Coaches promote physical activity

Active Choices, physical activity, coaching, workshop

Sticking to an exercise plan just got a lot easier with the Active Choices program.

Active Choices is a free, individualized, tailored physical activity advising program that links people with the best exercise plan to fit their lifestyle, preferences and resources.

It’s delivered primarily via telephone and e-mail correspondence that provides ongoing support to help individuals learn skills to set goals, track progress and achieve success.

A workshop for free training to be an Active Choices coach takes place in Vernon Nov. 5 and 6. Participants will receive facilitation skills, coaching skills, exercise strategies, problem solving and the opportunity to be part of a larger Active Choices community.

“This program fits well with what health care professionals are trying to do and we expect them to refer patients to Active Choices,” said Angela Sealy, co-ordinator of the Active Choices program.

The program requires a six-month commitment to Active Choices by both the coach and the participant (most coaches will be responsible for two participants) and, after the initial meeting, will contact their participants regularly, offering assistance with behaviour skills to change exercise habits such as goal-setting, monitoring progress, learning to identify obstacles, problem-solving and seeking social support.

Once coaches are established in the community, participants can call Sealy and begin the Active Choices program at any time during the year.

The training takes place Nov. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the People Place, 3402-27th Ave., Vernon. Please bring lunch; all other material will be supplied.

To register, please call Sealy at 1-877-522-1492 or e-mail angela.activechoices@shaw.ca.

— with files from the Quesnel Cariboo Observer