Walking Saves Lives – World Stroke Day in Partnership with the March of Dimes Canada
October 1, 2018 | By Urban Poling
We are proud to be partnered once again with the March of Dimes Canada in expanding the awareness of the benefits of physical activity, namely walking, in both the prevention and rehabilitation of strokes. Strokes touch people of all ages and stages and the March of Dimes is helping to support stroke survivors and their families through their many resources including Warm Line, website, support groups as well as Next Steps Walking Programs which have recently started up in Mississauga, Barrie, and Oakville.
Leading up to World Stroke Day, which is October 29th, we will be offering numerous in-services at hospitals across Ontario and beyond highlighting the benefits of exercise and specifically the use of the ACTIVATOR™ Poles to facilitate the rehabilitative process post stroke. We will also be offering in-store clinics in which our team will be available to answer questions and also help people to learn the technique firsthand.
On October 4th we will be offering a complimentary webinar for healthcare professionals on the benefits of the ACTIVATOR™ Poles post stroke. On October 18th we will be offered a webinar to anyone interested in learning more about the ACTIVATOR™ Poles for themselves or as a caregiver who is supporting someone who may have had a stroke. Click here for more information on these webinars and how to register.
In addition, we will be participating in the World Stroke Congress this October in Montreal through a presentation by physiotherapist Peter Vavougious on the benefits of the ACTIVATOR program for neurologic conditions including strokes.
Hear firsthand how stroke survivor Lynn Belanger used her ACTIVATOR™ Poles through her rehabilitative journey post stroke – click here to watch video. The March of Dimes Canada has and continues to support incredible people like Lynn – please support them via donations either on-line or in store at a participating IDA or Guardian Stores.
Keep your poles more upright and in front of you. Lean forward slightly, and use the poles to help push you up the hill. If necessary, bend your elbows, but remember to transition back to the straight arm technique at the top of the hill
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education