Another Successful Year at the 29th Magna Hoedown!

The weekend we’ve all been waiting for has come and gone. Another Hoedown has past, and what a weekend it was! This past September 15th and 16th marked the 29th annual Magna Hoedown. A BIG thank you to the @MagnaHoedown and those who came out this past weekend to support Walk It Off and the other 19 local charities participating. Like previous years, the food, entertainment and overall atmosphere was nothing short of amazing.

On Friday night, you would have had the opportunity to listen to some amazing young local talent during the Hoedown Showdown. It must have been a tough night for the judges because I know we were impressed with each and every one of the competitors, it must have been a difficult task to choose a winner. In the end it was 16 year old John Anderson from Barrie, Ontario that took home the Grand Prize valued at over $20, 000! To learn more about John click here.

Friday night was also a night to showcase 2016 Showdown winner Mac Shepherd and Canadian artist and Headliner Chad Brownlee who did not disappoint. You may have even seen our volunteers from all corners of the venue whether it be in the Junction or the Environmental Helpers jamming out all evening.

On Saturday night, the amazing line-up was The James Barker Band, Dani Strong and John Anderson who opened for Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Another great night with great music and amazing food. The Texas- Style BBQ Dinner had a range of variety from pulled pork sandwiches, chicken breasts, chilli and salads; made you want to go back for seconds.

Our volunteers really outdid themselves with the effort they put into their tasks. Walk It Off sold a total of 141 books of raffle tickets this year; 41 more than our set goal! At the event we were able to sell 26 books! Unfortunately, the winning ticket was not amongst our allotment of tickets sold. Better luck next year!

A special thank you to Volunteer Coordinator and Walk It Off Board Member Wally Kemp, for finding and organizing volunteers to represent Walk It Off at the Hoedown. You made a big task look easy! Thank you to those from the Walk It Off community who took the initiative to help us with the big task of selling event and raffle tickets; and to those who took time out of their weekend to volunteer at the event itself. You may have met some of our amazing volunteers throughout the weekend roaming around selling tickets, stationed the Junction area, cleaning up or setting up. Cumulatively, all efforts to help an event run smoothly, and for that we are grateful.

Thank You Magna!

In addition, we would like to congratulate the the wonderful coordinating Staff at Neighbourhood Network and our Volunteer coordinator, Tracey Scott for another successful year for the Magna Hoedown. Thank you for putting in countless hours to support your local community and being available for each individual charity throughout this process.

This year’s event was able to raise $534, 000 for twenty local charities serving York Region; and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all of you! This is our second year participating in the Hoedown and we couldn’t be happier!

Stay tuned for the big reveal of our portion of the proceeds and how we will put it to use!

Walk It Off is more than a clinic, it is a community. It is at times like this when we are so proud of how we come together in order to continue to improve our services and equipment. We are thankful for the community that has developed within Walk It Off that continues to support our efforts to provide an affordable cutting edge services to those living with neurological disorders.

You can connect with us by email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the site. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages and our YouTube Channel too and join in the conversation!

Yeehaw!
Kristina Georgiopoulos
Walk It Off Facility Assistant

A Huge Thank You to Magna International!

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On behalf of Walk It Off, we would like to thank Manga International for its outstanding philanthropy.  The 2016 Magna Hoedown provided a magnificent weekend of music and fun for the community, and a fantastic fundraising platform for local charities and not-for-profit organizations on September 16th and 17th . Continue reading

Walk It Off Visits Project Walk Orlando!

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As many of you know, our SCI Recovery Trainers, Taylor, Alyssa and Rebecca, went down to Orlando for the last week of January to visit our friends at Project Walk!  If you are unaware of Walk It Off’s origin, Heather and Kevin went down to Project Walk in 2009 shortly after Kevin’s accident.  While at Project Walk, they were amazed by the innovative physical therapy Kevin received that was focused specifically on spinal cord injury recovery.  After their time at Project Walk, Heather and Kevin decided this special type of therapy needed to be available in Canada and that’s how Walk It Off was born. Continue reading

Walk It Off has Been Chosen as a Donation Recipient!

fundraisers Walk it OffWalk It Off has been chosen as a recipient of your donations! The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be kicking off another gift-wrapping service at Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall from November 27-December 24. They will be located on the bottom floor near Santa’s Village.

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Celebrating 3 Years at Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery Wellness Centre!

27139389_sa copyOn Wednesday January 21, 2015, Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre will be celebrating 3 years of operation, making a difference in the lives of people who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). To showcase our achievements, we cordially invite you to attend our Open House on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015. Drop in from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

We would not be where we are today without the hard work and generosity of our many supporters. There are so many who have made Walk It Off what it is today; by volunteering their time, participating in our many fundraisers and many who have supported us with monetary donations. Our clients and their families make Walk It Off a unique environment. There is so much positivity and support which we see on a daily basis. We cannot forget the amazing group of SCI Recovery Trainers who have made the program such a success and made a difference in our clients’ recovery process. Continue reading

4th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

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Walk If Off will be holding our 4th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Newmarket, Ontario. This is a chip-timed event for all who want to race. Walkers and Rollers can come out and get some exercise for a good cause (strollers and leashed pets are welcome). Walk It Off asks for pledge collection from our participants to help our cause but we also offer the option for participants to collect pledges for specific Walk It off clients. One hundred percent of Pledge collections for Walk It Off clients go directly on credit to that individual’s account at Walk It Off.

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Importance of Standing for Those with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)

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In a previous post we talked about the importance of standing for those who have decreased mobility. We talked about the benefits standing has on preventing and slowing the process and osteoporosis and joint contractures (joint immobility).

At Walk It Off, our entire program is out of the wheelchair.  We incorporate not only standing in a session but other weight bearing activities with the body in various planes. The attraction to our facility is not just about the equipment we use for standing, but the one-on-one personal attention that our program calls for. We get EVERYONE up on his or her feet!

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Decreased Bone Mineral Density & Joint Contractures for Those with SCIs

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In our last blog post, we talked about the potential complications of immobility for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs).  In this blog post, we’ll elaborate on issues such as decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and the potential for joint contractures (joint immobility).

Bone Mineral Density

In a healthy individual, the body goes through a cycle of reabsorbing minerals from the bones to use (or in a sense, borrow) for other bodily functions and processes to keep the body in homeostasis (regulating properly). The body then replaces the minerals, adding them back to the bone. At about the age of 30, bone density starts to slowly decrease, as the body reabsorbs the minerals faster than it can be replaced in the bone. There are other factors that may speed bone density loss, such as:

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