Photo Credit: Nathalie Turenne who was hiking at West Hawk Lake with Oakley.
"Hiking and puppies are so great for wellness!" #HikedItLikedIt
February 2021 - Heart Health
Information - Resources - Online Classes
Community Wellness Programs Available Online

Upcoming Classes include:
Feeding Baby Solids
Commit to Quit
Get Better Together
No Gym Required

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Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Source: Heart and Stroke, Manitoba

With the holidays over, it’s a great time to focus on heart health. Taking some simple steps can do a world of good – here are some quick tips to get you started: learn more.

This website also has printable activity sheets for Grades K-6 to support heart, brain and mental health. HeartSmart Kids at Home is a fun way to help kids and families keep learning and stay healthy.
Health Management Group Program Guide
Source: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority now has recorded sessions available providing an option for ongoing public access to several chronic disease prevention and management-focused group programs. The recordings are one to two hours in length.

The Diabetes Series include: Diabetes Essentials (101 of what diabetes is, common terms and what you need to know with diagnosis), Diabetes and Eating (basic nutrition for those with diabetes), Eating for Health (heart healthy nutrition), and Mind and Body Wellness (how to manage anxiety/stress, and how to safely exercise with diabetes).
The Heart Health Series includes: Heart Health Essentials (101 of cardiac symptoms, terminology, and risk factors - mod and non-modifiable, and Eating for Health (heart healthy nutrition - also included in Diabetes Series).
“Packing it in” was developed because Commit to Quit which is five classes involves setting a quit date that was not completed by participants - People would attend the first two classes and quit attending as they were not ready to fully ‘commit to quitting.’ So, this new class was developed to provide information who are in the contemplation stage about successful steps to stop smoking.

Embrace Winter Canada!
Source: National Health and Fitness Day

"With all the challenges due to the pandemic now, more than ever, Canadians need to be active for their physical and mental health." During the first week of February join in and help showcase all the ways we can embrace winter and stay active. 

It's only cold if you're standing still! It's time to get moving.

Photo Challenge: National Health and Fitness Day will be creating a gallery of Canadians celebrating Winter Health and Fitness Week, February 1-7. Follow along on Facebook or on Twitter and tag #WinterActive2021 and #EmbraceWinter and add your own photo!

Seven Days of Fitness - Outdoor Exercises endorsed by CanFitPro
World Cancer Day
Contributor: Donna Anderson, community engagement liaison community cancer resource & support program cancer navigation services with Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

World Cancer Day is Thursday February 4, 2021. By raising worldwide awareness and improving education, we are working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all - no matter who you are or where you live!

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week
February 7 - 14, 2021
Contributor: Bonnie Peloski, community wellness facilitator with Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

Do you remember how you first learned about sexuality and reproductive health? Were you aware that the topic was sexuality? Had you ever the heard words being used or what they meant? When you think back, was it from eavesdropping on an older sibling talking to their friends? Was it the friend who ‘knew everything’? Or was it a movie or something you saw online that didn’t quite make sense, but you felt you had an inkling of to what it was about? Did you first hear about reproductive health and sexuality in health class? Was there any discussion about healthy relationships and caring for yourself or others? Or was it only a review of the biology of it and how things work? Were your parents comfortable in giving you ‘the talk’? Or, like many of us that grew up in the 60’s & 70’s did you navigate those unfamiliar and scary and yet exciting times on your own? According to research, the majority of youth want to be learning - not just about the biology, but about how to have healthy, consensual, and happy relationships, including sexual relationships.

Suicide Risk Assessment Tool Launches
Source: Canadian Patient Safety Institute

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Mental Health Commission of Canada have joined forces to develop a Suicide Risk Assessment Toolkit.

Suicide is not only tragic and distressing, it has long-lasting and devastating effects on peers, friends, family members, coworkers, and communities. For every death by suicide, 15-30 people are profoundly affected. This toolkit can help inform and strengthen the suicide risk assessment process.

The toolkit is sponsored by: the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Production of this toolkit was made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.

Journaling for Health
Contributor: Marilyn Sitar, community wellness facilitator with Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

Did you keep a diary as a child or teenager, or know someone who did? We now refer to this as “journaling.” Adults can journal, too - and guess what? There are tremendous health benefits! 

Make healthy meals with Canada’s food guide plate
Source: Government of Canada

Use the proportions of foods on the Canada’s food guide plate as a tool to help you make healthy meals or snacks:

  • Step 1: Make half your plate vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits should always make up the largest proportion of the foods you eat throughout the day.
  • Step 2: Make one-quarter of your plate whole grain foods.
  • Step 3: Make one-quarter of your plate protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

Click here for new videos on how to use the Canada's food guide plate.

Our next regular issue will be in circulation in March 2021.

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