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Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living, revised 2021

Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living

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The Passport has been fully revised to bring all its information up to date. As before, the Passport takes the participant on a healthy lifestyle journey of a six-week workshop. The Passport primarily focuses on Type 2 diabetes but also covers the relationship between healthy lifestyle choices and other chronic diseases.

The Passport is designed to provide participants with benefits that will last a lifetime. It will allow the participant to go on a journey of opportunities and new experiences. In the process, they will learn how physical activity, food choices, lifestyle habits and maintaining positive mental health influence several chronic diseases.

Lifestyle habits are difficult to change. Small steps and simple changes are encouraged. The Passport is designed to be a personal tool to motivate and educate older adults. It is also to be used to assess the participant’s lifestyle, record their activities and successes along the road to healthier living.

Benefits older adults reported from using the Passport:

  • Increased exercise and knowledge
  • Improved eating habits, weight loss and smaller waist measurement
  • Stable blood sugars
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Greater self-confidence and motivation to continue

Lifestyle changes reported by participants using the Passport:

“I do more walking”
“I eat more fruit now”
“I lost weight and lowered my sugar consumption”
“I eat more vegetables and find ways to prepare them more easily”

General comments from participants using the Passport:

“Very interesting read and benefit to one’s health.”
“The Passport has valuable information, is easy to read and understand. It’s portable, can carry in a purse and very well put together.”
“I found the Passport very informative. A useful guide to improve healthy eating habits and to keep track with the checklists provided.”
"Enjoyed this group and the people immensely. Passport – very positive spin, lots of interesting info in a great format.”

Tool Kit for Healthy Living Workshops for Older Adults, revised 2021

Leaders Tool Kit for Healthy Living Workshops for Older Adults

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Updated Tool Kit Resource for Healthy Living Workshops

The new updated Tool Kit is designed for use by a non-clinical community leader, and provides a step by step guide to offer a six-week healthy living workshop for older adults. The Tool Kit provides resources for the leader to help people who want to start, or maintain, healthier lifestyles. It also now includes a chapter to help the leader manage an online virtual workshop.

The workshop is based on the most current research available. Dedicated experts worked with Active Aging Canada to develop, test, and validate the content. The workshop is designed to guide the leader through the use of Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living for the participants. The Tool Kit provides:

  • Background information on the development and use of the Tool Kit
  • A new chapter that explains how to conduct virtual workshops online
  • Step by step guide for the six-week course
    • Getting Started
    • Motivating Change
    • Healthy Eating
    • Physical Activity
    • Mental & Emotional Health
    • Sustaining Healthy Lifestyles & the Impact of Chronic Disease
  • Activities for each module
  • Online videos, resources, handouts and promotional posters for the workshops
  • Inclusion of the Community Leader’s Guidebook

The lesson plans provide tips on how to use the Passport and are holistic in their approach. The Tool Kit is designed to support healthy active aging for both men and women, supports self-management of chronic disease, and incorporates the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults (65+ years).

The past ten years have confirmed that the Passport will help to inform, educate and inspire behaviour change in your participants.

"We run an adult day support program in Red Deer Alberta for seniors that are early onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We do physical activity at our program, mostly chair exercises due to physical barriers, but I am thrilled to attempt the [Healthy Living] workshop with our program participants.

“Thanks again for all you do ......your organization should be very proud of the work it is doing for Albertan Seniors! KUDOS TO YOU"
Leanne Landry
Older Adult Programming Supervisor
Family Services of Central Alberta

“The tools you have taught us have been very useful over this past year and we will continue to utilize the knowledge we have learned in all our future endeavors!”
Leanne & Michele
West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre.

Guidebook for Community Leaders, revised 2021

Community Leaders’ Guidebook

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The Guidebook is designed to provide the group leader with additional resources, workshop tips, background information, and tools and techniques for effective evaluation of your workshop.

While the Passport is designed for use by the older adults in your programs, the Guidebook will assist you in facilitating the use of the Passport, providing you with:

  • Information on the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and prevention of Type 2 diabetes
  • Ethics of using the Passport with individuals and groups;
  • Insight on motivating behaviour change in older adults
  • Tips on facilitating groups in using the Passport
  • Suggestions on how to measure participant progress and the success of your program
  • Guidelines around the successful use of their Personal Passport to Healthy Living
  • Resource and reference materials

Virtual Facilitation Training (English only)


Virtual Facilitation Training Slide Deck

Virtual Facilitation Training Slide Deck

In June 2021, virtual facilitation training was provided to community leaders to provide them with the skills and knowledge to offer online, our Healthy Living Workshop for Older Adults.

This workshop utilizes Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living as the main resource for the participants. The Passport was also revised in 2021, and can be ordered online.

Each slide deck file provides you with information on effective online facilitation as it relates to our Passport.

Session 1: You as the facilitator - PDF
Session 2: Adapting facilitation skills to promote online learning - PDF
Session 3: Integrating online skills in Passport Workshops - PDF
Session 4: Reflecting on experience – thinking forward - PDF
Session 5: Preparations for managing online platform - PDF
Session 6: Preparations: Facilitating the online Passport Pilot Workshop  with older adults - PDF
Session 7: Final Preparations: Facilitating the online Passport Pilot Workshop - PDF

Slide deck for the Healthy Living Workshop for Older Adults

Slide deck for the Healthy Living Workshop for Older Adults (virtual presentation)

These six power point slide decks can be used for your virtual Healthy Living Workshop for Older Adults.

These are just a template and you may use them as provided or change as you see fit.

Online Passport Slides for Module 1 - Getting Started - PowerPoint
Online Passport Slides for Module 2 - Goal Setting - PowerPoint
Online Passport Slides for Module 3 - Healthy Eating - PowerPoint
Online Passport Slides for Module 4 - Physical Activity - PowerPoint
Online Passport Slides for Module 5 - Mental Health - PowerPoint
Online Passport Slides for Module 6 - Wrapping it up - PowerPoint

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