We received a phone call from René Breland in August 2018. René is the Director of Aging Programs for the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG). She had just visited a SAIL fitness class in Huntsville, AL and wanted to know if it would be possible to expand the number of SAIL Programs in northern Alabama.
Carolyn Rhodes is the Fitness Director and a Certified Personal Trainer for the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. Carolyn completed the online SAIL Program Leader training in 2015 and had been leading a SAIL Program at the senior center since that time. It was Carolyn’s SAIL Program that made an impression on René and began the process of bringing an onsite SAIL Program Leader training to the area.
We traveled to Huntsville in September 2019 to provide an onsite SAIL Program Leader training. We look forward to our continued work with TARCOG to certify two master trainers for SAIL which will enable them to achieve their goal of further dissemination of this evidence-based program to prevent falls in older adults.