Developed in Costa Rica, the Movement for Life Program (MOVI) is a multidisciplinary and integrated program focused on the effects of physical activity from an integrative perspective in the aging process over different populations, specifically older people, older people in daily care homes, police officers, and children and youth addicted to drugs. The program has specific areas to develop social promotion, intellectual production, research, and teaching.
This program started in January 2009 and was developed in the School of Sports Sciences at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, and different locations in the Heredia province, Costa Rica.
The School of Sports Sciences of the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica is currently running four projects as part of the Movement for Life Program. The Modulation of the Aging Process (Modulación del Proceso de Envejecimiento) is one of them, and is focused on the effects of physical activity from an integrative perspective in the aging process. The project wants to create consciousness about the aging process and increase the quality of life of older people in Costa Rica. The project currently has 35 older participants receiving physical activity classes 3 days per week, as well as attending workshops about healthy lifestyles.
In addition, the project gives opportunities for local students of the School of Sports Sciences at the Universidad Nacional to get involved with this population and increase their skills to teach older people. Occasionally students and professionals from other schools of this university contact the Project to interview or observe the older participants.
Professionals who are involved in different areas or specialties related with aging can contact MBA Inés Revuelta (general coordinator) at tel (506) 2261-0032 or M.Sc. Luis Solano-Mora at tel/fax number (506) 2261-1073. Information can also be attained from the Web site: http://www.una.ac.cr/ecd/movi.htm.