Mandy’s presentation ‘Get Outside with Urban Poling and Activate Your Walk’ will discuss the many benefits of walking poles based on 300 independent studies. Walking with poles is easy, fun, accessible and the perfect way to exercise safely now, with gyms and recreation centers closed, and in the future. Mandy will describe how walking poles improve both physical and mental health but also provide an added measure of safety for those with balance and stability issues. Since this activity imitates the natural rhythm of walking, it also lends itself to those with dementia. This session will be of interest to older adults, caregivers and senior living staff.
Additionally, 5,500+ therapists and wellness professionals in Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland and recently in the USA have completed the courses she has developed for fitness and rehabilitation. She has also been featured numerous times in national media and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation.