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.
Where Can I Borrow a Pedometer?
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 (PDF) »
Walking – the Activity of a Lifetime (PDF) »
Track your steps! Walk On Log Sheet (PDF) »
Recommended stepping guidelines – KGA steps bookmark (PDF) »