Complete Training Package for group programs




Training Videos

Our video-based training is only available to clients who have purchased the group package. The videos are an easy to follow, effective and enjoyable method of providing consistent training to your group leaders.

1. Introduction Video (17.07min):

Our introductory video gives an overview of Move With Balance®. As a Group Leader, you will have so much fun teaching MWB because it is so adaptable to every senior’s ability. As a Caregiver, you will have so much fun doing the activities because your clients will respond and look forward to your coming. You can get the whole family involved. As an individual user, you will have so much fun doing the activities. All of you will be amazed at how easy it is to use the book. All of you will be amazed at the results. It’s best if you have a copy of “Move With Balance®: Healthy Ageing Activities for Brain and Body” as you watch each training video.

2. Exercises and activities (19.18min):

  • Why these exercises are so innovative and why they work
  • How to use the book
  • How to use the book videos
  • Activities color-coded in book by categories
  • Adapting and modifying exercises and the Progressive Challenge     

3. Designing a One-Hour Session Plan (11.22min):

  • Practice putting together typical sessions
  • How to mix up the active, semi-active, rest and rejuvenation time in a session

4. Setting Up a Site and Recruiting Participants (16.19min):

  • Finding a site–options of where to implement Move With Balance®
  • Getting paid—government funding
  • Recruiting Mentees
  • Recruiting Mentors
  • Mentor-mentee relationship

5. Program Delivery (8.29min):

  • Pace of delivery, setting up the room
  • Applications and release forms
  • Debriefing Support Group for Mentors after each session

6. Coaching (12.47min):

  • Coaching using progressive challenge and safety measures
  • Mentors
  • Mentees
  • Coaching Clients and Family members using progressive challenge and safety measures

7. Mentor Training (25.30min):

  • Step-by-step Mentor Training: Preparing the mentor for the site, Teaching the activities,
    Class participation, Transforming mentors
  • Use the Group Leader Manual and the Move with Balance® book with this video

8. Program Evaluation (10.43min):

  • Importance of evaluating
  • 3 Independent Evaluations: Evidence-based, White, Pang
  • Successful In-house evaluations
  • Samples of self-reporting evaluations

9. Music and Movement (9.47min):

  • Enhancing activities with music
  • Teaching Move With Balance® movements to “Move With Balance®” original song
  • Teaching Gandhi’s movements to “Gandhi Farewell” original song


Manuals Curriculum Addendums

Group Leader Manual

This manual is about Karen Peterson’s experience of creating this program. It is about mentors, mentees, recruiting, implementing the program, training mentors, program delivery, evaluation, and more. You will find it easy to understand and integrate.

How to Use Music in Move With Balance 

The Music manual includes the lyrics for all the songs, and explains how and when we use the music. Bill Fuller has written original songs for Move With Balance® that have become our trademark theme songs, and are used in every class. We have taken “oldies”, old familiar tunes and have added fun, snappy lyrics. All the music is carefully integrated into the activities. The manual explains which songs go with which Move with Balance® movements. The seniors love to move and sing along.

Curriculum and Addendum for Low– to Mid– Functioning Elders

This manual includes lesson plans, curriculum and music for each of the ten 1.5 hour weekly sessions. In addition, this manual includes an Addendum to the original Move With Balance® book, which contains new, exciting exercises that are not in the book, but are presented in the same manner as the book—the WHY and HOW we do the activities.

Curriculum and Addendum for Mid– to High– Functioning Elders
This manual contains similar information to the manual for low-to mid- functioning elders except the content is targeted at seniors.




There are demos of the 10 original songs and 7 oldies to use with the Move with Balance® activities in the store.



Evaluation Materials

The Maui District Health Office of the Hawaii Department of Health has been evaluating Move With Balance® since 2008. Kristin Mills has developed evaluation tools that very effectively measure the outcomes of Move With Balance®. Pre and post testing methods are described in these 4 files. Both quantitative and qualitative outcomes are measured.

Process Measurement

Short-term outcomes

Longer-term outcomes

  1. Cognitive: observations by interviewer
  1. Emotional: observations by interviewer
  1. Physical: observations by interviewer
  1. Social: observations by interviewer
  1. Learned behavior / recognition
  1. Geriatric Depression (single item):
  1. Life satisfaction / Purposefulness: Most pulled from Geriatric Depression Scale

Evaluating outcomes is very important. Four independent evaluations and one Cost/Benefit Analysis were performed. An evidence-based study, conducted by Lorrin Pang MD, Maui District Health Officer for the State of Hawai‘i, was published in the November 2013 issue of the “Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health”. Dr Pang states that “the efficacy of the Move With Balance program to prevent falls is about 66%”.

Marketing Webinars

The Move With Balance® webinar is a upgraded powerpoint, more like video. The state of Maryland requested we make this webinar for their Area Offices on Aging. Karen Peterson, founder of Move With Balance®; William Fuller, musician; Lorrin Pang MD, Maui District Health Officer; and Kristin Mill, epidemiologist with the Hawaii Department of Health speak on their areas of expertise on the webinar. We have two versions, 44 minutes and 25 minutes. The long version is complete; the short version has less on program evaluation. The webinar gives you a very clear understanding of the program. An Area Agencies on Aging can share these webinars with other AAA’s in their state. Departments of health can share these webinars with prospective health practitioners.



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