Posts tagged Kawartha North Family Health Team
Get Involved and Improve Your Health!

Submitted by Marina Hodson

You may be familiar with Margaret Mead’s famous quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

But did you know that it will not only change your community, it can also improve your health? Studies over the past 20 years, including an extensive Canadian Community Health Survey on Healthy Aging, have found that people who volunteer have lower rates of depression and mortality than people who don’t volunteer.

Evidence suggests that community involvement can have a positive effect on a person’s mental health by providing meaning and purpose and has been shown to decrease blood pressure in adults over 50 which may improve cardiovascular health. Rush University Medical Center reported that people with chronic pain experienced less pain and disability when they volunteered 1-2 hours each week.

And of course we cannot forget the positive feelings created by helping someone who needs it. So do something that will benefit both you and your community and may even change the world – Volunteer!

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Featured Event - Walk In, Strut Out Fashion Show

In support of the Kawartha North Family Health team, this year’s Walk In, Strut Out fashion show at the Kawartha Store is on Wednesday, May 8th. Drop in between 5:00 and 7:30 pm to see the models strut their stuff and show off some hot new looks for summer.

In addition to the fashion show, there will be wine and appetizers on offer, as well as raffle prizes and a silent auction. The show is open to everyone, and is a great excuse for a ladies’ night out!

All proceeds in support of this fundraising event are donated to the Kawartha North Family Health Team, who work hard to bring the Kawartha North walk-in clinics to Fenelon and Bobcaygeon on a weekly basis. The walk-in clinic in Fenelon Falls is on Fridays mornings from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, at the Pharmasave on Colborne Street.

Tickets to the event are $30 each, and can be purchased at the door. Come on out for a fun, fashionable evening at the Kawartha Store, and support a good cause!

Featured Event - Charity Bonspiel

This weekend the Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting the Annual Bonspiel for Charity, this year in support of the Kawartha North Family Health Team. There will be two draws, with the first at 9 am, and second at 11:15 am. Spectators and visitors are welcome!

From the Fenelon Falls Curling Club website:

“Over the years the club has become known not only for great curling but for its warm hospitality and social atmosphere! The club has four sheets of ice with a sand base and a large, comfortable lounge with full kitchen facilities and bar. The lounge and kitchen facilities can be rented out for special events such as banquets and weddings.

The club offers curling for all ages and ability levels. The curling season runs from late October to the end of March. Throughout the year we offer a variety of curling leagues and run a number of Bonspiels. We also offer a junior curling program. FFCC have designated O.C.A representatives and host many O.C.A. events during the year.

We welcome spectators and visitors at all of our events. During the season we hold free practice sessions every Sunday afternoon and welcome curlers and non-curlers to come out and give the game a try.”

Don’t Let Pain Slow You Down...

Submitted by Marina Hodson

If you are anything like me, the changing weather will increase any discomfort you may have in your joints and make it awfully tempting to look for comfort on the couch, but this is likely the worst approach to take.


While movement may feel uncomfortable, it is vital in reducing joint pain, increasing strength and flexibility and helping to combat fatigue.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to run a marathon, even mild to moderate exercise will help.

Start slowly with range-of-motion exercises including stretching and try low impact activities such as Tai Chi or walking.  If able, move up to include strengthening exercises to build muscle and protect joints.  Avoid working the same muscle groups two days in a row and rest between workouts, particularly if your joints are painful or swollen.  Once you have two or three days per week of strength training in your routine, add aerobic exercises.  Try low impact activities such as swimming and split it into 10 minute intervals if you find it is easier on your joints.

Remember to keep it low impact and apply heat to sore joints prior to exercising to relax stiff joints.  Take a break if you are experiencing pain and apply ice after activity if needed.  Don’t overdo it and trust your body, but remember that exercise truly is one of the best things you can do for your sore joints – even if it does seem counterintuitive at first.

 So get active and keep moving.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT