SENIORS HEALTH NETWORK: For the Health of It event returns Sept. 21

The Seniors Health Network each month explores a different health-care topic with local professionals.

This month, Seniors Health Network project manager Kathy McIntyre previews the upcoming ‘For the Health of It’ education day.

I’m a senior in South Surrey and last year I attended a health education day at the White Rock Community Center. I don’t remember who put it on but they had great speakers, lots of vendors and the City even had exercise classes you could try out.

Do you know if this day will be repeated this year?

The event you are referring to is called “For the Health of It.”

We have put on this event for the past three years, and yes, it’s being held Sept. 21 at the White Rock Community Centre from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are asking you to call 604-541-8653 to register because, although there is no cost to you for attending, we need to estimate numbers of attendees so we can provide complimentary lunch.

This grass-roots, no-cost event is planned and organized by a group of ‘community partners and colleagues’ representing the Seniors Planning Table, the Seniors Health Network, Comfort Keepers, Seniors Come Share Society, BC Association of Community Response Networks, Sources Community Resources and our lead partner, the City of White Rock.

We are fortunate in this community to have generous sponsors who support this event and very engaged community vendors who attend to provide information for all. As a planning group we also value quality improvement so we have done our best to incorporate your feedback, from our previous years events, into this year’s event to make it our best ever!

We thank you for your constructive and helpful feedback!

This year’s ‘theme’ is about discovering how your body, mind and soul interconnect to promote better health. Our guest speakers will address topics like ‘laughter yoga’ and ‘supporting our wiser years with nutrition’ with lots of take-aways to advance your ‘health span’ and contribute to feeling younger and living longer! The activities this year will include some ‘try me’ sessions such as osteofit and zumba gold (chair) so you can get a sense of how these classes feel before you sign up. We will also have a supervised ‘abilities’ course for you to participate in. This new course is being brought here from eastern Canada where it’s currently being successfully used.

Seniors will have the opportunity to participate in the abilities course (like an obstacle course) and the get a brief report on how they did and where their strengths and weakness are! This will be a very busy morning with lots of participation as well as observation wrapping up with a complementary light lunch and a variety of prizes.

There will also be lots of opportunities to visit with our vendors and see what kinds of services are available in your community. There will also be a “Tea Room” sponsored by Oceana Parc, which will provide a chance for you to sit down and enjoy a quiet moment.

Please consider attending this fun and educational program where you’ll learn the importance of movement, nutrition and social connectedness on your general health and well being.

Kathy McIntyre is a retired RN and project manager with the Seniors Health Network

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