Active Living for Primary Health Care
Find 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 AuthorityView Recorded Webinar
Walking with poles can help reduce fatigue during and after cancer treatment and has proven beneficial to those in breast cancer rehab. To read more about the research that supports the benefits of Nordic walking for cancer patients, visit the Your Health section of our website.
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