Staycations & Road Trips - July 2020
Information - Resources - Online Classes

Are you considering a road trip this summer for a much-needed break
from isolation at home?

Stay Healthy - Stay Safe

Photo : Laine Wilson, Recreation Facilitator for the Rm of Rockwood and Town of Stonewall, on a Family road trip. Laine also recommends the Walking Trails in her community. Explore them on the Town of Stonewall's Facebook Page

Summer Safety

Click here for information and resources to help you and your family get out and enjoy the great outdoors safely this summer!
Please remember that our emergency departments are still open for care if you need it!

Summer Day Camps in Our Region - July & August

This is a Community Program Listing; these organizations are not affiliated with the IERHA.
First Book Canada

In low-income households, schools, and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind their more affluent peers and never catch up. Their educational and economic prospects suffer, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

Why Books Matter

• With fewer than 10 books in the home a child can fall 12 - 18 months behind and may never catch up.
• Falling behind affects employability and other social determinants of health in poverty, such as housing and food insecurity.
• Reading helps to reduce stress levels 68% of the time, improving mental health outcomes.
• Children who get an early start in reading are more likely to read more, develop more vocabulary and acquire more information capital throughout their lives.
• Storybooks open doors to other worlds, deliver hope, present possibility, and build empathy.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Community Financial Counselling Services and Canada Revenue Agency are partnering to offer a virtual tax clinic. Instead of the usual in-person service, tax preparation over the telephone is being provided.

"To start, we are inviting the participation of seniors (55 and older) who have not yet had their income tax returns prepared. We are able to do returns for the years 2010 to 2019."

Smoking/Vaping during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Should you be concerned?
Contributor: Anjie Valgardson, CTE & Tobacco Programs Coordinator
The Lung Association of Manitoba

We know COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People with lung disease are among those who are most at risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19, as their respiratory health is already compromised.

One of the topics that has come up related to COVID-19 and respiratory health, are if there are added risks associated with smoking and vaping during the pandemic.

According to The Lung Association of Manitoba, COVID-19 spreads by droplets, including saliva, so it will spread by sharing cigarettes, joints, pipes (including pipes in pipe ceremonies), waterpipes, and vaping devices contaminated by the virus. Do not share your smoking, pipes or vaping materials. It is best to practice to maintain social distancing by not sharing and staying 2 meters apart while smoking or vaping.

Rabies Ramble
Contributor: Marleen Jonker RN BN, Public Health Nurse/ Animal Exposure Lead with the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority

Some people think of rabies and remember the Old Yeller movie scene where the faithful dog is penned up while the family waits to see if it becomes vicious or think of needles, filled with large quantities of fluid being injected into the stomach. The facts about rabies involves more than vicious pets and hospital horror scenes. Getting the facts are important in order to avoid spreading rabies or false information.

Rabies is preventable: Get the Facts

I have been bitten or scratched - what to do next, frequently asked questions and tips to avoid rabies
Steppin' Up Program
South Interlake 55 Plus, Inc.

South Interlake 55 Plus, Inc. is currently offering Steppin' Up classes 6 days per week via Zoom. "We have 3 volunteer instructors who are currently taking turns leading the class. The instructors are trained through Active Aging Manitoba - Steppin' Up Program."
Steppin’ Up is a peer led, light, approximately 1-hour exercise class for all that focuses on cardio, strength, stretching and stability designed for men & women. This class supports and encourages all adults to embrace an active lifestyle by offering self-sustaining, accessible, high quality, no cost exercise.
The class is offered at no charge! To participate in the class, call 204-467-2582 or email  and their information will be forwarded to our instructors to assist in setting up access via Zoom. Visit the website: 

Photo: Cheryl Cathers, Executive Director, participating in a Zoom class.

This is a Community Program; this class is not affiliated with the IERHA.
Physical Activity - The Family Influence
Sources: Participaction & Fit Kids Healthy Kids

"We’ve known for decades about the benefits physical activity can have on kids, such as improving heart health, building strong bones and muscles, boosting self-esteem and maintaining healthy body weights. But with Canadian children’s low activity levels and increasing sedentary behaviours, we should consider
all angles of influence. This includes taking a closer look at how the family unit can support healthy movement behaviours (i.e., promoting sufficient physical activity, limiting sedentary behaviours and ensuring adequate sleep) in children and youth.

There’s no denying families play a crucial role in shaping and influencing all areas of kids’ lives – including their physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep behaviours. Other sources of influence – such as childcare, school, healthcare, community and governments – are important in supporting families in this pursuit.

At the end of the day, we all want happy and healthy kids. However, with everyday lives seeming to be busier than ever, fitting in activity, getting enough sleep and keeping kids away from tempting screens can be tough! But the evidence shows that it’s worth it to work toward achieving the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth."

Looking for Summertime Inspiration to get active as a family?

Fit Kids Healthy Kids  is a Physical Literacy program founded as a partnership between  Doctors Manitoba  and  Sport Manitoba . It teaches children and their adult leaders the fundamentals of movement that make kids confident and competent in sport, recreation, and life. The goal of the program is fit, healthy kids that are active for life.

"We believe it is important to provide opportunity for children to learn skills like running, jumping, throwing, and catching as well as many others through games and activities that are non-competitive and inclusive."

Graduates of 2020

Graduation this year has called for ingenuity and creativity in our region. The Class of 2020 is graduating in unprecedented times. Even though celebrations may not be traditional, they will be memorable. Our hope is that graduates take time to reflect on their many accomplishments and know that there are also so many promising possibilities for the future.

Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020!
The Community Wellness Team wishes you a safe and healthy summer!

Our next issue will be in circulation in August 2020.

Community Wellness Team  | Toll Free 1-877-979-9355