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Find Your Stride program supports active, healthy living

September 1, 2015

Eight-week program encourages physical activity, supports tobacco cessation

COALDALE – Local and area residents can take steps toward better fitness by participating in an eight-week pilot program starting this month.

The Find Your Stride program, offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS), in partnership with Chinook Primary Care Network and Campbell Clinics and the Coaldale Public Library, is a free learn-to-walk-or-run program that provides the tools and supports participants need to become physically active and improve their overall health and quality of life.

Suitable for all fitness levels, the program is for individuals who either currently use or have recently quit tobacco. Participants are not required to stop smoking or using other forms of tobacco as part of the program; however, as they embrace a healthy activity, such as running, they may be more likely to let go of unhealthy habits, such as using tobacco.

Group sessions will be held once a week for approximately 90 minutes and will be led by a facilitator. Each session will include a combination of walking, running and stretching regimes, as well as an education component where participants can discuss topics including benefits of physical activity, goal-setting, healthy eating, injury prevention, tobacco and cessation, and how to remain active.

There are many health benefits to regular physical activity, including reduced risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Evidence also shows that physical activity can help reduce nicotine cravings.

Find Your Stride will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on eight consecutive Tuesdays, starting Sept. 15, at the Coaldale Public Library, 2014 18 St. To learn more or to register, call 1-855-943-6718.

Find Your Stride is adapted from the Learn to Run for Smokers program developed by the Lung Association of Nova Scotia.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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