Increasing Physical Activity
and Sport for Ontario Women 55-70+
Funded Pilot Projects
Healthy Communities Fund - Ontario
Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport: June 2011 to March
The following projects are focused on empowering women 55-70+
to create and lead sport and physical activity programs for
themselves and their peers. These projects are taking place
between June 2011 and March 2012 and were made possible through
a grant from the Healthy Communities Fund of the Ontario Ministry
of Health Promotion and Sport.
Rusty Chicks on the Move, Sioux Narrows
This project focuses on enhancing already existing activities
with a focus on getting women 55-70+ active in the winter-
snowshoeing and learning how to use gym equipment. Additionally
an introduction to bowling has been planned.
Contact Person: Marg Beacham
Eager B's (Energetic Adults Getting Exercise Regulaly:
Beginning of a Wave of Busy Baby Boomers), Fort Frances
The focus of the Eager B’s will be to organize weekly
gatherings for women 55-70+ to try different physical activities
including: walking indoor and outdoor, bocce ball, carpet
bowling, golf, zumba, bootcamp fitness, tai chi and Wii games.
Participants will be able to sign-up for these activities
on a regular basis if interested.
Contact People Gloria Bergner, Sue Drew, Vivian Callaghan
Fun Active Babes (FABs), Thunder Bay
This project by the FABs is focused on providing a recreation
sampler program for women 55-70+ to try a variety of activities.
Nine activities have been planned including: frisbee golf,
hiking, kettle bells, NIA (dance yoga), pilates, self defense,
tai chi, yoga, zumba. Participants will be able to sign-up
for these activities on a regular basis if interested.
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Contact Person: Janeen Mann/Nancy Angus
An Introduction to Summer Sports, Sudbury
This project is focused on providing women 55-70+ with an
introduction to a variety of summer sports including- tennis,
rowing and canoeing. This group will work with local groups
to provide the instruction and interested women will be provided
with the opportunity to participate on a regular basis.
Contact Person: Janet Curry/ Margaret Dahm
Femmes active 55+, Sudbury
This project focused on Francophone women 55-70+ will offer
10 x 3 hour sessions over the fall and winter involving 30
minutes of aerobic activity, 30 minutes of stretching and
strengthening and the remainder of the time spent on the sport
of choice- ideas include: tai chi, guided walks, hula hoop,
disc golf, introduction to gym equipment, cycling, Zumba,
trampoline, badminton, Kayak and volleyball. They are planning
to end the 10 sessions with a repel down a local cliff, hopefully
with the Mayor. The other unique thing about this program
is that they have partnered with the Alzheimers Society so
that caregivers can be supported to participate by using the
day program for no cost. This gives them the chance to get
some exercise, do their shopping, etc. knowing that the person
they care for is safe.
Contact Person: Diane Charrette
Voyageaurs 4 Season Trail, Dokis First Nation
This program will incorporate pole walking into their on-going
trail walking activities and grow the existing group of participants
to engage women from Dokis as well as neighboring First Nations
communities. In addition to learning about the flora there
will be a focus on bird watching with an ornithologist leading
several walks for the women.
Contact Person: Bernadette Restoule
T-WOW (Take the Work Out of Workouts), Innisfil
This fitness program will focus on training the women to do
a core routine of aerobics, stretching and strengthening while
incorporating a dance fitness program using X-Box Kinetics
games. Some individuals will use the game while the others
will be following.
Contact Person: Nancy Cook
Acting Our Age, Saugeen First Nation
The project will be led by a group of women already active
focused on encouraging other women 55-70+ to participate in
aquafit, gym activities, etc. by providing punch cards and
additional instruction so everyone feels comfortable.
Contact Person: Lovenia Thorpe
Activate Chicks with Sticks, Woodstock
This project will focus on engaging women 55-70+ in the use
of activator poles. These poles are specifically designed
to be used by people with stability and mobility problems.
This project builds on the previously funded Chicks with Sticks
Contact Person: Pam Genge
Rockin' Women 55+, Sarnia
With so many activities already happening in Sarnia this group
of women 55-70+ decided to focus on the development of a website
and marketing campaign to increase participation by women
55-70+ in programs. In addition they are planning to train
more women 55-70+ to be instructors to handle the increased
Contact Person: Miriam Carmody
Mississauga Advisory Committee on Marketing (MACOM),
This project will focus on a number of activities including
the compilation of a booklet containing accessible, affordable
physical activities in the area as well as the organization
of two healthy living days- one focused on the benefits of
sports and another focused on increasing participation in
pickle ball and nordic pole walking.
Contact Person: Phyllis Ascah
Lets Keep Moving, Ottawa
The two main activities this project will be focused on are
line dancing and Nordic pole walking. As part of the project
women 55-70+ will be trained to lead weekly walks and line
dancing sessions with 2 x 10 week sessions planned for the
fall and winter.
Contact Person: Bev Sokolich
Work-It-Circuit Exercise Class for Women Only, Oshawa
This project will focus on the creation of a beginner circuit
class for women who do not usually exercise with demos and
sports they can try. The plan is to have 1/2 hour of circuit
training followed by a 1/2 hour of varied weekly sports/fitness
programs such as tai chi, drumming, pole walking, etc.
Contact Person: Susan Gumbley
Rock and Walk, Toronto
This project is focused on encouraging isolated, vulnerable
ethno-specific women to participate in a dancersize and walking
program. Most of the programming has been during the day so
with this program they will offer evening as well as day-time
programming to engage those that are working.
Contact Person: Adua Trevisan/Lisa Tobio