Effort aimed at getting people walking

The City of Red Deer is teaming up with UWALK.ca and the Red Deer Primary Care Network in an effort to get Red Deer moving for health.

The City of Red Deer is teaming up with UWALK.ca and the Red Deer Primary Care Network in an effort to get Red Deer moving for health.

UWALK Red Deer is a program aimed at empowering people to be active through walking.

By signing up at www.uwalk.ca, Red Deerians can track activities and steps online to complete a virtual challenge individually or as a group.

In addition to the free website, other resources are available to help participants take a step towards health. Pedometers are available for sale at the Collicutt Centre.

UWALK is a program developed by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and funded by the government of Alberta.

UWALK aims to help Albertans find their stride and support them moving forward.

You can find your stride through any form of physical activity and track your activity minutes or steps on the website at www.uwalk.ca.

The City of Red Deer and the Red Deer Primary Care Network will host a public event featuring a keynote speaker to help publicly launch the UWALK project.

Kerry Mummery, an internationally-renowned researcher in the area of physical education and recreation at the University of Alberta, will speak on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Collicutt Centre. “The community launch event will give people an opportunity to learn about healthy growth and development through physical activity,” said Tamara Greba, recreation and facilities supervisor for the City of Red Deer. After the launch, people can join in for a free walk around the Collicutt Centre track.

Staff will be available to answer questions about the program but it is recommended that people sign up online before the event to get familiar with the website.

For more information about UWALK Red Deer or to sign up online, visit www.uwalk.ca.