Residents, staff, family members and volunteers attend BBQ and walk a portion of Trans Canada Trail in honour of the day
LINDSAY, Ont. – Not only did a Frost Manor outing on Saturday promote a healthy lifestyle for residents, it also supported walking trails and greenspace in the Lindsay area.
Nine residents were accompanied by several of the Lindsay long-term care home’s staff members, families and volunteers to the Auk’s Lodge courtyard at the Fleming College Frost Campus for a barbecue hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance in support of International Trails Day.
The venue is close to Frost Manor, so everyone made the trek on foot. Residents requiring wheelchairs were assisted by staff, family members and volunteers.
While there was a good turnout for the event, it was hard not to notice the fact that the Frost Manor contingent was the largest group at the event, something the home’s administrator Doneath Stewart and life enrichment co-ordinator Lyndsay Burton say they were proud of.
Dr. Peter Petrosoniak, Frost Manor’s physician and a representative of the Green Trails Alliance, thanked Lyndsay for organizing the home’s involvement in the event.
Following the barbecue, everyone from Frost Manor took a 10-minute stroll down a portion of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail before walking back to the home.
“We thought this would be a great way to engage with our community, with other people in the area, and with having all sorts of people with all abilities, we wanted to use the trail to promote that anybody can use the trails to promote an active lifestyle within all ages,” Lyndsay tells The OMNIway.
First honoured in 1992 by the American Hiking Society, International Trails Day is described on the Hike Ontario website as “a day dedicated to celebrate trails, their development, uses and the healthy lifestyle they encourage.”
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