Michael T Sharratt Program for Active Living

Program for Active Living

When we enhance our physical well being, our mind and spirit are lifted as well.  In 1996 with this philosophy in mind, Schlegel Villages partnered with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to develop the Program for Active Living (PAL).  Today in each of our villages, full-time kinesiologists or exercise therapists are available to each resident helping them improve their health and reach their individual goals and aspirations.

The PAL team is a unique collaboration between the three disciplines of kinesiology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.  This team conducts assessments in areas of balance, range of motion, mobility, muscle strength and fine motor skills.  Based on a holistic approach involving resident and family, an individualized program is developed for each resident to maintain and improve their level of independence.


To improve our residents' life quality and maximize independence through individualized exercise programming and a more active lifestyle.


  • One-on-one programming to improve strength, range of motion, balance, fine motor skills, restorative walking and post-surgical rehabilitation;
  • Group programs, such as urban poling, aquatic therapy, Tai Chi, Fun & Fit (specialized group fitness), Think Fit (cognitive therapy);
  • Falls Prevention

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Mike Sharratt, PhD (1942-2016) led an exceptional life.  An expert in cardiorespiratory physiology, he held a lifelong commitment and deep belief in the importance of daily physical activity.  He remained physically active himself throughout his life, and worked tirelessly to promote daily physical activity for everyone, of all ages.  He was the driving force behind Move More, a program to encourage everyone living and working in Schlegel Villages to incorporate more motion into their everyday routines. He co-founded physical activity programs for cardiac patients (Hardy Hearts) and cancer patients (WELL-FIT).

Mike had a distinguished 33-year academic career at the University of Waterloo (1974-2007), including two terms as Dean of Applied Health Sciences.  He was President of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging from 2006 to 2016.


Kinesiologists, Exercise Therapists, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Co-op Students.