Health / Travel BC: Videos Help Older Adults Use ‘ActNow’ BC Parks

By on May 8, 2013
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Submitted. A series of short videos was launched online last year showing older adults how to properly use equipment at many of the ActNow BC Community Seniors Parks located throughout the province.

“As we get older, one of the ways we can continue to lead a healthy lifestyle is by being more physically active,” said Ida Chong, then Minister of Sport. “ActNow BC’s new seniors’ videos instruct older adults to perform simple physical activities that build strength and endurance by using the equipment at our province’s seniors’ community parks.”

Eleven individual videos show older adults how to use equipment available at 12 of the parks, which includes the cardio stepper, balance steps, squat press, balance beam, tai chi wheels and chest press. In the videos, exercises are demonstrated by an ActNow BC senior ambassador, with the help of a personal trainer.

The videos, along with questions and answers about using the parks’ equipment, are available on ActNow BC’s website at www.actnowbc.ca/seniorsvideos/.

“The launch of ActNow BC’s new seniors videos on the ActNow BC website is a

great way to celebrate B.C. Seniors’ Week across the province,” said Mary

McNeil, Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow BC. “Our government is

committed to building the best system of support in Canada for older adults

through investments in innovative partnerships, along with programs and

services, including these resourceful videos.”

In 2008, the Province committed $1.8 million to establish 18 ActNow BC Seniors

Community Parks to encourage older adults to be more physically active, and

provide opportunities for social interaction. Local governments provided land,

site preparation and ongoing maintenance for each park location.

Twelve parks throughout the province have equipment used in the videos:

Kamloops

Abbotsford

Burnaby

Surrey

Richmond

Vancouver

District of North Vancouver

Sidney

Nanaimo

Oak Bay

Terrace

Prince George

Photo from: www.democraticunderground.com

B.C. Seniors’ Week runs from June 6-12, 2010. It provides an opportunity for everyone in the province to acknowledge and celebrate the vital roles that older adults play in communities across British Columbia.

For more information on B.C. Seniors’ Week, as well as information on programs and services for older people, please visit www.SeniorsBC.ca and for healthy living tips, visit www.actnowbc.ca.

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