A new Walk/Run Club for kids, youth and teens was launched by go!PEI in partnership with the Medical Society of PEI, the Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The Walk/Run Club is designed to provide Island children with a fun, free and non-competitive program that supports the addition of more physical activity into their day.

"We have worked with many partners to design three programs participants can follow to build their cardiovascular endurance at a pace they are comfortable with," states Olivia Ford, go!PEI's coordinator. "We believe the Walk/Run Club programs can be used in a variety of settings including schools, homes and communities."

The concept for the go!PEI Walk/Run Club was built around the award winning Doctors NS Kids Run Club which is offered throughout the school system in Nova Scotia. go!PEI partnered with The Medical Society of PEI to build a made in PEI program and has inviting schools to participate as a first step and then will explore other venues in the community to offer the program.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development have been working with the school boards and schools to build healthier school environments for students. We know there is a direct link between the health of a child and their ability to learn and this club offers another program for schools to use if they wish.

The go!PEI Walk/Run Club has three programs, each using a laddered approach to build the endurance for participants to move their bodies for either 20, 30 or 60 minutes without stopping. The programs are designed for ten weeks but allows flexibility if that amount of time doesn't suit the group's schedule. The club meets twice a week and then the participants have homework on three other days of the week where they are encouraged to pair up with family, friends or classmates to complete the activity required.

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On days when the club meets, the purpose is to measure the distance the entire group moves as opposed tracking the distance covered individually. This allows participants to move at a pace they are comfortable moving at without feeling they need to push themselves if they don't want to.

On Saturday June 14, 2014, go!PEI along with its partners will host five free walk/run events across PEI and all participants are invited to participate free of charge and will receive a prize thanks to the generous support of the Medical Society of PEI.



What is go!PEI?

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of

About go!PEI

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The go!PEI team is made up of provincial partners (Island Trails and PEI Healthy Eating Alliance), Regional Sport & Recreation Councils and four major municipalities (City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside, Town of Cornwall, and Town of Stratford).   This group works together to provide opportunities for Islanders wishing to make a change to their personal health.   Through these partners, go!PEI delivers free programs all across the province focusing on walking, running, biking, hiking and healthy eating activities.

go!PEI's seven core principles are to deliver:

1. Activities that are low cost or no cost
2. Activities that have readily available infrastructure across the Province
3. Activities that require limited equipment
4. Activities that do not have time constraints
5. Activities that can be done as an individual or as part of a group
6. Activities that can be done by any age group
7. Activities that can be done year round (maybe not cycling)

 

 

How to get Involved

Become a leader: It is our hope to have as many Islanders as possible organize and deliver a program to their community, group or organization. If you have an interest in getting something started for your group, send our coordinator an email.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter: We send out an email newsletter throughout the year with healthy living tips, stories and upcoming events. You can sign up for our newsletter on our website or when you register for a go!PEI program. Or, you can email Laura at gopei@recreationpei.ca!

Participate in a Program/Event: The calendar of events is available on our website which identifies when free upcoming courses and programs are taking place. For programs specific to your community, please contact the community partner nearest you for information.

Request Information: If you want to mobilize your workplace, organization, family or neighbors we can help you do this by providing some information. A number of workplaces have organized go!PEI activities as part of their workplace wellness initiatives by receiving resources from our office.

Download Resources: Finally, if you want to make some personal healthy living changes you can collect tips and lessons on how to do so on our website. You can download program booklets (to follow at home on your own) and healthy living information on our resource page.

 

 



   

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