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Bright Spots, physical activity investments that work: Choose to Move: scaling up a physical activity model for older adults
  1. Heather A McKay1,2,3,
  2. Lindsay Nettlefold1,
  3. Christa Hoy1,
  4. Adrian E Bauman4,
  5. Joanie Sims-Gould1,2
  1. 1 Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  3. 3 Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  4. 4 Prevention Research Collaboration, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Heather A McKay, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada; heather.mckay{at}ubc.ca

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Country/locality/coverage

  • British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Target population

  • Community-dwelling, low-active older adults aged 60 years and over.

What modes/types/domains of physical activity does the programme promote?

  • Choose to Move is a choice-based, activity coach-supported physical activity intervention.

Which of the seven best investments does the programme address?

  • Choose to Move is one initiative within a larger programme called Active Aging BC. Active Aging BC activities include public education (television, social networking, public talks around the province), community (community engagement and partnerships), and sports and recreation (physical activity programming for older adults prioritised by our community partners).

What sectors does it involve?

  • Choose to Move is supported by the BC Ministry of Health and delivered by our non-governmental organisation partners: the BC Recreation and Parks Association, the YMCA and the United Way.

Estimated programme reach

  • Choose to Move has engaged over 650 older adults across BC to date and is expected to reach an additional 3000 individuals over the next 3 years.

What is special about this programme?

  • Choose to Move is guided by theoretical frameworks, considers implementation at scale across levels of the socioecological model, and is designed, implemented and delivered in close partnership with stakeholders.

Key contacts

  • Heather McKay, Principal Scientist, Active Aging Research Team, Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, heather.mckay@ubc.ca.

  • Joanie Sims-Gould, Principal Scientist, Active Aging Research Team, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, joanie.sims-gould@hiphealth.ca.

Programme website and Twitter handle

  • www.activeagingRT.ca

  • @ActiveAgingRT

  • www.choosetomove.info

Background and description of the programme

In Canada, there are now more older adults (≥65 years) than children (≤14 years).1 Mobility is ‘the best guarantee of retaining independence’,2 and limited mobility predicts …

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