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Drafting an Athlete for the 2020 Special Olymipcs

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)





Mystery Match Draft Day – November 21, 2019


The Draft an Athlete Committee for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is extremely excited to announce our partnership with a “mystery” sponsor who has agreed to match all Draft an Athlete donations for one day only, up to a maximum of $25,000.


On Thursday November 21, 2019 we will be hosting a Mystery Match Draft Day in support of the 2020 Games. With your help we can make this day a monumental success.


There are several ways that you can participate in Draft an Athlete on November 21, 2019 and doubling down on the opportunity to support the games;


Online - midnight - 6:00 p.m. http://specialolympics2020.com/draft-an-athlete/

Pick Up Cash or cheques - arrange by contacting Warren Giertuga at (807) 630-4550 or wgiertug@tbaytel.net

Drop off cash or cheques or credit card donations - at the Chanterelle on Park from 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Come join us at the Chanterelle on Park for a celebration social between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. At 6:00 we will hold a media event to unveil the mystery sponsor and announce of how much was donated by the community and matched by our sponsor. Together we can celebrate helping make dreams come true for Special Olympics athlete.


Please mark November 21, 2019 on your calendar and consider joining us for the Mystery Match Draft Day to Draft an Athlete. Any questions and RSVP’s can be sent to wgiertug@tbaytel.net. Thank you for your support!

These services are no longer covered by OHIP as of October 1

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Revisions to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) means some Ontarians will have to pay out of pocket for some procedures that were once covered.

Changes to the plan went into effect October 1, and include financial and procedural adjustments to services like certain pregnancy test methods and certain types of secretion removal.

The changes were made based on recommendations by a physician-lead group, who were asked to review a number of OHIP-insured services. The assessment is part of an effort to provide more effective care in the province. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, the modifications are expected to save Ontario taxpayers about $83 million.

Some of the changes include:

1. Fewer x-rays for sinus-related problems - CT scans will be used if imaging is required on sinuses as x-rays are shown to be not as effective.

2. New referral system for patients with chronic hip and knee pain

 - In an effort to minimize unnecessary hip and knee CT/MRI scans and surgical consultations, patients will now be referred to rapid access clinics with specialized care.

3. Ear wax cleaning will only be done when medically necessary

- Coverage for ear wax cleaning is no longer available. Doctors will now charge for the service unless the ear wax is causing hearing loss, over-the-counter medicine is ineffective or it needs to be removed to deal with another condition.

4. Reducing the use of dipstick pregnancy tests

- Blood pregnancy tests will now be used in place of dipstick tests, which will only be insured if the patients needs results to prevent imminent harm.



5. House calls

- Physician premiums for house calls will only be funded for patients who are frail seniors, housebound and/or receiving palliative care.

6.  The use of ambulatory cardiac monitoring devices 



- Loop recorders, an outdated technology used to evaluate cardiac electrical activity in out-patients, are no longer funded.

7. Referrals to specialists 

- Patients will no longer need to visit their primary care provider for a letter to see a specialists they’ve already seen for the same problem, within a two-year period.

8.  Infertility diagnosis testing

- OHIP will no longer cover post-coital testing of cervical mucous, a method now considered to be outdated.



9. Larynx exams

- Examination of the stomach will no longer include additional examination of the larynx, when there’s no evidence of a problem. Laryngoscopy services will only be provided when medically necessary.



10. Preoperative assessments


- "History and physical" assessments by a family doctor are usually requested before an operation by surgeons, although they’re not medically required. Now patients will be assessed by the surgeon and anesthesiologist before the surgery to determine the right anesthetic care.







Elianna Lev is a Toronto-based writer for Yahoo Canada News.

Her work has been featured in Vice, The Canadian Press, Leafly and Elle Canada.



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Wellness Centre should have the following

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

https://risepeople.com/blog/workplace-wellness-programs/" target="_blank">10 Examples of the Best Workplace Wellness Programs

1. On-site fitness centres

This might be considered the granddaddy of all corporate wellness program examples. Not everyone can provide their team members with a 72,000 square foot fitness centre, but Chesapeake Energy considers it a completely justified expense for recruiting and retaining healthy team members. The fitness centre offers team members an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, and access to personal trainers.

What makes this wellness program great?

The fitness centre is just one part of the company’s ‘Living Well’ program, which offers cash incentives for team members who participate and meet their goals in various areas of the program. Chesapeake Energy clearly cares about their team members’ well-being and has provided them with as much support as possible to help them reach their goals.

2. Smoking cessation programs

It’s no secret that, on average, team members who smoke cigarettes cost their employers more money due to health issues compared to non-smokers. Some workplaces have found it in their best interest, both ethically and economically, to offer smoking cessation programs to their team members.

Union Pacific offers a smoking cessation program that consists of lifestyle coaching, as well as pharmacological assistance, to their team members. Their program has helped reduced the number of their team members who smoke from 40% in the 1990s down to 17% in 2007.

What makes this wellness program great?

Union Pacific understands that pharmaceuticals alone may not work for all team members. The addition of coaching for team members trying to quit smoking may make the difference between success and failure.

3. Transit options

Encouraging alternative methods of transportation, such as bike sharing or public transit incentives, are beneficial to the workplace and the future of the environment. Facebook’s campus in Palo Alto offers a bike-sharing program for team members to cycle to places around campus rather than driving. At Rise, we encourage our team members to take public transportation by reimbursing employees for their transit passes.

What makes this wellness program great?

This type of program will appeal to current and potential employees who value environmental responsibility.

4. Paramedical services

Google offers paramedical services, like massage therapy, to their team members while they’re at work. In fact, Google employs a massage program manager, as just one of 35 massage therapists employed in their United States offices. Massage therapists go through an interview process at the company as well, where they demonstrate their skills (which sounds great for the interviewer).

What makes this wellness program great?

There’s a reason why Google is consistently rated one of the best workplaces in the world. Going above and beyond what team members expect from their employer is a great way to encourage a reciprocal effort. A relaxed and calm team member is a joy to have in the workplace, which is likely the main reason that Google offers the service.

5. Yoga classes

Mobify offers their team members yoga classes twice per week, which, weather permitting, is moved to their rooftop boasting stunning views of Vancouver’s ocean and mountains. The most important requirement for practising yoga is the space to do it, and many companies are using their conference or break rooms to provide yoga classes for team members throughout the workday.

What makes this wellness program great?

Yoga and meditation is an extremely effective stress reliever. Team members at startups or PR agencies often have to deal with tight deadlines and overtime. Yoga is an effective way to incorporate self-care into work, so that team members don’t have to feel guilty about neglecting work.

6. Lunch and healthy snacks

With only 30 minutes for lunch, many team members may feel that they have to eat fast food when buying their lunch. Bandwidth offers a 90-minute Fitness Lunch to their team members—enough time to play a sport, hit the gym, or to head home for a healthy homemade lunch. Again, Google sets the bar high with their cafeterias, offering catered lunches and snacks to team members throughout the day. Services have popped up recently that will deliver healthy snacks to your office, like Natural Source and Mindful Snacks.

What makes this wellness program great?

A lunch and snack program will appeal to all of your team members—since everyone has to eat! Promoting healthy eating in the workplace benefits everyone in the office. Healthy and communal eating programs encourage interaction between people from different teams, and the cafeteria provides one such place where a large and diverse workforce can mingle and connect.

7. Employee assistance programs

Wellness not only means taking care of the body but the mind as well. Accenture provides confidential support for issues like stress, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. Accenture knows a lot of work-related stress can be addressed outside of the workplace through guided support programs, so they provide access to programs, such as financial assistance, for all of their employees. Employees are also rewarded for setting wellness goals and accomplishing them.

What makes this wellness program great?

Employees who need extra assistance outside the workplace get the help they need to perform their best. Companies like Accenture realize that support for their employees shouldn’t end once they leave the building. By providing extra support initiatives, organizations can communicate a certain level of empathy and support for their people, thus boosting satisfaction and confidence between the employer and the employee.

8. Naps

How does an after-lunch snooze sound? Professional or not, there’s no argument that a good nap always leaves one feeling completely refreshed. That’s why innovative companies like Zappos, Facebook, and Asana provide specialized nap rooms for employees looking to catch some afternoon rest. Due to the flexible work schedules, employees can catch a quick nap and return to their projects with renewed energy.

What makes this wellness program great?

While simply having a dedicated nap room isn’t technically a “program”, naps have clinically proven benefits when it comes to productivity. We’ve all felt that afternoon lull after lunch. But we’re not telling you to let Steve from the accounting department hibernate under his desk. We’re telling you to let employees recharge in ways that suit them best. Maybe it’s allowing employees extra time to go outside for a walk or having a quiet area for staff members to read. The idea is to not be so rigid in the ways employees spend their off time. Everyone gets energized in different ways and finding out what those are can improve mental wellness and productivity.

9. Wellness challenges

Workplace challenges related to wellness, from health challenges to fitness challenges, are effective in promoting healthy lifestyles within your workforce. At Rise, we’ve designed and ran workplace wellness challenges that encouraged our team members to engage in workouts of their choosing and drink more water at the office. By tracking their progress, their team would be eligible to win a health-related prize at the month’s end.

What makes this wellness program great?

Our monthly fitness challenges and water challenges were successful in promoting regular physical exercise and daily hydration amongst our people. It’s become a core part of our company culture, motivating our teams to reach goals, interact with their colleagues, and improve their wellness habits.

10. Wellness adventures

Like many companies, Zappos offers fitness subsidies, health benefits, and wellness reimbursements. According to their wellness coordinators, physical activity is important but shouldn’t be made mandatory. As a part of their wellness efforts, the Zappos team schedules optional wellness adventures for their employees with the goal of getting away from their desks for a little while. This could look like a one hour golf lesson or even laser tag. The wellness adventures are kept broad to appeal to a wide range of people, and most importantly, are focused on having fun.

What makes this wellness program great?

Hosting wellness adventures is great fun for everyone. Remember, not everyone is able to participate in all physically active events. Scheduling a wide range of monthly events can let those who get their exercise in elsewhere or who aren’t very active at all to join in. It appeals to more people cause it focuses on fun first rather than exercise.

Looking for a better way to improve health & wellness across your organization? The Rise HR platform helps Canadian businesses manage their teams better, track time off, keep an eye on employee engagement, and much more. Book a demo to see Rise in action.

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Food Prep TIPS

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)



One of the best things you can do to set yourself up for success on this program is a bit of food-prep each week! I came across an awesome blog post with some great beginner tips for you to get started on your food-prep journey! I especially love #3!!!


1) Don’t try to prep it all!

First and foremost, when starting out, don’t try and make ahead your entire weekly menu plan. This will completely overwhelm you. Start slow. The first week prep 1 or 2 recipes ahead of time and as you get comfortable with the process you can prep more.


2) Choose which recipe(s), if made ahead of time, would make the biggest difference in your week!

This is huge! If you are short on time or don’t have the energy to prepare a lot of food then prioritize your meals. Which recipe, if made ahead of time, is going to make your week easier? If dinnertime brings you the most stress then put together some meal starters or prep ingredients for a couple slow cooker recipes. If you are always running to the vending machine at 3:00pm then put together some veggie packs or bags of almonds. What is going to make it easier for you to eat healthier during the week?


3) It is not necessary to cook all the food you prep!

Food prep can be anything. You don’t necessarily need to cook all your meals completely. It can mean chopping up onions, peppers, or other vegetables ahead of time for recipes. Washing fruits and vegetables so they are ready for snacks. Portioning out nuts or other food items for snacks. Cutting up chicken or beef to be recipe ready. Whatever is going to work.


4) Even the littlest bit of food prep makes a difference!

I used to think if I did not have hours to set aside for prepping my food then why bother. Obviously, that is not the right approach to take. There are always going to be weeks my time is limited. If I wait for the right time or more time then I would never do anything. It is important to make the most of the time you have and do what you can. I have since learned that any food prep is better than no food prep at all. Some weeks I might not get any dinners prepped ahead of time but if my mason jar salads are done then at least I don’t need to worry about lunch.


5) There is no right or wrong way to food prep!

The options are endless when in comes to prepping food ahead of time so there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Basically, it comes down to just making time and getting it done. However, just like any weight loss strategy, to be sustainable it needs to fit into your lifestyle. Basically this means do what works for you. If the only thing you want to prep each week are hardboiled eggs then that’s fine. Whatever will meets YOUR needs. Don’t get bogged down in thinking it has to be done a certain way.


6) Give yourself time to reap the rewards and make it a habit!

I think like with anything it is really important to keep at it long enough to experience the benefits, see the results, and form new habits. Remember it takes about 3 weeks to form a habit. Weekly food prep is no different. Don’t throw in the towel if it doesn’t work out the first time. Or the first few times. Adapt and overcome. Expect to make adjustments along the way. Food prep is about making your life easier. Sure it takes a little effort and time upfront but it is worth it. It is so rewarding to open up the refrigerator door and see healthy delicious meals and snacks ready to eat. It was a game changer for me and I am confident it will be for you too.


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canfitpro Toronto TRADE SHOW

Posted on August 14, 2019 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)







https://www.canfitpro.com/convention-2019/tradeshow/?utm_source=canfitpro2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=members&utm_content=App-lify+your+experience+with+us%21#xsid=a62e_qYs8u6" target="_blank">REGISTER NOW!

Where:       Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Level 600  Toronto, ON


When:         Wednesday to Sunday

August 14 to 18, 2019


All welcome

New Chief Operation Officer of canfitpro July 1 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello canfitpro FIS PTS NWS

We are excited to announce that as of July 1, 2019, Maureen ‘Mo’ Hagan will be taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer of canfitpro!

In her new role, Mo will be responsible for canfitpro’s operations, procedures and financial success through vision and leadership. Mo’s innovation and forward thinking will allow her to create and execute on directives and strategies that will help canfitpro transform, evolve and continue to thrive. One of the primary goals for canfitpro is to lead the way in positioning fitness as a fulfilling and life-long career path, and to demonstrate that the best way to get started, progress and stand-out in the fitness industry is through education opportunities at canfitpro.

Mo worked for GoodLife for over 35 years, most recently holding a dual role of Vice President of Program Innovation & Fitness Development for both GoodLife and canfitpro. With her focus now turning solely to canfitpro, I know that Mo is excited to start the next chapter—both for her career and canfitpro!

Mo is tenacious, ambitious and an incredibly knowledgeable and well-respected member of the fitness industry. I am confident that with her leading the charge, and with the support and expertise from you, our Pro Trainers, canfitpro will go from the top fitness conference in the Americas to the top fitness conference in the world. The renewed investment in canfitpro from both a leadership and technology perspective will ensure that canfitpro-educated fitness professionals are the most knowledgeable and skilled fit pros in the world, making both canfitpro and GoodLife even stronger.

Please join me in congratulating Mo – so well deserved!

Yours in health and fitness,

David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans

canfitpro President and Founder

canfitpro, 110-225 Select Ave, Toronto, Ontario M1X 0B5, Canada

Congratulations Mo wishing you all the best.  Look forward to your leadership and guidance as we continue to grow Nationally and internationally. .

Thanks Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS


Being Aware is the First Step

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Being Aware is the First Step



There is freedom that comes with awareness, because with it comes the opportunity to make a choice.


Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves. One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can. Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.


Awareness is when we are able to realize what we are doing. We observe ourselves, noticing our reactions, actions, and choices as if we were a detached viewer. Awareness is the first step to change because we can't make a change unless we are aware that one needs to be made in the first place. We can then begin understanding why we are doing what we are doing. Afterward, it becomes difficult not to change because we are no longer asleep to the truth behind our behaviors. We also begin to realize that, just as much as we are the root source behind the causes for our behaviors, we are also the originator for any changes that we want to happen.


There is a freedom that comes with awareness. Rather than thinking that we are stuck in a repetitive cycle where there is no escape, we begin to see that we very much play a hand in creating our lives. Whether we are aware of them or not, our behaviors and choices are always ours to make. Our past and our present no longer have to dictate our future when we choose to be aware. We are then free to move beyond our old limits, make new choices, and take new actions. With awareness, our paths can't help but wind us forward in our lives while paving the way for new experiences and new ways of being. It is through awareness that we can continue to consciously evolve.


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Understanding Addiction


The harsh reality is seventy-eight people may die today from opioid overdose, and another 20 million are experiencing a substance use disorder. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States--and every day, some 6,300 people seek addiction treatment. Yearly, as many as 2 to 3 million people are admitted to treatment facilities for alcohol and drug abuse AND the majority of people in formal treatment centers suffer relapse over and over again. Some of these are our children or a family member we love. It's time to help...to do something different--to know something different--to utilize authentic evidence-based science, medicine, transpersonal psychology, birth psychology, child development, spirituality and consciousness to address the factors that set a person up to become a drug addict or alcoholic. This course is for anyone who is ready to know how parents unconsciously set up a child or significant other for the insanity of addiction, enabling and co-dependency. Using deep sarcasm to exaggerate some major points and behaviors--this important course gives students an opportunity to contemplate what not to do and always ends with a healing teaching for reversing any behavior that sabotages recovery.

Learn more understanding addiction 

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Judgement verse Opinion

Posted on June 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Judgment closes us down and is final, whereas opinion leaves us open-hearted and open to change.


Most of us understand that when we judge someone, or someone judges us, it is a negative emotional experience. As a result, we naturally want to avoid being judgmental, but this gets confusing when we feel we have to suppress thoughts that could actually be offering us guidance. For example, we may meet someone new and suppress a negative feeling about them, thinking that we don't want to fall into the trap of being judgmental. Later, though, it may turn out that paying attention to that thought could have helped us take care of ourselves or someone else. 


It is important to learn to distinguish inner guidance, and having an opinion, from judgment, otherwise we run the risk of not listening to our intuition and not allowing ourselves to form opinions. Inner guidance and opinions both help us to interact more intelligently in the world, so we don't want to throw them out in an effort to avoid being judgmental. Our intuition usually makes itself known to us in a flash, and often has a physical component--a flutter in our stomachs, sweaty palms, or a chill. When we use this information to help us navigate a situation, we always benefit. Similarly, having an opinion about a person or an idea allows us to converse about it in a focused way with intention. Listening to our intuition and forming opinions are both positive outcomes of our ability to interpret the information that comes our way. 


When we make a judgment, on the other hand, we attempt to have a final say on whether someone or something is inherently good or bad. Judgments close us down instead of opening us up; opinions have a lighter quality and are amenable to change. Once a judgment has been made, there is no more conversation or consideration, whereas opinions invite further debate. Intuition guides us from moment to moment, but, unlike judgment, never makes a final decree. In other words, it is only healthy to be open to the information we receive and to allow ourselves to process that information. As long as we stay open and fluid, we can trust that we have not fallen prey to the trap of judgment.

Start and grow your Fitness Business

Posted on April 20, 2019 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (3)

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Marching into Spring

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Marching into spring beings a change in our activities.

For some it is more outdoor activities.  Others it's the change in the outdoor activities.

We also look at how we will be eating differently. 

Temperatures are warmer so some of the heavier foods we ate to keep us warm will change.

Our spirits change to a brighter outlook with more daylight and change in our clothing.

Already seeing people out in shorts!  It is a little early especially for us Northerners.

We like the cold so when the temperature moves above 0 it gets a little balmy for us.

The benefits of physical activity extend way beyond how you look.

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There are brain benefits, relationship benefits, community benefits and benefits you may have never even expected (like pooping benefits, for instance). The link between physical activity and better physical, mental or emotional health have been proven in study after study. But everyone is different. Understanding what really motivates you (see below), how much and what kind of activity is required to experience positive change (hint – it depends on your age 0-4, 5-17, 18-64 or 65+), and finding an activity you love to do from all the different ways to get physically active is key. Once you get the ball rolling, you won’t believe all the ways activity can benefit you and those around you.

Enjoy the day Anne 

3 Hour Forest Therapy Walk with ANFT Certified Guide Leigh-Anne Lisi

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Join us as we connect through our senses with the more than human world. Immersing ourselves into the forest at Centennial Park

Saturday Feb, 16/19

Time 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Forest Therapy is the practice of immersing ourselves into nature, taking the time, connecting with ourselves and the more than human world. Forest Therapy is science backed with many benefits to human mental, physical health and overall wellbeing. Having an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide to bring you this experience is a must! Join us for 3 hours on Saturday February 16th 2019 from 1pm-4pm Walk ends with a Tea Ceremony. ** appropriate winter clothing and boots are required as we will be outside for 3 hours**

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Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends 2019

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (3)

1) Functional Fitness (#1 in 2018, #2 in 2017; #1 in 2016)

Functional fitness stays put in the top spot. Using multiple muscle groups to strengthen in a holistic way (versus one specific muscle group at a time), functional fitness programs include practical, balance-challenging movements that simulate activities like shoveling snow, carrying groceries, or unloading the car. This focus helps prepare for the physical activities of daily life and counters the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.


2) Active Recovery (#4 in 2018)


Recognizing that the ability to work out is limited by the ability to move, active recovery exercises focus on movement and self-care with foam rollers, balls and low-intensity workouts to name a few. If we can take care of ourselves and move as freely as possible, our everyday lives are better, and training is enhanced.


3) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (#2 in 2018, #1 in 2017)


HIIT is a training methodology involving intense periods of exercise followed by durations of rest. This high-intensity approach is increasingly popular because it provides a good workout in a shorter time than steady-state cardio and because it works for all fitness levels. As Canadians work longer hours and try to maintain balance amidst a busy schedule, HIIT addresses that time crunch, burning fat and improving cardiovascular benefits quickly and effectively.


4) Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#8 in 2018, #5 in 2017)


Combining exercise with healthy eating is the best approach to see the results of your efforts sooner — whether it’s weight loss or advancing your overall fitness level. More Canadian fitness professionals are taking additional training to improve their nutrition expertise, including canfitpro’s Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach certification.


5) Older Adult Training (#3, in 2018, #6 in 2017)


This signals the growing demand from Baby Boomers looking to adopt healthier habits to maintain their health and quality of life into their 60s and beyond. Fitness professionals are taking specialized courses and certifications to learn how to train older adults safely and effectively. canfitpro’s Active Aging Certificate is an example of the type of education required to serve this market, while organizations like the International Council on Active Aging are working to build awareness and skills to support active older adults.


6) Express Workouts (#5 in 2018, #4 in 2017)


Express workouts encourage participants to perform multiple exercises at a fast pace to generate maximum results. This is an effective approach for people on a tight schedule – perfect for lunch time or after work. Providing the ultimate convenience, an express workout typically lasts 20 minutes or less.


7) Body Weight Training (#9 in 2018, #9 in 2017)


Using your own body weight to create resistance is a growing workout trend among Canadian fitness professionals and consumers. This form of exercise builds strength and muscle and burns fat without the need for equipment, making it easy to get started and less intimidating for beginners. Enabling people to use their own body weight while doing movements like lunges, push-ups and pull-ups makes training anywhere possible.


8) Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#7 in 2018, #6 in 2017)


Circuit training involves a series of exercises performed in rotation with minimal rest. The goal is to build strength while burning maximum calories. A fitness boot camp mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. Both types of workouts are designed to push participants harder than they would normally push themselves. Both are low-cost, efficient and challenging, combining strength and aerobic conditioning to generate positive results.


9) Branded Fitness Experiences (#6 in 2018)


Branded Fitness Programs are pre-choreographed programs offered by a company. Examples include Les Mills International programs offered within GoodLife, Orangetheory classes, and a variety of others including the latest technology workouts with Peloton or Echelon for example. When attending these programs people know what to expect and can choose a workout that they enjoy no matter where they are located. The brand awareness, efficacy, and convenience of these workouts are very attractive features to their devoted fans.


10) Fusion-style Group Fitness (#10 in 2018, #7 in 2016)


New types of group fitness classes and workouts that combine disciplines — like yoga and cycling or Pilates and boxing — are springing up across Canada. Mixing totally different types of exercise to create a new workout provides variety and something new. Changing up what we do helps develop more strength, agility, balance and coordination than a single exercise discipline.


Top 10 Health & Wellness Trends for 2019



Diets (ie Clean Eating, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo)

Meal Planning / Meal Prep



Increase Social Time (spending time with family, friends, pets)

Life & Wellness Coach

Education through documentaries, apps, etc.

Holistic Nutrition / Holistic Medicine

Using apps to track nutrition

FIT Yoga

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

LU FIT Yoga 

Saturday 10:15 - 11:45 am 

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Happy New Year 2019

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year 2019

A New year with a New Word to take for a whole year.

A few years ago one of my participants suggested this & was doing it.

Pick A Word.  The word must have an importance to you. 

Something you wish you could do, a place you have not gone to, a change for the better, somthing you struggle for positive changes.

A word that has meaning to you and will challenge you all year long to use each day.

My word last year with great deliveration was "LISTEN"

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood.


Found I struggled most days with this and at the end of the year found was still not listening well.

I was not always listening to others, I was not listening to my innerself and how I come across to others, how I beat my self up not being perfect, how my body feels (sick - tired, weak, strong, helpless not seeing or hearing) why and how do I need to do things differently to be happy.

I need to listen this year to be able to take on new challenges:

  • building a strong team of like minded TRAINERS to help grow Fitness Wellness and Health Professionals out there so the many stuck unfit can see there are so  many ways to get fit for a life time, unhealthly struggling with weight gains / losses, right foods for themselves,   
  • To look at:
  1.  Body - right Fitness program for each individual - some forms of exercise heal some break down and injure others. When the body is not right so to the mind and spirit
  2.  Mind - being mindful - the world has so much information with Fake news, lies from Global leaders who are self centered, scamming everyone without being held accountable to their actions.  So many people with mental health issues that affect the body & spirit 
  3.  Spirit fitness -  again is so much out there with policital correctness we forget there is right and wrong.  Often those who want their own way will use there way to make you feel right is wrong.  Do we have to give away living with acceptance to accept, love each for what they are, live without lying, cheating others, or being good and kind to all Impact our Body and mind..

  • I will take this word on for another year.

With hopes I will listen better this year!

Happy New Year 2019 for the BEST YEAR Ahead one day at a time, one minute at a time.


Six practices for building a healthy and inspired workplace

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Six practices for building a healthy and inspired workplace

Many employees only dream of a career where they can blend their passion for fitness, schedule flexibility, helping others and earning a great living. For decades, joining the fitness industry has been aspirational for so many. Kinesiology students, salespeople, weekend warriors, corporate executives and group exercise instructors alike have all flocked to this exciting industry.

Unfortunately, some of the shine has come off the industry recently due to certain workplace practices that are unsavory, illegal or don't align with the expectations employees have of their employers today.

To thrive in these times, organizations must be superior employers to be able to attract and retain top talent through an inspiring workplace culture.

1. Consider Compensation Carefully.

As much as we like to believe workplace culture and perks are why our people work with us, employees consistently rank base pay as the most important part of the employee value proposition (EVP). Base pay needs to be fair before other perks and incentive plans are effective in driving performance and employee engagement. In the fitness industry, compensation plans are often complicated and misunderstood.

To use compensation as a competitive advantage and avoid business risk the following are recommended:

Communicate how compensation will be calculated and encourage team members to ask questions about it.

Clearly define what is considered as work and what is not. If a task is an expectation outlined in your team member's job description, it is work and must be paid hours. Unpaid hours are never acceptable for job duties.

In the case of sales and commission-based team members, structures can be even more confusing. Clearly laying out how the draw or base pay covers prospecting or planning activities will eliminate any perception that some work is unpaid.

Consistently use time sheets or software to record time worked to avoid misunderstandings or challenges down the road.

2. Be Transparent.

Next to compensation, fair scheduling and avoiding favoritism are critical issues for motivating team members. Clearly explain how the organization determines scheduling and calculates incentive plans. Many problems will be prevented when people believe everyone is treated fairly.

3. Focus on Work-Life Integration.

Many fitness businesses are open seven days a week with long operating hours. Watch that this doesn't mean team members work excessive hours. Furthermore, the research clearly shows worker productivity and focus declines over forty hours a week. Carefully plan to make certain your team members work a reasonable number of hours to achieve maximum productivity. Team member hours can easily creep up, especially in roles like personal training. Implement maximum hours in a day and ensure team members have enough time off between shifts to satisfy employment standards requirements and allow them to recharge and connect with family or friends.

4. Avoid Non-Compete Agreements and Promote Internal Growth Opportunities.

Canadian courts have been clear that non-compete agreements are rarely enforceable. Instead of spending time, energy and dollars writing lengthy non-compete agreements focus on building a culture where your team will not want to work for your competitor. To protect your business, focus instead on non-solicit agreements which are more likely to be enforceable and safeguard your valuable clients and team members.

People are always looking for the next opportunity and areas that they can grow. Rather than have your team members leave to explore these opportunities, work with them to find a way to integrate in your business where possible. If a team member’s passion is working with youth, look at setting up a program within your club. Allowing a place within your organization where staff can grow their career in their direction of interest will build loyalty and help prevent any conflicts or client poaching.

5. Offer the Right Benefits.

Winning the war for talent isn't about who has the most extraordinary perks, but it is about having the ones that matter most to your team. Start by determining your organizational budget for benefits and perks, and from there strategically deploy the funds. Ask team members via a survey or focus groups what they value and have them rank them in order. Benefits include things like:

Medical and dental coverage

Workers compensation coverage (where it isn't mandatory)

Health spending accounts

Discounts on personal training or meals

Employee assistance program

Additional paid time off

Continuing education allowances

Paying certification fees

Free swag or dress code allowances

Many organizations can't afford all the benefits mentioned above, but if you understand what your team values most you can use your budget wisely.

6. Use Teamwork to Maximize People’s Strengths.

One of the trickiest things to do, especially in lean organizations, is to hire the people who can fill multiple roles requiring skills that aren't always complimentary. For example, many personal trainers are motivated by seeing improvements in their clients' fitness level or physique, not by prospecting or selling. Conversely, salespeople are more likely to be driven by closing sales and the thrill of competition. Pairing team members from both roles for a shared incentive plan will yield greater job satisfaction and performance than if each were tasked with both sales and training. The added benefit of teamwork and incentives is employees are less likely to leave an organization if they are part of a work team that relies on one another.

Compilation of best practice written by:

Debby Carreau, CEO & Founder

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'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

'The great masquerader': Often misdiagnosed, aortic dissections on the rise

CTVNews.ca Staff

Published Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00PM EST

 little-known and life-threatening condition is showing up increasingly often in Canadian patients, according to a doctor who studied the condition's prevalence in Ontario.

Aortic dissection occurs when the aorta the main blood vessel in the chest is torn open.

Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes the dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.


A doctor points to a scan of a person's heart.

Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon

Dr. Maral Ouzounian, a cardiac surgeon at Toronto General Hospital, describes aortic dissection as "the great masquerader" because of its similarity to other cardiac emergencies.

Nurse Shelly Johnson

Nurse Shelly Johnson suffered an aortic dissection, a potentially-deadly condition that is often misdiagnosed.

"We often see them being misdiagnosed as a heart attack or a stroke," she said.

Many people who suffer aortic dissections are sent home from hospital and then return complaining that their pain has not stopped, Ouzounian said.

Symptoms of an aortic dissection can include:

sudden onset of severe chest pain

pain radiating to the back, neck arms or jaw



difficulty walking and speaking

Shelly Johnson nearly suffered that fate earlier this year. When the 51-year-old Ontario nurse developed a sharp pain in her chest, her first thought was that it must be a heart attack.

"It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, just like other people would describe a heart attack," she said.

Johnson underwent blood tests, an X-ray and an ECG, none of which showed any issues. The doctor ordered one more test a CT scan which showed what was really going on.

"He went one step further and did the CT scan and … he is the first person to save my life," Johnson said.

Johnson was then taken to Toronto General Hospital, where Ouzounian performed surgery to repair the tear.

Without that surgery, Johnson could have died. The dissection significantly limits the amount of blood flowing from the heart. Ouzounian pegs the risk of dying with a Type A aortal dissection at one to two per cent per hour.

"The sooner we get the patient to the operating room, the better our chances of saving the patient's life," she said.

The deaths of actors Alan Thicke and John Ritter have been attributed to aortic dissections.

A recent study found that the number of aortic dissections in Ontario has risen steadily since 2002. Between that year and 2014, there were a total of 5,966 dissections reported in the province.

Dr. Scott McClure, the lead scientist on the study and a cardiac surgeon at the University of Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre, believes Canada as a whole is seeing a similar trend.

Why that is happening remains an open question. McClure suspects it has something to do with Canada's aging population, since high blood pressure is a known risk factor for aortic tears.

"If you are going to live longer, you are going to have a higher time to be susceptible to higher blood pressure, therefore you have an increased risk of dissections," he said.

Johnson, who recently returned to nursing, is on her own mission to warn others about the risk of dissections, and the need to press for extra tests in patients with unexplained chest pain like hers.

"If somebody goes into the (ER) with chest pain, the only true diagnosis (for an aortic dissection) is a CT scan so if all the other tests fail, take that step and have a CT done -- push for it," she said.

With a report from CTV News' medical affairs specialist Avis Favaro and producer Elizabeth St. Philip

Healing yourself from an injury

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Taking your healing into your own hands is crucial to healing.   Focus here is meniscus.

When you learn to do this for yourself you can help heal, prevents injury so you keep active for a life time.  Many people who struggle with active living stop exercising because of pain physically and emotinally and do not return or take a very long time to come back to an active healthy lifestyle.  

I have had many injuries and many awesome coaches who taught me from a very young age to stay healthy & well I must find the right treatment and do it.  

I have many participants who want to stay active who took the time to work on their knee problem and with in 6 months to a year are now healed and more active than they were before withour surgery.

Some ideas for you:



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Trust in yourself believe you can and than do.  Ask what's holding you back?  Let it go, get in charge, you CAN do this!.

My formula is once you have found the right exercises you need to do these faithfully.  Ensure the exercises are balanced, and easy otherwise you won't do.  Recommend 3 x 3 x a day.  You might start off with 4 exercises 10 reps given to you by your Physio.  Many will find this challenging and do for a short time than stop because it doesn't fit into their lbusy life and they start to feel less pain.  Than within a short time injury and pain return stopping everything from positive change.   

I recommend 3 rep - 3 times -  3 x a day Morning - noon and evening if you miss one you will have at least done 1 or two.  Continue until pain subsides, range of motion improves, strength returns than forever at least once a day because this will always have weakness.

My youngest daughter and one of my participants both were able to heal their meniscus tears without surgery  Both saw surgeons than took action to heal themselves doing the exercises prescribed.  They enjoy water and through this medium are healed today being active hiking, skiing, one is back playing volley ball.

Often when we are in pain it's easier to not do anything but rest.  Rest is healing and so in proper stretching, breathing techniques, visualization, massage, cold and heat treatments.

What is being taught out there today is WORK HARD for shorter time than REST.   Often with out enough rest to recover. 

Using an interval that is easy to start with lots of rest and than gradually working harder with less rest.   

Easy formula workouts easy day, medium and hard day work work how you feel each day.

Hope this helps in the journey to wellness and health.

Anne Parr PRO TRAINER.  Never give up.

Talk with Doc Thursday Oct 18th

Posted on October 17, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Please see the information below about this upcoming

Hope to see you there this Thursday!


Northern Hearts presents Talk with Doc. Dr. Mario Nucci will present

"Seasonal Affective Disorder - Battling the Winter Blues"

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

at the West Thunder Community Centre (S. Edward Street). Free admission.


Northern Heart's mission is to promote and educate the community on healthy lifestyles with the goal of reducing the high occurrence of cardiovascular disease in our region



Coming up:


November 8th, 2018 with Dr. Mofid (more information to follow closer to that date).




Rebecca Kennedy, HBK

MSc Kinesiology Student, Lakehead University

Northern Hearts Program Director, Curans Heart Centre


Shared by Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS 

Move Anew - Restorative Exercise Class & Coaching

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)


"Move Anew."

Kyla is trained in restorative exercise via Katy Bowman of "Nutritious Movement."

Though Kyla lives in southern Ontario, she does visit T.Bay regularly (was raised here too!) and is offering 2 foot clinics that address many common aches and complaints related to posture, footwear, etc

Date: Sept 13th 9: - 11 am

or Tuesday Sept 18 7 -9 pm

PLACE: 1525 Victoria E (Discover Yoga Studio

Thunder Bay

COST  $30 .

Here is her website too if you want more information. 

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Thanks Anne