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Yoga: A gateway to healthier habits?

Popular culture often depicts yoga as an exercise for slender, flexible, younger people. But scores of people — including older men and women — have been practicing yoga for hundreds of years. Today, yoga’s popularity among the general population continues to rise, along with evidence supporting possible benefits for people with heart disease. The following is a quote from a doctor at the Harvard School of Medicine, neuroscientist Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

“The beauty of yoga is that it addresses multiple factors that underlie heart disease, whether you have chest pain from narrowed heart arteries (angina) or an irregular, fast heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), yoga can cultivate physical changes that may improve these and other cardiovascular conditions.

Join us November 10th – Wellness Center 1:30PM

Our session on November 10th should be informative and fun. We have chosen a chair yoga format to accommodate folks of all mobilities and appropriate social distancing.

Our session will be led by Alan Sergeant of the Wellness Center and he has prepared the following agenda for us.

  1. Belly breathing exercise followed by the introduction of the theme of the class which is: Using Yoga to Improve Your Cardiovascular and Mental Health
  2. “Arm Chair Exercises” followed by The Eight Guidelines for Practicing Hatha Yoga Safely and Effectively
  3. “Leg Chair Exercises” followed by the Eight Limbs of Classical Yoga
  4. Body Awareness Scan followed by Dr. Dean Ornish’s lifestyle approach to reversing heart disease
  5. Breathing Exercises followed by the Yoga Prescription for heart and lung health

If you need a Zoom link for this meeting please contact me by e-mail cardiacra.mailpboro@gmail.com

Nutrition For Heart Health Seminar

The link below will take you directly to a recording of the main presentation made by Marissa Laughlin RHN at our October 13th Healthy Hearts Peterborough Meeting. It runs about 30 minutes. The seminar provided a wealth of practical and simple moves you can make to improve the heart health supportive aspects of your diet.

At the start of our November meeting we will be sharing a simple two page tracker you can use to uncover where you may improve your own nutrition.

Heart Healthy Nutrition

This recording will also be placed on the website under Eating Well and the JoAnne’s page.

The Yoga-Heart Connection

Many of you expressed an interest in exploring yoga as a heart healthy activity and another alternative exercise type. If you are like me “variety is the spice of life particularly with exercise”. We all get tired of the same old stuff when it comes to exercising. So let’s try something new!

Join us November 10th – Wellness Center 1:30PM

We will have a Yoga instructor and they recognize this will be an introductory session so you won’t be twisted into a pretzel (unless you want to). We will learn about Yoga as a stress outlet, a heart booster, a habit substitute and an exercise form.

More details will be posted next week but put thus date in your calendar.

Just Added To Live Life Well Tools

My Kawartha.com have published a helpful reference tool and made it available online in a PDF format. Its read like a magazine as the pages flip when you click to advance them. There is a fair amount of advertising in it that you can just ignore (although there are some handy references you can look at). Thanks to Bryce for sourcing this and please if any of you come across things you think would be worth sharing with the group, please let me know.

Here is what it looks like and you can get to it at the link below this image.

https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=544c3621-7499-4b7f-9800-ec99c02d50bc

Feel Healthy with Dr. Scott Lear

A new link has been added to the website that you may find very interesting and informative. Dr. Lear is the Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul’s Hospital and a
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. Importantly Scott like our peer group members is living with heart disease. He has compiled a lot of research on how to Feel Healthy and there are many helpful ideas you may wish to consider.

Here is a direct link to his website and you can always return to it by clicking on the link in the helpful links section of our website.

https://drscottlear.com/

Nutrition Seminar – October 13th – 1:30 PM – Peterborough Sport and Wellness Center

One day to go. Our guest speaker Marissa Laughlin RHN will guide us through some important insights with respect to nutrition’s impact on cardiovascular health. Marissa is a holistic nutritionist in partnership with Jo Anne’s Place Health Foods. Marissa believes that simplicity and consistency are essential to reaching optimal health. As a nutritionist, Marissa focuses on helping you implement a daily routine to cultivate long term habits, allowing you to progress on your wellness journey to optimal health. 

For those attending live, Covid protocols are in place and you must present proof of full vaccination upon entry to the Wellness Center. Please bring your mask to the meeting. If you are attending by Zoom you will receive an e-mail with the link. “See you” tomorrow.

What Are You Looking For In Programming From You Healthy Hearts Peterborough Experience

The chart below summarizes the results of the survey conducted at our September meeting. There were 28 people who completed the survey. Areas with the longest blue bars have the greatest appeal to the majority of folks. The top three are having medical experts as guest speakers (example cardiologist), programming around exercise and activity and programs around heart healthy nutrition. These results have helped to form our thinking around this year calendar of activity.

A fourth area with high scores is the concept of walking groups. This really needs some input from people. Expect to see an e-mail from Phil Adams. He will be asking you for your ideas.

Nutrition Seminar – October 13th – 1:30 PM – Peterborough Sport and Wellness Center

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Our guest speaker Marissa Laughlin RHN will guide us through some important insights with respect to nutrition’s impact on cardiovascular health. She will present clinical evidence around various nutrients supportive role in cardiovascular health as well as those that contribute to disease. This goes way beyond reading food labels and is a must attend for those curious to unlock the power of nutrition.

Covid protocols are in place and you must present proof of full vaccination upon entry to the Wellness Center. Please bring your mask to the meeting and RSVP below as we must plan the use of space. If you would find attending by Zoom more convenient, RSVP No and I will follow up with you by e-mail.

Healthy Hearts Peterborough Launch Meeting September 8th

We will be holding our first live meeting in eighteen months. We have a new name, website and commitment to helping each other live heart-healthy lifestyles.

We are all pretty tired of Covid governing so much of what we do. Now that we are all fully vaccinated, we feel it is reasonable to meet in an outdoor setting.

We have chosen the Heritage Pavilion near the museum. This pavilion is large enough that we can practice social distancing while offering protection from the elements if needed.

Each member will receive your Heart Healthy Peterborough T-shirt at the meeting, learn about our programming plans for the year and have a chance to safely socialize.

Representatives from our community partners will be on hand with information to share and help us relaunch our group.