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Active Choices Coaching - Partnership with University of Victoria

CONNECT Communities is committed to supporting efforts to improve the health and well being of our organization, the people we serve and our local neighborhood. Recently, CONNECT Langley partnered with the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program through the University of Victoria to host the Active Choices Coach Training Program, a 2-day workshop training physical activity coaches to support people in meeting their exercise goals. Six people attended the training which was led by Angela Sealy (Coordinator of Active Choices, UVic), including CONNECT employees Karen Leeking (Admin Coach), Lance Bethel (Works and Trades Coach) and Jill Koppang (Resources Team Leader). Other participants included Loretta Ortis from Communitas, Emmy Verar and Cindy from the North Shore.

Active Choices is a free, personal, telephone-support program to encourage regular physical activity for people who want to be more active. A physical activity "coach" works with individuals through regular telephone contacts to develop an exercise routine customized to the needs, abilities and goals of each participant. The program teaches self-management skills (such as goal-setting and problem-solving) to help shape exercise habits. This program is available in select communities in BC and involves six-months of contact. Extensive research indicates that if a person consistently incorporates physical activity into their lifestyle for a period of 6 months, it becomes a habit.

Active Choices provides an excellent opportunity to jump-start those New Year’s exercise resolutions! For more information, please email selfmanagement@eastlink.ca or call Lower Mainland 604-940-1273 or Toll-Free 1-866-902-3767.