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Itís That Time of Year Again! by Susan Shular, Heart Health Co-ordinator

The 8th Annual Grey-Bruce Heart Health "Challenge the Proís" is being planned for June 24th from 12 - 5 p.m. @ the CAW Centre in Port Elgin. This event isnít just for those interested in sports and athletics. Itís for people of all ages, all walks of life, and all levels of physical ability.

For example, some of the attractions being planned for this year include a Hearts to Health Expo with interactive displays, a dynamic stage show with a variety of Grey-Bruce talent, free draws for autographed sports paraphernalia, and a silent auction. There will also be low-fat foods to try, and information about a variety of health related topics.

In fact, one doesnít have to be athletic in the slightest to learn tips on a vast assortment of physical activities such as soccer, baseball, lacrosse, hockey, horseshoes, gymnastics, basketball, track & field, Tai-Chi, kayaking, etc. and take advantage of the opportunity to meet elite athletes from Grey-Bruce and beyond.

Some of the athletes being featured this year include; Jayna Hefford, Lori Dupuis, & Vicky Sunohara of the Womenís National Hockey Team, Laura Nichols Canadian Swimming record holder, Jimmie Georgas World Track Duathalon Champion, Dan Aubin & Brett Thomlinson performing the Toronto Raptors' half time slam-dunk show, John Craig provincial gymnastics champion with Huron Shores Gymnastics Club, Joy McNichol of the Canadian Womenís Basketball Team with local stars Kyla Rutherford and Tara Fleming, Karen Snelgrove World Class Softball Pitcher, Glen Clark & Dan Ladouceur of the Toronto Rocks Lacrosse Team and many, many moreÖ

The Honda Hit-Run & Throw competition will be available as well as Hockey Hall of Fameís "Showdown Electronic Goalie".

This event is FREE and always fun! Itís a great opportunity for families to play and learn together. After all the best activity for you is the one that you will do. So come out and try some new activities and learn more about ones you enjoy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is working to bring this day together. It wouldnít be possible without the support received from numerous community volunteers: Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Municipal Telephone Systems, and the Bruce Grey Owen Sound Health Unit, to name a few. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the CAW Family Education Centre for hosting this event for the 8th year.

SEE YOU ON THE 24th!!!!!!!!!!!

Lace up those Sneakers and Walk the Walk!

by Susan Miller, Public Health Nurse

May 12th 2000 marked the launch of SummerActive 2000. Members of the Active Living Alliance kicked off the 5 week initiative by organizing Sneaker Day Poker Walks in Owen Sound, Walkerton and Hanover. A Moon Walk was held in Stokes Bay.

300 residents of the two counties participated in the events. Poker Walk participants followed a map, and picked up a card at each of five stations. Prizes were awarded for the best poker hands and the oldest and grubbiest sneakers.

Trophies went to workplaces that had the highest percentage of employee participation. The weather was fabulous, and everyone enjoyed the 20 minute activity break in their day. SummerActive is a provincial initiative which aim

to get people to be more physically active on a regular basis.

EATING OUT by Liz Owen, Public Health Nurse

Are you a Bruce or Grey resident who would like to help reduce our high rate of heart disease? Are you concerned about cholesterol levels, achieving or maintaining a lower weight, preventing adult-onset diabetes or gallbladder disease?

Reducing the average amount of fat that we consume is one lifestyle change that would help to lower the risk of these diseases. And itís one lifestyle change that you may find challenging if you like to eat out. Restaurant meals tend to be higher in fat and often limited in healthy choices. Yet, we know that Canadians now spend about one third of their food dollars on take-out or restaurant meals!

Here are some suggestions for eating out without jeopardizing your health!

Watch for the new Grey Bruce Heart Health "Eat Smart" program. Some area restaurants will qualify for this program in 2001.


The GOOD FOOD BOX or getting a BANG for your buck!

by Lynda Bumstead, Public Health Dietitian

The Good Food Box is a fresh produce purchase and distribution system that goes further than most. Yes, being involved allows you to benefit from collective buying power by purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices from suppliers and local growers. But the Good Food Box goes beyond "good food for good value" and makes good food "easy and affordable".

The way the Good Food Box program works is this:

Prepayment at the beginning of each month, and delivery of the box midway through, assures the household of a wealth of fresh and nutritious produce. Upon further examination, anyone who wants to get the most out of their dollars (or a bang for their buck!) will be attracted to the whole concept.

You are encouraged to assist with the purchasing and packing of the boxes. One of the main goals is to keep the cost of the box low, so volunteers are an important part of the process.

The Good Food Box was founded with the aim of improving access to fresh, nutritious and affordable foods.

Physical Activity Guide for Children and Youth Under Development

Source: The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, Sport Nova Scotia and The Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

A third version of Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living is being developed with the health needs of our nation's children and youth in mind.

Following on the heels of the successful launches of the Guide and the Guide for Older Adults, the new version for children and youth will attempt to address the critical issue of low physical activity levels among young Canadians.

Two-thirds of Canadian children aren't active enough for optimal growth and development, and both children and youth are spending an increasing amount of time sitting inside watching television, playing computer games, and surfing the Internet instead of being physically active. About equal numbers of children (ages 5-12) and youth (ages 13-17) are inactive. Overall, more girls than boys are inactive, mainly among teenagers. (CFLRI, 1998)

In fact, a recent study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that the average Canadian child is sedentary for three to five hours a day in front of the TV alone. This is on top of the five to seven hours most children spend sitting in school, five days a week.

The new Guide is being developed by Health Canada in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). The content will build on the principles set out in the original Guide, but go one step further to reflect the unique health needs and interests of growing children and youth.


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