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Le GO pour bouger!

Available in English and French

The Montreal Public Health Unit, in collaboration with its partners Move 50+ (Sercovie) and the Department of Geriatrics (CHUM), launched “Le GO pour bouger!” on May 12, 2020. “Le GO pour bouger!” includes five exercise programs easy to do at home. Anyone can follow the exercises using the video or printed formats. Exercises are adapted to different levels of physical fitness, so active people and people that need help moving around or getting up can choose the right program. There is a unit for every level!

The complete program materials are available. The promotional kit is in production.

This information is targeted to health professionals, community or organizations/associations practitioners and the goal is to promote the program amongst seniors. The program was created for seniors living in the community and staying at home, by choice or because of their civic obligations, and discouraged from exercising outside. Moving our body can help us get back in shape, maintain physical shape already gained and, consequently, reduce our risks of falling associated with deconditioning or other health problems.

Contact: Barbara Fillion, Montreal Public Health Unit
Type of Activity: Physical activity
Target Audience: Seniors
Sectors: Health Promotion, Fall Prevention
Costs: Free (human resource possible), printing costs related to distribution 
Languages: English and French. Printable versions and videos with subtitles in 8 languages (Italian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Punjabi).
Timeline for Activity: Approximately 15 minutes per unit

The “Le GO pour bouger!” program is available online. It is easy to broadcast through community television channels or to include in recreational activities in a home, for instance on a balcony. It is also a good way to reach seniors that have no Internet access.

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Running this activity in a virtual setting:

Host a Webinar

  1. You can host, schedule and record meetings with tools like Zoom and Google Meet which people can access from various devices. These tools also allow you to share your screen and have a real-time group chat with your attendees. 
  2. Invite people to the webinar. Set up an event on Eventbrite and promote it through email and social media posts on platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn.
  3. Once people register for your event, you can send them a link to any materials they may need prior to it through email.

Host a Live Event

  1. Live stream the event using Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

Promote This Activity Online

You can share and promote an activity through social media posts and/or email. Social stories (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, etc.) are also a great way to share videos, visuals, polls, etc.

  1. If you’re sharing a social media post to promote your activity, follow best practices like using shorter captions, quality images, hashtags and a clear call-to-action.
  2. If you’re emailing to promote your activity, make sure your email is thorough on what the activity is about and how people can register for it. You can use free tools like Canva to customize its design.