Active Living for Primary Health Care

ACTIVE LIVINGFind out about an effective new tool to motivate clients to become more active to manage their chronic conditions and for overall wellness.  OT Sue Colbourne and Nurse Practitioner, Sarah Kis-Toth explain the benefits of using walking poles in primary care health settings as an innovative tool for improving outcomes for activity tolerance, weight management, normalizing gait patterns, reducing pain, improving mood and activating clients.

Webinar includes: Review of researched benefits, how to do the ACTIVATOR, tips on successfully integrating walking poles into your primary care health setting, and recommendations on starting up a group exercise program that incorporates health education, social interaction and results in increased participation in exercise.

In a study on walking and exercises with the Activator poles, there was a significant change in the following tests: Timed Up and Go, Stride Length, and Single Leg Stork Stand, which are all indicators for falls risk.
Kathryn Gwynn-Brett & John Hudec, 2017 (ongoing study) Cape Breton University

Guest Speakers:  Sue Colbourne, OT & Nurse Practitioner Sarah Kis-Toth from Vancouver Island Health Authority

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Going uphill

Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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