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  CSC Waterloo Region News       
From Jenn McDonald

March is National Nutrition Month!
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, we invite everyone to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Take the quiz!
Do the word search (and share with your exercise participants!)
Eating right tips for older adults
Eating right on a budget

Client Safety Tip of the Month:

Beat the Winter Blues

Many people find themselves feeling down during the winter months. The good news is there are ways to improve your overall feelings of happiness. As part of your daily routine, open window blinds and curtains each day to let the natural light in and to get a dose of Vitamin D. If you are unable to leave your home, consider calling a friend or family member, or inviting a neighbour over for tea. It’s easy to want to hibernate, but it’s also important to have social activities in your calendar. If you are able to get out and about, consider meeting new people at one of Community Support Connections’ exercise classes or join a friendship connection group.

Eating well can boost your mood and energy levels, and exercise is vital to improving your sense of wellbeing. If you are experiencing ongoing sadness that is keeping you from living a happy life, we encourage you to contact your doctor, or call 24/7 Hotline for addictions, mental health and crisis services at 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247).

Our next CSC GEF Meetings are: 

Tuesday March 31st, 2020
330 - 430 PM
at Community Support Connections
61 Woolwich Street North, Breslau

Celebrating our successes!
  • A couple was new to attending the exercise class at a Kitchener retirement home - they mentioned that they took the same type of exercise classes where they use to live at their condo building. Turns our they were also SMART classes! It is great to see that they were able to stay in their own home until they were 89 and 90 years old and that they are continuing to attend SMART classes now in retirement home living.
  • "Today is my last day of a 6 week exercise class. Although I find it hard to stick to an exercise program I am very glad that I stuck to this one. The girls running hte program were so encouraging and made all the hard work fun. I came away with much more strength in my back and seem to find it easier walking. So thank you so much for allowing me to attend." - CSC FPOA participant
  • "Great exercises, coming here for 6 weeks made me do it! with someone watching also motivates me. Thanks very much." - CSC FPOA participant
Send us articles or readings of interest if you'd like to share them!

Exercise Resource manual link here!
VON Client Success story:
Susan had been wanting to go to Flower Pot Island and complete a hike but, prior to the SMART exercise class did not feel she had the strength and endurance to complete this kind of venture. One year after exercising with the SMART exercise program she had made some remarkable gains in both her physical abilities and her confidence. The idea of that treacherous hike at Flower Pot Island being impossible now seemed achievable. She felt as though she was in the best shape in her life. And with that notion she head to Flower Pot Island and completed six hours of steep, technical hiking. She needed a walking stick to keep her balance and navigate the rocks to keep her footing. She credits the SMART exercises for strengthening her arms, legs, core which allowed her to keep her balance and complete the hike.

Days later Susan was coming down from her granddaughter’s tree house when she slipped on the wet ladder. Her foot went through a rung of the ladder and she fell from the fourth step of the ladder straight backwards. Luckily the only injury she sustained was a sprained knee. She states “It could have been a lot worse but, the exercise program has made my bones and muscles strong therefore my body could withstand the impact of the fall. My poor knee didn’t have a chance it got twisted the wrong way.” The knee injury left Susan with no control of the knee joint, however she learned how to activate her quad, hamstring and calf muscles surrounding the knee to get her knee to work as it was supposed to. She said that she would not have been able to do this if she had not participated in the SMART exercise program.

Susan fully recovered from this injury and continues to attend SMART exercise classes offered at the Drayton Reformed Church on Mon, Wed and Fri at 9am.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling by in rising every time we fall” Confucius

Susan wanted to share her story so that she can encourage others to exercise as it is the universal prescription to pretty much everything. It will not only make one feel better, have more energy, be more mobile, prevent falls but also to help one to recover more quickly if they do sustain an injury. Frailty is not inevitable it is in fact reversible and one is never too young or too old to start.
Click below for a list of where you can find all of the classes Waterloo Wellington:
Exercise classes
Stand Up to Falls sessions

VON Guelph Wellington News:  

From Kelly Gee

VON News:

Over the month of February VON SMART Exercise Program has worked with Safe Communities Falls Prevention Action Group to promote a Valentine’s Campaign; Love Can Steal Your Heart but a Fall Can Steal Your Independence” 
We were featured on the Radio and the local newspapers promoting benefits of exercise in terms of falls prevention but, also in terms of injury prevention if a fall does happen.

To promote our “Love Can Steal Your Heart by a Fall Can Steal Your Independence” we handed out valentines baggies filled with salt and sand to all SMART exercise participants in North and Centre Wellington.  We have encouraged the recipients of these sand and salt valentines to keep them in their car or purse so that they can use on walkways, driveways or parking lots are slippery due to ice.

The SMART Integrated Falls Prevention Program will take place until February 15th at the following locations:

Duffs Church , Guelph
Wellington Park Terrace, Guelph

VON GEF Meeting 
 Tuesday April 7th at 12pm – Guelph Office, 401 Edinburgh Rd. N., Guelph
Wed April 8th at 1:30 – Mount Forest Office, 392 Main St. N., Mount Forest

For more information about the SMART Exercise and Fall Prevention Program in Wellington County, check out our website at!

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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