Archive for the ‘Active Living’ Category

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.

The Painful Truth About Shingles (Nov. 2016)

November 1, 2016

shinglesShingles is a painful, blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox heal, the virus remains in the nerve cells so every person who has had the chickenpox is at risk of getting Shingles. It is estimated that one in three people will get shingles and your risk increases as you age.


While the symptoms and discomfort of shingles generally resolve within a few weeks, some people will report long-lasting nerve pain which can last for months or even years. Additionally, shingles can result in scarring, bacterial infection and loss of hearing or vision.

The good news is that shingles are often preventable and if you are between the ages of 65-70, the vaccine is available free of charge. You should also note that if you are born in 1945, you are eligible for free vaccination until December 31st, 2016.

So if you meet the age criteria, please contact your doctor’s office to book an appointment, or to find out whether you should be vaccinated.  To find out more about the vaccine and this new government initiative you can also visit the website:


Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT


Care About Your Skin Care (Oct. 2016)

October 18, 2016

skincareOver the years we have all heard how to protect ourselves from the summer sun – wear SPF30 or better, cover up, wear appropriate eye care. Whether we always follow the rules or not, we definitely know them.

But what about fall and winter? This time of year can be particularly tricky for skin protection. The shorter days may lull us into believing that the UV rays are no longer harmful, but if you have listened to the weather reports, especially this year, we continue to have many “moderate” UV ranges. Add to that the dryer air inside and your skin is experiencing a double whammy. Follow a few easy steps and your skin will be safe and beautiful regardless of the weather.

  1. Use a good moisturizer on your hands and face and if you will be spending time outside, even in the winter, choose one with SPF protection. This is especially true later on in the season when reflecting the sun’s rays off of snow and ice will add to their intensity. So remember to apply broad spectrum sun screen to both your face and hands.
  2. Avoid wet surfaces against your skin which can cause itching, cracking and even sores. If your socks or gloves got wet – change them even if it doesn’t seem that bad in the moment.
  3. Use humidifiers to regulate indoor air which is dried by central heating. Placing several smaller humidifiers throughout your home will evenly disperse moisture.
  4. Look after your feet. As we cover up for the cold weather, it’s easy to forget about moisturizing our feet, but this is the time when they need it most. Use exfoliants and lotions containing petroleum jelly or glycerine for extra winter protection which will help prevent serious issues down the line.

So look after your skin and get out to enjoy the beautiful fall colours and get ready for a snowy winter.


Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT


Autumn Again Already? (Oct. 2016)

October 4, 2016



As the days shorten, you may begin to wonder how to continue the healthy habits you hopefully adopted over the summer. Well, not to worry; with only a few adjustments you can stay healthy any time of year.

Of course as we all know, first and foremost flu season is upon us. Even without complications, if you catch the flu, all your other good intentions will become secondary. Who is going to worry about their healthy diet when they can’t even get out of bed? So get your flu shot this fall.

Now that you won’t be catching the flu, we hope that you will eat more than just chicken soup – so maintain that healthy diet you started during your visits to the local farmers market. Remember that it’s not too late to buy fresh produce to freeze or preserve for the winter or if you are not quite that energetic, don’t dismiss seasonal vegetables or buying frozen. It may not be the taste of summer, but it is still part of that well-balanced diet.

Lastly of course, keep up the physical activity that you have been participating in. Worried about the weather? Look for indoor options for the colder months like Tai Chi or Curling. Also keep your eyes out for a new indoor walking program starting in Fenelon Falls soon which could be a safe and warm alternative.

So take care of yourselves no matter the season!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT



Healthy Aging (Sept. 2016)

September 20, 2016

healthy-agingIt should come as no surprise that we live in an aging community.  September is Healthy Aging month and rather than worry about another wrinkle or commiserate over that extra candle on our cake, this is the perfect opportunity to embrace life and make positive changes.

I believe the old adage is true “you are only as old as you feel”, so work to feel younger this fall.  The advice is really the same as it is any time in our lives, follow a few simple rules and you will be able to enjoy a healthy life at any age.

  1. Eat Healthy – not only will you feel better, you will also reduce the risk of developing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
  2. Stay safe – as we age, our risk of injury increases and our ability to recover unfortunately diminishes.  Take extra precautions to prevent falls and other accidents to avoid long term damage and extend your ability to enjoy life to its fullest.
  3. Stay active – physical activity significantly contributes to healthy aging and has been shown to increase both your quality of life as well as extending it.  If you don’t exercise currently, it is never too late to start.  Take this opportunity to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather.
  4. Stay connected – having social supports will enhance both your mental and physical well-being and of course just make life more fun.  So take advantage of groups, clubs and activities in your community or better yet, start one of your own.

Remember with age come many advantages which are easy to lose sight off as we count the candles.  Take care of yourself and embrace your age with pride.

 Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT             

Healthy Path Back To School (Sept. 2016)

September 5, 2016

SchoolWell we have certainly had a great summer, but even though it is time to head back to school don’t let it end the fun. After weeks of activity it can feel daunting to get back into the swing of things, but if you keep a few basic tips in mind, back to school will be a breeze for you and them.

  1. Get back into a schedule

After long summer nights at the lake, it can be easy to let bedtime slide, but remember that you are not really doing them any favours. Kids thrive with routine and lots of sleep to regenerate, especially as they head back to school. So work with them to come up with regular routines around bedtime, homework and fun.

  1. Eat well

Fall is a busy time and it is easy to slip into quick and easy options for meals which are not always the most nutritious option. Be prepared and stock up on items which can be used for lunches and quick snacks like yogurt or fresh fruit and vegetables which you have washed and/or pre-cut so that they are as easy an option as that cookie would be.

  1. Stay healthy

Remember that with back to school comes back to sharing germs with their friends. Remind your kids of good hand washing routines so they don’t end up bringing home more than just good grades.

With just a little planning, back to school won’t be a nightmare, so plan and have fun.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Summer Fun in the Sun! (Aug 2016)

July 29, 2016


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



July 27, 2016

2016 Fenelon Falls Walking Group Flyer

As the popularity of walking programs increases locally, Community Care is partnering with other local health organizations to explore the possibility of an indoor program during the winter months in Fenelon Falls. The agency, along with the Kawartha North Family Health Team and City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, hopes to present a weekly walking program in Fenelon that would be similar to the popular Get WITH It! (Walking in the Halls) program that has operated in Lindsay for three winters.

Input and volunteer support from local residents will be essential to make such a program viable, organizers say. As a result, the agencies would like to hear from interested residents who would be willing to provide their ideas and to volunteer to make an indoor walking program a reality. Organizers hope to offer the program from late fall to the spring. Volunteer commitment would be approximately 90 minutes once/week, to help with logistics and setup. Volunteers will be able to take part in the walk.

The volunteer work is suitable for interested individuals of all ages. Exact dates, times and location for a future Fenelon Falls indoor walking program are yet to be determined, but individuals interested in discussing the opportunity can contact Marina Hodson, executive director of the Kawartha North FHT, at 705-887-3535.

Summer Activities for Kids (Jul. 2016)

July 4, 2016


School is out and the kids are now looking for things to do. The great thing about Fenelon Falls and surround areas is the many options for family activities that are available. With the long summer days ahead, helping your kids stay active and healthy is a breeze.

Warm weather provides a plethora of opportunities for fun fitness. Turn off the TV, video games, computers and cell phones (yes, yours, too) and head outside instead. Climb trees; take a walk; play tag, soccer or a simple game of catch in the park.  Kids love to exercise with their parents and you can set a great example at the same time. Many outdoor chores double as exercise as well: pulling weeds, mowing the lawn, clipping the bushes, raking and bagging the trimmings. If you garden, encourage your kid to get muddy and dirty (great for the immune system) and help you plant flowers or grow vegetables. With the latter, kids get to complete the cycle by eating the healthy things they’ve grown themselves.

Many summer camps are available in our area. The city has summer camps, local sports clubs offer summer camps, Inspired 2 Dance has dance camp, and the local churches have banned together and offer a great summer program too.

Swimming is always an easy option in our area with many local beaches. A day at the park with a picnic and shore games is always a great way for the family to get some time together and for the kids to burn off some steam.  The Garnet Graham Park has the beach area, the picnic area and a great playground all right in town. What more can you ask for??

Plan a Wednesday or a Friday at the Fenelon Farmers Market and let the kids choose some great food for dinner. They often have music, treats, crafts and lots of other fun things to see. Kids love the Farmers Market. This is a great family outing.

Have you been to the Fenelon Museum lately? They have a wonderful area that kids can enjoy. The old school house classroom is set up for them to explore. Start the day with a “pioneer theme” story to set the mood then continue with a visit back in time. Bring an old fashion picnic to enjoy.

Fishing at the Locks?? A scavenger hunt down the Victoria Rail Trail?  Explore the old cemetery? Venture up to Kinmount to explore the park and logging museum – take in a movie at Highland Cinemas while you are there.  Settlers Village? Watch for summer activity days at local libraries.

Let’s enjoy the summer!

Ramp Up Your Walking (Jun. 2016)

June 20, 2016

PolewalkWould you like to really ramp up the benefits of your walk today?

We all know that walking can help maintain a healthy weight, manage and prevent many health conditions associated with diabetes and heart disease and strengthen your bones and muscles. But did you know that adding two inexpensive additions to your walking routine will further increase the many health benefits? Welcome to Nordic Poles.

There are over 100 research studies identifying that adding Nordic Poles to your walking routine will increase weight loss, improve your balance and posture and increase cardio by 20% vs. walking without them. Nordic Poles have been used as part of regular exercise since the 1960’s in Norway and are now gaining popularity around the world. The minimal investment, often less than $50.00, seems hard to refute given the stated benefits. Additionally, poles can increase your safety and stability while walking, use almost no storage space unlike some of the other exercise equipment available and require limited skill or training.

So the next time you are going for a stroll, why not improve your benefits by adding some Nordic Poles?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Fenelon Has a 100 Miler!! (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016

rhondarunOn May 29th most of the people in Fenelon Falls were seeking air conditioned shelter or in the least, trying to stay as still as possible to combat the unseasonably high temperatures and humidity that settled across Ontario. On this ridiculously hot day, one Fenelon Falls resident was tackling the hardest physical challenge of her life.  Rhonda Ingram-Empey was running her first 100 mile race.

Rhonda Empey started this adventure about seven years ago when running a block did not seem like a possibility for her. Her first target was to reach 5km and eventually time melted away and more distance became the goal. She had help from many other runners along the way, but most consistently from Karen Pride. They are known as the ‘ultra girls’ by other runners in town for their regular 25 and 50km trail runs. In 2015, Rhonda’s  50 km turned to a 50 miler when she successfully challenged an 80km race.

KarenandRhonda has been training for 7 years and she felt that she was ready for her next big challenge.  The Sulphur Springs Trial Run is held in the back woods trails of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area near Hamilton, Ontario. Rhonda decided she was ready to try the challenge of the 100 mile race- the longest of the 4 options in the day’s event.

In the extreme heat, temperatures reaching over 36 degrees with the humidity, the race became more of a challenge than participants expected. They expected the woodland terrain which includes hills, rocks and roots to navigate but Mother Nature unexpectedly provided a nasty 4am thunderstorm for the runners to endure.

With a strong show of determination and strength, Rhonda brushed off the sweat and endured the heat of the day then pushed through the downpour and thunder in the dark of the night.  She overcame the body’s desire to quit and she beat the distance to completed the 100 mile race in 29 hours, 13 minutes and 38 seconds.

posing with directorsHer family and friends provided support at the aid stations, attempted to keep her cool with ice and water, ran pace with her giving motivation and keeping her spirits ups, and of course, cheered her on as she crossed the finish line.

Fenelon Falls is proud of you, Rhonda. You are an inspiration for all and an example of what can be accomplished when you set your mind on a goal. Congratulations!

Many people know Rhonda’s smiling face from Sobeys produce department. Next time you see her, give her a big high five on this amazing accomplishment!!

Article by Corrie Lee

How Did You Sleep Last Night? (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016


insufficient sleep can cause ill health

We all know that a good night’s sleep is important but do you really know why? There has long been recognition that insufficient sleep can cause ill health by increasing risk of infection, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A study by the Oregon Health & Science University has now shown that decreased sleep could also be speeding the development of Alzheimer’s causing amyloid plaques.

So what can you do to ensure that you are getting your 40 winks? Some of the suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation include avoiding stimulants, including alcohol and nicotine, too close to bed time. While a night cap may cause you to drift off more quickly, it will actually disrupt sleep later on as your body metabolizes the alcohol. The same holds true for exercise. While a great tool to tire you out, exercise also releases cortisol in the brain which will prevent you from falling asleep so exercise at least three hours before bed.

But if you have tried everything including a calming pre-bedtime routine and are still not successful, or wake up during the night and cannot return to sleep, don’t be a clock-watcher. Stressing yourself out about being awake by counting the seconds pass can actually make it even more difficult to sleep and can lead to negative associations with your nighttime routine. If you are unable to fall asleep, don’t pressure yourself, instead get up and participate in a relaxing quiet activity such as reading until you feel ready to return to bed.

Remember, sleep can be one of your best and easiest health allies so sleep well.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT