Kingston residents who want to get a move on can measure their progress with the help of the pedometer lending programs at Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries and the Seniors Centre. Pedometers count the wearer’s steps during physical activity and have been successfully used to motivate and increase walking and physical activity patterns.

The pedometer lending program was the first in a series of initiatives that are part of the ACTIVE2010 Kingston Gets Active strategy. Community partners involved in pedometer lending programs include Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health, the YMCA of Kingston, City of Kingston, Queen’s University, Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries, and the Seniors Association Kingston Region.iStock_000009329788Medium

The following library branches have pedometers: Calvin Park, Central, Isabel Turner, Kingscourt, and Pittsburgh. Additionally, pedometers can be checked out from any other branch by placing a hold. Residents can use their library card to borrow a pedometer for three weeks and can renew their loan for up to nine weeks, depending on demand. They will also receive an information packet with instructions on how to use the pedometer and information on walking as a form of exercise.

Chief Librarian and CEO, Deborah Defoe, thinks the lending program is a natural fit for the library because “libraries are active community participants, and we are concerned about the health of the communities we serve.”

* Pedometers can also be borrowed at the Seniors Centre (56 Francis St.) by members of the Seniors Association Kingston Region. 

Pedometer Lending Video for Librarians:

This video is designed for Kingston Frontenac Public Library staff who would like to know more about how and why to use a pedometer, and what resources to include in the accompanying packet (3:51 minutes).

Instructional Video for Setting up a Pedometer Lending Program at your Community Library:

A video for any community library outside of the Kingston area who is interested in starting up their own pedometer lending program (3:25 minutes).

Pedometer Packet Resources

Use and Care of the Pedometer

Walking- the Activity of a Lifetime

Trails guide to the KFL&A area, Trails-at-a-Glance 

Track your steps! Walk On Log Sheet

Recommended stepping guidelines KGA steps bookmark

Library evaluation of pedometer lending program The Walking Challenge Questionnaire

Voulez-vous marcher plus ? Pourquoi ne pas mesurer votre progrès à l’aide du programme de prêt pédomètre.

Les pédomètres vous permettent de compter vos pas pendant la journée. Ils peuvent être utilisés pour motiver l’utilisateur à augmenter son niveau d’activité physique. Empruntez un pédomètre à votre bibliothèque locale pour compter le numéro de pas que vous faîtes chaque jour. Inscrivez vos résultats dans le registre téléchargeable et essayez de marcher plus !  Les résidents de Kingston peuvent utiliser leur carte de bibliothèque pour emprunter un pédomètre pour une durée de trois semaines et renouveler leur prêt jusqu’à neuf semaines.

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Resources (en anglais)

Use and Care of the Pedometer

Walking- the Activity of a Lifetime

Trails guide to the KFL&A area, Trails-at-a-Glance 

Track your steps! Walk On Log Sheet

Recommended stepping guidelines KGA steps bookmark

Library evaluation of pedometer lending program The Walking Challenge Questionnaire

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