Walk Away Stress: Urban Poling on Campus Research Study

August 19, 2016

Please read about a new research study for employees at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, at the North Campus. The aim of the study is to determine if urban poling (also known as Nordic walking) is a suitable workplace fitness program to address overall wellbeing of employees at the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College. Please see the attached poster and information letter outlining details of this study. 

Why Urban Poling?

There is growing research to support that urban poling results in enhanced mood, increased self-esteem and social interaction, contributing to better overall sense of well-being. What is more, walking with Urban poles increases energy levels and exercise tolerance, it is an excellent activity that motivates people to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine. Importantly this activity is easy and fun! 

If you would like to learn more about this study and would like more information on how to participate please email agnes.coutinho@guelphhumber.ca

What will be asked of you?... 

  • Start Date: September 2016 onwards
  • Commitment: at least 2 urban poling sessions/week for 8 weeks (at least 15 min each)
  • Complete anonymous questionnaires at start and end of study (~30 min)
  • Complete daily anonymous online survey Mon-Fri during the 8 weeks (~2 min/day)
  • Pre-scheduled group sessions or on your own, on campus during weekdays

What is in it for YOU?... 
… Research shows that Urban Poling can:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety & depression
  • Improve sleep & help fight fatigue
  • Help achieve healthy weight loss/management
  • Encourage positive self-esteem & self-image
  • Promote overall health and wellness (cardiovascular/muscular/flexibility & body composition) 

This project has been approved by the Humber Research Ethics Board (PR-0089). If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Dr. Paul Griffin, REB Chair, 416.675.6622 x3226, paul.griffin@humber.ca.