Indigenous Groups Resources

Indigenous Groups Resources

Activate your Indigenous community with Urban Poling

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Regular physical activity helps to regulate blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity. The more muscles that are used during exercise, the greater will be the benefits. This makes urban poling one of the best forms of fitness, as it uses 90% of the muscles and has the potential to burn up to 46% more calories, while providing both cardiovascular and strength training. Research shows that an activity such as urban poling has the potential to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes and even prevent onset all together. Urban poling may also be a great option for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it is a safe mode of exercise which may reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

– Dr. Agnes Coutinho PhD

Urban Poling is an evidence based and enjoyable tool for promoting active living for your Diabetes and Fall Prevention/Elders Programs! Implemented in Indigenous communities across Canada since 2007. Have fun while burning 20 to 46% more calories than walking alone while improving balance and taking pressure off painful back/hip/knee joints.

Learn the researched benefits, techniques, exercises (seated & standing) and guidelines to start an outdoor Urban Poling/pole walking group for Diabetes and an indoor Seated and Standing Exercise Program for Elders!

CCU approved course by FAI (Functional Aging Inst, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) and ACE (American Council of Exercise).

Package for Community Leaders Package Includes:

• Urban Poling Certification Course (live or online, depending on location)
• walkUP for Diabetes Course (online)
• 1 pair of Urban Poling Spirit poles with snow baskets
• Urban Poling carry bag
• Diabetes lifestyle book (Karen Graham)
• National Aboriginal Diabetes Association Promotional Material

Diabetes Leader Package – reg. $ 349.99

Contact us at to register for the community leader package and to purchase Urban/ACTIVATOR℗ poles at wholesale pricing. This course is available online or live. Ask us about teaching this course at your centre (min. 5 participants, depending on location). For more info contact

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