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Walk or Run to Quit

A proven program called, “Walk or Run to Quit” is coming to Kelowna for a second year. The program, available across Canada, helps participants replace smoking with a healthier activity: learning to walk or run 5K. Research has found that becoming physically active increases a person’s chances of quitting since exercise helps curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The Kelowna program opens on April 28 at 6:30pm at the Running Room in Orchard Plaza. 

Running Room Co-Manager Deb Stanley, who has been a personal trainer and taught the Breast Cancer Clinic, says the program’s success means many smokers are now living smoke-free lives. “Six months after completing the 10-week program over half of the participants reported they were no longer smoking.” Deb continues, “And for those who completed the program, we know that 90 per cent reduced their smoking as a result; for many, that’s a game changer.” She adds, “We all have our struggles and I’m looking to the participants to teach me how they feel. I really want them to succeed, become more active, so let’s do this together!”

Walk or Run to Quit combines the know how of the Canadian Cancer Society with the clinical walking/ running expertise of the Running Room. Notable facts:

It takes the average smoker multiple attempts before finally quitting
In 2017 over half of participants interviewed reported being non- smokers six months after completing the program
Participants also continue to run, on average, three times a week

Deb says the program offers participants a step-by-step approach, “Every week we take the distance a little further and folks are amazed at how little by little they smoke less and become more and more active.” 

“We were happy to see that participants really embraced exercise,” says Amanda McNally, Programs Specialist, Canadian Cancer Society. “Along with a 10-week walk or run plan, participants are provided with evidence-based quit smoking resources including a smokers’ guidebook and support from QuitNow smokers’ helpline.” To reach as many smokers as possible, the weekly coach-led program has expanded in 2018 to 100 Running Room locations across Canada in addition to the virtual training option, which allows participants to do the program at their own schedule no matter where they live. 

Locally the 10-week training program will be held:

Kelowna: Saturday, April 28 at 9:15am
Virtual Training: opened April 16 across the country 

Registration for Walk or Run to Quit is now open and available in all provinces across Canada. To register or learn more, visit: runtoquit.com.  

Walk or Run to Quit is funded in part by the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

About the Running Room

The Running Room is proudly a family-owned company. It originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. New to the sport of running, John had a thirst for knowledge as well as a desire to buy the right product. This entrepreneurial retailer decided to fill a niche in the marketplace by opening a small one-room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name, "Running Room." The concept was highly successful, and the stores have since expanded to over 110 locations across Canada and the United States. 

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934). Make your gift today at cancer.ca.



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KGH Foundation receives

The ‘Better Together’ campaign to build JoeAnna’s House, a home away from home at Kelowna General Hospital for the families of out of town patients, has received a generous $15,000 donation from the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. 
 
The gift will go towards the KGH Foundation’s goal of raising $8 million to open and operate JoeAnna’s House, which promises to house the families of regional patients, including those transferred from the Shuswap area, travelling to KGH for advanced specialist care.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to support the opening of JoeAnna’s House,” says Fiona Harris, Director of Development for the Shuswap Hospital Foundation. Harris experienced the hardship many regional families face first-hand when her husband, Ross Harris, required heart surgery at KGH.
 
Following an angiogram on March 29th, 2017, Ross was immediately admitted to KGH and underwent heart surgery two days later. “There was no time to plan,” Harris recalls. “After being informed that Ross would require emergency surgery, I had to find hotel accommodation. I wanted to remain by my husband’s bed side while he recovered. Being away from home was incredibly difficult and having JoeAnna’s House would have been so helpful.”
 
Ross Harris was one of hundreds of regional patients transferred to KGH every year for specialized cardiac care. As the centre for Interior Health’s cardiac program, KGH is the main referral hospital for over 750,000 residents across the southern interior.
 
While many people identify with the need for JoeAnna’s House when considering infant and pediatric patients, the on-site home will also be available to the families of adult patients.
 
“As Kelowna General has expanded its capacity to provide specialized medical services, it is no longer the case that patients are being transferred to Vancouver or Calgary for advanced care,” says Mischa Mueller, Director of Philanthropy for the KGH Foundation. “We want to make sure that the families of all regional patients, whether children or adults, can stay close to their loved ones.”
 
“JoeAnna’s House is being built to help families in our community,” says Rob Marshall, President of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation Board. “We are grateful to the KGH Foundation for taking this project on and so happy to be part of it.”
 
The gift from the Shuswap Hospital Foundation further underscores the campaign’s central ‘Better Together’ theme.  “By working together, we can accomplish big things,” notes Doug Rankmore, CEO of the KGH Foundation. “This gift is truly in the spirit of this entire campaign. We really are better together.”
 
The Shuswap Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable society which exists to encourage gifts of any kind to support Shuswap Lake Health Care facilities.
 
The KGH Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven charitable organization committed to enhancing the delivery of healthcare to the patients of Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities.



Oceola club donates

The Oceola Fish and Game Club, located in Lake Country BC, attended the BC Wildlife Federation's 62nd annual general meeting this past weekend in Kamloops.

President Nick Kozub presented a cheque to the Southern Interior Mule Deer Project for $7500, and announced that the club has committed $2.50 from every membership to this project for the next year.

For more information, please contact [email protected]



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Across the pool swim

There’s a new swimming event in the Okanagan to help swimmers and triathletes train for their distances in the pool. On April 29, the Across the Lake Swim Society is presenting the “Across the Pool Swim” at H2O Adventure + Fitness in Kelowna.

“This event will help anyone who wants to train for swimming events such as the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim (ATLS) Kelowna and the Cherry Blossom Triathlon,” said Mark Fromberg, Event Director. “This is a unique spring training opportunity as well as a way for swimmers to give back to the community, so we expect to sell out.”

“This is more than just a swim event. It’s one more step towards our mission of drown proofing the Okanagan”, said Peter Rudd, President of the Across the Lake Swim Society. “All proceeds of the Across the Pool Swim go to the YMCA Okanagan Swims Program where we send over 3,000 kids for free swim lessons each year. For the last decade, the annual Across the Lake Swim events have been raising funds to provide swim lessons to every Grade 3 and Grade 4 child in School District #23 and this is one more drop in the fundraising bucket to make that happen.”

“It’s also going to be a blast,” said Fromberg. “Swimmers complete a ‘snake-style swim’ through the lanes at 10-second intervals, with our volunteers marking times on bodies and caps. It’s an opportunity for swimmers to train for their events in a friendly atmosphere, have fun, and raise funds to help kids learn to swim safely.”



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