The Beat

Grey-Bruce Heart Health News

Septmeber 2001



 A Message from the
Heart Health Coordinator

 I hope you all enjoyed a healthy and active summer.  This issue of The Beat includes articles on a variety of initiatives which are supported by Grey-Bruce Heart Health. 

To just highlight a few: 

·        We were fortunate to reschedule the Anne Lindsay presentation from February (cancelled because of a  snowstorm) to April 30th.  Presentations, one in Port Elgin and the other in Hanover were successful and were well attended.

·        We are proud of the Movin' On Program which encourages elementary school children to be physically active during recess and lunchtime.  This program is timely as the latest research reveals that fitness levels among our children have been of concern for many years. 

·     Lastly, as I mentioned in the previous issue, the results from the Reader Survey Evaluation of The Beat indicated that people would like to see more recipes included in the newsletter.  Please find enclosed one full page of heart healthy recipes.  Enjoy and remember this Heart Health Tip: Stuck with a spare tire around the middle?  Leave the car at home and walk.  If you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to give me a call at 376-9420 ext. 278 or e-mail me at

by Mary Lynn Barron

Workplace Wellness Program
A Success

 One to two 10 - 15 minute walks outside every day helps employees "feel revived and invigorated" and gives them a "new perspective", states Susan Reid, Patient Care Manager at the Wiarton Hospital.  The hospital is also re-establishing a wellness committee which will look at other employees' health needs and implement an action plan to address these.

 The Grey Bruce Health Unit's Workplace Wellness Program, funded in part by Grey-Bruce Heart Health, assists workplaces and employees in addressing a wide variety of health needs, including education and skills building components.  Benefits to the employer include decreased absenteeism and turnover, increased productivity, and higher morale.

 If you know of a business or workplace which might benefit from this program, or for more information, contact Mary Lynn Barron, Public Health Nurse, at 376-9420 ext. 278 or by e-mail:


Hospital Employees in Wiarton participating in Workplace Wellness Program

call us
Grey-Bruce Heart Health

If you would like to volunteer, get more information or be on our mailing list, please contact the Grey-Bruce Heart Health Co-ordinator:

c/o Grey Bruce Health Unit
920 First Avenue West
Owen Sound ON N4K 2K5
Phone:  (519) 376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
Fax: (519) 376-1287








The school garden club is run by Beaver Valley Outreach and is partially funded by Grey-Bruce Heart Health.  The goal of the program is to teach the students how to grow plants and to encourage a sense of caring for one’s own community.  Over 25 children have spent many hours digging, weeding, planting, and watering over this past year.

Pictured is Cody Harrod who designed the flowerbeds in front of the school.

For further information about the program please contact Teresa at 519-599-2577.

Nathan Robertson Wins Scooter for Movin' On

 Betty Perkins, Public Health Nurse for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, and Bill Pike, Principal of Huron Heights, presented Huron Heights student Nathan Robertson with a scooter, helmet and protective riding gear on June 15th 2001.  Ms. Perkins is involved with the Movin' On program which encourages elementary school children to walk or run as many kilometres as possible during their recess periods.  Once a child reaches 150 km, their name goes into a draw for every additional 50 km walked.  Nathan walked a total of 500 km and won the draw for the scooter.  Children from all of Bruce and Grey counties participated in the program and draw.



The Try It Zone, an interactive, free family event held on May 26th at the Saugeen District Secondary School, was a huge success.


The families enjoyed participating in the vast array of activities, as well as sampling some heart healthy food.


The Grey-Bruce Heart Health would like to thank all the corporations and volunteers who helped to make the Try It Zone event on May 26th so successful.  BMTS, the major corporate sponsor, provided not only financial support but also the stage sound system and the generator, which was used to inflate the climbing wall and gladiator.  The CAW provided the accommodation and meals for Rob Snoek and his family.  Other major sponsors were the Grey Bruce Health Unit, Community Services, Town of Saugeen Shores, and the Chamber of Commerce.  The bike for the draw was kindly donated by Sport Chek in Owen Sound.  And lastly, the Grey Bruce Heart Health would like to thank all the volunteers, groups, businesses and agencies who came out to support this event.

Take a Hike


Saturday, September 29th 2001

Hibou Conservation Area

(northeast of Owen Sound)


Join the

Bruce Grey Trail Network

for a fall interpretative walk

at 10 a.m.


Everyone welcome

Call 364-1255 ext. 36 for more information


Anne Lindsay, author of Canada's best selling cookbooks, spoke to Bruce and Grey residents in Port Elgin and Hanover last spring.  Anne has considerable expertise in translating the latest nutrition research on healthy eating into practical suggestions for everyday meals.

Do you need motivation to keep active?  Try a pedometer.  Pedometers have been available for years but now are being promoted as an important motivation tool to help people increase the number of steps they take per day.  Healthy middle-aged adults need to take approximately 10,000 steps a day.  Public Health recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate activity most days of the week.  So an extra 30 minutes of walking would mean adding up to 3,600 steps a day.  People who are not used to exercising should gradually increase their steps until they reach approximately 10,000 steps per day.

 Pedometers are simple gadgets worn on your waist.  The up and down movements of the hips record the steps.  They can be purchased in most sport stores.  Some models count only steps; others will calculate the distance walked or the amount of time.

 Walking Tips

 ·      Invest in a good pair of comfortable walking shoes

·      Increase the number of times you walk each week, then the length of your walks before you increase your pace

·      Work toward walking daily for at least 30 minutes, in addition to doing your regular activities

·      Vary where you walk to keep it interesting.

·      Share the health benefits with a friend - walk with others whenever you can

For more information on using a pedometer to motivate you to a healthy lifestyle, search out "Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Research Update" or call Public Health and get in step with the walking program.

Grey-Bruce Heart Health Partners include the following: Grey Bruce Health Unit, Bluewater District School Board, Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board,   Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater Unit, Owen Sound Family "Y", Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Lake Huron Zone Recreationists Association, Grey-Bruce Health Services, The Lung Association, Beaver Valley 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, Saugeen Shores Community Services, Grey-Bruce Nutrition Committee, Safe Communities and Bruce Power.  If you would like more information on Grey-Bruce Heart Health, contact Mary Lynn Barron, 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 Long Term Care and is matched dollar for dollar by in-kind contributions from the Board of Health and from the project partners.

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