Walk with Ease: A Campus/Community Partnership to Promote Active Living in Seniors

Ames, IA US
January 15, 2020


Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.

Target Audience

Physicians, Advance Practice Professionals, Nurses, Ancillary Staff, Medical Students (Rotating), Non-Medical Students (Rotating), and Health Care Administrators.


The health benefits of physical activity are often not fully considered as part of "clinical" treatment but it is one of the most potent strategies for preventing or reversing chronic health conditions. it is particularly critical for healthy aging and can improve function, enhance mobility, reduce pain and risk of falling in seniors and improve quality of life. A gap that exists in clinical care is the challenge associated with referring patients to evidence-based programs in community settings. The Walk with Ease program is an evidence-based program designed to assist low functioning seniors in establishing a healthy habit of walking to reduce pain, improve mobility and decrease risk of falling. The program is being disseminated across the state, and a local program through the ISU Exercise Clinic provides opportunities for direct engagement.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope of the national Exercise is Medicine campaign and the local 'ExerCYse' initiatives at ISU.
  • Explain the health benefits associated with physical activity in seniors as well as independent risks of sedentary behavior.
  • Summarize the nature of both the statewide and local Walk with Ease project for promoting active lifestyles in seniors.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/15/2020 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
01/15/2020 - 1:00pm CST
Mary Greeley Medical Center
Bessie Myers Auditorium
1111 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
United States


Gregory Welk, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology Department, Iowa State University



  • Dr. Welk indicates he has no relationships with a commercial entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by or used on patients.

CME Committee

  • No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content. 

Accreditation Statements

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

This program is supported by gifts to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation from Mary Greeley Medical Center, McFarland Clinic, First American Bank, and Green Hills Health Care Center. The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee and not the sponsors of this program.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A


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