Health and Safety Special Committee


TRTA State Health and Safety Committee Chair
Ron Leiman (D 19)

State Health and Safety Committee Members

Mary Ann Dolezal (D 4), Judy Hart (D 16), Verna Mitchell (D 10)

The TRTA Health and Safety Special Committee was created by President Marcy Cann and approved by the TRTA Executive Board for 2022-24. This committee will provide some of the information and resources previously promoted by the Healthy Living and the Informative and Protective Services State Committees. It is an “Opt In” Committee at the district and local chapter level.

Districts or local chapters can have a Health and Safety Chair, a Health Chair, a Safety Chair or none.

The purpose of this special committee is to serve the entire membership of TRTA with health and safety information.

The goals of this committee are to provide monthly health and safety articles; and to promote health and safety programs and special events.

On the first Tuesday of the month a health article will be posted on the TRTA Homepage. On the third Tuesday of the month a safety article will be posted on the TRTA Homepage. These articles will include pertinent information for our members and will often include resources and online references. Once an article is replaced, it will become available under the appropriate menu tab. This information is provided for all TRTA members.

Additional information will be provided primarily for districts and local units including newsletters, a monthly observances planning calendar, program ideas and special events. Special events will include planning information for health and safety fairs, fitness walks and other large-scale programs.

In addition to the committee members, advisors will serve in specific roles to assist the committee.

Marcy Cann, TRTA President, will oversee this committee.

Roy Varney, TRTA Multimedia Specialist, will be the TRTA Staff Liaison.

What is the optimal number of daily steps for longevity for TRTA members? For most of us it is not 10,000!

According to a recent meta-analysis, the risk for premature death levelled off at about 6,000-8,000 steps per day for adults 60 and older. Neither more steps nor increased walking speed (step cadence) resulted in a lower risk of death.

Human beings walk (ambulate or move about). Throughout our evolution, we have developed the capacity to walk long distances and build up our metabolisms, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and bone structure. As children we walked all over the place. As young adults we often did plenty of walking, especially if our first jobs demanded it. In middle adulthood, many of us in education walked about the campus, but had to augment that with working out or recreational walking. As TRTA retirees, we find ourselves needing to walk for our health’s sake.

Researchers became interested in using steps to quantify ambulatory physical activity in the mid-1900s. Beginning in 1995, this research gained momentum with the introduction of reasonably accurate spring-levered pedometers with digital displays. Longitudinal studies using accelerometers are being conducted today to measure the motion and vibration of human walking. A meta-analysis of 15 studies (sample size of 47,471 adults) was funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2022.

The first pedometers for widespread personal use were produced in Japan following the 1964 Olympics. The number 10,000 was adopted as a marketing ploy with no scientific backing. These first measuring devices were worn at the waist.

Interest by the general population in tracking physical activity exploded in 2010. The number of accelerator-based activity trackers by private citizens soared. In 2015, Fit Bit sold more than 21 million wrist worn activity tracking devices. Recently, smartwatches have included accelerator-based measuring components.

The cadence of the steps was not a factor in terms of longevity. Cadence is a consideration for those who follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Although thirty minutes of walking at a cadence of 100 steps a minute five times a week meets this recommendation, some adults would gain the same benefit from fifteen ten-minute walking segments over the seven days. The key is walking 100 steps each minute of the segment at a speed of 2.8 MPH.

Increasing one’s physical activity level from 2,700 steps a day to 4,400 steps a day can have a positive impact on an older adult’s health. Increasing the daily steps to 7,000-7,500 can improve one’s longevity and quality of life.

Online References

Daily steps and all-cause mortality: a meta-analysis of 15 international cohorts. Amanda E. Paluch, Shivangi Bajpai, David R. Bassett, Mercedes R. Carnethon, Ulf Ekelund, Kelly R. Evenson, Deborah A. Galuska, Barbara J. Jefferis, William E. Kraus, I-Min Lee, Charles E. Matthews, John D. Omura, Alpha D. Patel, Carl F. Pieper, Erika Rees-Punia, Dhayana Dallmeier, Jochen Klenk, Peter H. Whincup, Erin E. Dooley, Kelley Petey Gabriel, Priya Palta, Lisa A. Pompei, Ariel Chernofsky, Martin G. Larson, Ramachandran S. Vasan, Nicole Spartano, Marcel Ballin, Peter Nordstrom, Sigmund A. Anderssen, Bjorge H. Hansen, Jennifer A. Cochran, Terence Dwyer, Jing Wang, Luigi Ferrucci, Fangyu Liu, Jennifer Shrack, Jacek Urbanek, Pedro F. Sainte-Maurice, Naofumi Yamamoto, Yutaka Yashitake, Robert L. Newton Jr., Shengping Yang, Eric J. Shiroma, Janet E. Fulton, on behalf of the Steps for health Collaborative. Copyright: 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an Open Access Article under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License. Vol 7 March 2022.

Step Counting: A Review of Measurement Considerations and Health-Related Applications. David R. Bassett, Lindsay P. Toth, Samuel R. LaMunion and Scott E. Crouter. Sports Med. 2017; 47(7): 1303-1315. Published online 2016 Dec 22 doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0663-1.

Number of steps per day more important than step intensity. National Institute of Health (NIH). March 31, 2020.

How many steps for better health? National Institute of Health (NIH). June 11, 2019.

Is 10,000 steps really a magic number for health? Michael Precker, American Heart Association News. November 16, 2021.

Is 10,000 steps best for my heart? Heart Foundation. September 9, 2019. Https://

Exercise and Physical Activity. National Institute on Aging.

How much physical activity do older adults need? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pedometer Accuracy in slow walking older adults. Int. J. Thar Rehabil. July 3, 2012. Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Scientists Identify the Optimal Number of Daily Steps for Longevity and It’s Not 10,000. The Lancet Public Health Science Alert.

Be a Skeptic. Everything is a Scam!

The best defense against scams is to say “No!” if anyone contacts you by phone, in person, by text message or e-mail and asks for your: social security number, bank account number, credit card information, Medicare ID number, driver’s license number, passport information or other personally identifiable information. Identity theft is when somebody steals your personal information to commit fraud.

TRTA members are part of the Older Adults cohort designated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ( The CFPB Office for Older Americans is available to assist older adults make financial decisions with confidence. Specific resources include tools for sound financial decisions, help for surviving spouses, protecting assets from fraud, protecting loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic and assisting financial caregivers.

The CFPB is also a key resource in delineating and understanding the scams that often target older adults. Scammers techniques are constantly evolving and today they may demand payment by wire transfers, gift cards and cryptocurrency. These are methods that transfer funds quickly and anonymously.

One of the newest sets of scams involves the coronavirus. Scammers may offer unauthorized test kits, set up phony testing sites and sell early access to vaccines. Other scams include fake charities, person stranded and in need ploys, social security benefits, funeral expenses, student loan debt relief, unemployment benefits, pre-paid cards with benefits, transactions and deposits in bank accounts and advance child tax credits. If there is government money out there, scammers will try to tap into it.

A May 16, 2022 listing and explanation of scams by the CFPB included charity scams (especially around the holidays or following disasters), debt collection scams (possibly debts you’ve already paid), scams that target survivors (info gathered via an obituary or legal notice), debt settlement relief scams, foreclosure or mortgage relief scams, mail fraud, money mule scams (money moved from victims of fraud), mortgage closing scams, grandparent scams (a call from a grandchild or relative), impostor scams (a call from someone you know or an organization you trust), lottery or prize scams (you pay an upfront fee) and romance scams (new love interest loves your money).

A great resource for TRTA members is Money Smart for Older Adults Resource Guide June 2021/ This booklet is produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

If it is too good to be true, it always is.

Ron Leiman, August 28,2022


Eldercare locator from the U.S. Administration on Aging. 1-800-677-1116.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Social Security Administration (SSA). Report scams to 1-800-772-1213.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Institute for Marketplace Trust. Report scams at (214) 220-2020 or

Money Smart for Older Adults Resource Guide June 2021. Order free handouts

Online References

What are some common types of scams? CFPB. May 16, 2022.

Dealing with scams.

Resources to help you avoid scams.

Working with Older Adults. -tools/resources-for-older-adults/

How to prevent and report scams targeting older adults Lois Greisman and Deborah Royster. May 2, 2022.

Celebrating older adults and the communities of strength supporting them. Deborah Royster. May 3, 2021.

Frauds and scams.

Common scams and frauds.

TRTA Health and Safety Special Committee Effective Date: September 9, 2022
Observances Month and Week
Month Health Safety
January Glaucoma Winter Safety
Cervical Cancer Radon Action
Birth Defects Slavery and Human Trafficking
Thyroid Stalking
Folic Acid Week
February Heart Health Earthquake
Girls and Women in Sports Teen Dating and Violence Prevention
Cancer Prevention Burn Week
Mascular Degeneration and Low Vision
Eating Disorder Week
Sepsis Survival Week
March Kidney Disease Ladder Safety
Nutrition Spring and Flood Safety
Colectal Cancer Workplace Eye Safety
Tuberculosis Poison Prevention Week
Brain Injury Tsunami Week
Multiple Sclerosis
April Autism Alcohol Awareness
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Financial Capability
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Youth Sports Safety
Stress Sexual Assault Prevention
Minority Health Child Abuse Prevention
Parkinson’s Disease Occupational Therapy
Testicular Cancr Window Safety Week
Infertilty Week Playground safety Week
May Older Americans Electrical Safety
Mental Health Better Hearing and Speech
Women’s Health Clean Air
Better Hearing and Speech Wildfire
Arthritis Building safety
Lupus Motorcycle Safety
Asthma and Allergy Trauma
Osteoporosis Water Safety
Physical Fitness and Sports Healthy Vision
Stroke EMS Week
Nurses Week
June Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health National Safety Month
Men’s Health Hydration
Cataract Pet Preparedness
Migraine and Headache Summer and Extreme Heat
PTSD Lightning Week
Scoliosis Trailer Safety Week
July Hepatitus Sunburn
Youth Sports Vehicle Theft Protection
Cleft and Crainiofacial Fireworks
Group B Stress
August Children’s Eye Health and Safety Water Quality
Breastfeeding Back To School
Immunization Stop on Red Week
September Healthy Aging Suicide Prevention
Food Safety and Education Pain
Blood cancer Fall Safety
Childhood Obesity Sport Eye Safety
Yoga Farm Safety and Health Week
Ovarian Cancer
Prostrate Cancer
October Health Literacy Cybersecurity Awareness
Breast Cancer Fire Prevention
ADHD Substance Abuse Prevention
Dental Hygiene Domestic Violence
Down Syndrome Crime Prevention
School Bus Safety Week
November Diabetes Family Caregivers
Lung Cancer Hospice and Palliative Care
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Holiday Cooking Safety
Alzheimer’s Disease Holiday Online Shopping
Pancreatic Cancer
December Flu Vaccine Frostbite
HIV/Aids Awareness Impaired Driving Prevention
Holiday Fire Safety
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