Ottawa – A diabetes educator from Espanola is helping people work toward better fitness using a novel approach that has gained a global audience, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes told parliament.
“Susan Clarke is a diabetes educator making a big difference in people’s lives,” said Hughes. “She noticed that people could easily find expert advice on education, nutrition, and stress management, but recognized a gap for those who needed to exercise.”
“Inspired by studies that showed using something as simple as 2 cans of soup to exercise just 10 minutes a day was beneficial for health and fitness, Susan put together a program for her clients, calling it From Soup to Tomatoes.”
She knew any program had to be free, easily accessible, designed to address mobility issues, and above all, be led by a professional to ensure safety and avoid injuries.
“13 years ago, classes started in Espanola. A few years later, the program began webcasting so people could exercise remotely, at home and in group settings.” said Hughes. “Now, with a website and a YouTube channel, From Soup to Tomatoes is helping people around the world become healthier while saving health care dollars.”
“The costs related to mobility issues can really pile up,” said Clarke. “Something as simple as a fall can cost the patient and our health care system thousands of dollars. This program helps avoid some of those instances and helps people see they can be healthier and feel better too.”
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