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Participants rejoice at Wellness Walk

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Taber Times

On Oct. 10, Taber Community Against Drugs (TCAD) held its annual Wellness Walk for community members to come out and support getting in shape, while making healthy choices. The 6th annual event started out and ended at the Taber Community Centre, with featured improv guest speakers the Drama Nutz from Lethbridge and a free lunch for participants, made up of mostly students from Horizon School Division and Holy Spirit Catholic School Division.

“It actually went really well. We must have had probably about 830 people. It was a really great turn out,” said Wendy Noble, chair of TCAD and the Community Wellness Walk committee.

This year, students supplied responses to questions asked by TCAD in an official evaluation form after the walk was completed. Usually, in past years, teachers would provide feedback on the wellness focused event but this year Noble noted students and teachers will provide valuable feedback, which will steer the direction of future Wellness Walks in Taber.

“So far the vast majority of the evaluations are — students really enjoyed the guest speakers and they enjoyed the lunch,” said Noble, adding the students seemed to really enjoy the Drama Nutz too, as the improv group was quite interactive with the audience.

Noble said the Wellness Walk will continue next year, with TCAD looking at all the completed evaluations submitted by teachers and students.

“We continuously try to strive to improve the Wellness Walk, to accommodate as many as we can,” said Noble, while making sure anyone who participates in the walk is safe, especially with an increase in the crowds taking part in the Wellness Walk.

In the meantime, TCAD continues to get the message out — teaching students they have the power to make healthy choices and the power to be able to choose which direction in life to take.

“Hopefully, teaching them about healthy choices, allows them to do that,” said Noble. TCAD also visits schools prior to the Wellness Walk each year to present information about TCAD and the reason for the walk.

Issues regarding drug use and other related aspects are constantly in every community, according to Noble, the Wellness Walk is simply one activity to bring awareness.

“I think everyone enjoyed it,” added Noble.

TCAD is made up of members from the Taber Police Service, Taber/Vauxhall RCMP, Family and Community Support Services, Taber Victim Services, Family Connections, Scotiabank, the Town of Taber and community members.

TCAD will also be holding a “lunch and learn” pilot project at the beginning of the New Year.

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