In the early 2000s, 30th Street Senior Center became a test-site for the Always Active program as part of the CHAMPS III UCSF project . Since then, the On Lok 30th street senior center has been instrumental in spreading the program citywide to 21 different locations. We celebrated our 14th year on June 28th, 2021.
This project is made possible by the funding and collaborative efforts of On Lok 30th Street Senior Center (lead agency), San Francisco Senior Centers (SFSC), the University of San Francisco’s Exercise and Sports Science (USF’s ESS) department, and the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Disability & Aging Services (DAS) previously (DAAS).
Dr. Anita Stewart (University of California’s center for Healthy Aging) invited 30th Street Senior Center to be a test site for the exercise-based Community Healthy Activities Model Program
30th Street Senior Center revised the Community Healthy Activities Model Program to fit a community-setting and with the help of the participants, renamed the program Always Active
The University of California San Francisco grant from the California Endowment Fund ended
30th Street Senior Center received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to keep the Always Active program going
Department of Disability and Aging Services (Executive Director Anne Hinton) funded 30th Street Senior Center to become the lead agency of the Always Active program
30th Street Senior Center partnered with San Francisco Senior Center/Sequoia Living and the University of San Francisco to expand the Always Active program to other sites within the city.
The San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services funded the expansion of the Always Active program throughout the city of San Francisco
The Fall Prevention program became part of Always Active through a partnership with USF, led and created by Dr. Chris Thompson
The Department of Aging and Adult services funded On Lok’s Health Promotion programs for the next 3 years
Always Active celebrated Tenth Anniversary
Always Active celebrated and opened 3 new sites: Miraloma, Midtown Terrace and Inner Sunset
Always Active expanded two additional locations: Canon Kip and Sunnyside
Served the community in 21 locations to 1,000+ participants, 30 exercise leaders and 60 classes per week
Innovated and pioneered classes in Zoom for seniors as early as March 2020, in response to the pandemic
Enhanced online classes to experience the outdoors through virtual backgrounds, music and sound
Registered 500+ seniors, lead classes 5 days per week in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Attendance reached up to 145 per class.
The Department of Disability and Aging Services approves a four-year funding period from July 2021 to June 2025.
Continues to deliver virtual exercise classes for Always Active and Fall Prevention
Re-opened several in-person locations while keeping virtual programming. Always Active is currently has classes in English, Spanish, and Cantonese both in-person and virtually.