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Get Fit For Active Living Demonstration Project

Evaluating a Canadian Physical Activity Education Program

With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging, the CCAA is conducting a multi-site study that is getting older adults across Canada fit for active living!

The objective of the project is to evaluate the Canadian developed Get Fit for Active Living (GFAL) older adult physical activity education program.  The GFAL program is an evidence-based model whose aim is to demonstrate how community based structured exercise educational programs can be delivered in Canada.

Adults 65 years and older from five cities in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario are participating in this project that will determine long-term functional fitness changes and program adherence.   We are excited to have started 12 month follow-up assessments with our older adult volunteers in the Spring 2011.

We are pleased to be able to offer the GFAL program to communities across Canada. By adopting a physically active and healthy lifestyle, older adults can continue to be engaged in their community for years to come.

For more information, please contact study coordinator Dr. Liza Stathokostas at 519-661-4074 or Toll-Free at 1-877-661-4074.

Study Investigators

Principle Investigator:  Dr. Don Paterson
Co-Principle Investigator: Dr. Mark Speechley
Collaborators:   Clara Fitzgerald; Dr. Liza Stathokostas

Research Assistants

gfal demonstration project assistants

(From Left to Right) Rob Little, Tara Clark and Matt MacDonald


Team Calgary - GFAL Facilitator - Tracy Rand
Team Edmonton - GFAL Facilitator - Trudy Housen
Team Winnipeg - GFAL Facilitator - Jen Watson; Felicia Khaw
Team London - GFAL Facilitators - Mary Anne McCoy; Susan Paddick
Team Hamilton - GFAL Facilitators - Brenda Reilly; Janice Rischke








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Don Paterson
Research Director
Candian Centre for Activity and Aging
Phone: 519.661.1606 x81606

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