Seniors getting active and help for youth
Recreation NL hosting training seminars in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Recreation NL is hosting two training seminars in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in early November.
Active for Life was first created in a partnership with Memorial University’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation NL. The program aims to reduce the risk of falls in older adults.
Active for Life focuses on physical activity as a way to maintain or increase mobility, strengthen muscles and improve balance said Recreation NL recreation specialist, Pam Mills.
The training consists of inclass instruction as well as hands-on experience in program delivery, she said.
“Those that attend the session will learn activities that they can do with older adults... to help them keep their strength and bone mass so, hopefully, they can be stronger and more independent,” Mills said.
Active for Life instructors use what they have learned to offer an eight-10 week exercise program in their community, Mills said.
Twelve people from various areas of the province have already completed the Active for Life training, Mills said, including former Labrador City mayor Karen Oldford.
“Karen has had such a great program up and running others want to do the same. That’s why we are offering a second program in Labrador,” Mills said.
Oldford said Active for Life is a great program. A registered nurse, Oldford said she volunteered to do the training during her time as the city’s mayor.
She then offered her time to collaborate with Labrador Grenfell Health to offer the program, in cooperation with support from the community.
Positive mental health
The second training program is called HIGH FIVE Strengthening Children’s Mental Health. The program helps those running children’s programs be more informed and prepared to support staff in promoting positive mental health in children.
HIGH Five is a nationally recognized certification program.
Recreation NL is the authorized provider for HIGH FIVE in the province.
The program helps ensure HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY – Three people in Labrador have a date with a judge to answer to charges of impaired driving.
RCMP laid the charges over a span of just two days.
On Oct. 12 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Hopedale RCMP received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on Berry Road in the community. A 61-year-old man from Hopedale was arrested and charged with impaired driving.
The following day around midnight Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP received a report of a disturbance. that children have a positive experience when involved in sports and recreation, Mills said.
“We know that if they have a negative experience they may not come back. And, if they don’t come back, they may not be active for life,” Mills said.
At the completion of this training, participants will be able to identify key concepts related to children’s mental health, as well as strategies to help staff promote positive mental health and respond appropriately to children with challenges and/or mental health conditions.
Anyone that works with children can benefit from the program, Mills said.
“It’s all about teaching the leaders how to make sure that children have the best experience always when they are in a recreation and sports setting, how to have a conversation with them, and how to recognize that maybe there is something going on... that we need to ask more questions about,” Mills said. While police were on scene, a 38-year-old woman from Nain returned to the residence in a vehicle. After providing breath samples, the woman was charged with impaired driving.
That same night, at around 9 p.m., Nain RCMP stopped a driver on suspicion of impaired driving.
Police say the 64-year-old man provided breath samples just below the threshold of a criminal charge. He was issued a sevenday license suspension.
A few hours later, police arrested and charged a 32-year-old man from the community with impaired driving.
All three drivers who were charged for impaired also face driver’s license suspensions.
They are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Active for Life instructor Jen Temple leading a class during the Town of Holyrood’s program.