What is the Walk N’ Roll Program?
Walk N’ Roll is a free, indoor walking program for older, community dwelling adults (men and women) with multiple co-morbidities. It is provided in partnership between municipal Recreation Departments and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and trained volunteers.
They target people that are not able to join regular seniors fitness programming offered by community recreation. Every participant walks using a 4WW – if they do not own one they are able to borrow one.
Walk N’ Roll gives the participants an opportunity to use key public recreation facilities that they may not have accessed on their own
Why was the Walk N’ Roll program created?
Many sedentary people know that they need to get more physically active, but often say “I don’t know where to start!”. Walk N’ Roll provides a starting place.
Walk N’ Roll:
- Draws people into their local recreation facilities which they may not have entered before.
- Raises the communities’ awareness of simple ways to become more physically active and decreases the social stigma of using an assistive device (“one of those things”).
- Provides a starting place for those wanting to reduce sedentary behaviour.
- Provides social opportunities.
- Enables faster walking speeds, using 4WW as exercise equipment, while ensuring a greater degree of safety within a group exercise format.
- Teaches participants how to self-monitor their exercise intensity, using the Talk Test. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines’ health benefits are based on 150mins/week of moderate to vigorous activity.
For more information, check out the Walk N Roll Poster
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