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Successful Aging Initiative logo

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
315 Winchester Drive NW, Huntsville, AL

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


About the Successful Aging Initiative

Each day 10,000 people in the United States celebrate a 65th birthday. Alabama is listed among the top ten states with the most elderly residents. Alabama’s total population is approaching 5 million and seniors constitute nearly 660,000 persons or 13% of the state’s total population. A growing generation of elderly adults means a greater demand for policies, programs, and services to meet their needs. Already evident are increased needs for programs that address home care, the law, health, and financial security for America’s senior population.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit has partnered with the state of Alabama’s Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry to deliver educational and training programs designed to address issues relevant to aging, dementia and associated health, and financial and legal education. These collaborative efforts are called the Successful Aging Initiative (SAI).

About SAI 2012

Successful Aging Initiative Theme

Join us as we reassess current efforts to meet the needs of older adults, debate the issues, work together to find solutions, and share ideas. Also, experience a full day of education and fun as you network with your peers, learn best-management practices, and gain insights and resources to help you to SAI AGE logo

About Guest Speakers

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. logo

Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. (HNC) is a community-based, not for profit agency formed to educate high-risk and culturally-diverse populations about nutrition strategies to prevent diet-related diseases. HNC educates participants about making healthy nutritional changes that can prevent or reduce the risk of these nutrition-related diseases. Share in cooking demonstrations and learn best practices from nationally acclaimed authors and dietitians.

Ronieve WeaverMs. Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD is a founding partner and executive director of the Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. that developed the original culturally-sensitive Soul Food Pyramid. Weaver is co-host of the very popular cooking show “Health and Fitness Now” that airs on the Vision Network and public television in Orlando, Florida. She is also the co-author on several wellness books with business partner Fabiola Gaines entitled The New Soul Food Cookbook for People With Diabetes, Slim Down Sister, Month of Meals, Family Style Soul Food, Healthy Soul Food, and a book released with the American Cancer Society. She and Fabiola Gaines are also responsible for nutritional analysis, taste testing, and book promotions. In addition, Weaver provides educational seminars to many health care organizations across the country. Weaver was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She continued her studies at the University of Saint Francis where she received a Master of Science degree in health care administration.

Fabiola GainesMs. Fabiola Gaines, RD, LD is one of the founding partners of Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. and serves as program manager. For several years she served as co-chair of the Cultural Diversity Committee for the Central Florida American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Florida. Gaines also serves as chief clinical dietitian for the Depugh Nursing Home in Winter Park, Florida. Gaines received a Bachelor of Science degree in foods and nutrition from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and is a certified member of the American Dietetic Association. FAMU also honored her with a place on its Wall of Fame and as a distinguished graduate of the University. Gaines has received numerous other honors such as Women of Distinction for the Citrus Council of Girl Scout, Inc. and Speaking of Women’s Health. She is currently the national president of the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition.

Who Should Attend…

This one-day conference is designed to address the needs and concerns of older adults. Presenters will provide easy-to-understand information and resources designed to help older adults to make informed decisions, to maintain independence, to play active roles in society, and to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.

Older adults and family members, caregivers, social workers, ministers, church administrators, and others who regularly handle aging issues should plan to attend.

Free Public Event

Limited Seating



Door prizes valued at more than $2,500


We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for demonstrating their commitment to
educating the public on issues related to aging.

American Senior Assistance Programs, Inc.

Commissioner Robert C. (Bob) Harrison–District 6

The Links, Incorporated Greater Huntsville Chapter

J. F. Drake State Technical College

First Missionary Baptist Church

Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church


Royal Funeral Home, Incorporated

Redstone Federal Credit Union

WJAB 90.9 FM

100 Black Men of America, Huntsville Chapter