Achieving good health begins with adopting healthy habits. Virtually Healthy Habits (VHH) is a virtual, interactive group-based program designed for older adults to learn about healthy nutrition and provide an opportunity for social engagement. Virtual Healthy Habits is a 10-session program. Classes are held twice a week for 5 weeks and each session is 60-90 minutes long. Virtual Healthy Habits is a combination program including interactive and educational classes and nutritious meal-preparation with a socialization component.
Oasis has been awarded a three-year grant through the Administration for Community Living under the “Innovations in Nutrition Research” to implement and study Oasis’ program called Virtual Healthy Habits. This project will study the effectiveness of Virtual Healthy Habits to as a nutrition education, positive behavior change and socialization program. In partnership with St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Aging Ahead and AgeSmart, Oasis will be recruiting hundreds of older adults in the St. Louis Metropolitan area to participate in 2021-2023.
The program is five weeks long, two times each week and includes a meal kit delivery for participants to prepare a meal to eat with their cohort. Small groups are led by a trained Oasis facilitator and are in cohorts with fewer than 10 people.
Oasis hopes this research study shows positive results and this program can be offered across the country with a variety of community partners in the future. Oasis is partnering with Texas A & M University’s Center for Population Health and Aging for the research component of this project.