The NYU Aging Incubator has announced the winning team for the 1st Annual Innovators in Aging Award. The Innovators in Aging Award, launched in September 2017, invited NYU students to submit ideas for tools or resources that would significantly enhance the lives of older adults.
The Aging Incubator received 27 submissions from NYU undergraduate and graduate students. The Incubator’s Steering Committee selected the winning project: the Interactive Health and Mobility Program, created by Steinhardt graduate students Anna Brown (MS student in clinical nutrition) and Anthonia Seriki (doctoral candidate in occupational therapy).
The Interactive Health and Mobility Program is a free YouTube series and corresponding workbook outlining simple physical activity and nutrition tips that aging adults can easily implement on a daily basis from the comfort of their own home. The goal is to help older adults increase their physical activity by 15 minutes per day and increase their fruit and vegetable consumption by ½ cup per day.
The winning team received $10,000 from the Aging Incubator to develop the Interactive Health and Mobility Program, which they are currently working on with their faculty mentors: Kathleen Woolf, associate professor of nutrition and Tracy Chippendale, assistant professor of occupational therapy. Brown and Seriki will also take part in the Aging Incubator’s speaker series this coming year to discuss their innovation.
The NYU Aging Incubator is a university-wide initiative bringing together faculty and students from across NYU from all disciplines who are involved in the study of aging and its impacts. The NYU Aging Incubator aims to be the resource for the NYU community to find information on research, educational activities, events, and services for the aging community and provide support for the development of innovative and interdisciplinary research, policy and educational endeavors, to improve the health and well-being of older adults.