Educational Events – January to June 2020

STEADY ON YOUR FEET – IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE

Donna St. John – Certified Fitness Coach

January 8th – The Wellness Centre – 1:30 pm

Donna will discuss the importance of all adults achieving and maintaining practical physical balancing skills. Gaining a better balance is a critical ingredient in effective fall prevention. Helpful balancing exercises will be practiced. Please wear comfortable clothing, as some balancing practice will occur. Q+A to follow.

WOMEN AND HEART HEALTH – REVISITED

Dr. Karen Wagner – Cardiologist

February 12th – The Wellness Centre – 7 pm

Karen will be revisiting her popular evening of teaching and discussion about heart health in women. Last February, her talk packed our meeting room and created a buzz of excitement and honest enquiry about this topic. You asked us if Karen would do it again and we’ve listened. Come out, bring your friends. Q+A to follow.

PLANT-BASED FOOD – CAN IT EVER TASTE ANY GOOD?

March 11th – Location tba

[this is a ‘Munch and Learn’ event. The content is still under development]

DIABETES AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

April 8th – The Wellness Centre  – 1:30 pm

[the event content is still under development]

DEALING WITH NUTRITIONAL TRAPS – SALT, FAT, SUGAR AND BOOZE

Tiffany Watson – Registered Dietician – Peterborough Family Health Team

May 13th – Board Room, PFHT – 1:30 pm

Our daily nutritional choices often contain unhealthy quantities of salt, sugar, fat and alcohol. Tiffany will review the known health risks for each of these ingredients. Strategies to reduce or eliminate these harmful elements from our diet will be discussed. The current trend of plant-based meat alternatives will be commented upon. Q+A to follow.

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. OUR YEAR IN REVIEW+GOING FORWARD

Our executive group – Mike, Peter, Don, Helen and John

June 3rd – The Wellness Centre – 1:30 pm

Before we end our program cycle and pause for the summer, we are checking out the takeaway learning from our program events so far. The discussion will help inform topic choices for our next program cycle beginning in September. It’s also the ideal opportunity to get feedback on how our program events and resource people have met some of your essential needs to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

SUMMER BREAK

June 4th to September 9th, 2020

OUR EDUCATION EVENTS CALENDAR IS CHANGING

Hi everyone. Our previously published Educational Program calendar has been removed from the website. An updated version will very soon be posted for your reference and convenience.

In recent weeks, it’s sometimes felt like I was herding cats! An almost impossible task! I’ve had to make a few changes in our published calendar as topics need to change, dates need to be switched and our planned resource people are not available.

While most of our original schedule has remained intact, a few of our planned event topics have changed. I think we are very close to having the revised schedule confirmed by all parties. In other words – all our known cats have been successfully herded for your healthy heart benefit.

Watch for news of our revised event schedule coming to your Inbox in the coming days.

Don Herald – Chair – Heart Healthy Education Program

EXERCISE AND VASCULAR HEALTH

October 9th – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Rooms A and B – The Sport and Wellness Centre

Join Exercise Therapist Stephanie Gibson from the Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program for an informative session. Learn how vascular disease develops, the risk factors and how exercise can help prevent and/or manage cardiovascular disease.

This Book Is Available To You

Everyone who reads it, has positive things to say about it. We now have the yellow copy (for men) available on loan. Let us know if you’d like to reserve it. There is also a women’s version (pink cover) in circulation among our members, but at the moment it is unavailable. Let us know if you’d like to put your name on the wait list.

Heart Health and Yoga

Chair Yoga classes are now available at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. Check out their Fall calendar online or pick-up a copy at the front desk.

In our September meeting, Donna St. John, our stretching instructor, brought this following quote to our attention:

Overall, people who took yoga classes saw improvement in a number of factors that affect heart disease risk. They lost an average of five pounds, shaved five points off their blood pressure, and lowered their levels of harmful LDL cholesterol by twelve points.

Check out the complete article at the Harvard Heart Health Newsletter, February 28, 2017. The above quote is from an article – ‘More Than A Stretch: Yoga’s Benefits May Extend To The Heart’ – by Judy Corliss.

FEEL GREAT – IT’S JUST A STRETCH AWAY…

BEND – DON’T BREAK

Join us this Wednesday afternoon, September 11th, in Room ‘C’ at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm. Please note the room change.

Stretching is the foundation of your aerobic and strength exercises. In order to be active and exercise your heart, you need to be able to bend your arms and legs, use your feet and move your spine.

Wellness Centre Fitness Instructor Donna St. John will introduce us to heart-healthy and safe stretching techniques. Technique demonstrations and excellent handouts.

Please dress in comfortable clothes as there will be some practice of a few stretching exercises. If you have runners, wear those too. Don’t worry if you have some mobility limitations. Donna will suggest adaptations to any of technique that best fits your movement abilities.

Don Herald will provide an interesting update on our important planning and community partnership activities over the summer.