Clinton Newsrecord article published November 21, 2017. Article in full pasted below.
Sheila Pritchard, Clinton Newsrecord
The Clinton Family Health Team would like to invite the community to get active and have some fun with them on Wednesdays at noon at the Central Huron Community Complex walking track.
Join two health specialists from the Team, along with neighbours and co-strollers, for an hour each week for the Fitwalk program. Fitwalk runs every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m., from now until December 13, when the group will take a break for the holidays.
Clinton Family Health Team’s Jennifer Blackhall, RN (EC), one of the program co-ordinators, says the program has been well received but perhaps is not as well known about as it could be with local residents. “Wendy [Madarasz, RD], the dietician that does the program with me, she presented our program at the dietician’s conference out in Newfoundland,” says Blackhall. “Then we just did a poster presentation on our program at the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario. So, we’re trying to get the word out there and encourage community members to come.”
Blackhall says December 13 will be the last walk before a break over the holiday season. “We stop generally in December to mid-January, as it is harder to get people out during this busy, social time.”
That Wednesday will also be a special holiday-themed Fitwalk, adds Blackhall. “That’s going to be our ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ week and our executive director will be our guest that week as well.”
Fitwalk starts at 12 p.m. and is done at 1 p.m. “We try and start right at noon, and the Y [Central Huron YMCA] comes up and leads exercises, then people walk around,” explains Blackhall. “Then at 12:45 we stop, and the dietician does a little presentation, then we have a healthy snack.” Blackhall says that generally it is a healthy snack, but it probably won’t be as healthy that day with it being Christmas. FITwalk is not only an enjoyable way to stay active close to home, it is also educational, says Blackhall.
In the new year, Fitwalk will resume at the Central Huron Community Complex, from January 17 until May 30.
“It’s a great place over there at the community centre because it’s free and it’s safe,” Blackhall says. “Many people benefit from going there.”