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The Mood Walker – Issue 4 – October 2014

Fall is upon us. Although summer has come to an end, fall brings its own unique pleasures — the beauty of changing leaves, the crisp autumn air, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot. Many regard this as the best time of year for a hike! While some Mood Walks groups may be finished for this […]




Mood Walks profiled on EENet

In the latest Evidence in Action, EENet’s Tatyana Krimus profiles how the evidence on the benefits of physical activity in individuals with mental health problems helped to develop CMHA Ontario’s Mood Walks program. Evidence in Action profiles knowledge generation, exchange, and implementation activities across Ontario. Visit EENet to read Mood Walks – Hiking for Health.




The Mood Walker – Issue 3 – September 2014

It’s been an exciting time for Mood Walks! We continue to hear positive feedback from groups, and have included some of those remarks in this issue. The CMHA Elgin group was interviewed by Kerry McKee of CBC Radio for the August 13 edition of Ontario Morning (listen to the podcast at cbc.ca). In addition, Mood […]




Mood Walks profiled on CBC Radio

CMHA Ontario’s Mood Walks program was recently featured in a CBC Radio broadcast. CMHA Elgin staff and program participants spoke to CBC Ontario Morning about the effectiveness of the program in their community. Participants told CBC correspondent Kerry McKee that the nature walks coordinated by the program bring a sense of calm and focus to […]




The Mood Walker – Issue 2 – August 2014

Welcome to our second issue of The Mood Walker! We would like to thank those who contributed to this edition—  we have an update from the Homewood crew, and Aileen Barclay, a Forest Education Specialist from York Region, has provided some helpful tips for recognizing bird calls. We have included information about upcoming Healthy Hikes events in your area, as well as tips about sun safety, hydration, and ways to stay safe and “Leave No Trace” when you are out on a walk.




The Mood Walker – Issue 1 – July 2014

Welcome to our first edition of the Mood Walks newsletter! Although groups may be at different stages of development – some in the planning phase and others actively hiking – we hope this newsletter offers something for everyone. In this issue, we will hear from the Mood Walks group in Elgin County, review opportunities to […]




Mood Walks Webinar and Call for Proposals

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE MOOD WALKS INFORMATION SESSION. » Webinar Slides (February 21, 2014) (PDF) » Call for Proposals Are you interested in starting a walking group for older adults living with a mental illness? Join us for a one-hour information webinar on Friday, February 21, at 11 am, to find out […]




Conservation Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association Partner on new Mood Walks initiative!

NEWMARKET — The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has received $150,000 in provincial funding to develop and implement a new educational walking and hiking program for older adults living with mental illness. Many of these walks will be taking place in Conservation Areas across Ontario. Funding for the project was provided through the […]