Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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CHHCF dishes up healthy nutrition seminar Feb 18

Released by Asma Farooq, CHHCF



t’s never too late to start over. With this in mind, the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation, along with Lynnwood Retirement Residence has launched the Living Healthy Longer workshop series. Running from January to June at Lynnwood Retirement Residence, the series will focus on healthy living and proper nutrition for seniors.

The first workshop, Introduction to Healthy Living was held on January 21 and boasted a turnout double of what was expected. With 40 participants, the interactive series is off to a strong start and has received positive feedback. Attendees thought the first workshop was informative and promising of things to come, with several expressing enthusiasm for the upcoming workshops and a desire to see more community health events like these in the future.  Attendee Jack Kopstein appreciated the ease of access to health workshops, which is often lacking in most restricted-entry healthcare programs.

The series will be led by Sharon Fast, registered dietitian and owner of Healthstyle Solutions. An expert on nutrition, Fast hopes that the workshop will help participants realize that it’s not too late for seniors or anyone else to make healthy lifestyle changes. She accredits her passion for healthy living and working with seniors as the reason she took on this project. As a member of Dietitians of Canada and the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and an academic background in dietetics, Fast makes for a knowledgeable and engaging keynote speaker throughout the series.

Marie Lashley, Sales and Marketing Manager at Lynnwood Retirement Residence adds, “The workshop series is aimed at educating and empowering seniors to make healthy choices. This series is a great example of our support for the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation’s seniors’ initiative," said Donna Dixson, Director of Community Relations at the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation.

“We saw a healthcare need in the community that wasn’t being fulfilled, so we decided to work together to make that happen. Seniors are a very important part of our community and it is our joint responsibility to make sure that they have adequate health information and resources to make the right choices; workshops like these are an effective way of getting that awareness out there.”

A main feature of the series is a healthy living journal to be filled out daily. Commenting on the journals, Lashley says “It is a way of recording participants’ nutrition and physical activity, as well as engaging them over the entire duration of the series.” Fast concurs, adding that the workshops will emphasize practical, easy-to-implement nutrition guidelines and will address barriers to healthy living.

The next session, titled Live, Love and Learn about Nutrition is scheduled for February 18, 11 am at Lynwood Retirement Residence on 9168 Corbould Street.

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