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Living Well member update helps to connect your wellness goals with events, news and programs at the Wellness Institute.

Add a little Spring to your step…

…and join us for the 9th Annual Commit to Get Fit Event on Sunday, June 10th. Kick-start your outdoor activity for the summer as you walk or run with over 600 of your neighbours, fellow Wellness Institute Members and peers. Join us with your family and friends as we raise awareness of the power of positive lifestyle change and healthy, active living – a philosophy we embrace year-round through our health education programming, rehab services and partnerships in the community. We look forward to seeing you there!

This issue includes: new website getting fit for CTGF custom orthotics wellness happenings



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MEmber Update: Wellness Institute At Seven Oaks General Hospital

We’ve had a WEB makeover! The Wellness Institute has officially launched our new website! It has a new, clean look and allows for easier navigation throughout the site. We invite you to visit us at to take a peek!

Here’s an idea of some of the things you can see and do on our website: View the Positively Healthy Magazine Check out fitness programs in the Exercise Schedule View all payments linked to your membership account View your monthly membership statements Prepay your membership or pay for an amount owing Check your attendance reports V iew appointment reservations made under your membership account Register for a program with your member discount Change your contact information Change your billing information

…and more!

Wellness has gone Wireless The Wellness Institute now offers free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) at the Storm Café seating area. The service is available for everyone and does not require a password. Simply select the network called “Wellness Institute Free Internet”. If you’re looking for some troubleshooting tips, please visit the front desk.


fresh picks

Su m m er

Action Plan

Kids Camps at the Wellness


July 3 – August 31 • Ages 5-12 632-3900 • www.wellness

choose a pass to summer wellness

Join us for fresh picks from our farmer’s market Tuesdays July 17 to September 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Located outside the Wellness Institute main entrance.

Find us on Facebook for photos from last season.

Summer PASS

a Summer Pass is an easy way to try our Premium Fitness Facility and it’s Great for Students on Holidays

For details call 204-632-3900 or visit

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+ tax

3-month * $

+ tax

4-month * May 1 – Aug 31

Jun 1 – Aug 31

2-month * Jul 1 – Aug 31


+ tax

*Must be 16+ years old to qualify. This is a limited time, non-transferrable pass. Passes only valid for the period listed.

Living Well spring 2012


How will you


As we prepare for our 9th Annual Walk/Run on Sunday June 10th, we invite you to consider some health ‘prepping’ of your own. Here are some tips to get you started on a journey of healthy living: Setting a goal is an important first step. Be sure to focus on a specific behaviour as opposed to an outcome. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight” your goal could be “I will walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes, 3 times per week when I get home from work.”

to your environment to help you succeed. For example, if you’re looking to eat healthier and include more physical activity in your day, replace all the tempting unhealthy snacks with more nutritious ones and keep a pair of runners in your car to head to the park for a walk after work.

Challenge: Set a specific goal for yourself. Write it down and post it somewhere you will see it frequently. Make it challenging enough that you will feel satisfaction when you reach it but not too difficult that you lack the confidence to achieve it.

Challenge: Find a way to positively alter your environment to work towards your goal. Let your family and friends know so they understand and can join forces.

Preparing your environment can go a long way in boosting your odds of success. Remove all temptations that may distract you from your goal and then add triggers


Everything is better with a friend! Studies show that people who use a buddy system to work towards a common goal are more likely to succeed. The activity is more enjoyable, time passes more quickly and it provides you the extra support and

motivation when you’re having a ‘lazy’ day.

Challenge: Grab a friend, family member or co-worker and go for a walk. If you enjoy that, try to make a routine of it. Everyone goes through relapses in their efforts to engage in routine healthy behaviours. Those who are successful, however, have shorter relapse durations or fewer relapses altogether because they have Plan B’s. Young children preventing you from getting to the gym? Take them outside for a street hockey game. Planning on going for a walk and it’s raining? Pop in that exercise video you enjoy.

Challenge: Make a list of things that keep ‘getting in the way’ of your exercise and come up with a list of Plan B’s.


sore feet

preventing you from being as active as you’d like? Custom orthotics may be part of the solution! Custom orthotics are suitable for a wide range of problems, including plantar fasciitis, heel pain, heel spurs, bunions, knee pain, general foot pain and many other conditions associated with flat feet, high arched feet and over-pronating feet. By altering the angle at which your foot strikes a walking or running surface, they make standing, walking and running more comfortable and efficient. The process of getting a custom orthotic begins with a physical exam of your foot and lower limb bio-mechanics, looking at your current footwear and taking a cast of your foot in its ideal posture. This cast is then forwarded to Paris Orthotics in Vancouver, a company we have trusted for over 16 years because of their quality of service and high degree of customer satisfaction. The finished product is usually delivered within 2 weeks. An orthotic is usually made of a firm material such as plastic, is long lasting, does not change shape, is usually unbreakable and will last for many years. Orthotics are designed primarily for walking, running or dress shoes but can also be designed to fit in a range of summer sandals. The base fee for a pair of custom orthotics is $308, although there are ‘upgrade options’ that may be recommended based on your specific needs. We suggest you check out your health benefit insurance plan if you are in the market for orthotics, as many plans usually cover 80% of the total.

“I’m someone who runs 4-5 times a week for 45 minutes. In my mid 50’s I began to experience pain in my left foot while running. Eventually this increased to pain while standing for longer periods at work. I was assessed by my physio as being an over-pronator, apparently a common problem in my age group due to sagging arches, and was recommended to try orthotics. I now wear them while running and at work and no longer have any foot pain.”

Debuting at the Wellness Institute… Make Your Move and Join the Diabetes Exercise Program Learn how to maximize your life while living with Diabetes. Join our exercise professionals as they lead you through supervised exercise and information sessions that will help you increase your energy levels and better manage your health. The 8-week program consists of two supervised exercise classes and one education session each week. Please note this class is intended for those with diagnosed diabetes. $80/$50 Members

The first program is currently underway but we invite you to contact us for upcoming classes.

John – Rehab Clinic Patient

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Wellness happenings Cycling

for a Cause The Wellness Institute was proud to once again host the Cerebral Palsy Stationary Bike Race on Saturday, March 10th. This year’s event raised a staggering $152,516.01… $14,000 more last year!!!!

(Photo L-R: Jim Evanchuk, Executive Director ALCOA-MB, Jim Rondeau, Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs, Kris Gudmundson, Co-Chair Arborg Host Committee, Larry Wandowich, Vice-President, Community Relations, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation)

55+ Games

off to a great start Jim Rondeau, Minister of Health Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs, officially launched the 2012 Manitoba Lotteries 55 Plus Games at the Wellness Institute. The Province of Manitoba is providing financial support to the Active Living Coalition of Older Adults in Manitoba (ALCOA- MB), who has assumed the leadership role of these games to be held in Arborg, MB from June 12-14th. ALCOA-MB is made up of 50 plus member organizations, of which the Wellness Institute is one. All member organizations have a vested interested in promoting active aging. ALCOA-MB is not only housed at the Wellness Institute but plays a key role in development and delivery of many of the older adult programs and services at the Wellness Institute too. Visit the ALCOA-MB website at for more information.


Monies raised go towards enriching the lives of individuals affected by CP through programs, advocacy, education and peer support. This year our Warriors of Wellness raised $2,875 and came in third overall for kilometers ridden.

Did you miss out? Mark your calendars to join us next year on March 9, 2013.


of the Heart…

another successful turnout! Once again, our Matters of the Heart event proved to be a success! Held on February 14, the day opened with a keynote address focusing on hypertension, delivered by our very own Dr Lerner, followed by presentations and interactive seminars with our health professionals, blood pressure readings and exercise and snack breaks.

Keep your eyes peeled later in the year for details on next year’s theme and activities.

upcoming... MAY Summer Passes Available Do you know someone that may benefit from joining the facility over the summer? Perhaps a student or someone looking to test-drive the facility? Passes are available for 2, 3 or 4 months. See the front desk for details.

Jewellery Blitz

in support of Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation. Held on May 9th from 8:30am - 4:30pm in Wellness Institute Room 3, all pieces are $8.

Tuesday Night Bike Rides Starting May 1, join the Outdoor Wellness crew at 6pm for cycling. Call 632-3931 for more details.

JUNE Commit to Get Fit Run Join us on Sunday, June 10th for the 9th Annual event. Walk or run 5 or 10km with your family and friends.

JULY Farmer’s Market Every Tuesday from 11:00am - 5:00pm starting July 17th Right outside our front door!

Summer Camps begin Are you looking for a fun and active place for your kids to spend some time this summer? Register them in one of the themed camps we’re offering this year.

Summer Pool Closures June 25 - July 1 – Regularly scheduled maintenance and cleaning. July 3 - August 31 – Tuesdays through Fridays from 3:00 - 4:00pm Summer Camp programming.

Upcoming Guest Days Invite a friend or family member to join you in making Wellness part of their day! Friday, May 11 Tuesday, June 12 Monday, July 16 Saturday, August 18

Thursday, September 13 Tuesday, October 16 Wednesday, November 14 Friday, December 14

Outdoor Boot Camps are Back!!!

The warm weather has finally arrived and Outdoor Boot Camps are back! We are bringing back the same quality of instructors with new, fun and exciting exercises. Whether you are new or a returning participant, there is something for everyone. This year there is an added benefit for members – a reduced rate on all Boot Camps. The participants of our Boot Camps not only find them challenging but enjoy the social aspect as well.

“I love the fact that I can meet new friends and push myself to a better lifestyle” shares Boot Camp participant Mark Laarveld. “The instructors are awesome, I am in shape and I have the confidence to try different exercises that I would have never done on my own!” We offer Boot Camps at a variety of different times to suit your schedule so get up, get out, and get active!

Living Well spring 2012


Living Well is a Wellness Institute member publication Contact us at: 1075 Leila Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2P 2W7 204-632-3900 • • www.wellness

Take steps with us to reduce

the ri sk of di sease in our lives, our families and our community.

Sunday, June 10, 9am

Entry Fee: $15 MRA Member Rate: $12 Kids’ Fee: $5

Join us to raise awareness for the power of lifestyle change by taking steps to walk or run or simply live better through our free programs and tools. All ability levels are welcome. Register in person, by fax or online through the Manitoba Runner’s Association at Plus visit our website to download a free Ready to Run Training Guide!

Walk /Run 5K/10K

Thank You to Our 2012 Commit to Get Fit SPONSORS


Grand Prix Series & Manitoba RuNNER’S Association Gold EVENT

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