Our Health & Fitness Allies

Keenfit joins with others to impact our society’s health & fitness

Keenfit – The Pole Walking Company is always looking for health & fitness allies to align itself with. Other companies, groups, organizations or associations that have similar health & fitness goals – that want to help make a difference in the level of society’s health & fitness today. We partner together to help educate, inspire, motivate and support people at all levels of health and fitness to be responsible for their own health and help them understand how it impacts not just their lives but the lives of everyone around them.

Below are some of the Health & Fitness Allies that we work together with to Help Raise the Fitness level of North America:

LLU (Loma Linda University Medical Center)

“Loma Linda University is a coeducational Health Sciences University located in Loma Linda, California, United States. Committed to further the healing and teaching “to make man whole” by applying biological, behavioral, physical, and environmental science knowledge to health and disease. All while providing comprehensive, competent and compassionate health care for the whole person.”

 


Osteoporosis Canada

“Osteoporosis Canada, a registered charity, is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works to educate, empower and support individuals and communities in the risk-reduction and treatment of osteoporosis.”

 

 


CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Project)

“The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) – formerly Coronary Health Improvement Project – is an affordable, lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar levels and reduce excess weight.”

 


Arthritis Society

“The Arthritis Society, has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years, and is dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis.”

 

 


SOSBIS (South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society)

“South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society, is a non-profit organization made up of brain injured people, family members, and professionals dedicated to assisting survivors and families to achieve the greatest level of independence and quality of life.”

 

 


Inspire Health

“Inspire Health, has a goal to provide the best care possible for people living with a diagnosis of cancer, and we will work together with you, your family doctor and oncologist. We are a not-for-profit and no referral is required. ”

 

 


Balance is my Biggest Challenge, because of the Effect of the Cancer Surgery on my Brain & Eyesight

I am a 68 year old Holistic Nurse, Mother, & Grandmother.  In April of 2005 my life changed as I... View Article

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Balance is my Biggest Challenge, because of the Effect of the Cancer Surgery on my Brain & Eyesight

I am a 68 year old Holistic Nurse, Mother, & Grandmother.  In April of 2005 my life changed as I was diagnosed with brain cancer, called Glioblastoma.

I was given a year to live, but it wasn’t my time to die. So, I had surgery, chemo and radiation, side effects and problems. When I first came home from rehab, my friend pushed me in a wheelchair. Sometimes I walked behind it, pushing it. I advanced to a wheeled walker.

One day, one of my daughters took me for a “walk” in an outdoor area. She had the idea of using regular ski Poles so I could get through the rough terrain. I continued to use the ski Poles and a special cane.

Then we found the Keenfit Walking Poles online. What a great thing! I could walk on hard surfaces without slipping. You see, balance is my biggest challenge. Because of the effect of the surgery on my brain and eyesight, if I look suddenly up, or to one side, I will lurch and lose my balance – but no more. As long as I have my Walking Poles, I am able to ‘catch myself’ before I’m in danger of falling.

I understand that as I build my core strength, my balance will improve. So, every day, I walk with my Poles. I’m able to go out independently and am safe. I live in the city of Royal Oak, MI which is a great walking community.

When I walk to the post office, library, drug store etc. it works best to wear a backpack so I can use both arms for my walking poles. I’ve started traveling to teach (healing) again, so when I fly, I just telescope the Walking Poles & put them in my suitcase.

The airport is good about riding me in a wheelchair and I carry a cane for short requirements. I contacted Keenfit, suggesting that they promote their products to rehab establishments, or whereever. I think my balance is improving…maybe because my body is used to walking better.

It’s been more than three years since my original surgery and diagnosis….and I’m doing great. I believe the cancer is behind me but the balance problem is still with me. For me, prayer and healing were the keys to my recovery along with my attitude. Just don’t believe everything the doctors say. I believe I will continue to be well. Only the good die young, and I’m way past that. So, I guess I’ll just keep on walking.

Kathy – age 68
Royal OakMichigan – US