Got Balance In Your Life?

Physical balance is one of those body things that you don’t think much about until you start noticing you’re standing and walking a little off kilter. The good news is that for the most part, physical balance can be re-learned with exercise techniques like the one illustrated in the photo.

On January 8th at 1:30 pm in Room A of the Wellness Centre, Donna St John will be introducing a set of helpful balance exercises that will surely improve your balance abilities.

Please plan to join us. Wear comfortable clothing, runners if you have them and bring along some water to stay hydrated. Each exercise is safe and just like in the picture, you’ll use a chair as a support when needed.

This meeting promises to be fun with a whole lot of helpful balance exercise take-aways.

See you on the 8th. don


‘STEADY ON YOUR FEET’. Fitness coach Donna St John returns again to introduce us to the importance of balance in our physical movements.

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.

Starting at 1:30 pm in Room A of the Wellness Centre.

Additional important program note – Cardiologist Dr Karen Wagner returns on the evening of April 2nd to discuss ‘Women and Heart Disease: What’s New?’ This event is open to the public and will attract a large audience once again. This event starts at 630 pm. Mark this discussion in your calendar. Bring your friends. We are pleased to acknowledge the sponsorship of the Peterborough Family Health Team and the City of Peterborough’s Wellness Centre.


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


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.



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.