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Research to Action 2013: Workshop Descriptions


The latest physical activity research presented by the CCAA's researcher department!


Choice 1: Get on the Floor

Revive your mat exercise routine by attending this all on the floor session.  Learn mat mobility, posture, strength, core and flexibility exercises that can be implemented for any senior fitness class that can get on the floor!

Presenter: Leslie McAdam, CCAA Education Coordinator and Mary Anne McCoy, CCAA Certified Senior Fitness Instructor

Choice 2: Promoting Class Adherence

Are you suffering from mysterious shrinking exercise class syndrome? Join Sarah Merkel, CCAA Project Coordinator while she introduces you to the wonderful world of sticky participants. Learn the strategies and techniques for promoting adherence and getting your participants to become lifers.

Presenter: Sarah Merkel, CCAA Project Coordinator

Choice 3: Mental Health Workshop

Update your knowledge of exercise and mental health.  Learn the benefits, guidelines, fitness programming ideas and strategies to consider when offering community programs to benefit all dimensions of health.

Presenter: Tamar Meyer, CAMH Resource Centre.

Bonus, Bonus! Check it out!

Make the most of your conference experience by joining us after 4pm on Friday. Come one, come all!

Optional: Grant Writing

In this 30 minute session learn tips for effective grant writing and how to partner with the CCAA to enhance your physical activity and exercise programs for older adults. 

Presenter: Shannon Belfry, Applied Researcher.

Optional: The New SFIC Manual is HERE! Get Up to Speed

The Seniors’ Fitness Instructors Course Manual is updated.  Learn what’s new and how to modify your current fitness class to meet to new standards.  All RENEWED, CERTIFIED or RECENTLY TRAINED SFIC INSTRUCTORS receive a special DISCOUNTED MANUAL PRICE ($15) at the conference.

Optional: Sample Seniors’ Fitness Class

Join Certified Seniors’ Fitness Instructor & Trainer Toni Johnston in an hour fitness session to gain ideas for your participants but also to get your heart rate up!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Keynote Address:

As CTV's Medical/Health Correspondent, Avis Favaro is always looking for health information that can make a difference in the lives of Canadians. Favaro joined the CTV news team in 1992 and since then has reported on a variety of health issues. Her goal is to find and report on stories that matter to Canadians. See what she has to say at R2A!


Special Conditions Sessions

Select 2 of the 3 sessions to attend.
All sessions discuss information pertaining to the special condition, what should be included during exercise programming and exercise examples for this population.

  • Lung Health
  • Parkinson’s
  • Arthritis

Afternoon Workshops

One Class - Different Abilities

Participate in a standard senior fitness class.  Learn how to instruct a variety of levels during the class by providing options, variety and modifiable intensity levels.

Presenters: Team of CCAA Certified Seniors’ Fitness Instructors.

Motivation & Health Coaching

Add to your toolkit by increasing your knowledge, strategies & vocabulary on motivating participants through health coaching, goal setting and discussion. 

Presenters: Health Coaches from Sykes Canada.

Networking Show and Share

This interactive workshop will offer small group networking activity tables. Come with questions and take advantage of this opportunity to meet others in the fitness for older adult industry. Bring any fitness related resource you might like to share with the group. 

Presetner: Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director

Goal Setting Session

As a special conclusion to the Research to Action 2013 this session for all delegates discusses the importance of goal setting to progression of personal and physical achievements.  There will be door prizes!



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Clara Fitzgerald
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Phone 519.661.1603
Fax 519.661.1612



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