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What is the GO-OUT study?
We are a group of physical therapists, geriatricians and researchers from the University of Toronto and other academic centres. We have partnered with the Better Living Community Centre to run a study to evaluate two programs designed to help seniors to walk outside more easily.

Who can participate in the study?
We are looking for adults aged 65 years and older, who find it difficult to walk outside, and who walk outdoors less than 20 minutes a week, even in good weather. You must be able to walk at least 1 block continuously on a flat surface on your own but it’s ok if you need to use a cane or walker.

What will you have to do?
You will attend four evaluations at the Better Living Community Centre over a 1-year period. After the first evaluation, we will assign people using a process that is like flipping a coin, to one of two programs. The two programs are:

GO-OUT Workshop & Support Program:
This program involves a workshop and weekly educational reminders. Participants will attend a 5-hour interactive workshop to learn information, strategies and skills to walk safely outdoors. You will learn how to use step-counters and Nordic walking poles, and about fall prevention and proper clothing and foot-wear needed to walk outside. After the workshop, we will send you weekly reminders, such as educational tips on walking outdoors, for 3 months.
GO-OUT Workshop & Outdoor Walking Program: This program involves the same 5-hour workshop described in the program above, but you will also participate in an outdoor walking group, led by a physiotherapist or kinesiologist, for 3 months. In the outdoor walking program, you will meet as a group in several parks close to the Better Living Centre, twice a week, for 3 months.

When and where will the programs run?
We will assign you to attend a workshop, tentatively scheduled on one of the following dates and times:
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm or
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
Workshops will take place at the Better Living Centre,
1 Overland Drive, Toronto, ON, M3C 2C3.

Is there a cost to participate?
No. The GO-OUT programs are free of charge because the study is funded through a research grant. All participants will receive a free step counter and workshop workbook.

What to do if you are interested to participate or you have questions?
If you have questions or if you would like to participate, please contact the GO-OUT study coordinator, Ms. Parvin Eftekhar:
Tel: (416) 946-7579