As a network of Human Sciences faculty and students with a shared interest in age-friendly services, the OSU-Alliance on Aging is comprised of more than a dozen faculty affiliates from the four Human Sciences academic units engaged in scholarship that is relevant to active aging. The strength of this Alliance is in the multiple ways in which we view the aging process and the social and physical environments in which that process takes place. Our Active Aging for LIFE public health initiative represents our commitment to working together toward improved outcomes in Longevity, Independence, Fitness and Engagement for active aging across the lifespan for Oklahomans.
The World Health Organization defines health as the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. To achieve this vision of health for its members, a healthy society must establish and sustain conditions, including a healthful natural and built environment, and equitable social and economic policies and institutions, that ensure the happiness, harmonious relations, and security of all people. Positive health outcomes for people include functioning well mentally, physically, and socially; and having a sense of well-being.