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Passionate about walking? Join the walking movement.

There are many health benefits to walking. Walking can benefit people living with dementia, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. The infographic below by Every Body Walk! shows a summary of the health benefits of walking. Join the walking movement!

Infographic showing the benefits of walking

How can I join the walking movement?

For those of you who want to do something locally, you can join the walking movement in several ways:

> Sign up for a running or walking event in your neighbourhood. RunGuides provides a list of running events and clubs in cities across North America. Most of the running events have a walking option.

> Start your own walking club with friends.

> Commit to walking goals such as walking to complete chores, getting around on the weekends by only walking, or walking to and from work.

> Go to a walking clinic to learn the proper way to walk.

> Achieve your personal best by using a walking app, such as the Walk10Blocks app, or other activity trackers to monitor your walking activities.

Can you think of other ways to join the walking movement? Please share with us via the comments below or on our Facebook page.

The 2017 National Walking Summit

To celebrate the walking movement, America Walks is hosting the 2017 National Walking Summit. The summit will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota this fall and is open for registration. Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability will be the theme of the summit.

Highlights at the summit include:

> Break-out sessions with experts from the field to share best practices and new resources

> Learning-from-place mobile workshops where attendees can explore the walkability of St. Paul, Minnesota

> Intensive skill-based trainings to equip attendees to create change in their own communities

> Featured speakers that will unite and inspire walking champions from across the US

The National Walking Summit is an opportunity for community, advocates, nonprofit representatives, government officials, developers, and transit, health, and planning professionals to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of key issue, build support for the walking movement, and create momentum for the work ahead. The goal of the summit is to explore the growing power of the walking movement, bridge communities and learn about existing disparities that challenge us.

To register or learn more about the event, please click here. A limited number of registration scholarships are available.

 

What kind of flexible work arrangements would help workers with arthritis and why?

The latest issue of JointHealth™ insight explored arthritis in the workplace. The infographic below outlines what kind of flexible work arrangements would help workers with arthritis and why. infographic on work accommodations

infographic on work accommodations

 

 

Besides providing the work accommodations above, employers can also foster a healthy lifestyle at work, including:

1)Signing up employees for a sports team, such as softball, basketball, or water polo.

2)Investing in sit-stand desks for the office, allowing employees to alternate between standing and sitting, which helps to prevent back and joint pain.

3)Having a multipurpose space at work for employees to participate in stretching, yoga, and walking exercises.

4)Giving an exercise stipend to employees to participate in physical activities outside of work.

Frequent, brisk walks are beneficial for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s

Picture of person walking-feet onlyAccording to a recent study of physical activity as an experimental treatment for dementia, frequent, brisk walks are beneficial for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease because walking bolsters physical abilities and slow memory loss.

The study aimed to investigate how and why exercise helps some people with dementia, but not others. There are 1.1 million Canadians who are directly or indirectly affected by dementia. Globally, the disease affects more than 35 million people, a number that is expected to double within 20 years. There are currently no reliable treatments for the disease.

Past studies which focused on how exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease have shown the following:

  • There is a strong correlation between regular exercise and improved memories in healthy elderly people.
  • Physical active older people are less likely than those who are sedentary to develop mild cognitive impairment (a common precursor to Alzheimer’s disease).
  • When compared to sedentary people of the same age, physically fit older people have more volume in their brain’s hippocampus, the portion of the brain most intimately linked to memory function.

For the current study, researchers from the University of Kansas decided to work with people who had been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Because the disease can affect coordination as it progresses, the study initially looked at men and women with early stage Alzheimer. Study participants had to be living at home and be able to safely walk by themselves or perform other types of light exercise.

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