Walk to Wellness

October 27, 2011
2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Heather Hadden, BSc Phm FHT/ORG: Credit Valley FHT ABSTRACT: The Credit Valley Family Health team works with many patients who have chronic disease states. These include but are not limited to Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Hypertension, Obesity, Arthritis and Osteoporosis. Many of these patients do not lead an active lifestyle and do not meet the Canadian recommended requirements for daily activity. It was felt that having a weekly walking group would help to educate and motivate these patients to increase their daily activity. The "Walk to Wellness" program started with a selected group of patients with Diabetes. Our goals were not only to provide a 2-hour orientation on active lifestyle and then a weekly 1-hour activity session but also to help motivate the patient to do expand on their own. Goals included weight loss, decrease in BMI, decrease in waist circumference and also changes in FBS, HBA1C, Triglycerides, Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and cholesterol ratio. To date the program has opened up to patients with COPD, Asthma, Obesity, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, CVD and addictions. Click here to view presentation.