VON Guelph Wellington News:
From Kelly Gee
At this joyous time of year VON would like to thank all of the staff, volunteers and community partners that have made 2019 a successful year for the SMART Program. We were able to meet our goals and expand our services enabling us to reduce falls among the senior population in Wellington County because of the generosity and commitment of people like you. We would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season.
We know that most people have a love hate relationship with exercise. One usually hates to start exercising but then loves the way that they feel and the benefits they reap from exercising. Nonetheless we do know it is hard to stay motivated especially in the cold weather and if you get out of routine (i.e. take time off over the holidays). So we have a plan to help keep our participants motivated. In January we will be launching a new challenge of having each class trying to row across the Great Lakes by completing rows in the class.
Good-Bye to a Great Exercise Facilitator
It is with deep sadness that we have to say good-bye to Laurel Berry, her last day with VON will be Dec 23rd, 2019. Laurel joined the SMART Team 2016. Her extensive background, health, fitness and nutrition along with her infectious smile and positive energy enabled her to be a fantastic exercise leader. She was always able to retain old participants and attracted new ones. During her tenure, she has built relationships and really helped strengthen partnerships with the VBA, Duffs Church and Stone Lodge. She has inspired so many older adults to exercise and continue to challenge themselves so that they can continue to improve their overall health. If we could accurately calculate how many falls Laurel has single handedly prevented with the number of people that attend her classes on a regular basis, I am sure that this number would be quite large. She has been an amazing team member, and excellent leader and role model for excellence while working for VON. Please join me in expressing our deepest appreciation for her contributions to the SMART program and wish her every success for her future.
Thank you Laurel for all that you have done for this program! You will be greatly missed!
November Falls Prevention Month
On Friday Nov 15 Mayor Gregg Davidson participated in the VON SMART Exercise Class in Drayton wearing his no limits t-shirt in Support of Falls Prevention Month. Gregg’s t-shirt was perfect for this class as all these participants are going beyond those ageist beliefs that frailty is inevitable. All these exercisers are over 55 years of age, many of them in their 80’s and 90’s. November is Falls Prevention Month which highlights that we all have a role to play. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented. The best way to prevent falls or the injury from falls is to exercise. Exercising will reduce the residual effects of falls. The stronger the body is the less likely one will sustain injuries. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but, rising every time we fall” -Confucius
The SMART Integrated Falls Prevention Program will take place at the following locations:
Riverside Glen, Guelph
Mount Forest Recreation Centre, Mount Forest
Erin Family Health Team, Erin
Rockwood Family Health Team, Rockwood
SMART GEF Meeting/ Late Christmas Get Together
165 Gordon St. Apartments Fergus, ON - Tuesday Dec 17th 12:30 – 3:30
SMART Exercise Facilitator Training
Tuesday Jan 7th and Wednesday Jan 8th 9am -4pm
401 Edinburgh Rd. North, St. Joes Apts Boardroom
Contact Kelly Gee firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in becoming trained.
VON will not be running exercise classes From Dec 24th – Jan 1st
For more information about the SMART Exercise and Fall Prevention Program in Wellington County, check out our website at www.vonsmartexercise.com!