Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- May 24, 2001

National Council on Aging Honors CSUF Researchers

Two Cal State Fullerton professors have earned national accolades for their research related to fitness and aging.

Dr. Roberta E. Rikli, chair and professor of kinesiology and health promotion, and Dr. C. Jessie Jones, professor of kinesiology and health promotion, director of the university's Lifespan Wellness Clinic and co-director of the Center for Successful Aging, are co-recipients of the 2001 Molly Mettler Award for Leadership in Health Promotion, presented by the National Council on the Aging.

The Fullerton residents were recognized for their leadership in research and "improving the quality of life for seniors."

Jones and Rikli recently co-authored a Senior Fitness Test Manual, which includes a new comprehensive test battery with national norms for those 60-94 years of age. The manual is based on their pioneering national study, "LifeSpan: A Physical Assessment Study Benefiting Older Adults." The researchers found that regularly performed, moderate-level physical activity can extend an older adult's ability to function independently by 15 years.

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