Fighting diabetes one step at a time, join the Mocc Walk
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), is encouraging people to combat diabetes through its annual Mocc Walk.
Running until June 30, people must register themselves, or a group of four, for the event.
Participants earn one point for every 10 minutes walked to earn prizes.
“It’s open to everyone; children, elders, youth, adults. You can enter as a family. You can enter as a workplace team. You can enter a bunch of friends,” explained Sunset Women’s Aboriginal Circle (SWAC) Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program worker Candi Edwards.
SWAC is a local of ONWA.
Edwards said the Mocc Walk has been taking place for about 10 years.
“The SWAC office and the ONWA staff here locally have participated every year,” she said.
“We have historically done rather well here in Sioux Lookout. We’ve had some women that have won running shoes, a child that won a bike,” she added.
Diabetes is a major concern for Aboriginal people. ONWA Aboriginal Diabetes Education Coordinator Robert Fenton shared in a message to ONWA offices, “Aboriginal people are three to four times more likely to experience Type 2 diabetes than non-Aboriginal Canadians.”
He went on to share, “Although it is increasingly common in First Nations people, diabetes can be prevented and/or managed by walking a balanced life; eating a healthy diet; living an active lifestyle; and having a positive attitude.”
Through this walking challenge, ONWA hopes to increase diabetes awareness and promote physical activity among Aboriginal people in Ontario.
To register, visit the ONWA website at www.onwa.ca.
“If it’s easier, they can also come down here to the office and register with us,” Edwards said. The SWAC office is located at 26 Second Avenue North.