to Move?

How many times have you promised to ‘go to the gym’ or ‘walk more,’ but you haven’t been able to get started or keep it up?

That’s why Choose to Move was developed. It’s a science-based approach to help you introduce the habit of physical activity into your daily life in ways that make sense for you.  


Choose to Move is free and flexible and provides you with the motivation and support to become more active. Choose to Move can help you to integrate activity into your daily routine, meet new friends, and make a positive change! Choose to Move is great for anyone age 65 and older that wants to become active, regardless of ability. 





The Choose to Move model is an initiative of the Active Aging Society that was developed by the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia, with funding from the Government of British Columbia. We assessed the best available scientific research and then based on evidence and experience our team developed a model to help seniors to become and stay active.


Since its creation, Choose to Move has been delivered in partnership with many organizations in over 65 communities, with thousands of seniors participating.

How it started


Choose to Move in the News

On CBC Radio 

On the Coast

May 1, 2020

Many seniors have spent the last six weeks in solitude due to coronavirus. UBC associate professor Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould is concerned about their mental health.

On Global TV BC:

Noon News

April 10, 2020

Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould discusses the challenges facing seniors because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shares tips and free resources on how older people can stay active at home.

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On Global TV BC:

News Morning

January 2, 2020

Professor Heather McKay and activity coach Melissa English appear on the Global BC News Morning to share about how Choose to Move can support older adults to get active in the new year.


How does it work?

Choose to Move has the potential to change the way you live for the better.

It’s about making choices and building habits.


In this free program, you work with a trained activity coach who helps you develop a plan made just for you. When it gets tough, you will have the support from your coach and a group of other seniors, who, just like you, are making a choice for health– they are choosing to move.


In Choose to Move, you receive both individual and group support:


Work one-on-one with a trained activity coach to create a tailor-made physical activity plan to meet your health and fitness goals. You choose activities that you know you will enjoy and are able to do! Activities can range from organized fitness classes (e.g., Tai Chi, yoga) to individual activities you do on your own schedule (e.g., gardening, walking).

Join a group of other Choose to Movers to share successes and challenges. Learn new ways to live a healthier, more active life.

With the help of your activity coach and support group, you will find the motivation and accountability you need to achieve your goals.
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Ready to Move?


Adding physical activity into your daily routine is a great way to keep healthy and enjoy life to the fullest.


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If you would like support to become active now, select 'yes' to subscribe to the Choose to Move at Home Check-in: a nudge in your inbox with tools you can use to get active at home!


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