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  CSC Waterloo Region News       
From Jenn McDonald

As you are all aware during the COVID-19 illness we have suspended our exercise and falls prevention programs until further notice on direction from the Ministry of Health. The safety of our clients, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance. 

As we navigate this time with so many closures and service suspensions we remain focused on staying connected with our clients and volunteers and staff. 

In case you missed it, Check out this video we featured on our social media channels to see Caitlin, one of our Falls Prevention Kinesiologists, demonstrate one of the exercises we’ve sent out to clients who are missing their classes right now! 

For our exercise clients:

Our amazing staff Kinesiologists have developed in-home exercise movements for our exercise clients. Developed as a cue to what clients would have been doing in their classes already! We are happy to be able share it with them via email so that they may all continue to do some safe gentle movements in the safety of their own homes. We have shared it with our clients for whom we could access via email, and have had some great conversations checking in with those by phone as well. 

In-home exercises (from March 19)
In-home exercises version 2 (from March 31)

For our staff and volunteers:

Now, more than ever, it is important to be kind to yourself!
Things you can do to support yourself:

Check out this link for some great online and telephone supports that are available at this time:

Kids Help Phone  1-800-668-6868

ConnexOntario  1-866-531-2600

Big White Wall (BWW) (a partnership with Ontario Telemedicine Network)

Client Safety Tip of the Month:

Physical (Social) Distancing

The concept of 'social distancing' has been passed around as the key activity every community member should undertake to help stymie the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, health experts actually indicate that the term 'physical distancing' more accurately describes what is required of each of us. Limiting the amount of time spend physically present with other people also limits the risk of the virus being spread and transmitted. Cancel group events, such as weddings and birthdays, and do not allow visitors inside your home. Only head outside your home when absolutely necessary, such as to obtain groceries or head to work. If you do have to enter into public spaces, do not engage in physical contact, such as hugging, shaking hands, or letting other people pet your dog. Instead, keep a 'pool noodle's' distance (2 metres, or 6-8 feet) apart from others at all times.
However, there are still many ways you can maintain social contact with family, friends, and neighbours, without having to see them in-person. Consider making phone calls to loved ones, or using digital applications such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or Facebook Messenger to enjoy face-to-face communication. Even as we must distance ourselves for our collective physical health and safety, we should still reach out to one another for our collective mental and emotional wellbeing!

Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Hopefully soon!
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Sharing lots of positive feedback from our in-home exercises:
  • "Thank you....This is a very trying time as mentioned. I live alone and days are long. I previously went to the exercises classes in my building on a regular basis and so to have them cancelled completely for the unforeseen time has been very difficult. Your exercises that can be done at home will/has helped a great deal. I am celebrating another birthday today and hope to be around for much longer. You have added an extra 'boost' now!  Looking forward to the start up of classes again. Take care, stay safe , healthy and wise
  • "Thanks for the exercises. It's wonderful that you send this routine out there for us to use. It is much appreciated."
  • "Thank you. We appreciate the time and effort you took to send us this exercise schedule. We have already planned to do these exercises on the days we use to go to class. It will not be as much fun without our instructor. She is the motivation that keeps us going there. Again, thank you."
  • "Thank you for the exercise sheets. My husband and I are regular attendees. Wishing all your staff good health. Will look forward to the restart of classes."
  • "Dear Jenn and the amazing Kinesiologists, Thank you so much! It's wonderful to have this resource, along with pictures of some of the faces we'll be missing for the time being."
  • "Thank you for your e- mail re: exercise classes.The exercises presented are great,and thanks to your staff for doing that!..I do miss the girls and miss their wonderful smile.Wishing you and your staff good health."
  • "This is absolutely amazing and what a great way to keep us all active. I can only walk so many halls and stairs and this seems like a welcomed alternative."
Send us articles or readings of interest if you'd like to share them!

Exercise Resource manual link here!
VON Client Success stories:
Client Story #1:
“I have used transportation to get to the exercise classes and I find that it is excellent and I am very grateful. Because of VON services I am able to improve my balance and walking. I will continue to come as long as I am able”

Client Story #2:

“When I was home after knee surgery the young lady that came to my home to see me was very helpful. In the end I joined a SMART exercise program in town and it is the best, I love the class"
The great thing about our 1 to 1 program is that it progressively helps with recovery and strengthens the affected area. It will help build up the strength, endurance and confidence of an individual so they can attend group classes and achieve all the physical, social and emotional benefits of the classes.


VON Guelph Wellington News:  

From Kelly Gee

VON News:

VON is committed to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with and heeding evolving recommendations from provincial government authorities and all levels of public health agencies. Rest assured, the actions VON is taking has everyone's health in mind. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
Stay informed about what we’re doing and how this may affect our programming on our COVID-19 Webpage.
Although we are not able to offer SMART Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes at our normal locations if you are looking for ways to stay active at home check out the VON Fall Prevention Series: Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 9 AM on Wightman Telecom Channel 6. Modules rotate through all 12 of them. The VON Falls Prevention Series is also on our Wightman YouTube page here:

VON SMART Exercise Programs:
The VON Exercise classes can be accessed through this playlist on YouTube:


  • I’m so pleased to find this!!! Thank you!!!
  • If you are missing VON Exercise Classes, grab some weights if you have them and try this!  Three levels Keep Healthy.
  • Thank you so much to the VON team for not only providing me with this opportunity to continue to exercise while in isolation I love these exercises and I although I miss my classes and my instructor this is an excellent alternative.  In addition I wanted to thank the VON staff for not only calling to let me know about the exercises on YouTube but, also for checking in with me to make sure I was okay and asking if I needed anything.

 Check out our VON Facebook Page for activity challenges!


Check out our VON SMART Exercise Website and Facebook Page for updates as to when our programs will continue to run in the community.!

Click on the links HERE for video demonstrations of all of our SMART Gentle Exercise components.
See these video links of our standing and seated options for our SMART Routine.

If there are questions regarding safety of SMART exercises, exercise ideas, etc., from CSC contact Caitlin Poth (Registered Kinesiologist) or Leigh Bouchard (Registered Kinesiologist)

Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis (OA)

Stand Up to Falls for Osteoarthritis is a referral-based program specifically designed with the functional approach to an exercise circuit for those with hip/knee Osteoarthritis. Participants will use the theraband for lower body strengthening, core stability, and stair climbing/chair stands. 
We are offering it to referred clients 2x/week for 6 weeks, free of charge. We have program locations in Kitchener and Cambridge and continue to register clients as we receive referrals.

We will accept all levels of participants provided they have hip/knee OA. Faxing us the form HERE or continuing to use Caredove for referrals from registered health care professionals works great.
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