Se­niors get­ting ac­tive and help for youth

Recre­ation NL host­ing train­ing sem­i­nars in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY [email protected]

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ac­tive for Life in­struc­tor Jen Tem­ple lead­ing a class dur­ing the Town of Holy­rood’s pro­gram.

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