Live Virtual American Native Conference

Live Virtual American Native Conference

Virtual Native American Conference - Urban Poling

Urban Poling, also known as Nordic walking, is simply walking with specialized poles.  With many recreation centers and pools still closed, walking continues to be an approved activity that you can enjoy safely, and Urban Poling is a great way for your community to keep active and fit!  
Whether it’s on city streets or country trails, this fun and easy to learn full body workout is backed by 300 studies and has been adopted by Indigenous communities across Canada since 2006.  You will also learn about how to provide virtual exercise sessions so your clients can do seated/standing exercise in their home.
Our beautiful Spirit poles were designed by Indigenous artist, Jordan Stranger and developed to promote the benefits of Nordic walking in the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.

10 Reasons Why Urban Poling is Perfect for your Community during COVID-19 and Beyond!

    1. It helps balance your blood sugar—The full-body workout helps keep blood sugars in a healthy range.
    2. Your knees and hips will thank you—The poles let you offload weight from lower body joints into your upper body. You can walk further, faster or even pain-free.
    3. It revs up calorie burning—Research proves it: urban poling burns up to 46 percent more calories than standard walking. You’ll also tone your core and upper body as the poles propel you forward.
    4. Do it anywhere, anytime, anyplace—Use your poles, on your own or in a group, in all four seasons. For snowy weather, add the snow baskets and your snowshoes. Walking indoors? Add the rubber bell tips.
    5. It’s a fun social workout—Invite family members and friends to experience all of the health benefits with you!
    6. Say good-bye to slouchy posture—Taller posture is built right into the workout. Your upper back muscles, which keep your shoulders back, are strengthened and tightened with each swing of the poles.
    7. Everyone is welcome—Urban poling is an energizing activity that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people, from children to elders. Simply increase or decrease your walking speed to modify the exercise intensity. 
    8. You’ll feel safe, secure and stable—The poles provide stability and confidence while walking and reduce the risk of falls for elders. They can also be used for support during standing exercises
    9. Featuring unique graphics, our Spirit poles are designed to inspire walkers to follow a path to good health and spiritual well-being, drawing on the strength and beauty of nature and on the Elk Spirit as a guide.
    10. Urban Poling is a women-owned business that has been working with Indigenous communities since 2006 and is a proud partner of the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and Diabetes Canada.   

Virtual Native American Conference


– Review researched benefits of Urban Poling/Nordic walking
– Learn how to adjust your Spirit & ACTIVATOR poles
Learn how to use Urban poling technique (with Spirit poles) to manage weight and control diabetes
Learn how do the ACTIVATOR technique for elders and benefits for neuropathy
– Learn seated and standing exercises for elders and fall prevention programs 
Learn how to set up virtual fitness classes for home exercise programs.
Review guidelines and tips for 10 week poling classes outside and indoors for elders
– Tips to help your client eat well with dietitian Karen Graham, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator 
Date: Wed August 26, 2020
Time: 10 am to 2 pm CT
Presenter: Mandy Shintani, occupational therapist & gerontologist
Guest Speaker:  Karen Graham, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator and author of  Diabetes Essentials, Diabetes Meals for Good Health Cookbook and Complete Diabetes Guide
Penny Fahey, B.SCI Physical Education and Health.
Register below or email if you are interested in us providing the course to your community at a group rate on an earlier date.

Regular – S 149.99
Virtual Native American Conference
+ 1 pair of poles (Spirit/Activator)
+ Free Shipping

Special Offer – Pole Package
with  35% savings! 
Virtual Native American Conference
+ 20 pairs of Spirit/Activator poles
+ Storage Bag + Free Shipping


Mandy Shintani 
BSc (OT), MA (Gero)

Mandy Shintani is the founder of Urban Poling and has more than 30 years experience as an occupational therapist and  gerontologist.   She is proud to have been the community occupational therapist for the Squamish First Nation Band in North Vancouver for 5 years, prior to starting Urban Poling.  She used her skills as an OT to develop the Activator poles and walking technique designed specifically for elders and rehabilitation and to promote diabetes prevention and weight management.   The urban poling and Activator walking technique with Spirit poles and Activator poles have been used in Indigenous communities across Canada to promote wellness and active living, since 2006.  More than 5,500  therapists and wellness professionals throughout Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland and most recently in the USA have completed the fitness and rehabilitation courses developed by Mandy as part of Urban Poling’s renowned educational platform.  She has been featured in the national media on numerous occasions and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Awards for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


Guest Speaker

Penny Fahey
BSc (OT), MA (Gero)

Hello! I am Penny Fahey, owner of Nordic Nature Walking. I discovered  urban poling aka Nordic walking, 5 years ago and enjoyed it so much that I decided to become an instructor and share it with others. I offer urban poling lessons and demonstrations, Urban Poling poles and I publish a blog about my adventures through state and national parks, and other interesting places along the way!
What I enjoy most about urban poling aka Nordic walking, is that it is easy to learn, low impact, and very effective. It great for beginners, those with limited mobility, or recovering from an injury- or those who simply are not interested in hurting after exercising. I am also very encouraged by research that shows urban poling aka Nordic walking improves and prevents chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as being beneficial for orthopedic and neurological issues.
I am proud to be an instructor with Urban Poling. Inc., which has designed simply the best walking poles and training programs for fitness and rehabilitation.
My other experiences include being a Wellness Program Manager, group and individual fitness instructor, health educator, wellness coach, Tai Chi instructor, mom, wife, and person interested in discovering more about the world and helping the people in it.
Here are a few of my various degrees and certifications:
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Activity and Health
• Certified Instructor with Urban Poling Inc.
• Medical Exercise Specialist certification with the American Council on Exercise (ACE)
• Health Coach Certification with ACE
• ACE certified Functional Fitness Specialist
• Certified instructor with Taijifit Internati

Urban Poling is a local women-owned Canadian company that has been offering training to Indigenous communities since 2005.   
The company has been working in partnership with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes. 

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