Archive for the ‘Active Living’ Category


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

Have You Thanked Your Dog Today? (May 2016)

May 23, 2016

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face” Ben Williams

We all know that pets can be good company and can decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, but do you know all of the other health benefits they provide?

According to the American Heart Association, there is a link between pet ownership, especially dogs, and reduced risk for heart disease. Similar findings showed that people who have pets had decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, minimizing future risks of heart attack. In fact, pet owners over age 65 make up to 30% fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Additionally, dogs tend to encourage us to get outdoors and exercise, making dog owners far more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements and to get to know new people in the process. Dogs are, after all, a great conversation starter.

Of course we cannot forget about the mental health benefits of pet ownership. They have been shown to reduce anxiety, provide sensory and overall stress relief and to add a sense of purpose and meaning to their owners’ lives.

So remember to thank your furry friend for keeping you healthy.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Get Involved and Improve Your Health (May 2016)

May 9, 2016


VOlunteersYou may be familiar with Margaret Mead’s famous quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

But did you know that it will not only change your community, it can also improve your health? Studies over the past 20 years, including an extensive Canadian Community Health Survey on Healthy Aging, have found that people who volunteer have lower rates of depression and mortality than people who don’t volunteer.

Evidence suggests that community involvement can have a positive effect on a person’s mental health by providing meaning and purpose and has been shown to decrease blood pressure in adults over 50 which may improve cardiovascular health. Rush University Medical Center reported that people with chronic pain experienced less pain and disability when they volunteered 1-2 hours each week.

And of course we cannot forget the positive feelings created by helping someone who needs it. So do something that will benefit both you and your community and may even change the world – Volunteer!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

April is Daffodil Month (Apr. 2016)

April 25, 2016

and not only because spring has sprung!


I am sure you too have spotted the many displays around our communities selling the well-known yellow daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society. So as we move into the nice weather, and into our gardens, let’s take this opportunity to remember how to protect ourselves from the elements.

Without a doubt, spending time outdoors has many positive effects including an opportunity for physical activity and enabling your body to synthesize Vitamin D3, but remember that overexposure to UV radiation can also be bad for you.

Not only can excessive exposure lead to premature aging and sunburn, but it can also cause skin cancer and diseases of the eyes. So before going out to enjoy the beautiful weather remember to use sunscreen when the UV index is three or more, wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats. And of course don’t forget your sunglasses, but most of all – get out there to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT


Exercise is Medicine (Apr. 2016)

April 11, 2016

UntitledYes, we all know that keeping physically active is good for us, but did you know that “Exercise is Medicine”?

The Exercise is Medicine initiative was launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association in 2007. The project recognized the need for physical activity and exercise to be a part of disease prevention and medical treatments and encouraged healthcare providers to provide exercise prescriptions to their patients.

Today, participating healthcare providers including those with Kawartha North, the CKL Family Health Team and the CKL Community Health Centre can provide their patients with an exercise prescription which provides free access to area facilities for a limited period as well as time with trained professionals to get you started.

So if you think you are ready to embrace the health benefits of increased activity, see your physician or Nurse Practitioner to see whether exercise is the right medicine for you.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Physical Literacy Summit to Design Ways to Help Kids and Adults Master Active Living Skills for Life (Mar. 2016)

March 28, 2016


Educators, Sport and Recreation Providers Invited to Physical Literacy Summit on April 15 & 16

Understanding what prevents many kids from remaining active as they grow up will be the focus of the upcoming Central East Physical Literacy Summit taking place April 15-16, 2016 in Peterborough. The event starts Friday evening and resumes Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront.

The summit will explore and expand participants’ understanding of physical literacy. Running, hopping, kicking, catching and throwing are just some of the fundamental movement skills that children need to be physically literate. Without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport. “To stay active as we age, it’s important that we feel comfortable in any activity setting, and that comfort comes from feeling confident in our abilities to master fundamental movements,” said Eugene Todd, co-chair of the Central East Physical Literacy Project.

The Summit promises to be a terrific learning and networking opportunity for community sport and recreation leaders, elementary and secondary teachers, child and youth workers, early childhood educators, coaches, recreation programmers from municipal and not-for-profit groups, volunteers working with children and youth, health and health promotion professionals, post-secondary students and administrators.

The event is conference style, with delegates able to select four of 19 breakout workshop sessions over the two days. There will be two notable plenary presentations by experts: Friday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Dean Kriellaars, associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and renowned physical literacy expert and advocate. He will also lead several of the breakout sessions. Saturday’s plenary will feature Brandy Tanenbaum, program coordinator at the RBC First Office for Injury prevention, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on the topic of injury prevention, risk and resilience.

Early bird pricing ($64.20) ends March 24, and the cost for students to attend the summit is $32.40. Registration includes refreshments Friday night and Saturday morning, and light lunch on Saturday.

To register, click here or visit and search for “physical literacy 2016”. For more details, please contact Deanna Moher, Central East Physical Literacy Summit Coordinator at
705-772-8841 or

The summit is hosted by the Central East Physical Literacy Project (CEPLP), a collaboration of agencies from Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County funded by an RBC Learn to Play Project Grant. Representatives from the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, the City of Peterborough, the YMCA of Central East Ontario, and local school boards also serve on the CEPLP’s Leadership Committee.

RBC Learn to Play Project grants are funded by RBC and the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered by ParticipACTION with support from Canadian Sport for Life.

Dig For Your Health (Mar. 2016)

March 28, 2016


I might be jumping the gun a little, but if you have a green heart as I do, you will be finding yourself longingly perusing seed catalogues at this time of year.

Well, gardening is not just fun but also good for both your mental and physical health. A recent study conducted by Bakker Spalding found that 88% of people reported that they found spending time in the garden benefitted their mental wellbeing.

Of course 2.5 hours per week of the moderate-intensity level activity associated with gardening will also reduce your risk for obesity and associated health problems and may even prevent colon cancer and osteoporosis according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And lastly, let’s not forget the satisfaction and direct health benefits associated with a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden.

So join me in embracing the seed catalogues and planning my own outdoor health regime this summer.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Become Part of the Colonversation (Mar. 2016)

March 14, 2016


If you are one of the many who didn’t know that March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, you would be forgiven, as Colorectal Cancer continues to be something we don’t talk about in mixed company. Well it’s time to break the silence! While Colorectal Cancer has long been seen as mostly impacting older men, the fact is that anyone can get it. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, it is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in Canada; nearly 25,000 Canadians are estimated to be diagnosed each year and over 9,000 will die from it.

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. While there can be a number of signs and symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, changes in your bowel habits or general stomach pains and discomfort, many people diagnosed reported never having had any symptoms.

But the news isn’t all bad as, according to Colon Cancer Canada, 90% of cases could be cured if they are caught early enough through identification of blood in the stool. For many, early diagnosis could be as simple as an at-home FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) but if you have a family history or other risk factors, you may need to have a colonoscopy for screening; ask your health care provider what testing would be most appropriate for you and start your colonversation.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Ways To Lift Your Spirits In Winter (Mar. 2016)

February 29, 2016

UntitledIf you are like me, no matter how much you enjoy winter, this is the time of year when you are starting to feel a little blue and need some sunshine in your life. While we can’t change the weather, there are still a few things you can do to lift your spirits – even without a vacation south.

  • Change your perspective! To see the beauty on a dreary day, try photography and surprise yourself by what you may see this time of year. Not only can this allow you to find beauty in nature, it is also a great opportunity to get some exercise which will lift your spirits as well.
  • And while we are on the topic of exercise, why not try something beneficial to both body and spirit like Yoga? It is sure to lift your mood as well as burn calories and tone muscles.
  • Try a new winter activity. Not only is it a reason to appreciate this long season, you may meet some likeminded friends looking to make the best of things at the curling rink.
  • Add some Omega 3 Fatty Acids to your diet. A 2010 study by Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal showed the same efficacy in treating depression with Omega 3 as conventional antidepressants. Additionally, it has been shown to curb stiffness and joint pain, and lower triglycerides, the fats that increase your risk for heart disease.

And most important of all – if you don’t feel you can manage on your own, speak to a friend or see your health care provider about other options.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Exercise Is The Mental Motivator (Mar. 2016)

February 29, 2016

Winter-BluesMaking changes to your body size and composition can be challenging. I will let you in on a secret. Your diet must reflect the changes you hope to make. You can take in much more than you can work off. Exercise is the mental motivator. It puts a smile on your face, increases the “happy” hormones, reduces stress, etc., but, understand that controlling what you eat makes all the difference. Make it easier on yourself. Eating artificial foods loaded with sugar, salt, etc, is not a reward. 4 donut holes (a.k.a. Timbits) are 200 calories. You can eat them in 2 minutes. It takes 20 minutes of intense exercise to make a dent in working them off.

Set realistic goals. Don’t deprive yourself. 1 donut hole instead of 4 may satisfy a craving without destroying your hard work or your self esteem. Don’t let guilt ruin you. If you slip, do better next time, call a friend to talk you off the junk food “ledge”. Eat more natural foods. Fruits and vegetables, control portion sizes. Want to eat more? Ok. That may be possible if you are eating clean.

Summer is coming. One more month until what little snow we have is gone for good, days get longer, we wear less clothing.

The right frame of mind is very important. Get happy.

Start now. Take action. Shake off the winter blues and start being active again. Focus on what you can do. The first step is recognizing your need to get moving. It might be cold outside now, but if you dress warmly, with layers that you can easily strip off as your body temperature rises. Listen to your favourite music, recorded book, podcast, etc., you will be back in your comfy chair in no time. If you are not interested in being alone or walking great lengths, look into other options, such as swimming, cycling or exercise classes.

Fenelon Falls is home to Fenelon Athletics and Nutrition. Try your hand at our exercise classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7 – 8 p.m., kickboxing, summer bootcamp nutrition counselling, personal training and more. Follow us on Facebook. Write a review if you have worked with us before. Read our current reviews. See what your neighbours and friends have to say about us. We are currently celebrating our 2nd year anniversary and we look forward to many more years of helping and supporting the health and well being of our community. Check out our photos, videos of the Fenelon Falls Turkey Trot, member successes, weekly class fun and more.

If you are ready to be active and feel better about yourself, register today for the Spring Session of Gladiator Fitness Classes. Type in the registration link: or visit their Facebook page

Enjoy Canadian Winter Safely And Wisely (Feb. 2016)

February 15, 2016


brought to you by your friends at the Kawartha North Family Health Team

As my British mother in law came to visit this month we took a few trips to experience the Canadian winter. Only a few days in, and despite her mindfulness, she slipped on an icy patch. Fortunately she was not hurt, but it brought to mind the need for us all to be careful of falling year-round and particularly during this icy time of year.

According to Canada’s Public Health Agency, one in three Canadian seniors will fall at least once this year and half of those will fall more than once; of such incidents, 40% result in hip fractures. The good news is – falls can be prevented!

  • Start by eating well and keeping fit – inactivity increases your risk of falling so engage in daily physical activity. Walk or participate in community activities which help to maintain your flexibility and balance such as Tai Chi.
  • Have your health care provider review your medications to see whether any of them might make you dizzy or sleepy, this should include both prescription and over-the counter medicines. If you do require medication which may cause dizziness, adjust your activities and never mix medication with alcohol.
  • Put safety before fashion and make sure you choose proper footwear and use your safety aids. Nobody thinks any less of you for looking after yourself and using a cane or walker when needed.

So get out there and enjoy Canadian winter safely and wisely.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

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Foot Care Clinics Expand Service (Feb. 2016)

February 1, 2016

FootcareHealthy feet keep you mobile and active. CCCKL has expanded its Foot Care program in order to help local residents get the basic care that they need to prevent serious health complications and decrease mobility challenges. Beginning this month, there is a new monthly clinic in Lindsay, and additional clinics in Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls.

The current CCCKL Foot Care schedule is:

Bobcaygeon (100 Head St.) – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Friday

Fenelon Falls (70 Murray St.) – 3rd & 4th Friday, 4th Monday

Kirkfield (1027 Portage Rd.) – 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday

Little Britain (489 Eldon Rd.) – every Monday, excluding holidays

Lindsay (Queen’s Square Pharmacy, 86 Russell St. W.) – 3rd Monday

All clinics accept appointments between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. In order to accommodate as many clients as possible, pre-booking appointments is required. Call 705-879-4100 (push “1”) to book an appointment or for more information.

Exercise Classes for Movement Without Pain (Jan. 2016)

January 18, 2016


Pam Guzzi has been teaching Hatha and Yin Yoga to people in Fenelon Falls for many years. She has a couple of new programs that she will be offering in the New Year. One is Yoga 4 Low Back Pain, a specialized yoga program for people who suffer with pain, tightness and discomfort in the lower back. The other is Somatic Movement which is not yoga but a new program that promotes moving with more ease.

Yoga 4 LOW BACK PAIN will be held on Wednesdays, January 20 to February 24, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. It is a 6 week program for stretching and strengthening the low back using yoga poses and breathing techniques. You will develop awareness of the deep core muscles supporting your back as well as the importance of relaxation to help reduce chronic pain. The program is progressive, adding more challenge each week, as it builds on the previous week’s practice. This program takes a more therapeutic approach and may alleviate chronic low back pain and tension. The technique is based on the ‘Essential Low Back Program’ developed by Robin Rothenberg, Yoga Therapist, supported by results of studies carried out by and published by the National Institutes of Health in U.S.

SOMATIC MOVEMENT – “MOVE WITHOUT PAIN” will be held Thursday, January 21st to February 25, 2016 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. The cost is $66. In these 6 classes you will learn a series of simple movements, when done regularly, can bring about more efficient, coordinated and pain-free physical functioning. Good for all ages. Work with techniques and methods developed by Thomas Hanna to regain a sense of awareness of and control over your body. Work done primarily on a mat.

For more information please contact Pam at 705-928-3941 or email at

Reflective Clothing Keeps Walker and Runners Safe (Dec. 2015)

December 7, 2015


City encourages pedestrians to wear light-coloured or reflective clothing at night

The City’s Fire and Paramedic Services are reminding pedestrians to wear light-coloured or reflective clothing when walking after dark.

“With the days getting darker earlier it is often difficult for motorists to see people walking along area roadways, running or walking their dogs,” explained Paramedic Chief Keith Kirkpatrick.

“We want to remind people to wear something that is reflective or more easily visible to motorists,” added Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “We want to help ensure everyone is and remains safe.”

Ward 5 Councillor Steve Strangway said he has heard similar concerns from residents in his ward in recent weeks.

“I have heard from a number of people that it is sometimes difficult to see pedestrians or individuals walking their dogs near the road, especially when they are wearing darker clothing,” he said. “Wearing light-coloured clothing or carrying a flashlight is an easy thing that could help prevent a tragedy.”

Taking the Right Steps to Prevent A Fall (Nov. 2015)

November 23, 2015

Fall PreventionOlder Adults Can Reduce Their Risk of Falling by Taking Positive Steps in the Right Direction

Local seniors are being encouraged to give the slip to falls by taking steps to stay on solid footing.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is joining other groups in promoting Ontario’s first Fall Prevention Month in November. Preventing falls is an important issue, especially when more than 100,000 seniors wind up in Ontario hospital emergency rooms every year due to falls-related injuries. An estimated one in three seniors fall every year.

“Considering the current rate of falls in Ontario, we must ensure proven prevention efforts are put in place. Fall Prevention Month is a good start to making real progress in this important public health issue,” says Doreen Boville, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Falls are common in local communities, and can be the cause of very serious and life-threatening injuries, especially among older residents. However, Boville notes that the impact of falls not only affects the individuals who fell, but their loved ones and caregivers as well. “All of us are affected in some way by falls, so the entire community has a role to play in addressing the problem,” she says.

According to Boville, the first step to preventing falls is to consider potential warning signs. Six warning signs of falls for people 65 years of age and older include:

  •   a previous fall in the past six months
  •   a constant fear of falling
  •   the use of multiple medications and drugs
  •   balance and mobility problems
  •   medical conditions such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
  •   vision issues such as blurred/double vision and difficulty seeing steps or walking in dim light.“If people have multiple warning signs, they are considered at higher risk of falls,” Boville notes. “The good news is that most falls are preventable and there are many proactive ways to help older adults stay on their feet.”To help prevent falls, the Health Unit offers these tips:
  •   Stay or become more active. Focus especially on lower body strength and balance.
  •   Review all medications with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure they are appropriate for your condition.
  •   Get annual eye checkups and update your eyeglasses.
  •   Make your home and living space safer to get around. Remove clutter and tripping hazards, put railings on all stairs, add grabbars in the bathroom, and have good lighting especially on stairs and entryways.With winter on the horizon, Boville also encourages local residents to take further precautions. “Keep walkways, steps and driveways well-lit and clear of snow and ice. Have a shovel and a bag of salt/sand ready to keep sidewalks clean,” she notes. “If clearing snow is difficult, arrange for someone else to shovel snow for you.” For more on falls prevention initiatives in the City of Kawartha Lakes, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre website (

Sports Volunteers Get Recognized (Nov 2015)

November 8, 2015


Pictured (left to right): Volunteer of the Year award winners Steve Blodgett, Tom Jeffrey, and Chris O’Neill (front). Ruth Pillsworth, Pat O’Reilly, Paul Steffler, Rebecca Bartlett, Steve McLaughlin (back).


Volunteers recognized at KLSRC’s first Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Tom Jeffrey, Chris O’Neill and Steve Blodgett were presented with Volunteer of the Year awards at the inaugural Volunteer Recognition Dinner hosted by the Kawartha Lakes Sport and Recreation Council. Lindsay Unites was also recognized as Volunteer Association of the Year for all of their work to raise funds to  improving access to sport and recreation for all children and youth in CKL.

The event was held Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club.

Jeffrey was recognized for his volunteer contributions to the Lindsay Rugby Football Cub as a coach and volunteer, the wrestling team of I.E. Weldon Secondary School and Big Country Mixed Martial Arts. Jeffrey was nominated by Paul Steffler, who noted that Jeffrey has updated his coaching certification, and created safe, active practices to develop skills in youth.

O’Neill, a teacher at Lindsay Collegiate and Vocational Institute, was nominated by former junior girls’ basketball player Rebecca Bartlett. In her nomination, Bartlett says O’Neill encouraged her not only as a Spartan, but to try out for the Lindsay Wildcats rep team where she further developed. He gave her the confidence that has led to her second season playing OCAA women’s basketball with the Loyalist Lancers.

Blodgett was recognized for his dedication to the ice rink at Tommy Anderson Park in Bobcaygeon. Nominator Ruth Pillsworth says Blodgett lives around the corner from the rink and can be found flooding the rink day and night. She says Blodgett just shows up and does what needs to be done to keep the rink active, adding that without him the rink would not happen.

The other nominees were Keri Castle-Sedore (Kawartha Lakes Soccer Club), Lea Rea (Sturgeon Lake Thunder), Trevor Switzer (Optimist Soccer), Hugh Shannon, Mark Mitchell and Linda Ham (all of Lindsay Wildcats), and Art Field of the Little Britain Merchants.

Paul Jurbala, senior associate of Canadian Sport for Life was the event’s keynote speaker. He told the group of the huge contribution made to communities by volunteers in the fields of sports and recreation. He also talked about physical literacy and its value in helping to keep people active from cradle to grave.

The KLSRC is a volunteer organization committed to the enhancement and promotion of sport, recreation and healthy active living opportunities for all citizens of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Among its goals are too support the growth of sport and recreation in CKL by providing a network for sport organizations to share resources and expertise.

Over the coming years, KLSRC will continue its work towards designation for CKL as a Canadian Sport for Life Community.

The organization is looking for volunteers and community partners with an interest in developing physical literacy and observing positive outcomes in health, education and community development.

For more information visit KLSRC’s facebook page here.

Fall Fitness Ideas in Fenelon Falls (Oct 2015)

October 25, 2015

Fall trailThe crisp, cool air and colourful, changing leaves mean autumn is officially here. But before you resort to months confined in a stuffy gym to stay active until spring, consider taking your workout outdoors. Chillier temps help keep you alert and make it harder for your body to become overheated. And, if you’re lucky enough to live near a park or wooded area, the scenery is more entertaining than TV or people-watching at the gym.

A hike in the woods and fields is great both for your camera and your body. Take your binoculars too, because wildlife can be very active at this time of year, especially early in the morning or just before sunset. For the inner naturalist in you, have some fun identifying the plants, birds, and animals. In the wild, we have moose, beaver, deer, black bears, coyotes, and wolves. The fish are still biting too—you just need to do a little research on the best fishing holes.

Fenelon Falls is a fruit-growing area and it is harvest time. There are many apple trees along our roadways and trail systems. Try a family apple picking day. Your arm muscles in particular can get a great strength workout from reaching up to pick the fruit. Carrying the full baskets and loading them into your car is exercise too!

If you have kids, raking leaves can be made into a game—building a really high pile of leaves and jumping into them. After the fun is over, have them help you bag them and take them to the curb.

Years ago, many communities held fall corn roasts. There were always outdoor games, races, and contests that got people moving around, having a great time together, and filling the air with laughter. If your community doesn’t have a fall corn or wiener roast, then why not plan your own in your backyard or a nearby park? Everyone can pitch in with ideas and sporting equipment such as Frisbees, baseballs, or footballs.

Another thing about the fall is that it is a prime time for people to join fitness clubs. What a great idea to shed a few pounds so you have some wiggle room for the upcoming holiday feasting!

Living in Fenelon Falls has its perks when you’re looking for outdoor fall activities. We have fantastic local resources like the Victoria Rail Trail and the Ken Reid Park. Bike paths are all around us. Parks are everywhere and waiting for families to come and have some outdoor fun. Lets get out and enjoy them.

Kawartha ATV Will Be Offering Safe Rider Programs (Oct 2015)

October 11, 2015


Learning to ride an ATV safely is no different than learning to drive a car safely. Drivers Education is the best way to ensure that new riders will be properly prepared for the sport.

Over the summer Kawartha All Terrain Vehicle Association (KATVA) trained five local instructors to be able to deliver the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI)  Hands On ATV Safe Rider Course.

The instructor training was held at Log Chateau Park, just north of Fenelon Falls, where an empty field was available to set up obstacle courses for the first students to learn new skills. The week-long intensive InstruKAT Training Poster 12x24 B_Layout 1ctor Training prepared the individuals to be able to deliver a full ATV Safe Rider Course as designed by the CASI. This course is intended to prepare new riders for safe and educated participation in the sport.

Most ATV-related fatalities in Canada are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. Take some time out and learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.

The course is designed to offer students a hands on approach to increasing their safety knowledge and practise their riding skills in a controlled and supervised environment. It is the most current ATV training available and highly supported and endorsed by ATV Councils and manufacturers.

It includes education in proper safety gear, safe ATV operation practises and basic riding skills. Students will practise numerous skills including safe braking, acceleration techniques, driving over obstacles, how to handle uneven or off camber surfaces, hand signals and proper shared trail etiquette.

It is recommended that all youth riders and any new adult riders strongly consider participating in this program.  KATVA will be offering the CASI ATV Rider Course in the spring of 2016.

Watch the KATVA website for details.  


We All Win – Healthy Workplace Contest (Sept 2015)

September 28, 2015

Healthy Work

Enter Contest to Win a Free Lunch for Your Organization During Healthy Workplace Month in October -

Whoever said there is no such thing as a free lunch was unaware of a new contest open to workplaces in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

To mark Healthy Workplace Month in October, local workplaces are being encouraged to enter the We All Win with Workplace Health Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate towards a healthy catered lunch for their employees. The contest is sponsored by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

“The name of the contest sums it up, because everyone wins with workplace health… employees, their families, and the entire community,” says Lisa van der Vinne, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit. “A healthy workplace creates the right conditions where employees can enjoy work-life balance. That supports healthier families, which in turn benefits the entire community.”

There are two ways to enter the We All Win with Workplace Health Contest:

1) Sign up for the Health Unit’s monthly workplace health e-newsletter,


2) Share information or photos of a healthy activity planned at work during Healthy Workplace Month in October.

To sign up for the contest, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1256, or email Complete details, contest rules and healthy activity ideas are also available at Deadline to enter the We All Win with Workplace Health Contest is October 31, 2015.

Organizations that need further help with their workplace health programs can also call for assistance. The Health Unit provides free and confidential consultation and support services to help local employers get on the path to success.

2nd Annual Turkey Trot in Fenelon Falls

September 14, 2015

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Fenelon Falls 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run is happening again this year! Come with your family and friends on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 11am.

This year’s run takes a step up in excitement. After having 92 participants in our
inaugural event last year, we are making this event bigger.  This family oriented event promoting active living takes place at Garnet Graham Park (located at the end of Bond and Francis Street in Fenelon Falls). The route will be on the local section of the Victoria Rail Trail.

For registration information and to view a video with last year’s Turkey Trot, please visit the Fenelon Falls Athletics and Nutrition Website here.

For Every Body Yoga in Fenelon Falls (Sept 2015)

August 29, 2015


Fenelon Falls residents are invited to join Karen (RYT 200) for yoga fun and relaxation at Fenelon Falls United Church at 123 Colborne St. on Wednesdays beginning this September.

She will be offering two different classes. Gentle Yoga: Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Hatha Yoga: Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat (limited extra mats available for use.)

The Cost for a 6 week program is $60  or you may want to choose a Drop-in rate of $14/session.  Classes will be starting Wednesday September 16th, 2015.

Classes are limited to maximum of 15 people so be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot. Call or text Karen @ 705-740-3000 or email:
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Fun Family Fitness (Aug 2015)

August 3, 2015

Turkey Trot Participants all Sizes

Studies show that an alarming number of Canadian kids are overweight in 2015. Health experts agree that parents should aim for our children to eat a minimal amount of processed food and make sure they get enough exercise for optimum health and growth.

The good news is that keeping our kids and ourselves active can be fun and easy. Making a few changes to your family routine will go a long way to improving the physical and emotional health of your children and your family. One change is to increase small and frequent amounts of activity into your day by engaging in free play and doing chores. This is referred to as ‘domestic recreation’.  For better success with increasing domestic recreation, the whole family should be on board.

As a family, pick a day(s)/time(s) that is electronic-free time. Take a walk, go on a bike ride, go for a swim, go skating, and/or go tobogganing! Not only will you be spending time together and be active, you will also have a lot of fun! This would be an ideal time to have conversations that you might be too busy or preoccupied to have other times of the day. Take this opportunity to learn from one another and laugh a lot too.

There are little things you can do to add activity to your lifestyle. Such as parking at the farthest corner of the parking lot, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and during school days walk with your children to school instead of driving them. Make yard work and household chores into beat-the-clock games. Even have the kids race each other once or twice in the backyard or park. Whatever form of exercise you choose, if it keeps your clan off that ‘corrosive couch’, it’s building a foundation of good health for your kids — and for you too.

This article was provided by Fenelon Athletics and Nutrition,  your local partner for healthy lifestyles and fitness.  They are there to help provide you with ideas for active living including nutrition and exercise.

Don’t forget about their family fun run – 2nd Annual Turkey Trot – on October 10th at Garnet Graham Park (located at the end of Bond and Francis street in Fenelon Falls).

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Reasons to Join Curling in Fenelon Falls

August 3, 2015


Looking for a way to stay active while doing something you love? For those who regularly participate in curling, it’s easy to list reasons why they love the sport. Here are some reasons why anyone can learn to love curling.

1. Curling can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Curling is a sport that can be enjoyed by men and women at any age. While it involves a certain level of physical fitness, one doesn’t have to be an extreme athlete to play. It’s even possible for someone in a wheelchair to participate in curling.

2. Curling is inexpensive. Compared to many other sports like golf or skiing, curling is relatively inexpensive to do. You don’t need lots of expensive equipment and a curling club membership typically costs between $100 to $300 a year. Even gym memberships aren’t that cheap these days.

3. Curlers come from all walks of life. Curling is one of the few sports that has such a diverse grassroots base. From farmers to businessmen, people from all walks of life participate in curling all over Canada. You won’t find any pretentious elitism in this sport.

4. Curling has health benefits. Those who know nothing about curling assume that it doesn’t take much physical fitness to play. In fact, one can get a great cardiovascular workout through curling, whether throwing a rock or sweeping those of one’s teammates.

5. Curling is social. Like any team sport, curling involves a great deal of camaraderie between the four members of a curling team, as well as the teams they compete against. Joining a curling club in your local community allows you to meet people from all walks of life and socialize with them before and after games.

6. Curling is one of Canada’s most popular sports. There are over 1,000 curling clubs all across Canada, and it has been estimated that over 750,000 Canadians participate in the sport at least once a year. With so many clubs, there’s almost always one close enough to join.

7. Curling requires precision. Rather than speed or power, curling is a sport that requires great skill and precision above all else. It has been nicknamed as “chess on ice” for the amount of strategy involved in winning a game. This is one of the reasons it is so popular among both players and spectators.

8. Curling is safe. Any injury caused by curling is certain to be a minor one. Slipping on the ice or tripping over a stone is nothing compared to tumbling down a ski hill or crashing a bobsled.

9. Curling is easy to learn and understand. Scoring in curling is simply based on points, not something subjective like technique or style. It is straightforward and easy to learn, which is why it’s possible to join at any age and can be enjoyed by everyone.

10. Curling is available right here in Fenelon Falls. Come out and join the fun at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club. Registration night is on Monday September 14th,   7:30 pm.  The Club has curling leagues which includes: Men’s, Ladies, Youth, Mixed and Day Curling.

For more information visit their website at


Sturgeon Minor Hockey Taking Registration (July 2015)

July 5, 2015

Kids Hockey

It is time to register for the fall hockey season! Build character, friendships and skills with the Sturgeon Lake Thunder.

The Sturgeon Minor Hockey Association is a result of a successful amalgamation between The Bobcaygeon Minor Hockey Association and the Fenelon Falls and District Minor Hockey Association.

Although partners in this new organization, these two teams were storied rivals with over 40 years of history and each brought with them a very successful program that has resulted in a very strong and successful new team organization known and feared as The Sturgeon Lake Thunder.

The benefits of the amalgamation have already been seen with a very strong Rep. Program, a very popular initiation program and most importantly offering kids the ability to play at a level commensurate with their respective abilities.

If you are looking for a fun, non competitive hockey league for your child, this league might be suited for you.  Join them each Saturday for house league hockey, with no travelling. Players play once a week for only $275. per season for children with birth years between 2009-2006 and 2005-2003.

Registration is open for the 2015-16 season. Go to to register. Spots are limited!


Walking and Hiking Near Fenelon Falls (June 2015)

June 22, 2015


Kawartha Lakes offers some of the best hiking experiences in the province. Whether you prefer an easy stroll or a challenging climb, there are a number of places you will want to investigate. With hundreds of kilometres of trails, Kawartha Lakes offers terrain for hikers from gentle to challenging. The extensive Victoria Rail Trail Corridor runs through the wetlands and fields of the south to the forests and riverbanks of the north. The more adventurous will enjoy the Somerville Forest’s paths and rolling cottage roads, as well as the picuresque trails of the Ken Reid Conservation Area. The 44km of Kawartha Trans Canada Trail spanning through Kawartha Lakes offers some of the best walking trails on a fairly flat grade. Test your limits or take the family; whatever you prefer, there’s a trail that’s just right for you.

Get back to nature. Get active and explore. You can find a complete list of local trails here.

Success at KATVA Ride for Dad (June 2015)

June 8, 2015

The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Kawartha ATVA joined the fight and held their first Ride for Dad on June 6th, 2015 raising over $16,000 for the organization.

The sunny skies encouraged organizers on the Saturday morning of the event. By 8am a steady stream of participants began to file in to the Log Chateau Trailer and Camping Park located just north of Fenelon Falls, Ontario. “We are thrilled with the turn-out for our first Ride for Dad event,” explains KATVA President, Carolyn Richards. “It was great to see so many new faces – coming from all across Ontario.”

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) was on hand with great news of the start of the Canadian-Wide ATV Safety Week, aimed at educating new and experienced riders to ride safe. ATV Safety Week is also the official kick off of the hands-on ATV rider training courses launched by Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI). To learn more about registration for you or your kids, visit the CASI ATV Rider CourseSM at

Riders set out on their choice of a 60km or 80km route, which offered a variety of beginner and intermediate trails for all participants to explore. Riders enjoyed a social ‘meet and greet’ located half-way on both routes with a refreshment stand sponsored by HB Cycle of Lindsay, Ontario.

When the ride portion of the event was completed, participants gathered at the Burnt River Community Centre for a Roast Beef and Turkey Dinner. Everyone chose their cards for their chance at the $1000 Top prize. The three highest poker hands were rewarded with cash prizes and the three top Fundraisers took home a BBQ, a TV and Powertools.

“The event gave KATVA a chance to raise money for a great cause as well as encourage ATV Safety and Training for new riders and youth,” says Richards. “It was a perfect day for riding and coming together to celebrate the sport – just a win for everyone.”

Even though the Ride for Dad event is over KATVA welcomes new riders anytime. With over 250 km of maintained trails encompassing all skill levels and all types of terrain, it is the perfect location for any rider. Check out their website for information on purchasing day or season passes at