If you want to get out walking but back and leg problems are getting in the way, would you believe the Cochrane Public Library is the place to go?

Th library is lending out activator poles. Acting assistant to the CEO Ardis Proulx-Chedore says it’s in conjunction with the Porcupine Health Unit.

“It’s basically the same thing as the Nordic walking poles,” she explains, “or when people do urban walking.  It helps with support by bearing some of the weight on the poles themselves.

There’s an information package that explains the entire process.  And Proulx-Chedore says it combines exercise, learning and literacy.

“It’s really a good opportunity for the public to get to know about these things, like activator poles and it allows them to also participate in things like Walking Scrabble as well with them.”

And like a book, all it takes to borrow a pair of poles is a library card.