Community-based walking programs in Central and North Okanagan support diabetes prevention and self-management
What: Walk ‘n’ Talk Diabetes provide free eight-week walking programs in Kelowna and Vernon
Who: Hosted by the Southern Medical Program and Canadian Diabetes Association
Where: Two separate programs in Kelowna (various locations) and Vernon (Poulson Park)
Time: Kelowna: Every Thursday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. from April 7 to May 25, 2016
Vernon: Every Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. from April 6 to May 25, 2016
More than 10 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes. With more than 20 Canadians newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know. However, with a life-long commitment to self-management, people can expect to live active, independent and vital lives.
Walk ‘n’ Talk Diabetes is a community-based walking program focused on diabetes prevention and self-management. Each program offers eight walking sessions comprised of a 15 minute healthy lifestyle talk followed by up to 45 minutes of walking (duration depends on the ability of each participant). Each session will have three groups of walkers with a volunteer leader, who will keep time, answer questions and assist participants who may be unable to complete the distance. Groups will be organized by walking speed – slow, medium and fast. A dedicated volunteer will also be available to assist in any emergency situations.
Programs are free and open to the participants of all activity levels. Walk ‘n’ Talk Diabetes is hosted by the Southern Medical Program and Canadian Diabetes Association with generous support from The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation.
To register, contact Glenna Armstrong Branch Coordinator, Canadian Diabetes Association at 1-888-628-9494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.