Gateway Gazette

When it’s Icy – do the Penguin Walk!

Walk like a Penguin:

Deep freeze temperatures and sheets of ice may not inspire feelings of safety and comfort. Most of us have known someone – if not ourselves – who has fallen and been seriously injured on ice.  In fact, from April 2013 – March 2014, injuries caused by falls on ice and/or snow accounted for 16,910 visits to Alberta Emergency Departments!

But, this doesn’t mean that hibernating is the safer bet.  Quite the opposite: being sedentary contributes to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and unhealthy weight gain.

This winter, Alberta Health Services is encouraging all Albertans to leave the hibernating to the bears, and to take a cue from some web-footed friends instead….

Enjoy the winter wonderland safely by learning the penguin walk!

Watch a great new short Penguin Walk animation from AHS (featuring their penguin friends) at www.penguinwalk.ca

And spread the word on social media and show Alberta how your family or school is doing the penguin walk, using #penguinwalk!

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