Conquering Kilimanjaro & Parkinson’s

October 15, 2010 | By Nadia

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Urban Poling Inc. is proud to support Heather Pardon, who will be using a pair of our Activator poles on her climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2011. Heather is a member of the Kili Conquerors for Parkinson’s team. The team, headed by registered nurse and wellness expert Reta Currie, is using the Mount Kilimanjaro climb to raise $50,000 for Parkinson Society Ottawa and Societies across Canada.

Heather feels the Activator poles are perfect for this event. Two independent research studies have found that pole walking had a significant effect on the exercise tolerance of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and could provide a safe, effective, and enjoyable way to reduce physical inactivity in PD and to improve quality of life. 

Interested in joining the Kili Conquerors for Parkinson’s team? Contact Reta Currie at 613-271-1673 or

Donations for the Kili climb can be made through the Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario website at: Or join Heather and her group in Ottawa at the Most Eggscellent Chicken Halloween Party for Parkinson’s on Saturday, October 30, 2010. For more information on this fundraiser for Parkinson’s visit:

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Maintaining Proper Posture

Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward.  Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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