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Mood Walks presents exciting opportunity for mental health organizations

March 13, 2014

moodwalksA new CMHA Ontario initiative is offering resources and support for mental health organizations to create an innovative new program.

Mood Walks, a collaboration with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, is offering the opportunity for 30 community mental health organizations to launch educational walking groups for older adults (age 50+) to promote both promote physical and mental health. Walking groups will start in spring 2014, and members will have an opportunity to receive free Safe Hiker training from Hike Ontario, visit local trails and conservation areas, and participate in Conservation Ontario’s 2014 Healthy Hikes campaign.

Research has shown that sustained physical activity contributes to long lasting benefits such as physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. The Mood Walks program aims to reduce barriers and create opportunities for adults between 50 and 65 years of age to be physically active.

If your organization is interested in hosting a walking group for older adults living with mental health conditions, visit the Mood Walks website to find out how your organization can participate. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 21, 2014.

Mood Walks is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, in partnership with Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.

For more information, contact Andrea Town at moodwalks@gmail.com.

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