Programs - Peer Leaders - Steppin' Out
Steppin' Out With Confidence
Structured exercise classes are no longer seen as the sole means to achieve benefits. Walking has immense health benefits and it is the most popular physical activity for all adults over the age of 20 years (Canadian Fitness Lifestyle Research Institute, 1996). Peer-led walking programs help remove barriers to activity and make older adults feel more safe, comfortable and supported and most importantly, help increase activity levels and improve health.
The Steppin' Out with Confidence peer-led walking program provides an opportunity for older adults to participate in physical activity by eliminating or reducing barriers including perceived safety, accessibility and cost. The purpose of the Steppin' Out with Confidence peer-led walking program is to support and encourage older adults to embrace an active lifestyle by offering resource support and by encouraging the development of social networks within the community areas.