MoveSTroNg

A practical and effective exercise and nutrition program for older adults

We’ve read it a million times - exercise is good for us. As we age it becomes even more important because exercise can improve our health and physical function. Research shows resistance training and balance exercises may be the best strategy for preventing falls. But many older adults don’t exercise, or don’t do the exercises that are the most beneficial for their health and well-being. Even if they do exercise, they might not be eating enough protein or calories to reap the benefits of it. As well, exercise programs can be expensive or unrealistic for people with chronic health conditions. We need practical and effective exercise programs for older Canadians.

To help fill this gap, Lora Giangregorio and Heather Keller, Schlegel Research Chairs at the Research Institute for Aging, along with a team of researchers, have developed MoveSTroNg. MoveSTroNg is an eight-week exercise and nutrition program that teaches older adults with chronic diseases how to perform resistance and balance exercises that can be easily integrated into their day. The program also includes behaviour change strategies, social interaction and education to increase protein intake and promote healthy nutrition.

The MoveSTroNg program is being evaluated in four cities across Ontario (Sudbury, Guelph, Cambridge and Kitchener) in three distinct settings; a retirement home, the YMCA and a family health team. Participants are still needed in the Guelph, Cambridge and Kitchener sites.

If you would like to learn more about about this research project or other research being done by this team, please contact: boneslab@uwaterloo.ca.

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