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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Exercise is the best medicine! The FABS Training Programme for older adult exercise tackles the consequences of physical inactivity as people age, increasing flexibility and mobility to improve everyday life.
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 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. We have practical days scheduled for Birmingham, London, Manchester and Newcastle, with Edinburgh and Bristol coming in due course. 

The programme launched in March 2016 and has more than 90 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. 

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.
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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It was great to see everyone 'moving it' at the recent WMAHSN Diabetes Event and i think it was captured well in this tweet...   
That's great Tammy, thanks for sharing! 
My mom and dad are always saying 'use it or lose it' but they don't feel there's anything out there "for them" when it comes to exercise classes, I'll be letting them know about the FABS Training Programme ... so from now on they can say 'Move it or Lose it!'  
I've done the same for my mom, dad and mother in law! Mom's had 2 hip replacements so uses that as an excuse but every little helps!! 
Thank you Joanne. They could search for a class in their area on our class finder - 

Kind regards. 
Brilliant Joe, thanks for the link to the class finder, there's no excuse now!

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