A University of Prince Edward Island professor is sharing some tips on how to avoid slipping on icy sidewalks and streets this winter.

Kinesiologist Rebecca Reed-Jones, who teaches applied human sciences, said people can take a lesson from penguins when it comes to avoiding falls on slippery surfaces.

"You want to reduce the amount of time you spend on one foot," said Reed Jones.

"Almost shuffle as you're walking across the ice."

People should also take note of how penguins square their shoulders and take tiny steps.

If all strategies fail and you do fall, said Reed-Jones, consider getting checked out by a doctor if any pain from the fall persists for more than a couple of hours.