Participate in Alberta Winter Walk Day 2017.
Open the door and go for it—with a little help from the tips below.
- Ideas to organize your winter walk event
- Tips for winter walking
- What if it is too cold to walk outside?
- After your event
Ideas to organize your winter walk event
- Create a committee to organize the event (community members, parents, older students, staff, physical activity specialist or coordinator, walking champion).
- Promote your event through newsletter inserts, posters and PA announcements. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with promotional materials to help with your event.
- Let your local media know!
- Invite special guests to join you (MLAs, local politicians etc.)
- You may want to boost your total minutes or steps walked by encouraging students to walk to school that day or take a brief walk around the school when they are dropped off.
- Food, hot beverages and giveaways always add to the fun!
- Prior to the event, or once outside, use warm-up exercises to get all walkers ready to walk.
- Document your event with photos or videos. Get permission from your participants in advance and post your photos and videos on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #WinterWalkDay.
Tips for winter walking
- Wear warm, appropriate clothing and ensure your footwear has a good grip on ice.
- Dress in layers. Over-dressing is better than under-dressing as clothing can always be removed if you get too hot.
- Wear bright colors so drivers can see you, such as safety vests, clothing with reflective strips, bright scarves or neck warmers, gloves or toques.
- Ensure your head and hands are covered.
- Ensure vehicles have come to a complete stop and make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street—many intersections are slippery.
What if it is too cold to walk outside?
- It is too cold to walk outside if the temperature including wind chill falls below -25° C.
- If it is too cold, you can postpone your walk to later in the day.
- If it doesn’t warm up later in the day, you might want to walk in a school gym or hallways, local recreation centre or local mall. Make it fun by using use pedometers and playing music
After your event
- Simply count the number of steps and total minutes you or your group walked and submit them to SHAPE online at www.winterwalkday.ca
- Thank ALL your volunteers, for without them the event wouldn’t be successful!
- Make walking part of your daily routine.
- Start a walking club or Walking School Bus.
- Plan your next walking event.
- Include walking clubs, activities or challenges as part of your organization’s wellness initiatives.