increase the overall health of the community.
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program expanded model is a structured intervention with the goal of preventing progression to type 2 diabetes. Participants have commented on the program being life-changing. Some of those participating already had some serious conditions that improved over the course of the program.
The purpose of this program is to teach people sustainable habits and the skills to overcome barriers to healthier eating and being more active. The program has encouraged participants to enjoy walking in parks and along nature trails. Many participants have engaged in the center’s many activities.
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE Second St. To learn more about activities and programs, call 541-265-9617 or go online at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.