September 20, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
For the first three weeks of September, Arcare Parkinson organised a Steptember Walkathon to encourage walking as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Ute the residence physio ordered pedometers for every participating client and recorded their progress every single day.
There were organised walks as part of the activity calendar, and team members and family members were also encouraged to go walking with the client.
We invited a special guest, Kate from the Heart Foundation to give a talk on the benefits of walking.
Team members also noticed there was an increased number of steps on some of the client’s pedometers after the talk!
“During the program, we noticed that some of the clients were starting to eat healthier foods and make healthier choices. This Steptember Walkathon has really inspired them to rethink their lifestyles” Ute explained.
As the last organised walking activity, everyone put on some funky hats and dressed up as pirates to celebrate ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’.
As everyone walked to the nearby duck pond, where they got to enjoy a few laughs and ice blocks.
“You two must be the friendliest looking pirates I have ever seen!” client Lionel commented on JR and Jodie pirate costumes.
We concluded Steptember with an awards presentation, where certificates and gift vouchers were presented to the overall winners.
The first prize went to Sonia, second prize went to Geraldine and third prize to Barbara.
We also gave a teddy bear prize to client Ivy who had the least number of steps.
A big congratulations to all who participated!
In total, we achieved a whopping 281,847 steps together.
Everyone commented on how great it was to see people walking more and encouraging their friends to join them for that extra lap!
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.