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Grey-Bruce Heart Health News
June 1999

Grey-Bruce Heart Health

by Susan Shular, Heart Health Co-ordinator


... FOR FUN!

This is the new slogan for the 7th Annual Challenge the Proís. We want you to come out on June 26th to the CAW Centre in Port Elgin between 1 and 5 p.m. to try a new sport or activity, taste low fat foods, learn about being Heart Healthy and how to be Active for Life.

This Grey-Bruce Heart Health event has steadily grown over the past seven years and this year promises to be even more fun than ever. Admission is free and there will be something for everyone. There will be over 35 athletes from the Grey-Bruce area and beyond such as: Ron Ellis (retired Maple Leaf), Jimmie Georgas (the 1998 Masters Duathlete of the Year from Collingwood), Becky Kellar (member of the 1999 Womenís World Hockey Championship team). As well there will be: Toronto "Rockís" Dan Ladouceur, Owen Sound Platerís Chris Minard, Canadian swimming record holder Laura Nicholls and more!

Special additions: Clinics in frisbee, golf, and soccer.

Fun exhibition challenges between Special Olympic athletes and the C.F.O.S. No Stars & Athletes!


There will be opportunities for instruction, demonstration and participation in physical activities such as, kayaking, tennis, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, golf, hockey, frisbee, lacrosse, inline skating and more. There are also slo-pitch, basketball, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments being organized. Anyone wishing to enter a team can contact Brian Shular, Volunteer Chairperson, at 389-2162.

But that isnít all thatís going to be at Challenge the Proís. Specialty clinics will be held throughout the day to assist individuals to learn how to cope with diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and knee problems, as well as to learn more about personal training, fitness appraising, fitness certification, and general physical activity guidelines.

And thereís more! Kevin and Julie from T.V.O.ís kids show STUFF will host this yearís stage show. This fun, action packed show is designed to help those who are inactive change their minds about physical activity.

Line Dancing, Bo Boxing, Clogging, Celtic Dance, Step Aerobics, and Choreographed Skipping are just some of the demonstrations that will be showcased.

The word is there wonít be a dull moment at Challenge the Proís. Even Dudley the Dragon has promised to make an appearance just to say hello to the young and the young at heart. He will be one of the many attractions at the Follow the Hearts to Health expo that will also feature interactive displays, face painting, and free draws.

Of course the silent auction will be held again this year. It will feature an autographed 8 x 10 photo of Beliveau, Richard & Lafleur.

So come on out and see what there is to see. You may find the sport or activity youíve been looking for and learn some valuable tips and information about being Active for Life.


Get the Facts about Physical Activity

adapted from the Ministry of Health, Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI)

Just Eat More Fruits and Vegetables! -For Your Heartís Sake

by Tena Vanít Foort Public Health Nutritionist

The food we eat has a powerful influence on our risk of heart disease. Information on healthy eating can be confusing at times, but the bottom line is a very simple message Ė less fat, less salt and more vegetables, fruits, breads and grains.

The vegetable and fruit group is very important because it provides low-fat foods that contain fibre, vitamins, minerals and many other disease-preventing substances. Unfortunately, many of us here in Grey-Bruce eat too few vegetables and fruits. Whatever the reason may be for neglecting veggies and fruits, these tips may help you incorporate more of them into your diet:


The MoviníOn Fever Has Hit

The Outdoor Education Centre

Not only have the students at 11 participating schools in Grey/Bruce clocked over 100,000 kilometres while doing the MoviníOn program , now 85 classes have traveled 17,131 kilometres while visiting the outdoor education centre.

This program was designed and implemented to motivate students to be more physically active on a daily basis and what a success it has been.

Grey-Bruce Heart Health would like to thank and congratulated Bill Colley and Dave Bertrand and all of the many teachers, volunteers and students who have worked for the MoviníOn movement. It has been your hard work and team efforts that have made the program FLY!

1600 Students See That Smoking Isnít Cool

Submitted by Marie Barclay, Public Health Nurse

One thousand and six hundred students from eight Bluewater Schools have participated in an interactive, educational, magical show called, Just Say MOEóHealthy Lungs are Happy Lungs. (MOE is a cool character who does not smoke.) The program provided clear facts about the health effects of tobacco use and offered kids prevention messages so they will keep their lungs healthy. Through student involvement, the program went a step further in developing practical skills for saying NO to cigarettes. The presentation was supported by relevant curriculum materials for teachers to use in the classroom, and included follow-up packages for students to take home to their families.

We know that cigarette use among youth in Grey and Bruce Counties is 30%, slightly above the provincial average. Studies have shown that if youth do not start smoking before the age of 19, it is not likely they will begin smoking. Young people are being attracted to tobacco products at increasingly younger ages because of sophisticated sponsorship and marketing activities.

The Just Say MOE program is a great opportunity to demonstrate to children that smoking isnít cool and to focus their attention on some good reasons for NOT smoking. As follow-up to the magic show, a contest called Tell Us MOE was offered to students who attended the performances. All submissions were to be written in the form of a poem, song, letter, story, or paragraph and answer one of the following questions:

The Just Say MOE Youth prevention smoking program was a collaborative initiative by the Bluewater Board of Education, Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA), and the Public Health Unit. Grey-Bruce Heart Health funded the program. Gift certificates, for student volunteers, were generously provided by Pizza Delight (Walkerton and Hanover), Pizza Hut (Owen Sound) and

Godfather Pizza (Durham).

Grey-Bruce Heart Health Partners include the following: Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit, Bluewater District School Board, Owen Sound Family "Y", Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Lake Huron Zone Recreationists Association, Grey-Bruce Health Services, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, The Lung Association, South East Grey Community Outreach, Grey-Bruce Food Security Network, Market Grey-Bruce, Community Coalition for Prevention of Falls in Older Adults, Grey Bruce Council on Smoking and Health Port Elgin Community Services, Grey-Bruce Nutrition Committee. If you would like more information on Grey-Bruce Heart Health contact Susan Shular, Heart Health Coordinator at 1-800-263-3456 or 376-9420.

Funding for heart health initiatives is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and is matched dollar for dollar by in-kind contributions from the Board of Health and from the project partners.

Grey-Bruce Heart Health
c/o Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit
920 1st Avenue West
Owen Sound Ontario
Canada N4K 4K5

Phone (519) 376-9420