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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Exercise is the best medicine! Our Programme helps older adults stay independent for longer through safe & effective exercises that improve flexibility, aerobic health, balance & strength - exercise, socialise & have fun in every FABS class!
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 every 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, standing with support or free standing – which is the unique aspect of this innovative training programme.



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 500 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 small businesses with a licensing model similar to Zumba. Each instructor trained in FABS can deliver sessions in their local area spreading the Move it or Lose it mission to change the way we age!



The programme has been used within the NHS commissioned by Birmingham and Solihull CCG for patients with COPD and/or frailty and is being trialled as a measure to reduce the risk of falls across the area.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Hi Joe, in the pilot(s) you have running, are specific patients 'prescribed' classes by their GP?  How are they selected?  Also, do some of your fitness instructors advertise to the general public?  And if so, do you still effectively capture their start and end points in terms of their progress and improvements in mobility etc?  Thanks!
Hi Beth, thank you for your comment. For the falls risk prevention pilot, patients were either referred by their GP or self-referred, through seeing us on local TV news or the information in Northfield library. Their falls risk was then screened using QTUG.
Aside from this project, yes our instructors run community classes for the public. There's no set end point for these classes as class members can attend for as long as they like, some have done so for more than 5 years! In this case they are monitored by sit to stand repetitions etc. It's only our specific 12 week programems that we evaluate pre and post. 
Thanks. 
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