Walking 2 a Healthier U is a physical fitness and education program with the purpose of promoting healthy lifestyles and optimizing a level of physical and emotional well-being. The program was initiated as a pilot-project in February 2013 and concluded for the summer this past week.
The program has been operating out of the Swift Current Stockade on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The Health Region partnered with the City of Swift Current’s Walking to Wellness program and they have been pleased with the response from the public.
In the past four months the program has had more than 30 people register and participation has been as high as 15 individuals taking part in a single session. Sessions took place at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Walking 2 a Healthier U has been growing since it began and success stories have been born.
“We started with a desire to help people build and improve their physical health, particularly during the winter months when walking paths and sidewalks can be inaccessible from snow and ice. We focus each morning on improving one’s heart and lungs along with muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility,” said Denise Levorson, Health Educator for the Cypress Health Region. “We’ve seen some great results since the program began in February as the overall fitness levels of participants have been improving and it’s great to see those kinds of results with such a program.”
The City of Swift Current’s Walking to Wellness program offers the Stockade building as a facility for use by those interested in walking. The Health Region partnered with the City of Swift Current to offer the Walking 2 a Healthier U program in conjunction with Walking to Wellness. Walking 2 a Healthier U introduced Health Region staff to work with participants on aerobic activities, stretches, and flexibility and balance exercises to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Blood pressure tests, weights, Therabands, and other exercise equipment are also available through the program.
Carol Baumann has been a participant of the program and is one of the many success stories witnessed.
“I’ve noticed a big difference in my overall flexibility, endurance, and health. I feel great and had good instruction with the program. I hope that this program continues in the future as it is so beneficial to one’s health,” Baumann said.
Walking 2 a Healthier U will now pause for the summer months. Plans are being made to continue the successful program in September. For more information visit the Cypress Health Region’s website at www.cypresshealth.ca.