Honestly, 2019 seemed like a blur. But when the thought of a “Year in Review” came up we realized we had a lot to be proud of at Active Health Solutions. But it wasn’t until we made a list of everything – all the accomplishments, struggles, and puzzles that we could see that it truly was a busy, blurry year!
We added a few new classes. Grit was added as a level 6 class in our Vitality Series. This is a serious circuit class with some added cardio and compound movements. Bryn became certified in Rolling techniques and swapped out the Soothing Stretch class for a Recovery class using balls and other tools. Also, Bryn used her NCCP Run Jump Throw training (essentially it is level 1 Track & Field coaching) to develop the Grandkids & Grandparents class. It’s a wonderful inter-generational physical literacy class that is fun … plus the little people that come to participate are so cute! And finally, Tracie ran two successful Pelvic Floor workshop series.
We were invited to many special events and were delighted to participate. In March, Ann delivered the keynote address at the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Also in March, Ann spoke at the Wellness North Expo about Aging with Vitality. Then she spoke at the CNC Professional Development Day about Living with Vitality, where she and Bryn assessed many (30+) participants with movement screens. In June, Bryn and Ann organized Golf Fore The Cure with the Prince George Golf and Curling Club Ladies Night and raised money for the national Breast Cancer Foundation.
In conjunction with our national association - the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) - we hosted a conference in March. 15 exercise physiologists and personal trainers came to AHS for a day of workshops, networking, and advancing our skills. We have funding for 2020 and will host a second event in the coming months.
We joined forces with a researcher from UNBC, Dr. Chelsea Pelletier. Kirsten Ward, one of Dr. Pelletier’s honours Health Sciences students, conducted some research on how older adults in Prince George stay active at Active Health Solutions. She came back in the fall to debrief us on her findings and it turns out, our community of movers provided her with very valuable information. We have signed up as collaborators on a few other projects on physical activity for older adults and look forward to using our studio as a research hub to drive data collection in Northern BC.
We were pleased to welcome Craig Hyslop to our team in the spring. He is an Athletic Therapist and has been very busy treating and rehabilitating clients. He spent 8 years working both with the Prince George Cougars and in clinical settings, and we’ve seen many people experience positive health outcomes with their various injuries and issues.
We have a lot of exciting things planned for 2020. Bryn gained another certification in Chronic Pain Management and will be starting to train clients in dealing with their pain. Ann is almost done a 2-year Holistic Nutrition Diploma (another Diploma for our wall!) and will start nutrition counselling and seminars in the summer … in addition to adding to her golf repertoire of classes and training as a PGA of Canada Golf Professional. And Tracie has more workshops planned (like Foot Care and Breathing Techniques).
So, in closing, a huge THANK YOU to all of our long-time participants in our community of movers. And WELCOME to our new community members. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with ALL of you these past few years. We appreciate everyone and look forward to another solid year at Active Health Solutions.