VON Guelph Wellington News:
From Kelly Gee
In the fall season many people find themselves struggling to stay motivated to exercise as the weather gets colder. Luckily, it is a great time for fresh starts and new goals to get healthy regardless of whether a person is a seasoned exerciser or just beginning their fitness journey. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” (Michael Jordan)
As a member of the Safe Community Advisory Committee VON participates in a Safe Communities Day in which we educate up to 300 grade six students about the importance of exercising to reduce falls and injuries. We want to help eliminate any ageist beliefs that these students might have and demonstrate to them that frailty is not inevitable, it is reversible and that one can age successfully being active and able until their very last day so that they can not only use this advice themselves but, also pass this message on to their parents and grandparents.
The members of the Falls Prevention Advisory Committee thought there would be no better way to demonstrate the concept that age is just a number than to highlighting the amazing accomplishments of older adults including three VON instructors that are 84, 86, and 96 that became instructors this year and have taught and participated in over 150 classes this year. (pictured below)
November is Falls Prevention Month and we at VON will calculating the results of our Falls Prevention Challenge to determine how many of our challenge participants completed 50 hours of standing exercise. Currently we have over 190 people who have completed 50 classes, over 10 that have completed 100 classes and 3 people that have completed over 150 classes. If 50 hour of standing exercise can prevent one fall and falling once doubles ones chance of falling again just imagine how many falls the SMART classes have prevented.
Next VON GEF Meetings:
Wednesday Oct 30th 11am – VON Office 392 Main St North Mount Forest
Thursday Oct 31st at 12pm - Guelph GEF Meeting – VON satellite office, St. Joes Apts Board Roam, 401 Edinburgh Rd. N, Guelph
We will run the Falls Prevention Education at the following locations:
Stone Lodge, 165 Cole Rd. Guelph
Mount Forest Community Centre, 850 Princess St. Mount Forest
For more information about the SMART Exercise and Fall Prevention Program in Wellington County, check out our website at www.vonsmartexercise.com!