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Winter 2013

The Patient’s Voice

feedback helps focus improvement

Collaboration Improves Access a pathway to better COPD Care

Foundation Update

an art wall for the new atrium

Quality and Safety at Seven Oaks online at and at

Wellness Institute Program Guide Inside. Register early starting Dec 19 at 6am at

Putting Patients First in Everything We Do.

This issue of Positively Healthy not only has a new look but also a new focus. We are excited to share our strategic plan and specifically our work on advancing quality and safety – which is one of our key strategic priorities. In this issue we have stories on our quality improvement activities as well as information on how we have engaged patients in assisting with our quality and safety efforts. We are also sharing our efforts on listening to the patient and how we have used that feedback to improve services. We now routinely gather patient experience feedback in almost all areas. This feedback is shared with direct care staff to not only understand the patient experience but also develop ideas on how we can improve. We have launched a new program called Leadership Patient Visits, where senior managers visit patients across the hospital to hear firsthand about their experience in the hospital and how we can improve. If you haven’t visited Seven Oaks for awhile you should drop by and see the completed atrium and other renovations under our Access to Care Project on the main level of the hospital. We’re committed to renewing our facility and providing comfortable space for patients and visitors. The Access to Care project also created a new doctors clinic – Prairie Trail at the Oaks – for the Seven Oaks community. The clinic is now open and will be accepting new patients as more doctors join the practice. Those doctors will be part of Seven Oaks Hospital as well as providing care for the community in their independent practices in the clinic. Increasingly our work is about connecting the care we provide with other healthcare providers and collaborating with other agencies such as primary care clinics, specialists, home care and long term care. Seven Oaks is sincerely interested in feedback from patients and the public. Feel free to email if you would like to comment on anything you read in Positively Healthy. Wishing you the best of health,

Carrie Solmundson President and Chief Operating Officer


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5. Patient in the Process 6. Foundation Page 8. Improving Access for Patients with Lung Disease 9. Tops in North America 10. Washing Our Hands 13 11. Wellness Institute winter program guide

19. Community Page

Listening to the Voice of the Patient A good quality plan for any type of organization includes listening to the customer and using that information to identify opportunities for improvement. While it might be standard for car dealers or hotel chains to routinely follow-up with and solicit feedback from their customers, it’s relatively new for Canadian hospitals to do likewise with patients.

Seven Oaks Hospital has begun tracking and using patient satisfaction as part of a strategic emphasis on understanding and improving patient experience. As a result of studying lead hospitals in Canada and internationally, Seven Oaks has embarked on a framework for listening to the voice of the patient by soliciting and capturing feedback, analyzing and sharing it with staff, and using the information to plan improvement initiatives.

The framework includes: •

S urveys for both in-patients and patients who visit Emergency

Inviting patient feedback in “how-to” posters, patient guides and web site

 Patient Relations Officer to help A patients discuss care issues

 Grateful Patient Program to A recognize exceptional care

Leadership Patient Visits continued on page 4

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Some of these initiatives involve direct contact with patients and unit staff such as weekly Leadership Patient Visits, adapted from an innovation shared with Seven Oaks by St. Boniface Hospital. The senior leadership team visits a different unit in the hospital each Wednesday morning to ask patients about their experience and how we can improve. That opens a direct line of communication from both patients and direct care staff to decision makers. Another way for patients to provide feedback on their experience is through surveys that are provided (Seven Oaks has about 6000 admissions per year) at the time of discharge. Some of the questions include: •

 id nurses treat you with D courtesy and respect?

 ere you involved in planning W and deciding on your care?

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you involved in your own discharge planning?

 id the hospital staff do D everything they could to help with your pain?

 id you get information about D symptoms or health problems to watch for after leaving?

 ow would your rate your H overall experience?

According to Clinical Quality, Innovation and Performance Manager Jonathon Bahrychuk, the in-patient survey captures the critical categories for patient experience, but also provides room for comments. Comments and survey results are shared by unit managers with their staff at weekly quality and safety huddles.


A Recent Patient Writes On October the 31st I went into Emergency due to chest pains and I have to extend compliments to all of the Emergency staff from triage, to the nurses, the medical student, the physician, the X-ray technicians – everyone. Each and every member of the staff was polite, kind and I felt that they went out of their way for me. A trip to the Emergency Department is never a pleasant experience for anyone, but the staff there made it a positive and comfortable time for me under the circumstances. You often hear negative stories about hospitals in Winnipeg but the people at Seven Oaks during my visit were all fabulous and the treatment I received was amazing, as such I felt I had to write to extend my sincere gratitude.

“Our goal is to drive constant quality improvement at the unit level by providing up-to-date results and feedback so that solutions are found quickly. We’re looking at where and when and what we need to improve and not waiting for end of year results to do it,” he said.

Third Party Surveyor for Emergency Seven Oaks also sees about 47,000 patients per year in its Emergency Department (ED) and it’s important to get objective patient experience feedback there as well. Distributing surveys to patients during their time

in ED wasn’t practical. Similar to other hospitals in Canada, Seven Oaks contracted with a third party organization to administer a patient experience survey once a month to a random sample of patients. NRC Picker manages patient experience surveys for over a hundred other hospital Emergency Departments in Canada both larger and smaller than Seven Oaks, including hospitals in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. The anonymous survey of a random sample of recent patients is standardized so that results can be compared across the country.

Early results show that Seven Oaks is performing at or better than the national benchmarks in all areas of the survey, but with only one quarter of results in it’s too early to draw conclusions. “The point of surveying patient satisfaction is so we can improve,” said Program Director for Specialty Care Blair Stevenson. “If we score higher in a particular category, that just means we are on the right path toward improving patient experience. We are happier if we score well, obviously, but the real value in a tool like this is that it will help us to focus our improvement initiatives and to see whether those initiatives actually affect our service from the patient’s point of view.” The detailed survey has over 50 questions and allows room for patients to provide other feedback, but not specific complaints or compliments. “We always respond to individual concerns and compliments, but with over 47,000 visits per year, we need to hear from a broader base of patients too so we know when we are addressing systemic issues versus isolated incidents,” Stevenson said. Seven Oaks has been reviewing the patient experience results with staff and NRC Picker will continue to collect and analyze survey responses on behalf of the hospital as it addresses gaps and introduces improvements.

Have you had a recent patient experience at Seven Oaks Hospital that you would like to discuss? Email or call the Patient Relations Coordinator at 204-632-3160.

Patient in the Process An ER Patient Tries his Hand at Process Doctor Two visits to Seven Oaks Emergency have led to an interesting look at process and improvement for a Winnipeg project manager. Donald Lepp, who works as a Corporate Projects Manager at Canada Post, was at Seven Oaks Emergency with his wife after a car accident last January. The initial diagnosis was one broken and one dislocated toe, but the next morning Seven Oaks called to say that a radiologist had reviewed her X-ray and that there were broken bones in her foot that required additional imaging and attention. That trip back to Emergency was frustrating because it seemed like there was no process for getting back to see the doctor who had called and they had to wait their turn at triage again. It turned out that there was a communication breakdown and the doctor was waiting for them while they were waiting to be seen. As frustrated as they were with the additional wait Lepp recognizes that the process worked, in that the review by the radiologist led to proper treatment, but once the medical issues were sorted out (his wife needed orthopedic surgery to install pins) Lepp turned his thoughts to what could be done better. “It’s very easy to complain, but it’s quite another to suggest some areas of opportunity for improvement,” he said.

He emailed his thoughts to Seven Oaks Chief Medical Officer Ricardo Lobato de Faria, who is also the site lead for Emergency Medicine and was impressed by the “professional” response. That exchange turned into an invitation from Seven Oaks to participate in a process review of the Emergency Department in which all the processes are mapped and duplication and variations are addressed. As a Project Manager with a background in manufacturing, Lepp was familiar with similar reviews and found the differences in sectors interesting. In manufacturing, managers attempt to reduce decision points with automation so that there is less margin for error, fewer delays and to eliminate costs, but “healthcare is very decision based. In manufacturing we have one decision for three processes but in healthcare it’s often three decisions for one process.” The process review produced distinct improvement initiatives that will address not just the issue the Lepps faced, but improved efficiency and better communication across the busy department. He feels the initiatives identified (see Continuous Improvement in Care, page 7) will also improve the interaction between patient and staff and is very interested in the results of the process improvements.

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Sun Rising in Seven Oaks New Atrium Seven Oaks Hospital celebrated the opening of its Access to Care Project in early October but one wall of the atrium is still “unfinished.” Unfinished in the sense that it is a canvas for local artist Simon Hughes who has been commissioned by Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation to create an art wall.

messages with their work. Simon Hughes really accomplished that with his piece for Seven Oaks. We are proud supporters of Seven Oaks and the Access to Care project will prove to be another successful, innovative development. Thanks to everyone who gave so generously and worked so hard to make it a reality.”

The finished piece will be a 12 foot by 37 foot mosaic of Hughes’ original work Seven Oaks Sunrise. Hughes created the maquette (French for scale model) using a technique called drip painting and was awarded the commission by an advisory panel from the arts community and Seven Oaks Hospital.

A digital version of his image of Seven Oaks Sunrise is being rendered in 80,000 ¾ inch vitreous glass tiles by a company called Artaic in Boston. Artaic combines robotics technology with the ancient art form of mosaics to provide one foot square tiles for the artist to assemble into a mosaic art piece.

That panel included members of the Jessiman family representing the Jessiman Foundation, which made a lead contribution to the Access to Care Project and made the Art Wall possible. The contribution is in honour of Judith Jessiman. “We were thrilled to be included in the artist selection process, and it was great to see such high-quality proposals from each of the submitting artists. We chose Simon Hughes’ piece as it totally captured the essence of what the new Access to Care development represents: light, hope, optimism, and healing. Simon is a truly gifted artist and I’m certain people will be thoroughly impressed when they see the finished product in the wonderful new atrium” said Judy Jessiman. Peter Jessiman, a member of the Seven Oaks Foundation Council and a Director of The Jessiman Foundation added “my mother has always loved great art and has a real appreciation for artists who can convey important


The semi-translucent tiles will display and hold up well in the natural light of the atrium, but will also be lit from above during evening hours. Hughes’ work was inspired by the aftermath of

the historic events at Seven Oaks and the step forward into the future that represented at the time. Seven Oaks hospital is also taking a large step forward into the future by connecting acute, community and primary care providers under one roof. The cover theme for Positively Healthy magazine is in turn inspired by the mosaic Hughes has created. Simon Hughes holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba (1996) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California (2010), in Irvine. His art practice encompasses painting, drawing, film and video. The installation of the work is nearing completion and will be on view soon.

More about the artist and his other art work is available online at

Continuous Improvement in Care As part of an overall strategic focus on quality and safety, Seven Oaks Emergency Department is continually reviewing its processes and taking action to improve care. Current improvement initiatives include: 1. A  ccess to Home Care Information of patients is now available electronically to ED staff. This means that ER physicians and nurses instantly know the level of care patients already have in place and can rely on to go home. 2. Easy Access to supplies and equipment. A department wide exercise has made equipment and supplies easier to get at and reduced steps to make more time available for patients. 3. Electronic patient record/charting at the bed side. Seven Oaks has an electronic record for patients but clinicians have previously needed to return to a work station to chart. Electronic charting at the patient’s bedside increases the time spent with the patient and reduces steps back and forth to chart. More interaction should improve communications between patients and the healthcare team. 4. C  linical pharmacist assigned to Emergency. Seven Oaks now has a full-time pharmacist to reconcile and explain medications to patients. The result should help patients understand their medications better when they return home.

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Improving Access for patients with lung disease Health agencies in the northwest corner of Winnipeg are collaborating to improve access to proactive treatment for a common but serious respiratory disease. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder is an often undiagnosed, life-threatening lung disease that interferes with normal breathing, and is not fully reversible. The more familiar terms of chronic bronchitis and emphysema are no longer used and are now included within the COPD diagnosis. There are 700,000 diagnosed cases and likely the same number of undiagnosed cases of COPD in


Canada and COPD related illness is the most common reason for hospitalization in Winnipeg. COPD is a condition that will progress without careful management and action by patients, but awareness is low among both healthcare providers and patients that effective action can be taken to preserve lung capacity and delay the progress of the disease. Many COPD patients have “acute exacerbations” – episodes of extreme difficulty breathing and end up visiting an Emergency Department or being hospitalized. The COPD Care Pathway Project, funded with a one year project

grant by the Manitoba Patient Access Network, is hoping to reduce these “acute exacerbations” by improving COPD Management in the community, by following up with patients who are hospitalized. According to Project Manager Rose Dziadekwich, a Registered Nurse, over the next eight months the project will address gaps in: •

 iagnosis (testing and then D treatment)

 atient education and referral P to Pulmonary Rehabilitation

 oordination and collaboration C across agencies

“These people go home from an exacerbation (in hospital) to the community and there’s no interface to follow the disease. It’s a progressive disease; patients need education to self-manage when they have mild to moderate symptoms and guidance for where to get help for severe symptoms. They also need access to community resources such as Pulmonary Rehab,” she said. The project is inviting the participation of patients with COPD as a diagnosis who have been hospitalized or visited the Emergency at Seven Oaks Hospital or are patients of three participating medical clinics – Nor’west Co-op Health Centre in Inkster area, Kildonan Medical Centre at Seven Oaks Hospital and Pritchard Farm Medical Clinic in East St. Paul. So far 40 patients have been recruited towards the goal of 100. A Case Manager, Respiratory Therapist and Educator Raquel Fernandes will communicate with patients to ensure they get the follow-up they need. The pathway puts more of the onus for COPD management on the primary care clinics but also provides resources for those clinics in the form of guidelines and recommendations, access to spiromtery and community resources for education such as Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the Wellness Institute. One of the participating physicians Dr. Lucie Hlas from Nor’West Co-op is “honoured to be part of the project” and thinks the pathway will help improve the care she and other primary care providers are providing as well as help patients to help themselves.

“I’m a really sound clinician but I do have some gaps. I can’t be expert in everything. I think it’s fantastic to have guidelines and algorithms in terms of managing any chronic condition especially when they make sense, and this does make sense,” she said. Dr. Hlas says that she already practices in a multi-disciplinary model with Nurse Practitioners and dietitians and social workers and that a process that includes more disciplines working together is better for patient education especially one that requires lifestyle change. “I believe most patients would like, and would benefit from the input of other practitioners... I think it’s best for any chronic condition,” she said. The project runs until the end of May 2013 and will include a rigorous evaluation of all aspects of the project and its benefit to patients, according to Dziadekwich. “We want to demonstrate that with case management, proper diagnosis, medications and education/ rehabilitation we can improve physical health status, awareness of disease and quality of life.” The really good news is that based on similar efforts in the UK and other jurisdictions in Canada, achieving those patient benefits with best practice guidelines should also lead to system benefits such as reducing costly and unnecessary hospitalization and ER visits, and reducing length of stay for admitted patients.

More information and resources about COPD are available from the Manitoba Lung Association web site at (Click “Lung Diseases” and COPD).

Tops in

North America

A joint program of Seven Oaks Hospital and the Wellness Institute that teaches patients to manage their own COPD has been selected as one of the top 5 innovative medical programs in North America. The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) a network of over 900 medical fitness facilities in North America chose the Seven Oaks – Wellness Pulmonary Rehabilitation program out of 20 other nominated programs. The award recognizes excellence in patient care and clinical integration between hospitals and medical fitness facilities. Seven Oaks Pulmonary Rehabilitation program was featured along with the other innovative medical fitness programs at an MFA awards ceremony in New Orleans at the end of November. Wellness Institute is a leader in, and has been offering a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program for several years, but has just recently been able to provide subsidized participation as a result of funding from the Winnipeg Health Region. Respiratory Therapists from the hospital work together with exercise professionals from Wellness Institute to offer education and supervised exercise. COPD usually means a permanent loss of lung function, but by learning to increase their exercise level safely and improve cardiovascular strength, COPD patients are able to maintain more of their day to day activities, improve their quality of life, and delay or prevent the progression of their disease. Wellness Institute was previously recognized in 2005 as a top medical fitness facility in North America.

If you or someone you know suffers from COPD you may want to find out more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation. See Program #11 on page 13 in the Wellness Institute Program Guide.

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A recent audit showed 75% improvement in hand hygiene at Seven Oaks... dressing a wound or other care, such as providing medications or bringing food. A recent audit showed 75% improvement in hand hygiene at Seven Oaks but the hospital still has work to do and has undertaken strategies to support and improve compliance including: •A 

complete review of routine hand hygiene practices and expectations for all staff

• I nternal

auditing using a hand-held computer device for real-time results

The 5 moments of hand hygiene

• Follow-up

Washing Our Hands Hand washing by healthcare providers is an issue for hospitals worldwide. Hand washing or what is known as “routine practices for hand hygiene” is the best way to prevent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) that put vulnerable patients at risk. Unfortunately while many healthcare providers believe they are already practising good hand hygiene, audits show otherwise. According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario a study in that province showed a compliance rate of less


than 40% even though “an increase in hand hygiene adherence of only 20% results in a 40% reduction in the rate of HAIs.” This doesn’t mean healthcare staff aren’t washing their hands ever, it means they aren’t washing their hands in all the circumstances where they are required. Healthcare staff are expected to clean their hands, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based rinses, before and after every activity with a patient whether that involves

with departments and services where compliance was low

•M  anager

review of hand hygiene reports in weekly huddles

• I nstallation

of bed side hand hygiene stations

Other targeted Strategies include: •

 managers and specific staff All trained in hand hygiene auditing

 egular checks and reminders R by managers

• I nviting

patients to remind staff to wash their hands

“I’m pleased that our efforts have made a difference but we can do better and will do better,” said President Carrie Solmundson.



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Registration Opens December 20 Register Early at Starting 6:00am December 19 (Online Only)

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in one of North America’s

top fitness facilities Wellness is: Staying Fit… with the latest in cardio and resistance equipment and over 200 member fitness classes per week.

Feeling Better… with our warm therapy pool and the peace of mind of onsite medical support.

Changing Lifestyles… with the support of expert degreed fitness professionals.

Program Guide

To Register Call 204-632-3900, visit us at or stop by 1075 Leila Avenue, unless other details are specified.

Classes and programs are held at

the Wellness Institute and require registration, unless otherwise specified. Prices are subject to applicable taxes. Paid parking available.

Refunds will be issued up to one week prior to the program start date and are subject to a $20 administration fee.

GET BETTER TOGETHER! A FREE Program For Living Better With Any Chronic Condition – 6 weeks Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you managing well and wanting to stay that way? Come learn how to better manage your condition and cope with the challenges that health problems create in our lives. To register, call 204-632-3927. For Leader training, call 204-632-3922.

Treating Yourself…

with deluxe amenities including spa like locker rooms with steam, whirlpool and individual showers.

1. Wellness Institute

For Everyone… with an accessible gym, onsite babysitting and family days, and membership options with no year-long contracts.

50%off – one more way

to feel better with wellness Become a wellness member before December 31st and get 50%off your enrolment fee. See the front desk for details. Terms and conditions apply.

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1060 Pembina Hwy Thu, Jan 31 – Mar 7, 1:00-3:30pm

3. Access River East

975 Henderson Hwy Tue, Jan 29 – Mar 15, 9:30am-12:00pm

4. Good Neighbours

720 Henderson Hwy Mon, Jan 28 – Mar 11, 1:00-3:30pm (no class Feb 18)

5. North End Wellness Centre

363 McGregor St Thu, Feb 21 – Mar 28, 1:00-3:30pm

6. St Boniface

33 Marion St Dates and times TBA

7. Reh-Fit Centre

1390 Taylor Ave Wed, Jan 30 – Mar 6, 6:00-8:30pm

Online Workshops Now Available!


Self-Management for Chronic Conditions


8. Lean, Keen, Kidney Machines!

16. Kick Butt! Smoking Cessation

An exercise program for people living with chronic kidney disease, including Renal Health Clinic patients and anyone on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. A $20 deposit, due at first class, is refunded if at least 80% of classes are attended. To register, call 204-631-3039. a. Mon, Jan 21 – Mar 25, 1:00-3:00pm (Education and Exercise) b. Tue & Thu, Jan 22 – Mar 28, 1:00-2:30pm (Exercise Only) c. Wed, Jan 23 – Mar 27, 6:00-8:00pm (Education and Exercise)

Become smoke free with a proven program based on a Mayo Clinic model, which includes professional support and Wellness Institute facility access for three months. Kick Butt!

group sessions for workplaces are also available.

Call 204-632-3946. $300

9. Stroke and NeuroFit Exercise Program

A program designed to help people with stroke and other neurological conditions (who have completed their rehabilitation program) improve their quality of life and ability to stay active. Those who are unable to walk, with or without a walking aide, must be accompanied by an attendant. To register, call 204-632-3910. $100 Tue & Thu, Feb 12 – Apr 4, 10:00-11:30am

10. Cardiac Rehabilitation

An education and exercise program designed for people recovering from cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, bypass surgery or irregular heart rhythms. Programs are held monthly during the day and evening. To register, call 204-632-3907. $230 (Subsidy available)

11. Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Do you have COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, shortness of breath, or pulmonary fibrosis? Use puffers or oxygen? Learn more about your condition, medications and how to manage more effectively through education and exercise sessions. Programs are held monthly during the day. This program requires a respiratory disease diagnosis and a physician referral. To register, call 204-831-2181.  FREE

12. Diabetes Exercise Program

Our health professionals will lead you through supervised exercise and education sessions to help increase your energy levels and better manage your health. To register, call 204-632-3900. $80/$50 Mbr Tue & Thu, Jan 29 – Mar 21, 2:30-4:30pm

DIABETES EDUCATION 13. Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes Q & A


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Where do I go now? What do I ask my healthcare provider? Choose your Tuesday 10:30-11:30am session: a. Jan 8  b. Jan 22  c. Feb 5  d. Mar 5  e. Mar 19

Join us on February 14th for Matters of the Heart

Whether you currently have health challenges or simply want to get your health on the right track, let us help you navigate the road to good health and wellbeing!

17. FREEway to Wellness

Learn the basics of leading a healthy lifestyle including physical activity, nutrition, and strategies for getting started.  FREE Thu, Jan 24, 7:00-8:30pm

18. Motivate Yourself to Move

People get involved in exercise for a number of reasons… what’s yours? Regardless of your reason, join us to boost your motivation and learn practical ways to overcome barriers that keep you from achieving your physical activity goals.  FREE Tue, Feb 12, 7:00-8:30pm

19. Finding Time for Healthy Eating

Join a registered Dietitian to discover some great tips on grocery shopping, meal preparation, portion control and more.  FREE Thu, Mar 14, 7:00-8:30pm

– see back page for details



Older adults are the fastest growing population. Certified Aqua, Group, or Resistance Instructors can expand their knowledge to teach this population. Learn the physiological, biological and social changes affecting older adults. The new format includes an at-home/distance education component which MUST be completed prior to attending the 8-hour in-class session. The $100 at-home manual and text MUST be purchased at the MFC office prior to attending this program. $100/$90 Mbr Sun, Jan 20, 8:00am-5:00pm

a. Thu, Jan 17, 8:00am-12:30pm b. Wed, Feb 13, 12:00-4:30pm c. Mon, Mar 11, 5:00-9:30pm

15. Group Fitness

21. CPR HCP Recertification

Designed to offer practical knowledge for teaching fitness in a group setting. Learn about the components of a fitness class, the use of music, choreography (step, hi/lo, flexibility, etc) and program planning. MUST have taken the Theory course prior to attending this program! $200/$195 Mbr a. Thu, Feb 21, 6:00pm-10:00pm  b. Sat, Feb 23, 8:00am-5:00pm  c. Sun, Feb 24, 8:00am-5:00pm

Open to health care providers ONLY.

20. CPR HCP $80/$70 Mbr

$55/$50 Mbr a. Thu, Jan 17, 8:00am-12:00pm b. Wed, Feb 13, 12:00-4:00pm c. Mon, Mar 11, 5:00-9:00pm

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22. Sacred Journey

The following seminars are provided in partnership with ALCOA (Active Living Coalition of Older Adults).

The New Year is the perfect time to pause and regain perspective. Using various exercises and small group discussion, participants will explore their own sacred story using Joseph Campbell’s Heroic Journey and explore some everyday ways to nurture one’s sense of meaning and purpose. $40/$35 Mbr Wed, Jan 16, 7:00-9:30pm

23. Mindful Eating, Healthy Eating

Learn about Dr. Jan Chozen Bay’s seven types of hunger and explore subconscious habits and patterns around food in order to better listen to our body about what, when, and how much to eat.  $35/$30 Mbr Wed, Feb 6, 7:00-9:00pm

24. Introduction to Meditation for Stress Reduction

Meditation is an easy and effective way to counteract stress. Learn some simple breathing and meditation techniques to relax your body and mind.  $35/$30 Mbr Wed, Feb 13, 7:00-9:00pm

25. Meditation for Life: Mindfulness

By enabling one to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, mindfulness meditation can be a powerful antidote to stress. Discover ways to become more mindful in your everyday life for greater peace and well-being.  $35/$30 Mbr Mon, Mar 4, 7:00-9:00pm

26. Meditation for Peace and Healing: Guided Imagery

An easy and effective way to evoke the mind’s creative power to enhance one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Learn some simple exercises to help relax, deal with stressful life events and promote healing.  $35/$30 Mbr Wed, Mar 20, 7:00-9:00pm

LIVING WELL 27. Swing into Spring – Improve Your Golf Game!

Learn to add power, distance, and speed to your swing! Take home exercises to put you at the top of your game.  $15/10 Mbr Wed, Mar 20, 7:15-8:30pm

28. Discover Reflexology

Foot reflexology is a helping art that helps to reduce stress, improve circulation, aide the body in self healing and promote health and well being.  $25 Wed, Mar 6, 12:30-7:30pm (30 min appointments available)


29. Stay on Your Feet – Take Action to Prevent Falls!

Reduce your risk of falling – hear tips on getting active, taking care of your health and improving your balance and coordination to prevent falls.  FREE Wed, Jan 9, 1:00-2:00pm

30. “Preparation for Encore Living”

ALCOA-MB is facilitating this pilot event to help older adults transition from their career-centered life to purposeful and healthy active living. This session will focus on healthy choices and engaging activities that set you up for success in the next leg of your life journey.  FREE Thu, Mar 7, 6:00-8:30pm

31. Steppin’ Up with Confidence – 55+ Peer Volunteer Leader Workshop (Leader Training)

This free training session will prepare you to encourage older adults to participate in exercise programs in seniors’ apartment buildings or centres. Participants receive a volunteer peer exercise leader manual and related resources.  FREE To register contact the ALCOA-MB at 204-632-3947. Fri, Jan 18, 9:00–3:30pm

32. “Staying Stronger – Longer” Older Adult Leader Training Workshop (Leader Training)

Pre-requisite is the ‘Steppin’ Up with Confidence’ Peer Volunteer Leader Program. You will learn how to use weights and exercise bands safely and wisely to improve and maintain strength for older adults.  FREE To register contact the ALCOA-MB at 204-632-3947. Mon, Jan 21, 9:00-12:00pm

33. “Walk for Life – Lead the Way” Peer Volunteer Leader Workshop (Leader Training)

Learn how you can start and support a local walking group in your neighbourhood. You will learn activities appropriate to people who are 55 years of age or older. Dress for activity.  FREE To register contact the ALCOA-MB at 204-632-3947 Fri, Mar 15, 9:00-12:00pm

34. Medicine Use and Misuse: “Let’s Talk” An interactive presentation for older adults and care givers on tips for effective medicine use and how to communicate with your doctor or pharmacist about your medicines.  FREE Wed, Jan 23, 1:00-2:00pm

To Register call 204-632-3900 or visit

35. “Get in the Fun & Games” – the Manitoba 55+ Games

Learn how you can participate in the 2013 Manitoba 55+ Games. There are a variety of age-friendly events, including bowling, cycling, “predict-your time walk” and “brain-healthy games” such as crib, whist and scrabble.  FREE Wed, Feb 20, 1:30-2:30pm

36. Manitoba 55+ Games Orientation and Registration Blitz

Meet the 55+ Games Ambassadors and previous year’s participants. Find out what age-friendly activities are offered and how you can become involved. Everyone who registers for a Manitoba 55+ Games event will be entered into a draw for 55+ Games Prizes. Bring a friend!  FREE Wed, Mar 20, 9:00-12:00pm

37. “Changing Seats” for Older Driver Safety

Developed by the Transportation Options Network for Seniors (T.O.N.S.) to help older drivers stay on the road safely as long as possible. Learn strategies to continue driving safely, enjoyably and stress-free!  FREE Wed, Mar 27, 1:30-3:00pm

38. Introduction to Nordic Pole Walking Learn how to add a bit extra to your step and stability using walking poles. Participate in this hands-on introduction to Nordic pole walking. Dress for activity.  FREE a. Fri, Jan 11, 1:00-2:30pm b. Fri, Feb 15, 1:00-2:30pm


Facilitated by the Osteoporosis Society of Canada, MB Chapter and the Wellness Institute.

39. How Strong are your Bones? Overview & Nutrition  FREE Mon, Jan 28, 6:00-8:00pm

40. Treatments and Supplements 


Mon, Feb 4, 6:00-8:00pm

41. Exercise Information 


Mon, Feb 11, 6:00-8:00pm



All are welcome at these weekly programs.

Bridge & Cribbage Wed until May 15 1:00-3:00 pm


Thu until May 16 1:30-3:30 pm

(Registration & refund policies on Page 12) Register early online December 19. In-person and phone registration opens December 20.


  42. 30 Minute Casseroles

Learn how to make healthy meals with little effort. Recipes and food demo included.  $20/$15 Mbr Thu, Feb 28, 7:00-8:30pm

43. Lessons Learned as a Patient Advocate

EMOTIONAL HEALTH 47. In Control: Pelvic Muscle Strengthening (PMS) For women with weak bladder control, back pain and weak abdominals. This education and exercise class will help you restore your core strength, with emphasis on the pelvic floor for urge and stress incontinence. May be covered by health insurance.  $150 Tue, Feb 19 – Mar 12, 7:00-8:30pm

Do you want to become more engaged in your own healthcare? Dawn White, author of “Finding Your Voice; Our Journey with Cancer through the Health Care System”, will share her experiences and lessons learned while navigating the healthcare system.  FREE a. Wed, Jan 30, 7:00-8:00pm b. Sat, Mar 2, 11:00-12:00pm

Help reduce the risk of fall injuries by learning key exercises to improve your balance and stability. Wear comfortable shoes.  $15/$10 Mbr Tue, Jan 29, 2:15-3:30pm

44. Reading Labels

49. Chronic Pain Management Workshop

Find out how to identify and compare food products to make a healthy choice.  $15/$10 Mbr Thu, Jan 24, 7:00-8:30pm

45. Getting to Know your Kidneys: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Learn about normal kidney function, recognizing kidney disease, and treatment and management options.  FREE Tue, Feb 5, 6:00-7:30pm

46. Sharpening The Grey Matter

Exercising your brain helps improve cognitive health. Learn fun and effective ways to keep your mind sharp. Great for older adults or anyone working with older adults.  $15/$10 Mbr Tue, Jan 22, 2:15-3:30pm

48. Building Balance – Falls Prevention

Join The Arthritis Society to get your questions answered, learn techniques to deal with joint and muscle pain, and hear tips on managing stress and fatigue.  FREE Tue, Jan 15, 1:00-3:00pm

50. Prostate Cancer Support Group

Want to learn more about prostate cancer and the various treatments available? Learn from men and their families who have experienced this disease. Medical guest speakers will also deliver one hour presentations.  FREE Call the Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group at 204-989-3433 or visit 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00pm SOGH Auditorium

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT With the support and guidance of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle coaches, learn and practice the process of change in eating, exercise and lifestyle habits.

56. Fitter.Firmer.Faster. Weight Loss Challenge – 10 weeks

Get Fitter.Firmer.Faster. on a team led by Certified Personal Trainers. Weekly fitness challenges and weigh-ins help get you motivated while Super Sessions show you how to keep it off. Must be able to exercise at an intense level. $215/$125 Mbr All-Team Dates & Super Sessions (SS): Kick Off: Sat, Jan 12, 9:00-10:00am Nutrition SS: Sat, Jan 12, 10:15-11:15am Fitness Frenzy Exercise Challenge: Sat, Feb 23, 10:00am-12:00pm Behaviour Change SS: Tue, Feb 26, 5:00-6:00pm Wrap Up: Sat, Mar 23, 9:00-10:00am


  51. ASIST 11

(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Builds on previous editions while offering advances that help meet current challenges and provides new opportunities in creating suicide-safer communities. For professionals and non-professional caregivers. Recognized by many organizations and employers.  $175 a. Sat/Sun, Feb 2/3, 8:30-4:30pm b. Mon/Tue, Apr 8/9, 8:30-4:30pm NEW

  52. Recovery of Hope

Finding hope and going on the journey to rediscover yourself. Everyone is welcome.  Wed, Jan 23, 6:30-8:30pm


53. Anxiety: Real, Disabling & Treatable

Join the Anxiety Disorder Association of MB to explore problems such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and others. Discover treatment resources and how to help someone with anxiety.  FREE a. Thu, Jan 31, 7:00-8:30pm b. Tue, Feb 19, 1:00-2:30pm

54. Living with Depression

Understand the illness of depression and how to live successfully with it.  FREE Thu, Feb 7, 6:30-8:30pm

55. Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder Learn what they are and how to live a successful and great life. Personal experiences shared.  FREE Wed, Mar 13, 6:30-8:30pm

57. Healthier “U”

For the person seeking to make positive lifestyle changes and lose weight through individual coaching and group support. Program includes 1 hour of education and 2 hours of exercise per week, full gym access for 10 weeks and a follow-up class at week 17. $275/$225 Mbr Jan 22 – Mar 28 Tue, 5:45-8:00pm (Education and Exercise) and Thu, 5:45-6:45pm (Exercise only) Orientation: Tue, Jan 15, 5:45-8:30pm Week 17 Follow up Class: Wed May 22, 5:45-8:30pm

Choose a Class, Choose Your Team: Team A: Mon, Jan 14, 5:30-7:00pm Team B: Mon, Jan 14, 7:00-8:30pm Team C: Wed, Jan 16, 5:30-7:00pm Team D: Wed, Jan 16, 7:00-8:30pm Team E: Sat, Jan 19, 7:30-9:00am Winning team members receive a Wellness Institute gift certificate. Participants must attend at least six supervised exercise sessions to qualify for final weigh in.

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Adult Fitness

Wellness Institute Member: Look for your FREE and specially priced Adult Fitness Programs, including yoga, aerobics, karate and more!

58. TRX for Golf

Anxious to hit the greens & start swinging those clubs? Using the latest trend in fitness equipment, the TRX suspension training system, this class is specifically designed to focus on developing these areas of strength and flexibility needed to master your golf swing. No previous TRX experience is required.  $80/$45 Mbr Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 2, 8:00-8:55am Sat, Mar 16 – May 4, 8:00-8:55am

59. Zumba Gold

This fun class brings the exciting Latin dance rhythms created in the original Zumba to the active older adult or special populations that may need modifications for success. Created to emphasize the basics, it’s so easy to follow that everyone can do it! Indoor shoes only.  $85/$45 Mbr Sat, Jan 19 – Mar 16, 2:15-3:15pm (No class Mar 9)

60. Zumba Dance & Toning

This Latin-inspired dance-fitness class blends Latin and International music and movements. No dance experience is needed for the easy-to-learn moves with cardio and muscle toning benefits! Indoor shoes only.  $108/$57 Mbr Wed, Jan 16 – Mar 20, 8:35-9:45pm

61. Belly Fit

A beginner-intermediate fitness fusion for women! Begin with easy-to-learn moves infused with Belly Dance, Bollywood, Bhangra and African Dance. Then tone-up with Pilates core work and finish with a yoga-inspired stretch. Sat, Jan 19 – Mar 16, 1:00-2:00pm  $85/$45 Mbr (No class Mar 9) Mon, Jan 14 – Mar 25, 6:15-7:15pm  $108/$57 Mbr (No class Feb 18)

62. Tough Enough

Work and play hard without choreography. Sport drills, power movements, weights, plyometrics, martial arts, agility, speed training and core conditioning.  $80/Free Mbr Mon, Jan 14 – Mar 25, 7:30-8:30pm (No class Feb 18)

63. Back To Basics Hi/Lo

67. Karate Beginner

This martial art uses only the body to promote fitness, self-defense and confidence. Blocks, punches, strikes and kicks improve strength, posture, flexibility, speed, agility, coordination and cardio. All ages welcome. $144/$78 Sel Mbr/ FREE Mbr Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 7:00-8:00pm

68. Karate Continuing

Ready to move on? Previous experience required. $144/$78 Sel Mbr/ FREE Mbr Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 9:30-10:30am

69. Tai Chi/Taijiquan Beginner

This ancient Chinese exercise is for all with slow, gentle movements designed to help restore and maintain overall wellness.  $95/ FREE Mbr a. Tue, Jan 15 – Mar 19, 10:15-11:15am b. Tue, Jan 15 – Mar 19, 6:00-7:00pm

70. Iyengar Yoga Beginner

With prescribed movements and a variety of props, this practice stretches the body and improves flexibility and mobility. a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 9:00-10:15am,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Feb 18) b. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 5:15-6:30pm,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Feb 18) c. Tues, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 7:15-8:30pm,  $132/ FREE Mbr d. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 10:30-11:45am,  $132/ FREE Mbr e. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 6:45-8:00pm,  $132/ FREE Mbr

71. Iyengar Yoga Continuing/Mixed Level

Move on to more advanced movements and poses. Previous yoga experience required. a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 10:30-11:45am,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Feb 18) b. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 6:45-8:00pm,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Feb 18) c. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 9:00-10:15am,  $132/ FREE Mbr d. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 5:15-6:30pm,  $132/ FREE Mbr e. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 8:30-9:45am,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Mar 9) NEW

72. Beginner Astanga Iyengar Power Yoga Intermediate Level

Learning is easy in this non-intimidating, relaxed atmosphere using basic “choreography” that will motivate you towards your fitness goals!  $120/Free Mbr Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 6:30-7:25pm

This is an introduction to yoga flow, a more advanced form of yoga. Previous yoga experience required and not recommended for people with limitations. a. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 6:15-7:15am,  $132/ FREE Mbr b. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 10:00-11:15am,  $121/ FREE Mbr (No class Mar 9)

64. Combo Basics

73. Kundalini Yoga All Level

This entry level class is great for beginners and includes a hi/lo warm-up, a step cardio component followed by resistance training that will introduce you to a variety of equipment.  $130/ FREE Mbr Thu, Jan 3 – Mar 28, 7:30-8:25pm

A powerful form of yoga that stimulates optimal wellbeing with simple techniques. All levels are welcome.  $132/ FREE Mbr a. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 6:45-8:00pm b. Fri, Jan 11 – Mar 29, 10:30-11:45am

65. PACE™

74. Hatha Yoga Gentle/Mixed Level

Exercises are designed to maintain or improve joint mobility, endurance, balance and coordination for those with arthritis. a. Mon, Jan 14 – Mar 25, 1:00-2:00pm  $60/ FREE Mbr (No class Feb 18) b. Thu, Jan 17 – Mar 28, 1:00-2:00pm  $66/ FREE Mbr

66. Live Longer, Stronger

A wide range of activities from low impact aerobics, strength training and yoga/Pilates inspired stretching will improve your function to help with your daily activities. Use all kinds of exciting equipment while gaining confidence. GREAT for beginners of all ages! Should be able to get down on the floor.  $60/ FREE Mbr Tue, Jan 15 – Mar 19, 1:00-2:00pm

The union of physical, mental and spiritual aspects promotes internal and external balance while improving flexibility. Gentle classes move at a slower pace with fewer poses. All levels welcome.  $132/ FREE Mbr a. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 5:15-6:30pm b. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 10:15-11:30am c. Fri, Jan 11 – Mar 29, 9:00-10:15am

75. Body Bliss

Enjoy a mind/body workout that blends flowing movements for strength, balance, flexibility and core strength with a finale of deep relaxation.  $89/ FREE Mbr a. Wed, Jan 2 – Mar 27, 12:05-12:50pm b. Thu, Jan 3 – Mar 28, 6:30-7:25pm

Register call 204-632-3900 or visit (Registration & refund policies on Page 12) 16 To Register early online December 19. In-person and phone registration opens December 20.

Stott Pilates If you have an injury or condition which requires additional attention or modification, a private lesson may be necessary.



Specially designed equipment accommodates your abilities from post rehab treatment to a dynamic full body challenge! Ideal for those seeking to decrease neck or back pain or increase strength in the shoulders or hips.

Mat Pilates is a series of exercises that focus on abdominal conditioning as well as full body flexibility. Simple changes to your way of movement will improve core stabilization and may result in a flatter stomach and decreased back pain.


76. Reformer Pilates for Runners

84. Beginner Mat

Specifically target the muscles and movement patterns used during running. Enhance proper running mechanics and joint alignment, maintain muscle balance and help reduce injuries. Increase your core strength, reduce fatigue and improve your overall running performance. Suitable for those with prior strength training OR Pilates experience.  $210/$180 Mbr Sun, Jan 13 – Mar 31, 7:45-8:45am

No previous exposure to Pilates.  $120/$102 Mbr a. Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 7:15-8:15pm b. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 10:45-11:45am c. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 6:00-7:00pm d. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 9:15-10:15am

77. Beginner Reformer

Still mastering the essential exercises or joining us from a home video program?  $120/$102 Mbr a. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 9:30-10:30am b. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 7:15-8:15pm c. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 10:30-11:30am

No reformer experience required. a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 6:30-7:30pm  $193/$165 Mbr (No class Feb 18) b. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 10:45-11:45am  $210/$180 Mbr

78. Continuing Reformer

85. Continuing Mat

For those who are still mastering the essentials. a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 10:45-11:45am  $193/$165 Mbr (No class Feb 18) b. Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 10:15-11:15am  $210/$180 Mbr c. Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 7:00-8:00pm  $210/$180 Mbr

86. Mixed Level Mat

79. Mixed Level Reformer

You’ve mastered the essential exercises, now you’re ready to move on. $120/$102 Mbr a. Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 6:00-7:00pm b. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 9:30-10:30am

For first-timers or those who are still mastering the essentials. Tues, Jan 8 – Mar 26, 8:15-9:15pm  $210/$180 Mbr

80. Men’s Only Reformer

Packed with simple moves that boost your traditional training program while challenging your core and improving spinal alignment. Suited to recreational or serious athletes with strength training OR Pilates experience. $210/$180 Mbr Sun, Jan 13 – Mar 31, 10:45-11:45am

81. Intermediate Reformer

You’ve mastered the essentials and are ready for more. a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 9:30-10:30am  $193/$165 Mbr (No classes Feb 18) b. Wed, Jan 9 – Mar 27, 5:00-6:00pm  $210/$180 Mbr

82. Power Reformer Continuing

Short on time? Try this quick, 45min lunch time workout!  $158/$136 Mbr Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 28, 12:05-12:50pm

83. Athletic Conditioning Mixed Level

This beefed-up but simplified selection of total body moves challenges core stabilization and can improve sport performance. For those who are experienced in Pilates or are already active.  $210/$180 Mbr Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 30, 10:45-11:45am

All levels welcome.  $110/$94 Mbr a. Mon, Jan 7 – Mar 25, 7:45-8:45pm (No class Feb 18)

87. Intermediate Mat

“Come away feeling and looking stronger ”

Boot Camps for Every Body Melt unwanted pounds, tone up and energize with us in a power-packed strength endurance and agility based boot camp with a motivating team format. All camps are led by our Certified Personal Trainers. 88. Fitter.Firmer.Faster Indoor Boot Camps  4 weeks $165/$125 Mbr a. Mon/Wed/Fri, Jan 4 – Jan 30, 12:00-12:50pm b. Mon/Wed/Fri, Feb 1 – Mar 1, 12:00-12:50pm c. Mon/Wed/Fri, Mar 4 – Apr 3, 12:00-12:50pm

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Kids’ Health Our 8+ week kids’ fitness classes qualify for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit.



Babysit orkout!

89. Wee Move

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An introduction to music and movement for toddlers who are walking – 2½ years. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 2, 9:30-10:00am  $48

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90. Mini-Movers

Enhance motor skills with jumping, hopping, climbing, throwing, running, balancing, and dancing. For children aged 2½ – 4 years. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 2, 10:00-10:45am  $48

91. Wee Swim

Parent and tot will enjoy swimming in our warm water pool, with a focus on movement, fun, and gaining comfort in the water. For ages 6 months – 2½ years. a. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 12:00-12:30pm  $60 b. Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 12:30-1:00pm  $60 c. Thu, Jan 10 – Mar 14, 4:50–5:20pm  $60 d. Thu, Mar 21 – Apr 11, 4:50–5:20pm  $24 e. Sat, Mar 23 – Apr 13, 12:00-12:30pm  $24 f. Sat, Mar 23 – Apr 13, 12:30-1:00pm  $24

92. Gym & Swim

A semi-structured hour of fun for children and their parent, including gym activities and swimming in our warm water pool. a. Fri, Jan 11 – Mar 22, 5:30-6:30pm (2-3 year olds)  $80 (No class mar 8) b. Fri, Jan 11 – Mar 22, 6:45-7:45pm (4-5 year olds)  $80 (No class mar 8)

KARATE A traditional martial art that uses the whole body to build confidence, respect, commitment and physical condition.

96. Little Tigers Karate

Parents are encouraged to participate with the child (no added cost). For children aged 5-7 years.  $60 Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 12, 5:15-6:00pm

97. Karate Kids I

For children aged 8-12 years.  $100 Tue, Jan 8 – Mar 12, 6:00-7:00pm

98. Karate Kids II

An Intermediate level for children aged 8-11 years with a minimum of yellow belt.  $100 Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 11:30am-12:30pm

99. Youth Karate


A more advanced class for youth aged 12-17 years with a minimum of yellow belt.  $100 Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 10:30-11:30am

A performance highlighting the students’ achievements will be held during the last class. Costumes not required.


93. Parent & Tot Dance

100. Mini Indoor Soccer

Focuses on coordination, movement, music and FUN! For children aged 2-3 years.  $55 Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 11:00-11:25am

94. Preschool Ballet

A fun intro to movements and positions, with rhythm, songs and games. For children aged 3-5 years.  $55 Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 11:30-11:55am

95. Beginner Ballet

Develops the foundations for ballet technique in a fun and active way. For children aged 4-6 years.  $65 Sat, Jan 12 – Mar 16, 12:00-12:45pm

Keep active with soccer drills and activities!  $60 a. Wed, Jan 16 – Mar 6, 1:00-1:45pm (4-5 year olds) b. Thu, Jan 17 – Mar 7, 5:15-6:00pm (3-5 year olds)


  101. Take Charge of Your S.E.L.F. for 14-17 year olds

Sustainable Empowering Life Fundamentals Learn life skills to help you with stress management, nutrition, self-esteem, finances, exams, relationships, fitness management, future planning, family dynamics and much more! Feel prepared for all life’s challenges.  $75 Thu, Feb 7 – Mar 7, 7:00-9:00pm

Birthday Parties!

Call 204-632-3913 Celebrate your next birthday party with us! Let the Wellness Institute help you throw a fun, active party for your children! Register call 204-632-3900 or visit (Registration & refund policies on Page 12) 18 To Register early online December 19. In-person and phone registration opens December 20.


Art Beating Strong at Seven Oaks A unique arrangement with Artbeat Studio will bring original art to Seven Oaks Hospital. Artbeat Studio is a communitybased, peer driven organization that accommodates artists whose low socioeconomic status, social isolation and mental health problems make it difficult for them to acquire a workspace where they might advance their artistic technique safely and securely. Artist participants of Studio Central, a project of Artbeat Studio Inc. will exhibit art work in six month rotating installations between now and 2017. Paintings and other works of art will transform the hospital’s northeast entrance corridor into a gallery. The first exhibition Painting Like the Wind was installed in early November and will be on display until April 30. This work was created as a single canvas by several collaborating artists, then cut into 40 separate panels and displayed in sets of four canvasses along the corridor. “I have used a description of the wind, as it rises and falls, to inspire artists to work on a single piece. The gesture of the brush and colour is the only means used to

Artbeat Artist Kelvin Free with the original piece now on exhibit as a series of smaller canvasses

communicate. I also played piano allowing the sound wave to inspire the motion of their hand. The piece is fundamentally an abstract, expressionist painting also known as action painting,” said Kelvin Free the artist who led the creative collaboration. Studio Central is managed and operated by alumni of the six month Artbeat Studio core program. This project engages artists in community development projects. “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to work with the artists at Studio Central, not just because it brightens our corridor, but because we share the values and objectives of the organization and want more people to know about Artbeat Studio and the artists themselves,” said Seven Oaks Business Development Officer Sunny Chohan. Kelvin Free turns the notion of mental illness itself on its head in this collective exploration saying that “what is called mental illness may in fact be a dream state that manifests itself in waking life.

That individual labeled ‘mentally ill’ may be sensitive to the hidden realm of the collective subconscious whose forces and currents move us all. This may be why artists, like Van Gogh, Virginia Wolfe and others, today labeled as schizophrenic or bi-polar, etc. created such powerful works of art.” One of the participating artists, Steve Falk, has found that “doing my art helped me open up socially and artistically. Art is a great way for me to express myself. I was shocked the first time I did a painting like the wind exercise with Kelvin.” The other Painting Like The Wind participating artists included Mark Carruthers, Shena Alcock, Victoria Stone, Katrina Koltek, Roberta York, Joyce Lancaster, Richard Edwards and Kate Kaplun. See their work between now and April, 2013 by entering the northeast (McPhillips Street) entrance of Seven Oaks Hospital.

For more information about Artbeat Studio Inc. go to

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Matters of the Heart 102. Thursday,

February 14th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Heart Health Matters! Plus join us for free blood pressure readings, exercise and relaxation breaks and more. Call 204-632-3900, visit us at or stop by the Wellness Institute at 1075 Leila Avenue to register for programs on or after December 20 at 6:00 am.

Early registration opens December 19 at 6:00 am. (Online Only)

Programs are held at the

Wellness Institute, do not include parking and require registration, unless otherwise specified. Prices do not include applicable taxes. Pay parking available.

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Refunds will only be issued up to one-week prior to the program start date and are subject to a $20 administration fee.

Positively Healthy Winter 2013  

Winter 2013 issue by Seven Oaks General Hospital, winnipeg, includes over 100 Wellness Institute programs.

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