February Meeting Reminder

The meeting on Wednesday February 12th is an important one. Our only topic is discussion around what kinds of benefits and activities you would like to get from the peer group in the next year or so.

See you at the Wellness Center at 1:30 PM on Wednesday February 12th.

We need your thoughts and ideas!

We are currently pulling together our plans for the next year or so. The plans are important as they are used to show potential resource partners why they should support us. They are also important to ensure we are delivering the information and activities that peer group members want. So put on your thinking caps and come prepared to talk about what you want from the peer group at our February 12th meeting.





Mike Hammond, on behalf of the Steering Committee, will facilitate an active discussion about some key elements of our draft Business Plan for 2020/21. This is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions about how our group can best meet your heart-healthy lifestyle needs. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.



All of us have been confronted with the realization that we have cardiovascular disease, and as a result, many aspects of our lifestyle choices and patterns must change. Once again, Don will facilitate a sharing discussion about what physical and feeling strategies worked for us and why. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.



We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Karen Wagner, a cardiologist from the Kawartha Cardiac Clinic. While continuing to share her knowledge about women and heart health, Karen will bring us updates on exciting new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This evening session is open to the public and, based on last year’s meeting, we expect there will be a large number of people attending. This evening session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 6:30 pm.

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Alex Burghardt, a Registered Dietician from the Peterborough Family Health Team, will guide us in a more in-depth examination of why our choices to use salt, fat, sugar or alcohol do not contribute to a heart-healthy lifestyle. This session will be held in the Board Room of the Peterborough Family Health Team (185 King Street, Suite 500) beginning at 1:30 pm.



With the growing popularity of cannabis use among Canadians, cardiac patients want to know if pot is a heart-healthy product for personal use. In a University Health Network video on the topic, Dr. Paul Oh discusses the latest scientific and clinical information about the impact of marijuana use on the heart. Following the video, Dr. Bryce Miller, a local pharmacist and Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group member, will answer our questions about cannabis use. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.


Strength training builds more than muscles

I came across this article on the Harvard Medical School website. It is always a good reminder. As we age we lose more than muscle mass!

Most of us know that strength training (with free weights, weight machines, or resistance bands) can help build and maintain muscle mass and strength. What many of us don’t know is that strong muscles lead to strong bones. And strong bones can help minimize the risk of fracture due to osteoporosis.

A combination of age-related changes, inactivity, and inadequate nutrition conspire to gradually steal bone mass, at the rate of 1% per year after age 40. As bones grow more fragile and susceptible to fracture, they are more likely to break after even a minor fall or a far less obvious stress, such as bending over to tie a shoelace.

Osteoporosis should be a concern for all of us. An estimated eight million women and two million men in the United States have osteoporosis. It is now responsible for more than two million fractures each year, and experts expect that number will rise. Hip fractures are usually the most serious. Six out of 10 people who break a hip never fully regain their former level of independence. Even walking across a room without help may become impossible.

Numerous studies have shown that strength training can play a role in slowing bone loss, and several show it can even build bone. This is tremendously useful to help offset age-related declines in bone mass. Activities that put stress on bones can nudge bone-forming cells into action. That stress comes from the tugging and pushing on bone that occur during strength training (as well as weight-bearing aerobic exercises like walking or running). The result is stronger, denser bones.

And strength training, in particular, has bone benefits beyond those offered by aerobic weight-bearing exercise. It targets bones of the hips, spine, and wrists, which are the sites most likely to fracture. What’s more, resistance workouts — particularly those that include moves emphasizing power and balance — enhance strength and stability. That can boost confidence, encourage you to stay active, and reduce fractures another way — by cutting down on falls.



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.

Strength and Power Training for Older Adults – December Meeting Reminder

Our December meeting will be at 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center on December 11th.

Our subject area expert will be Nuri Bonada. Nuri is a rehab graduate and member of our peer group. She is a personal trainer at the wellness center and many of her clients are “older adults”.

At the meeting you will learn;

  1. What strength and power training are and what they can do for you

  2. How aging changes our muscle profile

  3. The many benefits of strength and power training

  4. The specific role of strength and power training in reducing heart disease risk

During the meeting Nuri will lead us through some strength and power training so make sure you are medically cleared to exercise and bring your favorite bands or hand weights.

You will leave the meeting with a personalized action plan for 2020 and tips on staying motivated.

Note: All information presented is courtesy of Harvard Medical School.

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