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 downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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