Choose to Move: Implementation of a Physical Activity Intervention at Scale Across British Columbia

Apr 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Joanie Sims-Gould

Despite the many benefits of physical activity (PA), older adults remain among the least active Canadians. This is concerning because PA is closely linked to mobility which is “the best guarantee of retaining independence and being able to cope” in later years. Thus, strategies to enhance PA in this population are key. Although effective interventions exist, most are relatively small scale studies. To improve population health, effective interventions must be scaled up.

In response to low levels of PA, BC Ministry of Health released a PA strategy and action plan with older adults identified as one priority area. In partnership with community stakeholders we were entrusted to co-design, implement and evaluate a 6 month, choice-based PA intervention (Choose to Move; CTM) across BC, in partnership with community stakeholders.

We adopted frameworks and processes for implementation, adaptation and scale-up with evaluation of impact and implementation embedded across all levels of the socio-ecological model. This presentation will describe the process and impact of implementing CTM.

By the end of this presentation you will be able to:

  1. Articulate some of the challenges facing older people in BC;
  2. Describe an evidence based physical activity and social connectedness intervention for older adults in BC;
  3. Discuss a framework for implementation research;
  4. Understand the difference between scaling-up and scaling-out an intervention.