Walk 'N' Talk For Your Life
Walk 'n’ Talk for Your Life is a collaborative, community health research study designed to increase socialization and healthy lifestyles among seniors. Dr. Charlotte Jones, Associate Professor of Medicine with the Southern Medical Program is the principal investigator of the research study. The program is led by UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students from the Southern Medical Program, Nursing, Human Kinetics, Social Work and Psychology. Walk n’ Talk for Your Life has partnered with numerous community partners in the Central Okanagan to be able host free 10-week programs for local seniors.
Each session begins with a 30 minute Otago Fitness program, a validated, well-researched falls prevention program for seniors. The fitness program is followed by 30 minutes of walking inside or outdoors. Both the fitness program and walking are completed at an individual's own pace. Each session wraps up with an informal and interactive healthy lifestyle discussion led by UBC Okanagan students, professors or health professionals from the community. Some of our past community speakers have included a pharmacist, lawyer, social worker, endocrinologist (hormone doctor), dietician, community police, exercise physiologist, social worker and nurse.
The program is 10 weeks long with an extra week at the beginning and end to measure changes in your physical fitness, health knowledge and social connections.
Our program is a research study involving students from the Southern Medical Program and UBC Okanagan faculties of Nursing, Social Work, Human Kinetics and Psychology who are investigating loneliness, social isolation, and lifestyle factors in seniors. Your participation will help enhance our students' research skills, as well as increase their knowledge on how to improve seniors healthy lifestyles.
We accept fully mobile seniors, in reasonably good mental and physical health, between the ages of 55 – 95 years old.
The program is free to all participants.
We will notify you of your acceptance as a study participant or contact you to review any unanswered questions. Once enrolled, we then provide a date and time to assess your fitness level using following three methods:
Walk 'N' Talk For You Life - UBCO.TV Feature
A special thanks to our program partners:
The Central Okanagan Foundation
Westside Health Network Society
Heritage Retirement Residence
Okanagan Regional Library
Global Fitness & Racquet Centre
Westbank Lions Club
Auris Hearing Loops
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation
Kelowna Family YMCA - YMCA of Okanagan
Last reviewed 10/20/2017 2:44:21 PM
For more info, contact:
Contact Carolyn Roque,
SMP Research & Laboratory Manager