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Sam’s Club is helping adults over 50 get healthier

Chronic disease affects adults 50 and over more than any other age group in the United States. Sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition and reluctance to seek out information about health conditions are all contributing factors.


Supported by the Sam’s Club Giving Program’s $350,000 grant, OASIS is working to help prevent chronic disease by increasing enrollment in health and wellness programs in various communities across the country. With OASIS program locations in urban shopping centers and rural and suburban communities, adults 50 plus can take advantage of classes to learn to manage chronic conditions, make better health choices, begin exercise programs and be educated on resources of information to improve health and quality of life.


The two-year grant is being implemented in St. Louis, San Diego and Washington DC, with  programs including the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP), Exerstart, Better Choices, Better Health (new online version of CDSMP), Healthy Living Online, along with a broad menu of physical activity, health education and nutrition programs.  

About Sam’s Club Giving Program


Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. In 2009 alone, on behalf of Sam’s Club, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $73 million in cash and in-kind gifts to support local U.S. organizations focusing on education, health and children’s programs including donating more than 38-million pounds of food to Feeding America food banks. For more information about Sam’s Club Giving, visit


Meet Leigh Smith, who's getting fit from a chair! Her favorite OASIS classes are Gentle Chair Yoga and Chair Pilates.




“OASIS is making a real lasting and positive change in the lives of older adults. We are excited to help them expand their efforts to reach even more participants.”
-Jill Turner Mitchael
Senior Vice President,
Health and Wellness
Sam’s Club

Sam's Club Giving Made Simple campaign

On September 22, 2011, a check for $284,730 from the Giving Made Simple campaign was presented at an open house to celebrate the opening of OASIS in O'Fallon, MO. The grant will help to expand health and wellness programs at OASIS centers across the country, like this new location for St. Louis OASIS.
Jonathan Sadler of Sam's Club and his team presents the check to Barbara Turkington, (at right) St. Louis OASIS Executive Director
Jonathan and Barbara, along with Sam's Club team members and O'Fallon Mayor, Bill Hennessy (at far right)

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