Fit for Function Community Stroke Wellness Program
Fit for Function is a community-based wellness program for people with stroke. It combines group exercise classes, individual exercise sessions and participation in the Living with Stroke support and education program.
Fit for Function was developed through an innovative collaboration between the YMCAs of Hamilton/Burlington/ Brantford and Niagara, McMaster University and three local health systems: Hamilton Health Sciences, the Brant Community Healthcare System and Niagara Health.
Fit for Function was launched in 2011 as a pilot study funded by the Ontario Stroke Network. It was then evaluated in a randomized controlled trial funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) from 2014-2019.
The team involved in the development of Fit for Function include:
- Julie Richardson, McMaster University
- Ada Tang, McMaster University
- Rebecca Fleck, Hamilton Health Sciences
- Genevieve Hladysh, YMCA Hamilton/Burlington/ Brantford
- Gordon Guyatt, McMaster University
- Lehana Thabane, McMaster University
- Feng Xie, McMaster University
- Demetrios Sahlas, Hamilton Health Sciences
- Robert Hart, Hamilton Health Sciences
- Louise Macrae, Hamilton Health Sciences
Fit for Function has been adopted by the Les Chater YMCA (in Hamilton, Ontario) as one of their unique LiveWell Programs. The YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford, Hamilton Health Sciences, and McMaster University have developed a variety of LiveWell programs to meet the health and wellness needs of individuals with chronic diseases in the community.
For more information about Fit for Function, please contact:
To access the resources you will need to implement the Fit for Function program in your facility, visit the Fit for Function Program Planning webpage.