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Find Your Stride program supports active, healthy living

Area residents can take steps toward better fitness by participating in a free eight-week program starting next month.
The Find Your Stride program is a walking and running program for individuals who use tobacco or who have recently quit.
Suitable for all fitness levels, the program provides the tools participants need to become physically active and improve their overall health and quality of life.
Participants are not required to quit tobacco as part of the program, however, as they embrace a healthy activity, such as walking or running, they may be more likely to let go of unhealthy habits, such as using tobacco.
Group sessions will be held once a week for two hours and will be led by a facilitator.
Each session will include a combination of walking, running and stretching regimes.
There is also an education component where participants can discuss topics including the benefits of physical activity, goal-setting, healthy eating, injury prevention, information on tobacco and cessation, and how to remain active.
There are many health benefits to regular physical activity, including reduced risk of chronic conditions and premature death.
Evidence also shows that physical activity can help reduce nicotine cravings.
Find Your Stride will be offered Mondays from April 11 to June 6 between 7-9 p.m. at the YMCA, 515 Stafford Dr. S.
To learn more or register, call 1-855-943-6718.
Find Your Stride is offered by Alberta Health Services in partnership with Chinook Primary Care Network, Campbell Clinics and the Lethbridge YMCA.