For the second year in a row The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley has been awarded a contract with the Metro Area Agency on Aging’s Juniper initiative (MetroAAA), to promote their evidence based Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise classes.

    Partnering with the Metro Area Agency on Aging (MetroAAA) in St. Paul, RSVP has broadened the statewide impact on evidence-based health promotion programs.  The Juniper program aims to reduce costly medical interventions by encouraging self-management of health conditions, overall well-being and preventing falls.

    From Bone Builder’s in 2007, to the SAIL transition in 2016, RSVP has been a leader in implementing and providing effective senior exercise programs throughout the rural region of NW Minn. Recognizing the benefit of evidence based prevention programs, BlueCross BlueShield (BC/BS) of Minnesota has partnered with Juniper this year, providing a higher reimbursement rate for participants who are BC/BS members.

    Regular participation in SAIL generates increased social interaction and satisfaction, independent living is enhanced, and the prevalence of falling is decreased. RSVP of the Red River Valley sponsors 32 SAIL sites throughout the region, with over ninety volunteers who faithfully lead exercise classes twice a week.

    For information on RSVP and/or SAIL, visit crk.umn.edu/units/rsvp or call Tammy Frohlich at 218-281-8289.

About RSVP

    RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with meaningful service opportunities that impact individuals and communities.  RSVP of the Red River Valley Volunteers put their skills, talents, and life experiences into motion for others, focusing on allowing seniors to remain living independently through grocery, handyman and meal delivery services, assisting children with literacy skills and food security for all persons.

    RSVP is a Senior Corp program, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement.  CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corp programs and leads the nation's volunteer and service efforts.  For more information, visit NationalService.gov.