A message from the FNHA Wellness Team
We know that for some, 30 minutes of physical activity daily may be challenging to attain, so we celebrate everyone's achievements whether it was participating for 30 minutes for all 30 days or 30 minutes for three days this month. Remember – progress, not perfection. Now let's keep going and build on what we've done so far!
At the beginning of June, the FNHA's CEO, Richard Jock, and CMO, Dr. Shannon McDonald, shared with other First Nations people living in BC about their chosen forms of movement – lunchtime walks and gardening, respectively. They and the other wellness champions at the FNHA will continue to prioritize daily movement / exercise, and encourage you to do so as well.
Throughout the month, the FNHA Wellness Team shared information about tools and resources created by our incredible partners, the Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC). These include engaging, informative, full-body workout videos for people at all fitness levels through ISPARC's FitNation program.
Three of the videos were developed especially for office workers, Elders, people who are less mobile, or people who do not have exercise equipment at home. In them, Elder Alex Nelson and FitNation leader Amanda de Faye guide viewers through a series of chair exercises sharing wisdom and laughter. Please continue to make use of these free, wonderful resources:
The FNHA Wellness Team also interviewed community wellness champions so we could all learn about how other First Nations people in BC keep healthy and active. Todd Alec, who is a father, family doctor, and wellness champion, shared how his commitment to his passions and hobbies keep him active because he is doing what he loves. He recommended including your loved ones in your activities if possible to keep you and them engaged and motivated. Lastly, he reminded us that it is important to maintain balance!
Congratulations again to all participants of the 30x30 Active Challenge. Let's keep this going! To continue on your physical activity journey beyond the month of June, here are some tools to support you"