BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) has named Andrew M. Walker as the organization’s first-ever Health and Wellness Manager, underscoring the commitment by NSGA to advance its core mission to advocate healthy, active lifestyles for people 50 and over.
Walker earned a B.S. in health education from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. His professional experience spans more than two decades and includes serving as a corporate wellness manager for AT&T, and as health promotion coordinator, managing evidence based wellness programs, most notably statewide programs for the Georgia Municipal Association and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. Walker has also taught college health courses and worked in public health as a senior services and injury prevention specialist.
As NSGA’s health and wellness manager, Walker will serve as staff liaison to organization Members and the NSGA Foundation, manage partnerships with like-minded organizations advocating senior fitness, and will assist with selecting relevant and informative content to share in NSGA’s monthly e-newsletter and on the NSGA.com website.
“Andrew has a broad base of experience and has demonstrated himself to be an innovative health promotion and wellness professional,” said NSGA CEO Marc T. Riker. “While our primary activity is to stage the National Senior Games and to ensure our 53 Members host quality qualifying games for seniors across the country, we also feel a strong responsibility to honor our mission to promote fitness to all aging individuals. With the addition of Andrew to our staff, our advocacy is entering a new and more productive era for NSGA.”
Walker, who excelled as a high school All American and four-year letterman in track and field at the University of Florida, has become a dedicated practitioner of Tai Chi and is certified to teach its benefits in arthritis and falls prevention. “My career has been committed to positively impacting the health of individuals, organizations and communities,” Walker said. “I’m excited with this opportunity to grow NSGA’s national outreach efforts and to hopefully inspire more seniors to get moving and stay active.”
The National Senior Games Association (NSGA) is a nonprofit Multi-Sports Council member of the United States Olympic Committee that promotes health and wellness for adults 50 and over through education, fitness and sport. NSGA governs the biennial National Senior Games, the largest qualified multi-sport event in the world for seniors. NSGA is comprised of 53 Member Games across the country and in Canada that conduct multi-sport competitions which serve as qualifying events for the National Senior Games. The 2017 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held in Birmingham, Alabama from June 2-15, 2017. For more information, please visit www.NSGA.com.
Del Moon, NSGA Communications and Media
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Del Moon, NSGA Communications and Media Director