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  CSC Waterloo Region News       
From Ashlynne Boven

We continue with our live Virtual SMART exercise classes on Zoom; schedule is as follows:
- Monday - Friday 9am - moderate/high intensity class
- Monday - Friday 1030am - moderate/low intensity class (seated class option available here)
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1pm - moderate/various intensities

There will be NO Virtual SMART exercise classes on the following upcoming holidays:
Family Day - Monday, February 15, 2021
Good Friday - Friday, April 2, 2021
Victoria Day - Monday, May 24, 2021

If you know of someone that is interested in joining us, please send them either of the following links to get started with one of our Kinesiologists! 
Kin Leigh:
Kin Sarah:


Our Kinesiologists, Sarah and Leigh, are planning for the next round of Virtual Falls Prevention to start on Tuesday February 2nd, running Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm for 6 weeks. The sessions are free and open to anyone to attend. They are presentation style, informative and interactive and include some optional functional exercises at the end of each class.
Topics to be discussed can be found in poster below. No registration is required! Feel free to forward info on. Zoom link for the sessions:  
Downloadable/sharable poster available HERE.


Snow, ice, and inclement weather pose safety risks, and it is essential to take extra precautions. If you are able to get out and about in the community, walk slowly, use small steps (mimicking a penguin helps!) and wear appropriate footwear with low, wide heels and good treads. If you have a mobility device but do not use it regularly, it is especially important to use it now to prevent a trip or fall. If you live in your own home, please ensure your doorstep, driveway, and sidewalk are clear of ice and snow to ensure the safety of volunteers and staff who may be picking you up or visiting your home. If you or someone you know needs help with snow removal services, please call our office at 519-772-8787, and we can help connect you with the services you need.

February is Heart Month, a time to spread awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention. Signs of a heart attack can vary and may be different for men and women, but common signs include chest discomfort (such as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness), sweating, upper body discomfort (of the neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back), nausea, shortness of breath, and light-headedness. Signs of stroke can vary, but common signs include face drooping, not being able to raise both arms, and speech that is slurred or jumbled. 
If you or someone you know experiences any of these signs, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. To learn more about risks and prevention, visit for more information.


Celebrating our success! Feedback from our virtual class participants:

- These classes give such a sense of community when we see our former classmates.
- The time of day is great - and I don't have to leave my house!
- The classes provide a regularity to COVID life.
-  I love the variety of teachers!
- I love the fact that the classes are available 5 days a week.
- The facilitators are very knowledgeable and friendly.

- Did you know that 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February!? How are your New Year's Resolutions going? We often get sucked into the same resolutions year after year with no success. Click HERE for some specific goals to help you work towards a healthier life!

- Click HERE to read an article from the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal on Three ways to beat the winter blues!

Send us articles or readings of interest if you'd like to share them!

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 Leigh Bouchard (Registered Kinesiologist) or Sarah Cotton (Registered Kinesiologist)

VON Client Success stories:
Here are what a couple clients from Wellington County and Guelph are saying about our classes: 

Thank you and to all the leaders!  It’s wonderful to be kept active in such a caring way.  
- Alison 

I feel fortunate to be participating in the VON exercise classes and just wanted to express my thanks and to tell you how much I love doing these exercise classes.  The instructors are fabulous. It is pretty special that I can attend an activity with my brother and sister-in-law who live in Guelph!  We don’t see each other very much because of the distance, so this brings a smile to my face every time we are together on the Zoom exercise classes.
- Sharon

Here are some responses the VON received when we launched our new YouTube videos on Christmas Eve:
Thanks for the Christmas present! It will be fun to try Laurel’s exercises.
- Lorraine
Brilliant. I was just wishing for that for Christmas...for those days I am working and just can’t get to one...Thank you.
- V
That is one of the best Christmas presents I could have received.
- Margaret
Awesome, thanks! I look forward to checking them out. Merry Christmas! 
- Marsha

Thank you for the great Christmas present. Just tried the 45 minute option and it was fabulous. 😉
- Joyce

VON Guelph Wellington News:  
From Kelly Gee


February is Heart Month




VON is making it easy for you to exercise with our new wellness program!

A group of certified fitness professionals from our VON SMART programs are pleased to announce free virtual exercise classes for all VON Employees starting this February – just in time for Heart Month! 
This pilot is to support you, our valued employees, in achieving your wellness goals and to offer social connection with colleagues. 
Being physically active 150 minutes per week can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Being active also improves strength, morale, and self-esteem. We hope VON staff will consider joining a class!


Love Can Steal Your Heart But, a Fall Can Steal your Independence

Valentines Gift Ideas for Older Adults:

  1.  Good fitting shoes- remember that first four letters in slippers is “slip”
  2.  Non-slip mats for the bathtub or shower
  3.  Motion sensor lights for the front porch
  4. Motion sensor nightlights for in the bedroom, hallways and bathroom
  5. Install handrails on both sides of all stairways
  6. Double sided tape for all area rugs and mats
  7. An ice pick for their cane

It's never too late to learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Click HERE to read about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and a stroke.


The VON is offering a number of ways that one can participate in the SMART exercise Program through the use of technology:
One can access our Low Intensity, Moderate Intensity and High Intensity Exercise on YouTube
YouTube Link: 

New Exercise Classes are being added to our new YouTube Channel:
VON SMART Exercise Program Wellington County
(These YouTube Links and a link to our Falls Prevention Education Series can be easy accesses from our homepage of our website)

VON SMART Exercise Classes on YouTube classes currently have had 24, 697 views!!!

SMART Exercise Classes are also offered on Wightman Channel 6:  
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7am Low Intensity, 8am Moderate Intensity, 9am High Intensity.

The VON SMART Program is now offering a full Schedule of Live Virtual Zoom Exercise Classes.  

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat. 
The app is available to download for free, and Zoom users can choose to sign up to the free service, or for a number of paid plans. The free services allows users to create unlimited meetings with up to 100 participants, although the time limit for group meetings is 40 minutes
To register for SMART Live Zoom classes contact VON SMART Program Coordinator Kelly Gee
Phone: 519-314-0264

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us during these strange times!  Whether you've participated alongside one of our YouTube videos, Wightman TV airings, completed the exercises in our in-home booklet, participated in Zoom or just kept in touch! We are grateful to continue to be a part of your activities.
Thank you! Keep up the great activity!!

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