First of all, a big thank you to all of our readers who have stepped-up and donated to our fundraiser. Although the final $$$ count is not in we are confident that we have exceeded our goal.
With our next Issue, in the New Year, we will post all the details. In the meantime, even though we have crossed the finish line, late donations will be gladly accepted. A list of our ‘supporters’ and how to donate can be found here.
Soon (31 December) our current Executive Director, Greg Mitchell will be leaving us. We want to wish Greg much success in the future. At the same time, we welcome Bill Griffis who will be settling into the E.D. position the first week of January.
For ourselves, we are not sure what the future holds. If this were a ball game, I believe we would be starting the 19th inning. The good news! We have a closer in the bullpen in Anna-Michelle Shewfelt. Also, a new skipper (E.D.) waiting on the sidelines anxious to put his mark on things.
Not sure if this fits, however, we will be taking a few walks in the snow over the winter to help us to decide what is best for the Club and what is best for us.
We are very thankful for all the help we received putting out these 50 Issues during 2018. We expect that this will be the last Issue for the year. If an unexpected and emergency announcement is required – we will send it out with Issue 50 ‘Extra’.
In closing, we do not have any words of wisdom to pass on except to say Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and / or Happy Holidays to everyone.
Bill & Rolande
P. S. – We may not have any words of wisdom for the holidays, but our good friend, Dr. Darrell Menard sure does:
Nous nous excusons de ne pas avoir cet article traduit nous avons eu des problèmes dernièrement. Tous nos meilleurs voeux pour un joyeux Noël et la Nouvelle Année.
More Active Living Thieves!
Article by: Dr. Darrell Menard
The New Year is once again rapidly approaching and at this time of year many people make New Year’s resolutions aimed at improving their quality of life. Congratulations! This is a great idea for all of us regardless of how healthy we think our lifestyles are. Here are some active living suggestions to add to your New Year’s resolution list:
1. Start a life of organized crime by becoming an exercise thief. Exercise thieves are always looking for opportunities to steal some exercise in their busy lives. They get their steps in while they shop; they use the time between flights to walk around the airport; they take the stairs and not the elevator and they take their children to hockey practice and go for a run while the other parents freeze to death watching from the stands. When you start looking at the world from this perspective even the busiest people find the time they need to exercise regularly.
2. Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps/day and don’t let bad weather stop you. If the weather is truly horrible, stay indoors and do your walking in a shopping mall, on an indoor track, on a treadmill or in the building you work in.
3. Once or twice daily, spend 5 minutes doing core strengthening exercises. Do planks or push-ups with hands on your desk, sideway planks on the floor or simple squats bringing your arms up as you go down! All great exercises for your back!
4. Regularly take your partner, children, friends or your dog out for some exercise – the chances are their bodies need this as much as your body does. This doesn’t have to be an Olympic intensity workout, it could be something as simple as riding your bikes to the grocery store or enjoying a free skate. The important issue is for all of you to get moving.
5. Try something “New” in the New Year – give yoga a try, check out your local curling club, learn to swim, skate or ride a bike, try old timers soccer, etc. Learning new skills is an excellent way to help you remain active throughout your life.
Happy holidays and remember that “Exercise is Medicine!”
Dr. Darrell Menard OMM MD, Dip Sport Med
Dr. Menard is the Surgeon General’s specialist advisor in sports medicine and has worked extensively with athletes from multiple sports. As part of the Strengthening the Forces team he works on injury prevention and promoting active living.
Strengthening the Forces is CAF/DND’s healthy lifestyles promotion program providing expert information, skills and tools for promoting and improving CAF members’ health and well-being.