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Walk 'N' Talk For Your Life

Walk N' Talk 

Walk 'nā€™ 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 nā€™ 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.

Program Overview

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.

  1. An opportunity to meet new friends and engage in fun activities, exercise, and conversation. Pedometers are provided to track walking distance and provide motivation to increase the number of daily steps.
  2. The motivation to exercise and improve your diet may increase through the support of other participants and our healthy lifestyle education sessions.
  3. A chance to share your thoughts, ideas, and knowledge. 
  4. Learn the latest on related health topics and help teach our students how to work and better interact with seniors.

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 ā€“ 95 years old.

The program is free to all participants.

Contact Chella Percy, Community Research Facilitator at 250-215-1028 or

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:

  1. How many times can you go from a sitting position to standing in 30 seconds.
  2. At your normal walking pace, how long does it take you to walk 10 metres?
  3. How many pounds of pressure can you exert on a handgrip strength test?

Contact Chella Percy, Community Research Facilitator at 250-215-1028 or

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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
Kiwanis Club
Salvation Army
NexGen Hearing
Dave Moore
Auris Hearing Loops
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation
Kelowna Family YMCA - YMCA of Okanagan

Last reviewed shim4/19/2018 2:15:14 PM

For more info, contact:

Chella Percy
Community Research Facilitator
250-215-1028 or