Live Virtual American Native Conference

Live Virtual American Native Conference

Next Virtual LIVE Conference – Wed Sept 29 at noon to 4 pm EDT

Special $ 249.99 (Reg. $349.99)
Virtual Native American Conference
+ 1 pair of poles (Spirit/Activator)
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Virtual Native American Conference
+ 20 pairs of Spirit/Activator poles
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Learn how Urban Poling, also known as Nordic walking (walking with poles), is a fun, low impact and highly effective activity for both Fall Prevention and Diabetes Programs.  Mandy Shintani,  occupational therapist and gerontologist, recently presented at  the American Indians Elders Conference with NICOA on this evidence-based activity with proven researched benefits for improving balance, walking ability, confidence and greater adherence to exercise versus regular walking to better manage blood glucose levels.  As walking continues to be an approved activity that you can enjoy safely, Urban Poling is a great way to keep your community active and fit!  
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 and can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoor all year round!  Our beautiful Spirit poles were designed by Indigenous artist, Jordan Stranger.  
Join us to learn how to implement urban poling in your Elders and Fall Prevention programs as a dynamic alternative to canes and to delay or reduce the use of walkers.   As well Urban Poling is a more effective activity than regular walking  for the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. This course includes fun,  innovative seated and standing exercises for Fall Prevention Programs with ACTIVATOR® poles for balance and stability so Elders can confidently engage in seated and standing exercises and walking in their communities. 

Next Virtual LIVE Conference – Wed Sept 29 at noon to 4 pm EDT (9 to 1 pm PDT)

10 Reasons Why Urban Poling is Perfect for your Community Now 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 Indigenous Diabetes Association and Diabetes Canada.  


-Review researched benefits of Urban Poling/pole walking
-Discover how the program has been implemented successfully in Indigenous communities across Canada
-Learn how to adjust your Spirit & ACTIVATOR poles
-Learn how to use Urban Poling technique (with Spirit poles) to manage weight and diabetes
-Learn how do the ACTIVATOR technique for balance for Elders
-Learn fun seated and standing exercises for Elders’ Fall prevention programs 
-Learn guidelines for setting up outdoor and indoor programs for adults and Elders.
Date: Wed Sept 29, 2021
Time: noon to 4 pm EDT (9 to 1 pm PDT)
Presenters: Mandy Shintani, occupational therapist & gerontologist and Faith Julien MA, Urban Poling Master Trainer 
Email if you are interested in us teaching a live course in your community.  We can provide group rates.


Guest Speaker

Mandy Shintani 
Occupational therapist & gerontologist

Faith Julien 
BA Health & Physical Education
MA Health Administration

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 for 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.


Faith Julien is a proud Mi’kmaw woman and member of Millbrook First Nation of Nova Scotia, Canada.  She completed her Bachelors of Health and Physical Education from Mount Royal University in Alberta and is working on her Master’s of Health Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto. As a fitness instructor, Faith is passionate about advancing the health benefits of walking poles and has presented at numerous national and provincial Indigenous Diabetes conferences in Canada.  In collaboration with Tribal Councils, she successfully developed the Indigenous Nordic Walking Initiative (INWI).  Faith continues to be an active member of her community who promotes urban poling as a great way to get people outside and exercising safely while encouraging inclusiveness.


Urban Poling is a local,  women-owned Canadian company that has been offering training to Indigenous communities since 2005.   
The company is proud to have been a partner with the National Indigenous Diabetes Association and
the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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