Friday, September 26, 2008

Walk This Way to Promote a Healthier Lifestyle

This upcoming weekend I’m looking forward to attending the first annual Health Expo and K-W walking classic in Kitchener Ontario.

When a friend of mine originally mentioned this expo to me I assumed it was just another expo promoting a healthier lifestyle. Nothing wrong with that!

But after visiting the website www.kwwalkingclassic.com I learned the creation of the event, which originated in the People In Motion program, goes much deeper than that. It seems that people who are dealing with mental health challenges have a 2-4 times greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes than the general population. Although there are many reasons for this, one clear cause is from a lifestyle marked by inactivity and limited nutritional choices. People in Motion offer classes, such as cooking, yoga and fitness, to expose them to a healthier lifestyle. The KW Walking Classic supports this program and all mental health programs in the community. You can find more information about the event at the website. Check it out and maybe I’ll see you there!

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