The FABS Training Programme (#2150)

Idea Description
Overview of Innovation:
We all understand the importance of moving more and sitting less when it comes to living a healthy and fulfilling life.  As we age this becomes even more important as our lives tend to become more sedentary which then leads to ‘inflammageing’ and many long-term health conditions.
The FABS Training Programme, developed by Move it or Lose it! in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham combines Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength exercises in one fun-filled class, providing the four vital components of older adult fitness as per CMO guidelines.  This is made up of exercises that are safe, enjoyable, effective and accessible to everyone whatever their ability, and can be done seated or standing.
FABS classes ensure age or ability are no longer barriers to an active lifestyle. The aim of the class content is to increase strength and muscle density to reduce sarcopenia, improve balance to reduce the risk of falls, increase aerobic capacity to enable individuals to be more active and increase flexibility and mobility.
Via a blended approach of online learning and practical training, we train exercise instructors to become specialists in fitness for the over 60s enabling them to work with the fastest growing demographic in the UK. 

The programme launched in March 2016 and has more than 120 instructors undertaking it to date. The aim is to train 1000 instructors who can deliver FABS classes within their local communities to combat social isolation, physical inactivity and cognitive decline and provide opportunities for fun and friendship for our fastest growing demographic; older people.  By training 1000 instructors the programme also generates wealth by creating 1000 small businesses with a licensing model similar to Zumba. 

The training has industry recogntion from UK Active and Active IQ and is endorsed by regulating bodies the Exercise Move Dance Academy and CIMSPA. 

Move it or Lose it! Exercise DVDs have been tried and tested.  The video stars in all our DVDs are not actors, but real people who have health conditions and mobility problems.  They have improved their lives through the Move it or Lose it! Exercise routines and they want to inspire others to do the same.
Move it or Lose it! DVDs are endorsed by Professor Janet Lord, Director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research at University of Birmingham as an ideal resource to aid active ageing.
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This fits well with the EIT Health objectives
Thanks Karen. Do you have any more information on that? How could we get involved? 
Joe, apologies for the delay in responding, I didn't receive a notification!
There are no open calls at the moment via EIT Health, they should be coming out early 2017.  If you go onto EIT Health website & register, you should receive updates.  We can also put you in touch with the UK & Ireland team that co-ordinates activity.

Could you let me know your contact details please?

Hi Karen 

Joe has asked me to pass on his thanks and asked if you could email him at

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