'Walking, The Activity of a Lifetime' Booklet Translated into Five Different Languages
Organization Sponsor: Multicultural Interagency Group of Peel
Organization Partner: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (now Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)
This booklet is a handy tool that emphasizes embracing walking as a regular lifestyle activity. It's translated into Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Somali, and Spanish.
"There are almost as many reasons to walk as there are people who walk. People walk for pleasure, to stay in shape or manage their weight. Families explore the outdoors by walking together. Some people use walking as therapy for injured muscles or troubled feelings. People walk to explore, take a break, find adventure or get from here to there" - Walking booklet, English version.
Pedometer use is introduced as a tool to record and track steps on daily basis.
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotions
These five versions of the booklet will be distributed to local libraries, community centres, newcomer service agencies, and diverse community groups as well.
Diverse communities are growing rapidly in Peel, and some of their members experience language barriers and difficulty benefiting from resources in the two official languages. Participating in a healthy lifestyle program could be a bottom priority compared to their very immediate needs that have to be met.
The booklet was translated by key people from each community, who are involved in the health and social sectors and who are professionals in both English and their mother tongue languages. It was edited by an experienced group from the community.