Get Fit For Active Living Demonstration Project

Evaluating a Canadian Physical Activity Education Program

Get Fit for Active Living Project

  • With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging, the CCAA conducted a multi-site study that is getting older adults across Canada fit for active living!
  • The objective of the project was 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 participated in this project that determined long-term functional fitness changes and program adherence.   We are excited to have completed 12 month follow-up assessments with our older adult volunteers and we are busy getting study results ready for publication!
  • We were 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 (1) 519-661-4074.

Study Investigators

Research Assistants

Rob Little, Matt McDonald, Tara Clark


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

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