Heart Health Coordinator
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
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
Mary Lynn Barron
Workplace Wellness Program
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.
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:
Employees in Wiarton participating in Workplace Wellness Program
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
920 First Avenue West
Owen Sound ON N4K 2K5
Phone: (519) 376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
Fax: (519) 376-1287
| BEAVER VALLEY
OUTREACH GARDEN CLUB BEAUTIFIES SCHOOL
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
Pictured is Cody Harrod who
designed the flowerbeds in front of the school.
further information about the program please contact Teresa at
Nathan Robertson Wins
Scooter for Movin' On
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.
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
Take a Hike
Saturday, September 29th 2001
Hibou Conservation Area
(northeast of Owen Sound)
Bruce Grey Trail Network
for a fall interpretative walk
at 10 a.m.
364-1255 ext. 36 for more information
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.
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.
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
Work toward walking daily
for at least 30 minutes, in addition to doing your regular activities
Vary where you walk to keep
Share the health benefits
with a friend - walk with others whenever you can
information on using a pedometer to motivate you to a healthy lifestyle,
search out "Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Research Update"
call Public Health and get in step with the walking program.