BCRPA, in partnership with the Active Aging Research Team at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility is delivering Choose to Move and ActivAge™.
Since 2016, BCRPA has partnered with 29 recreation departments across BC to support older adults in becoming more active. ActivAge™ and Choose to Move are run by BCRPA registered Fitness Leaders who have their Older Adult specialty.
ActivAge™ is a free 3-month group-led physical activity program for inactive older adults. It introduces participants to physical activity and reinforces their commitment to incorporate it into their daily lives.
The program is progressive with planned physical activities (stretching, activity, and cool-down) based on ActivAge™ training. This fun and social program will help get participants moving in a relaxed environment with likeminded people.
The program has two class options to choose from:
Option 1: focuses on improving activities associated with daily living, strengthening muscles used day-to-day (ie: bending, lifting, stretching, etc);
Option 2: focuses on exercises that will enable each participant to become more involved with other physical activity programs or sports.
Each class incorporates physical activities that engage participants, and features in-class discussions and resources to improve overall health and physical well-being.
Read more about Choose to Move and ActivAge™ in the Recreation & Parks BC magazine article here.
“I left feeling increasingly able to function independently, control stressful episodes, and I sleep better too.
I enjoyed the comradery with others while doing the exercises!"- ActivAge™ Participant
Choose to Move is a 6-month model designed to introduce older adults to the habit of physical activity, help them meet new friends, and make a positive healthy lifestyle change.
Choose to Move is free and flexible, and provides participants with the motivation and support to become more physically active. Participants work with a trained activity coach who will support them as together they develop a physical activity plan tailored specifically to each participant.
When things get challenging, participants will have the support from their coach and a group of other seniors, who, just like them, are making a choice for health – they are choosing to move!
To learn more about Choose to Move visit https://www.choosetomove.info/
“I feel that this program came at exactly at the right time. When you retire, your life changes… I feel great right now. I am feeling really good. Mentally, physically, everything.” - Choose to Move Participant
BCRPA delivers Choose to Move and ActivAge™ across British Columbia in partnership with local recreation departments.
Click on the health authority region, and find the recreation centre nearest to you. Contact the recreation centre to register for the Fall 2018!
SASCU Recreation Centre - 2550 10th Ave NE, BC V1E 2S4
To register contact SASCU Recreation Centre Front Desk at (250) 832-4044
To get more information on ActivAge, contact Donna Flatman at (250) 832-4044 or
Penticton Community Centre - 325 Power Street, Penticton, BC V2A 7K9
To register, please contact Penticton Community Centre at (250) 490-2426
Summerland Senior Citizen Drop In Recreation Association - 9710 Brown Street, Summerland, BC
To register, please contact Summerland Recreation at (250) 494-0447
Vernon Recreation Centre - 3310 37th Avenue, Vernon BC, V1T 2Y5
To register online visit www.gvrec.ca, or in-person at the Vernon Recreation Centre.
For more information, contact Deb Treherne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 550-3672
Westbank Lions Community Centre - 2466 Main Street, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1Z1
To register, contact Jolene Stene at (778) 797-8800
Bonsor 55+ Centre - 6533 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5H 0C2
To register, contact Michelle St Jean at (604) 297-4588 or email@example.com
Century House - 620 8th Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3S2
To register, contact Century House at (604) 519-1066
Newton Seniors Centre - 13775-70 Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 0E1
To register, contact Magda Dabala at (604) 501-5013 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Guildford Recreation Centre - 15105 105th Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 7G8
To register, contact Paul Jarvie at (604) 591-4118
Timms Community Centre - 20399 Douglas Crescent, BC V3A 4B3
To register, contact Christine Daum at (604) 514-2941 or email@example.com
W.C Blair Recreation Centre - 22200 Fraser Highway, Langley BC, V3A 7T2
To register, contact W.C Blair Recreation at (604) 533-6170
Recreation Complex - 5001 Joyce Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 5R2
To register, contact Recreation Complex at (604) 485-2891
For more information, please contact Christine at (604) 485-8903
Killarney Community Centre - 6260 Killarney Street, BC V5S 2X7
To register, contact Michelle Stebnicki at (604) 718-8208 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oceanside Place Arena - 830 West Island Highway, Parksville BC, V9P 2X4
To register, please contact the front desk at (250) 248-3252
Comox Community Centre - 1855 Noel Avenue, Comox BC, V9M 2H5
To register or for more information, please contact the front desk at (250) 339-2255
Cumberland Recreation Centre - 2665 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland BC, V0R 1S0
To register or for more information, please contact Genevieve Burdett at (250) 336-2231
O’Brien Gymnasium - 10512-13th Street, BC V1G 3W5
To register, contact Community Services at (604) 784-3604
Are you interested in learning more about these programs?
Please contact Kaitlin Atkinson, BCRPA Provincial Coordinator, Older Adult Programs, with any inquiries or questions.