What counts as “moderate to vigorous” physical activity?

Generally, movement that increases your body temperature to warm and increases your heart rate is considered moderate. Movement that increases your breathe to a point where it is difficult to carry on a conversation would be considered vigorous. Moderate to vigorous will vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors such as age, fitness level, weight, etc.

What communities are taking part?

The program will be delivered across PEI by our go!PEI community partners. Specific locations for the program will depend, in part, on who the participants are and attempts will be made in the selection process to have people from the same area involved. Our regional partners may deliver the program in several places in order to best support the participants.

What counts as a “household”?

A household includes any adults living in the same home. Our goal is to have 400 participants from 200 households. Preference will be given to households with more than one adult participating in the program so people are encouraged to apply along with their partner, adult children, grandparent, or any other adult living in their home.

Can my children participate?

Because there is a research component to this initiative, only adults (18+) may officially participate in the program. However, participants are encouraged to bring all members of their household with them to take part in the program activities.

How can my workplace participate?

Any small to medium workplace (5-20 people) that wants to encourage employees to be more physically active is invited to apply. Twenty workplaces from across PEI will be selected. All employees are welcome to participate in the program with their workplace, but a majority of staff members involved must not currently be meeting the guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. In addition, at least 50% of the staff members at a workplace must agree to participate in the initiative.

What are “wellness sessions”?

These are educational sessions on a variety of health topics such as nutrition, smoking cessation, mental health, etc. The topics will vary from region to region depending on local experts, availability, and the needs of the participants in your group.

What will introductions to local facilities and programs look like?

As group participants will visit different recreation and fitness facilities in their area. This could include trail walks, a visit to a local fitness centre, a “come try” chair yoga session, etc. These are active sessions which will allow participants to see what is available near their home to help increase their physical activity. The introductions will vary from region to region depending on the facilities and programs available nearby.

How will I get my weekly prompts?

Participants will receive regular prompts throughout the program to encourage them to continue their commitment to the program. This might be a suggestion that they tell a family member about their walk that day, or a reminder to log their commitment or tips on where to walk on days with poor weather. These will be done through e-mails. The local organizer may also check in with participants to give them encouragement and support.

Do I have to wear a pedometer all the time?

Yes, in order to properly evaluate the study, all the data from your pedometer will be tracked and used to analyze the success of the program.

How will my fitness be assessed?

Your fitness level will be assessed by a 6-minute walking test.

How will my health be assessed?

The following measurements will be taken: body weight, height, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and waist circumference. These measurements will be taken at the start of the program and then repeated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 months.