Archive for the ‘Active Living’ Category

Let the Music Play…

April 5, 2018

Written by Marina Hodson

I think we can all agree that listening to music you enjoy can improve your mood and get your toes tapping, but did you know that music can also have many physical and mental health benefits?

2018-04-05_1334It will not likely come as a surprise that listening to music elevates mood and can reduce the symptoms of depression, reduce stress and improve sleep. However, scientists have actually found that the beneficial emotions associated with listening to music have a healthy effect on blood vessel functioning resulting in increased blood flow.

More surprising findings have included that background music may enhance performance on cognitive tasks and has been shown to allow test participants to complete more questions correctly in allotted time.

Music also assisted cancer and stroke patients to manage anxiety, pain and aided in their overall recovery. Such positive benefits were also found in studies looking at post-workout recovery where music was shown to help the body recover faster. This may also explain why music was found to decrease the intensity of pain in geriatric and palliative patients.

Of course all those things aside, listening to music can be just plain enjoyable and will definitely boost your motivation during your next workout, so get those toes tapping.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Get a Bike from Mike at Spokes for Folks

March 22, 2018

Written by Dana Deathe

If you’re a cyclist in this area, you probably know Mike Gorman at Spokes for Folks, the biggest little bike shop in Cambray. Maybe you’ve been there with your bike to get a tune-up or some repairs, done by Mike the mechanic whiz, or maybe you’ve been there to sweat it out in a spin class with his partner and co-owner Deb Craven.


Mike Gorman of Spokes for Folks. Photo: Deb Craven

The shop is a dream for cycling enthusiasts; rows of shiny new bikes beckoning for a rider, the light smell of fresh rubber from new tires, cycling gear and accessories lining the walls. One wall proudly boasts a row of cycling jerseys, worn by professional riders that Mike had coached into successful careers, and a large number of medallions hang on wooden plaques.

Or, you may know Mike and Deb from their involvement in our community. They organize group rides and races around Kawartha Lakes, and support our events as they did at Snowshoe Kawartha this past February by bringing Fat Tire Bikes for people to try. No matter how you know them, it became clear to me very quickly that Mike and Deb are a huge part of the cycling community in this area.

After 49 years in the bike business, Mike is ready to hang up his toeclips: “49 years of nurturing champions, enthusiasts, and novices in the wonderful world of cycling.” To celebrate Mike’s retirement, Spokes for Folks is having a sale. This is a perfect opportunity to grab yourself a fresh set of wheels for spring and get outside for some fresh air and exercise. “High quality bikes, clothing, and accessories are up to 50% off” from now until May 30th.

What’s next for Mike, Deb, and Spokes for Folks? They will continue to advocate and support the cycling community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and in 2019 the shop will continue to be open for custom orders, repairs, and parts, with reduced hours and by appointment.

“Join the wave of fun and fitness on a bike from Mike!” Spokes for Folks is located at 30 North Street in Cambray, 705-374-4633. Stop by for the sale, and to wish Mike a Happy Retirement!

“Runnin’ Rhonda” named Ambassador for Canal Pursuit for Mental Health

March 22, 2018

The Canal Pursuit for Mental Health is a 750 kilometer run along the Trent Severn and Rideau Canals in Ontario to raise awareness and funds for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. This year marks the 4th annual Canal Pursuit for Mental Health run, and local resident Rhonda Ingram-Empey has been named an Ambassador for the run and its mission.


Photo from Rhonda Ingram-Empey’s Facebook

Rhonda is a force of positive energy, and this is evident in her Facebook feed which is full of encouraging words to her friends and followers. “Running is my own personal journey,” says Rhonda, “in the last 8 years running has changed my whole life: mentally, physically, and spiritually.” Rhonda hopes to encourage others to push themselves to live a healthier lifestyle and use exercise to combat mood disorders, like depression and anxiety.

Rhonda first heard of this epic run and fundraiser when she met Clay Williams, the organizer and runner “a few years ago, at different races, and he was just such a quiet and humble gentleman. I had heard of his organization, the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health, and I first followed Clay on his 750 km run 2 years ago and caught up with him when he stopped in Fenelon Falls. This year, he is splitting up the runs, and reaching out to local runners to have them plan something in their communities.”

Rhonda hopes to get lots of people, not just runners, involved in the event. The portion of the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health that runs through Fenelon Falls, led by Rhonda, will be here on Monday, August 21st. If you would like to get involved with fundraising and running for this great cause, visit the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health Facebook page here.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

March 22, 2018

Written by Marina Hodson

Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this winter? Are you constantly feeling guilty about not calling your – mother, brother, sister, friend?  How about fretting about your child’s last semester? We have all felt stress and while it can be a positive motivating factor, don’t let it become a negative force in your life.

stress1Stress is a normal response to “dangerous” situations, but unlike our ancestors, we do not often face wild animals to trigger the fight or flight response. Today it is more likely to be that commute from the city, a nagging deadline or our internal guilt that is causing this and it could trigger our natural instincts to be stuck in the on position for extended periods.

Chronic stress can begin to interfere with our ability to live a normal, healthy life, causing loss of sleep, abnormal eating habits, exacerbating chronic diseases and leading to depression. Often the causes are a culmination of small factors that in of themselves are easily overcome.

So if you are feeling stressed, take a step back to identify the causes and list them individually to enable you to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Take a moment to walk away from a stressor that seems outside of your control right now, this is obviously not the approach to take for the commute home. Let go of issues that are simply “not worth the battle.” Exercise, cut back on caffeine and alcohol, try to maintain good sleeping habits, and if all else fails – recognize if and when you need help to address these issues.

Recognizing that stress is negatively impacting your life is the first step in the battle – don’t let it rule your life.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Everything in Moderation….

March 7, 2018

As Oscar Wilde once said “everything in moderation, even moderation”.  In an age of constant and ever-changing information, what does that actually mean?

scalesOne day, you should eat more chocolate, the next day less.  Same for red wine, coffee, butter. One could not be blamed for simply giving up on trying to figure out what is best for us, but at the end of the day, go back to “everything in moderation”.  As can be said for all aspects of life, we are rarely perfected through extremes.

So be realistic with your own goals and recognize that never having a treat again is not likely to be achievable and certainly won’t be satisfying; so don’t set yourself up for failure.  Instead, have a small scoop of ice cream instead of that giant banana split. The same is true for exercise. Waking up one January first to decide you will run a marathon may not be a realistic goal whilst going for a walk two or three times a week might be.  How about alcohol, gambling versus buying an occasional lottery ticket?

Heck, in our modern age, everything can be seen through the lens of vice or benefit.  I would never want to give up being able to Skype my 70+ year old mother-in-law in the UK, but I also don’t want to be on an electronic device constantly.  Ever go out to a restaurant and see a table of people all on their phones rather than actually talking to the people they are with? What a wasted opportunity.

So enjoy the benefits life has to offer; be it the healing effects of a walk or using technology to cross the miles, or maybe even that piece of chocolate or glass of wine.  But remember – everything in moderation!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT


Creativity is worth taking the time to enjoy

February 21, 2018

MONA-LISA-C-1507-By-LEONARDO-DA-VINCI-Giclee-Print-Canvas-Wall-Art-Print-Portrait-Painting.jpg_640x640Take some time to be creative

Too many things on your to-do list and your hobbies are falling by the wayside?  Don’t be too quick to dismiss your creative endeavours as frivolous.

According to the American Public Health Association,  while chronic disease is a national burden, they are also often associated with negative psycho-social impacts such as depression which tend to increase negative impacts of such conditions.  Health psychologists have found that art provides an opportunity for self-reflection, alters both behaviour and thinking patterns, resulting in a reduction of symptoms.

Additionally, art fills the void often occupied by distracted thoughts of illness and reduces the associated stress and anxiety.  But if you are thinking the benefits are all “in your head”, think again.  An article in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients and found that it impacted the cells inside the body, leading to improved immune systems.

So don’t dismiss that hobby, whether you write, paint, sing or knit – it is good for you.  The physical and psychological benefits of being creative are expressed in tangible ways making it worth to set aside the time.

So do something creative and be kind do yourself at the same time.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Snowshoe Running Gaining Speed in Fenelon Falls

February 7, 2018


Snowshoe Kawartha’s Winter Festival this year was a huge success, with a world record set for most kids participating in a snowshoe race and significant growth over last year’s event, which is great news for Fenelon; in fact, at the last Fenelon Forward meeting Wayne Jolly, the chair for Snowshoe Kawartha, announced that the Winter Festival will be hosting the provincial championships for snowshoe running in 2019.

With our close proximity to a frozen-solid Cameron Lake and all of the snow we have been getting this winter, snowshoe running is quickly becoming a hot new fitness trend for winter in our area. If you are a seasonal runner, consider snowshoe running as a winter alternative, and if you are more of a casual snowshoer then upping your intensity could burn calories faster than walking at the same pace.

Snowshoeing is also a super-effective exercise. According to this article, snowshoeing “provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance,” and you also get the benefits of being outdoors enjoying nature. What a great way to chase the winter blues away!

The Winter Festival on February 3rd brought snowshoe racers of all ages from near and far, with participants running either 5k or 10k routes on beginning on Cameron Lake, winding up to the quarry and back. The kids who set the world record ran a 500m route on the lake to set the record and help put Fenelon on the map for snowshoe racing.

In addition to snowshoe racing, the Winter Festival offered other winter activities like ice fishing, fat tire biking, and crokicurl (a combination of curling and crokinole on the ice!) as well as a historic tour through the village hosted by Bev Jeeves of the Maryboro Lodge. Check out these great photos of the event to see people embracing winter and all it has to offer, and come out for next year’s snowshoe races and Winter Festival.


Curling Club Raises Awareness for Alzheimer’s

January 24, 2018

A Tribute to Dana, a Bonspiel to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society, was held at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club on Saturday January 13, which was also Dana’s birthday. Curlers came together for a day of learning about how to keep your brain healthy and for friendly competition. The FFCC curling members put on a delicious meal, contributed draw prizes for the table and curled in the bonspiel. There was entertainment all afternoon by Marc Ekins, Dana’s son. Dana’s siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother, came from Gravenhurst for the occasion, and Dana’s husband John played in the bonspiel. Fenelon Falls Curling Club managed to raise $2,400.00 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Thanks to all the club members; the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, the club with a big heart.

Dana - Curling Club Jan 2018


Help Yourself Quit Smoking This Year

January 24, 2018


- Many Quit-Smoking Supports and Resources Available to Help People Trying To Break Free From Tobacco Use -

“Quitting smoking is easy; I’ve done it thousands of times.”

This quote, attributed to famous American author Mark Twain, isn’t far off the mark, according to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. It can take many quit attempts to finally stop smoking for good, which is why National Non-Smoking Week (January 21-27) and Weedless Wednesday (January 24) are excellent times to try, try again.

“While the first quit attempt may not always work out, every additional time you try can bring you closer to smoke-free success,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Going tobacco-free is a great way to improve your health, and reduce second-hand or third-hand smoke into the environment.”

There are many free quit-smoking resources, programs and contests to help people in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes go tobacco-free. These include:

  • The S.T.O.P. (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program offered by the Health Unit in Lindsay (January 23 and March 8), Port Hope (January 25), Haliburton (February 6) and Cobourg (February 27). The no-cost program provides quit-smoking resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches for participants. To see if they qualify for the program, smokers can call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2240.

  • The First Week Challenge Contest ( encourages Ontario smokers to give up tobacco for one week for a chance to win $500. Entrants must sign up by the last day of the month and stay tobacco-free for the first week of the next month. Every month through 2018, a new winner will be randomly chosen. The First Week Challenge Contest is organized by the Canadian Cancer Society.

  • Cash prizes can be the motivation for young adults to quit smoking. People aged 18-29 years are encouraged to enter the Wouldurather( quit-smoking contest by January 28, 2018. By becoming smoke-free, contest entrants can win cash prizes up to $2,500. Wouldurather is organized by Leave the Pack Behind.
  • Many health care professionals in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes can provide advice, support and resources to help smokers trying to quit. To find out what is available in their community, local residents can visit the Health Unit website ( for a complete list of services.

  • Smokers’ Helpline ( or toll-free 1-877-513-5333) is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society that offers support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

For media inquiries, contact:

Karen Taylor, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-477, ext. 2240.

Snowshoe Kawartha Event in Fenelon Sat. Feb. 3rd

January 10, 2018

This year on February 3rd Snowshoe Kawartha returns to bring fun cold-weather events to the 2nd annual Winter Festival. The 5k and 10k snowshoe races open the Snowshoe Canada Ontario Cup Series for this season, and Fenelon is proud to host this event that brings in winter visitors. This year there will be a world record attempt for the most kids in a 500-metre snowshoe race, so tell all kids 15 and under to grab a pair of snowshoes and join us in making history!

In addition to the snowshoe races, the Winter Festival will again be hosting ice fishing demonstrations, a historic tour through the village, and this year will introduce two new events with Fat Tire Biking and the hot new winter sport trend, Crokicurl: a combination of crokinole and curling.

Beat the winter blues with Snowshoe Kawartha’s 2nd annual Winter Festival! To learn more about these events and to register for the snowshoe races, visit

Snowshoe Kawartha - Poster 2018

Dance with the Fenelon Falls Skating Club this Winter

January 10, 2018
What is there to do for the Youth of Fenelon Falls if they don’t play hockey, figure skate, ski or snowboard? Not much. But the Fenelon Falls Skating Club wants to change that.
The Fenelon Falls Skating Club will be hosting youth Dances at the Fenelon Falls Legion once a month for children in Fenelon Falls and surrounding area in Grades 4-8.
The price of admission is $10.00
From 7-10pm
These event will take place on the last Friday of  the month with January being an exception due to a scheduling conflict and will take place on Jan 19th.
This is a chaperoned event and our local radio personality, Paul Wilson  from CKL Radio, has agreed to DJ these events to help out the Fenelon Falls Skating Club. This is a great way for our Youth to get out of the house, put their electronics away and have a good time.
These dances will also help the Fenelon Falls Skating Club cover increasing ice fees.

Make Sure Making a Will is on Your List

November 30, 2017

Another thing to add to the list.

Do you ever turn on the radio and hear that it is “National __________ Day” and think to yourself – do we have a day / week / month for everything? If you said yes, you are not alone and like myself, you have likely also thought – WHY do we have a day for that?

Well as I listened to CBC the other day, it was brought to my attention that November was “Make a Will month” and I had those very thoughts. Later on, I reflected on the fact that I was thinking about my will, something that like many Canadians, I try to avoid considering for obvious reasons and it dawned on me that without that notice I would likely not be pondering this necessity.

So, I use this opportunity to spark a difficult conversation. I hope that you have heeded our advice over the years and consequently are living a healthy and long life, but some things remain inevitable despite our best efforts. I trust we all know the reason to have a will so I would like to take this one step further and say – do you also have a Power of Attorney for your Personal Care? If, heaven forbid, you become unable to make decisions about your health or your housing, is someone in a position to do so on your behalf? If you have answered yes, you are already ahead of many Canadians. If you have discussed your wishes with your Power of Attorney to ensure that they will be able to speak effectively on your behalf and have advised your Health Care Provider who this person will be, you have tackled one of the most difficult subjects and we commend you. If not, why not take this notice as an opportunity to start a difficult conversation?

So be healthy, but also be prepared.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Water Safety (Sept. 2017)

August 29, 2017

water safety

The finding that Jeremiah Perry, the young man who recently drowned during a trip to Algonquin Park, failed to pass his mandatory swimming test has made me think about how many of us take our life by the lake for granted.

I spend a great deal of time on and near the water and am constantly amazed at the number of people who choose not to wear life jackets and more importantly, do not encourage their children to do so. I know, I have heard all the logic – “this lake isn’t very deep, I am a good swimmer, I am right here with my son/daughter…” During the hazy, lazy days of summer, it is all too easy to relax to the point of being dangerous, so while I don’t want to be a spoil sport, let’s all just remember some basic water safety.

  1. I personally consider myself to be an excellent swimmer and I spend a lot of time in a canoe, however, a number of years back I flipped my canoe in early November and the cold water completely stunned me. I was fortunate that the water was very shallow and I could stand as I certainly could not think to swim when I first went in, the shock simply overwhelmed me. Take that one step further and think what happens if you were hit with that boat or canoe as you go in? These days, there is no reason not to wear a Personal Flotation Device, they are comfortable and fashionable if you choose and will save your life!
  2. Of course, the first line of protection is still learning to swim. Aside from being great exercise and good fun, living in this region swimming should be considered a life skill not only for ourselves, but those around us. That being said, remember that if your kids are not strong swimmers, they should be within arms’ reach at all times or wearing a PFD. Think about how difficult it is to move through water quickly, even a short distance can prove too far so keep your children safe at all times.
  3. And last but not least is that daredevil elephant in the room…. Cliff and bridge diving. Don’t get me wrong, I have leapt from some heights in my younger days, including the 10m diving board, but unless you know the exact water conditions it is not safe. Even in a controlled environment like the pool, landing wrong will lead to serious concerns and potential harm, so think before you leap.

All that being said, let’s all get out and enjoy what the Kawartha Lakes have to offer but let’s be safe doing it.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Enjoying The Summer Sun (August 2017)

July 25, 2017

Fenelon Beach, July 2017

summer fun in the sun!

Summer is a fun time that can be packed with activities but it is also a time to be wary of long-lasting health impacts, so before you head for the beach, the park or even the back-yard, Health Canada recommends you take a few minutes to learn about sun safety. You can protect your family and still have fun.

  • If possible, avoid being in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Look for shade or stay under a tree.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing UV blocking sunglasses.
  • Clothing such as a broad brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants can protect your skin. Tuck a handkerchief under the back of your hat to help prevent sunburn on the neck.
  • Some medication can make skin more sensitive to UV rays; consult your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Protect your health by using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Get children used to wearing sunscreen lotion and don’t let them play or sleep in the sun while in a stroller or play pen.
  • Use the recommended amount of sunscreen and respect the waiting period between application and exposure to the sun.
  • If you are sweating heavily or swimming, reapply sunscreen often to get the best protection.
  • Remember that you can combine sunscreen and insect repellents. Apply the sunscreen first, followed by the insect repellent.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and have cottage drinking water tested by a Provincial or private laboratory if it is not municipally tested.

So get out there and enjoy the summer sun safely!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT   

Ready For Summer? (July 2017)

June 27, 2017

school's out

It seems hard to believe, but here we are looking at another summer holiday already. This year, why not try some new and healthy ways to get your kids out and active?

We all know that it has become all too easy to let our kids entertain themselves in front of a screen and while a little of that is ok, let’s get them involved in some fun new activities instead. It doesn’t have to break the bank and can involve things you are going to do already, like why not get them into the kitchen? Let them help you make dinner and spend time talking about what you are eating and why or use some the lovely fresh fruit available and get them to create new flavours of smoothies.

And while we’re talking about food, how about a trip to the local farmer’s market? Make it a learning experience in nutrition and finance; give them their own spending money to pick up something that will be added to dinner that night.

Getting sick of the rain and wondering how to entertain in the bad weather? There are any number of fun indoor opportunities:

  1. Head to one of the pools in the area;
  2. Go bowling;
  3. Pull out one of the board games or help them to make up their own;
  4. Hit the library; or
  5. Explore your crafty side.

And when the sun does return, let them get back to basics by just being kids – camp in the backyard, build a fort, play in the sprinklers or just have some unstructured time outside to imagine and explore. Most importantly, enjoy your summer with them, there aren’t nearly enough summers before they grow up.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Help the Helpers Keep Beach Poo Free (Summer 2017)

June 27, 2017

20170620_214709Volunteers Injured at Garnet Graham Park in Fenelon Falls

Maybe a little exaggerated,  but picking up fifteen or so pounds of goose droppings everyday is no easy task. Volunteers have reported sore backs from bending over to scoop, and injured wrists from holding onto large bags of droppings in one hand for so long.  It is a task that members from the ‘Take Back the Beach’ crew do not give up on though. “People are coming back to the beach now” a city staffer from the parks and rec division says, and that makes the group proud, but…

“The geese are winning” Gay Fletcher, the organiser of Take Back the Beach says, “So far this season we were able to keep up with the clean up, however, recently it has become overwhelming”.  In the past the team has focused on the beach area, but with the new splash pad, the other end of the beach will need to be a priority too, adding even more work for the small group of volunteers.

But, many hands make lighter work- and less (exaggerated) injuries!

If you enjoy a poo free beach and less beach closures, here is what you can do to help…

If you are walking by and see the geese, shoo them away.

If you are at the beach and see a volunteer picking up goose droppings, offer to help.

If you plan on spending some time at the beach, bring a small shovel and a plastic bag and dispose of any droppings you see.

If you have an hour a week you could commit to helping pick up the droppings please contact Gay Fletcher  at 705-887-3516 or

An information meeting for potential volunteers will be held at the beach gazebo (near the Museum) June 29th at 7pm.

We can all do our part to ensure that we can enjoy our beautiful beach and to keep Fenelon Falls ‘The Jewel of The Kawarthas’

By Julia Taylor

Nice Shot – Getting Out Part 3 (June 2017)

May 30, 2017


While there are many outdoor exercise options, I would like to suggest a third “passive” reason to get outside in our series – photography. It may not seem like the most active pursuit at first blush, but don’t dismiss it yet.

Most obviously, photography can encourage you to go outside for new and interesting subjects and given that they won’t necessarily come to you it will mean going to them. So the physical part is apparent. In fact, a recent study found 75% of participants reported increased activity both because they tended to look for subjects and because as they were engrossed in their activity they tended to lose track of how far they had walked.

But don’t think it ends there. Photography tends to increase gratitude which has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve mental health and boost your immune system. It is obvious that we will tend to take pictures of things we like or enjoy, whether it is people, places or things. Through this deliberate act of focusing on positives in our lives we find gratitude for all the good things we sometimes lose sight of.

Of course last, but certainly not least, it can encourage you to form bonds with others over a joint interest and no matter the quality of your shots, there is a therapeutic value in the creative act of photography. In fact, the focus required to select and frame subjects has been shown to lower depression and stimulate parts of the brain that prevent memory loss.

So whether you strive to become the next Ansel Adams or simply point and shoot, get out there and enjoy the benefits of photography.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Getting Out – Part 2 (May 17, 2017)

May 16, 2017

Fishing A Good Catch

If birding wasn’t your perfect excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, how about fishing?

Of course it will give you a great reason to get some fresh air and, with any luck, you will catch yourself a healthy meal but the benefits definitely don’t stop there. Fishing will also provide an opportunity for family bonding, teach you patience and promote relaxation (the jury may be out on that last one depending on your competitive streak), but it also has been shown to have very direct health benefits.

  1. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Fishing burns an average of 200 calories an hour, depending on the kind of fishing you are doing. Of course for full benefits, don’t rest on your laurels, or your beer cooler. Move around to find the perfect spot, recast and of course reel in your catch.

  1. Boosts your immune system

Being out in the sun, of course with protection, will increase your vitamin D which aids your body’s immune system in defending against infections.

  1. Improves Balance and full body strength

Casting and catching fish requires balance, especially if you are in a boat or canoe. Such repeated exercises have been shown to improve your core strength and benefit flexibility. Additionally, anyone who has battled even the lowly bass knows that it may feel like you are the protagonist in Hemingway’s the Old Man and the Sea, fighting a Marlin. A great workout for your shoulders, arms, back and legs.

  1. Improves your mental health

If all that wasn’t enough, recent studies by the NHS in the UK found that “fishing therapy” improved health outcomes for mentally ill patients dramatically. Fishing truly is Mindfulness implemented.

So why not try your luck and cast a line for your health?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Dart League Celebrates End of Season (May 2017)

May 2, 2017


The Fenelon Falls Legion Dart League has just wound up their 2016-2017 season. Every Tuesday throughout the season the group meets at the Fenelon Falls Legion to compete against each other.

Saturday evening, April 29th, the league held their banquet and handed out awards, gifts, and door prize items.  The banquet was potluck and the tables were overflowing with contributions. Everyone had a full plate and even seconds!

The dart league will resume in September. Please know that you do not need to be a legion member to participate. All are welcome, from beginner to experienced. For more information, please contact the Legion at 705-887-3041.

Come on out and try your luck with the “arrows”.

Article by Lois Densmore

Getting Out – Part 1 (May 3, 2017)

May 1, 2017

For The Birds

Let’s be honest, we all have good intentions to get outside, get fresh air and exercise but when it comes time to follow through there is always another load of laundry waiting, a bit of drizzle or a multitude of other reasons to put it off.  So this will be a multi-part series on “reasons” to skip your chores, grab your umbrella and get outside.

Over the years, I have come to appreciate the joy of watching our fine feathered friends in their natural habitat and have come to realize that we don’t need to take a week-long excursion to get the joy of seeing the variety and beauty in our surroundings.  Simply walking as far as you are comfortable, will expose you to a number of species; and it is amazing the sense of accomplishment the first time you know each one you encounter without peaking at your reference guide.  Make it a contest with yourself or friends.  Play “birding bingo” and see who first spots a row of five species.  Remember, any excuse to get out is a good excuse.

And if the physical benefits of going for walk in the fresh air aren’t sufficient, how about a recent study by the University of Exeter that showed “watching birds near your home is good for your mental health”.  The study found that even exposure to the most common types of birds was found to lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

So pick up a reference guide and meet a new feathered friend for the good of your health.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Health Benefits of Baseball for Kids (Apr. 2017)

April 18, 2017


Baseball, apart from being very popular among adults is also popular among kids. The youngsters also enjoy playing the action. But aside from just watching baseball games, many kids are encouraged to actually play the sport.

Over the years, various studies have been conducted and what the experts have found out is that baseball can give the body different benefits. Kids who play baseball are much more active and disciplined. Learn more about the benefits of children playing ball here.

So for parents, it is highly recommended that they take their kids to baseball games and if they see their children interested to try the sport, they should support their kids to play.

Lucky for family living in Fenelon Falls, our community has a wonderful league for kids. Fenelon Falls Minor Ball provides the opportunity for youth of Fenelon Falls and area to play softball and baseball in the Victoria Brock Baseball League.

The league is currently finalizing team rosters for the coming ball season. If your children are interested in playing ball this year in Fenelon and have not registered, please do so by Thursday April 20th as they will be finished setting teams up on that date.  For more information visit their website here.

Follow the Fenelon Falls Minor Ball on Facebook here.

Gardening is Exercise (Apr. 2017)

April 4, 2017


My favourite time of year!

This is what I like to think of as the equivalent to the Friday before a long weekend in gardening terms; because the only thing better than gardening, is the anticipation of gardening. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have now been reviewing my seed collection in anticipation and it’s officially “gardening eve” at my house.

In the past, I have reflected on the many virtues and exercise associated with the act of gardening but this year let us focus on the long-term opportunities we face. Now is the time to look at the health benefits of growing your own organic produce. We all know that we should eat more fruits and vegetables, but what better incentive than to lovingly grow them ourselves? Whether you have a large plot or a pot of tomatoes on the balcony, there is an opportunity for everyone to participate.

With limited resources and space, it is easy to grow one plant or many. Consider taking this opportunity to grow something which will not only bring a little early spring into your home, but brings health benefits once you harvest. If you don’t have a green thumb or lack space, start small. One tomato harvested is a success! Personally, my tomato and pepper seeds are well on their way and I’m counting down the days to get outside.

So don’t miss this opportunity – eating healthy can also be fun.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

You Read About Exercise (Mar. 2017)

March 21, 2017

but how about reading as exercise?


Obviously, reading can be enjoyable, but it can also provide a workout for your brain. Regardless of the type of reading material, the act of reading triggers parts of your brain not utilized during activities such as watching TV or listening to an audio book. Perhaps this is why adults who spend their downtime reading were shown in recent studies to have a more than 30% slower rate of cognitive decline in later years and are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

While such statistics may be impressive, they are not entirely surprising. What may come as a shock is that people who read while exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill have been shown to increase the length of their workouts. The number one reason cited by participants was that they wanted to continue until the next chapter or the resolution of what they were currently reading. While this may not be advisable for your outdoor activities, it may certainly be a good reason to add five minutes to your winter workout.

Of course it will not come as a surprise that reading has also been shown to decrease stress and help sleep, so why not choose a good book and settle in as we wait for spring?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Improving Your Health in Slow Motion (Mar. 2017)

March 2, 2017


Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion, but according to Harvard Medical School, it should be called “medication in motion”. Harvard’s Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research program believes that the exercises are a useful part in the treatment of many conditions commonly associated with age and have been found to improve patients’ functioning and quality of life.

While the slow motion exercise will not leave you breathless, it has been demonstrated to improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance and even aerobic conditioning. Additionally, you can participate without any equipment and can find groups to join in most communities, including ours. And let’s not forget that the need for memorization of the choreographed movements will also get your grey cells working.

So if you haven’t tried it already, why not try it as part of your exercise routine?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Welcome to 2017… (Feb. 2017)

February 7, 2017

Healthy you

So here we are in February already. Did you make a new year’s resolution? Are you still sticking with it?

Making promises as you enter the new year goes back to the Babylonians over 4000 years ago. The assurances were generally founded in returning borrowed items and paying your debts and while resolutions continue to center on self-improvement, they now often focus on personal health and well-being.

So how do you make sure goals last beyond January 2nd? Of course there are no guarantees, but to increase your success, make sure your ambitions are realistic. A small step you achieve will be more rewarding than a large one you leave by the wayside.

“I will be healthier” which may encompass giving up smoking, losing weight and exercising all at once is almost guaranteed to set you up for failure. How about “I will replace my chip snacking with carrots” as a realistic first step instead? Once you accomplish this, there is no law against setting another goal in July!

Didn’t quite make all the goals? Don’t be so hard on yourself. Failing once on changing bad habits still puts you ahead of succumbing to the vice daily. So if you broke down and had that extra-large piece of cheesecake, don’t give up on your resolution. Skipping four bags of chips in January still means you are ahead!

Keep trying to improve and be healthy in 2017; one small step at a time.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Curling Through The Years – Let’s Celebrate Canada in Style! (Jan. 2017)

January 24, 2017

    High Society Ladies & Winning Team AllmanThe year is 1867 -Sat Jan 7th – and the Fenelon Falls Curling Club hosted the Ladies New Year’s Bonspiel in Style!! Dressed in long flowing period costume, the ladies prepared a hardy “Canadian” style lunch. The singing waiters, aka: Fisherman, Lumberjack, Miner and Farmer were dressed in appropriate costume to present their own songs.

Congratulations to our own Fenelon Falls Team – Gail Allman, Kate Baxendale, Cheryl Medhurst and Leeanne Bingham, dressed as 1967, who won against competitors from Bobcaygeon, Brampton, Dixie, Lindsay, Newmarket, Oakwood and Orangeville.

Thanks to all the sponsors, organizers and volunteers who helped make the event a success and fun for all!

Safe Journey… (Jan. 2017)

January 10, 2017


trvaelWith one holiday season coming to an end, many of us are setting our sights on a different type of holiday – the winter getaway.

Whether heading to Florida for the winter or booking a week in Cuba, Canadians have long sought warmer climates to break the dreariness of this long and cold season. Before heading out, remember a few things to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons.

  1. Know your destination – are there travel advisories including recommended vaccinations against hepatitis or yellow fever or suggested preventative medications for gastrointestinal illnesses?
  2. Consider that while the flu is never fun, it is guaranteed to spoil your vacation so get your shot before you go.
  3. If you are not covered by an employee benefit plan, make sure to purchase travel insurance even if you are young and healthy. Medical evacuations after an accident or illness alone can cost well in excess of $50,000 – so protect yourself.
  4. Make sure you bring both prescription and over the counter medications you will need during your trip and carry a detailed list of all your medications in case they are lost or stolen.

After all, while visiting a Mexican hospital may make for a story to share for years to come, with a little planning, you can recount your happy holiday memories instead.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Holiday Skate and Swim Schedule in Kawartha Lakes (Dec. 2016)

December 13, 2016


In addition to regular recreational programming available throughout the holidays, free holiday skates will take place at select arenas in Kawartha Lakes thanks to generous sponsorship by Tim Hortons. 

Tim Hortons sponsored free holiday skates:

Wednesday, December 21

Bobcaygeon Community Centre


Thursday, December 22

Fenelon Falls Community Centre


Bobcaygeon Community Centre


Friday, December 23

Lindsay Recreation Complex


 Bobcaygeon Community Centre


Fenelon Falls Community Centre


 Tuesday, December 27

Lindsay Recreation Complex


Wednesday, December 28

Lindsay Recreation Complex


Bobcaygeon Community Centre


Thursday, December 29

Lindsay Recreation Complex


 Fenelon Falls Community Centre


 Bobcaygeon Community Centre


Friday, December 30

Lindsay Recreation Complex

12 – 2pm

Fenelon Falls Community Centre



Bobcaygeon Community Centre



Saturday, December 31

Fenelon Falls Community Centre



Holiday Hours:


The Parks Recreation Culture Administration Office will be closed at 12pm on December 23, and will re-open at 8:30am on January 3, 2017.

The Lindsay Recreation Complex and Forbert Memorial Pool will close at 12pm on December 23 and will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

All other Recreation Facilities will close at 12pm on December 24 and December 31 and will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1.

Additional holiday skate and swim sessions:

Additional Holiday Skate and Swim times are available online at, regular admission fees will apply.

No Man is an Island (Nov. 2016)

November 29, 2016

“No Man is an Island…”   John Donnealone

This famous phrase, first written in a religious text in 1624, may never have been more appropriate than it is today. Despite our electronic connectedness, loneliness and isolation are becoming ever more frequent complaints in today’s society.

While we all need some solitude from time to time, a 2013 study published in the Journal Psychological Science actually found that social isolation increased people’s likelihood of death by 26 percent. It is no secret that we are a social species, but the importance interacting with others has on our overall physical and mental health has long been underestimated. In fact, health risks associated with social isolation were compared in magnitude to the dangers of smoking cigarettes in a frequently cited 2001 study by James House.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Unlike many physical ailments, loneliness is much easier to target. Even surrounding ourselves with others, without direct interaction, has been shown to have positive effect and a smile and kind word are free and easy to share. So make an effort to say hello to someone you don’t usually speak with, strike up a conversation in the grocery line or just have a coffee out. It will do your health good.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Walking in Winter (Nov. 2016)

November 15, 2016


Are you dreading winter and the icy sidewalks it brings?

While we can’t change the weather, we have an option to keep walking without the fear of slipping. Join us for the start of our new indoor walking group beginning November 25th and running every Friday morning.

We will meet at the Fenelon Falls arena at 9:00 a.m. for introductions and walking from 9:15-10:15. Join for an hour or as long as suits and meet likeminded people looking to stay active safely throughout the winter months.

There is no charge and everyone is welcome. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and that the arena can be cool, so dress accordingly.

Use this opportunity to work towards the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity required to prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Brought to you by Kawartha North FHT in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes FHT and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.