UVic program promotes fitness, offers free coaching

Looking to get fit? Guidance available through Active Choices program

A squad of volunteer coaches backed by the University of Victoria are available free for people keen on making physical activity a greater part of their lifestyle.

The Active Choices program sees coaches work one-on-one with clients to develop an exercise plan, set goals, track progress and help eliminate barriers to creating a regular exercise habit.

“Sometimes it takes a little more than will power and good intentions to start and maintain regular exercise,” said Angela Sealy, provincial co-ordinator for Active Choices. Part of the coaches’ role, she said, is to give people support to “get going and stay going.”

The program was developed at Stanford University in California and brought to B.C. by Patrick McGowan, a researcher with UVic’s Centre on Aging who specializes in self-management programs and strategies for people with chronic health conditions.

To get connected to a coach and begin an exercise program, or for more information on the program, contact Sealy at 1-877-522-1492 or email her at angela.activechoices@shaw.ca.

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