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Body by Design ready to be part of your 2021 body transformation

Time to love your reflection

New Year’s resolutions. You either love them, hate them, make them or break them.

There are 365 days in a year, and every day we have the opportunity to change bad habits, live healthier, feel happier and implement positive change in our life. Go easy on yourself, though. If you falter, don’t give up completely and wait another year. Tomorrow is a new start.

After a rough ride this past year, focusing around your health and happiness will help you feel better, look healthier and take a little control over your well-being—no matter what this year brings. You are stronger than you think.

So what can you do? How can you boost your health, improve your mood, love your reflection and make sure this year is a happy one? You already know what to do, but here are a few reminders:
• Drink more water
• Eat more vegetables
• Get more sleep
• Spend time in nature
• Invest in getting back into shape
• Practise mindfulness
• Declutter your home environment
• Read more
• Increase your flexibility
• Reduce (or quit) alcohol
• Take care of your skin
• Try fasting
• And most importantly … turn off the news.

All of the above is easy to preach, and talk is cheap. It takes work and determination. Making small changes goes a long way, consistency is key, and before you know it you will feel and see the shift inside and out.

Negative self-body talk is exhausting. It is no secret when you look good on the outside you feel good on the inside.

When you come into Body by Design you will feel comfortable and meet down to earth people who face the same struggles with no intimidation. Everyone is a work in progress.

“Being able to have a hand in making someone feel more confident is one of the many reasons why I love my job” Body by Design owner and operator Rebekah Klassen says.

Body by Design is dedicated in helping you achieve your body goals, providing holistic solutions in a variety of aesthetic applications such as fat reduction, body sculpting, cellulite reduction, skin tightening and facial contouring.

“A nice byproduct of transforming your body with our treatments is that our customers say they feel more energized, and have enhanced blood circulation, oxygenation, optimal body detoxification and reduced chronic pain,” Rebekah says. “Every side effect is a health benefit.”

So if you are not loving your reflection, Body by Design is ready to help. There are so many options for delivering a healthy looking you that also fits your lifestyle and budget, and Klassen is dedicated to offering affordable services with efficacy, integrity and honesty.

“We are adding some new modalities to our clinic very soon,” Klassen says. “We continue to grow and remain dedicated to offering the most effective technologies available that work and that our customers can actually afford.”

The Body by Design clinic is doing its part to keep the community as safe as possible. It paused all treatments during the last few months, preventing the spread of the virus and putting our customers' safety first at all costs. The clinic is now slowly accepting new customers and regularly implement disinfecting protocols that kill airborne and surface pathogens on top of stringent disinfecting protocols.

Body by Design accepts only one customer at a time by appointment only.

Castanet and Body by Design have teamed up on a contest, where one lucky winner will receive four sessions of body contouring. Click here to enter.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



First College's Health Care Assistant graduates finding success

Health care careers needed

The past year has been full of changes, and many people have had to adapt or learn new skills in order to adapt and find steady employment.

Beginning a new career path is always daunting, but one group in particular has found increased success, even in light of the pandemic. Health care assistants have been more sought after than ever before, and some HCA students from First College are excited to share their success stories.

First College alumni Ryan describes that he came to join the HCA program because he was looking for an in-demand job that he could secure for the long term. Current student Lucas started his program in September 2020. He chose this career after being inspired by the HCAs that were caring for his mother. More details about Lucas' and Ryan’s experiences at First College can be found here.

The HCA program at First College is offered under the Faculty of Health.

“This 32-week program combines theory courses, laboratory skills and clinical experience in a real-world, health-care setting,” faculty co-ordinator Denise Bryson says. “Students will learn to provide a wide variety of holistic care to promote physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being for people with diverse backgrounds. Our graduates now work with organizations such as Interior Health or with private health-care facilities and can earn up to $26.95 per hour.”

Added First College admissions advisor Sydney Stoltz: “We help students overcome a variety of challenges when they’re applying to the program, when they’re in the program and when they graduate. Every student is coming from their own unique situation; therefore, we really just want to make sure that the students know that we’re here for them, and that we want education to be as accessible as possible.

“We know that pursuing post-secondary education is a big commitment, so it’s nice for students to be able to experience the healthcare field through a shorter program before they commit to further education in nursing.”

First College is now accepting applications for its May 2021 intake. More information about the HCA program can be found here.

“Our aging and growing population means health care assistants will remain in high demand,” First College director Timothy Yang says. “We are committed to training more qualified HCAs because we are committed to contributing to our local community.”

First College's most recent HCA cohort started earlier this month on campus with all current COVID-19 guidelines in place. That includes personal protection equipment and daily COVID-19 screenings with temperature checks upon arrival.

First College also offers many other popular programs, such as:
• Community Support Worker
• Registered Massage Therapy
• Bookkeeping

If you would like more information about these programs or the HCA program, please see the First College website or contact Admissions Advisor Sydney Stoltz at (778) 478-6611 or [email protected].

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



UBCO researchers seek to help older adults maintain healthy lives

Planning for fruitful aging

“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” This quote, from American feminist Betty Freidan, summarizes the focus of researchers in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Health and Social Development who have an unwavering goal to support successful aging.

“By 2036, it’s estimated that adults over the age of 65 will represent about 20 per cent of the population,” says Nelly Oelke, an associate professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing. “We know that much of this growing demographic craves autonomy and a fulfilling quality of life enriched by community.”

But adapting to the unique pace of being an older adult isn’t easy.

“Significant life changes happen after the age of 50, and these can trigger mental health concerns,” says Oelke. She adds that addressing only cognitive changes in aging is an oversight and that mental health also needs to be considered. “Did you know that high rates of suicide are found in men between the ages of 45 and 65 and that the highest rate occurs in men over 85?” she asks.

Oelke and others from UBCO’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP) research team are exploring how to reach these at-risk individuals, especially those who live in rural communities with limited social networks.

One of these initiatives involves partnering with the Okanagan Men’s Shed Association (OKMSA), a non- profit society with a mandate to engage men (and women) of all ages, foster social connections and increase their well-being and self-esteem through participation in community projects. Master of Social Work alumnus Ian Pryzdial witnessed the instrumental bonding that occurs amongst the sounds of hammers and drills.

“At the Shed, friendships have blossomed and a caring community has been built,” he says.

One participant agrees saying that since his wife passed away and his children have moved abroad, going to the Shed has become routine.

“I had nothing to do, and now I have purpose,” he says as he embraces this new opportunity.

Read the entire story here.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.



Willowstone champions the powerful potential in every child

Championing kids at school

Karine Veldhoen isn’t your typical school principal, but that’s not unexpected, because Willowstone Academy, the school she leads, isn’t your typical school. Most mornings you will find Mrs. V greeting students by name with a warm welcome at one of the school’s entrance doors as they arrive. As Willowstone’s chief learning officer, and a mom of three, she and her team of high-performance, multi-disciplinary educators champion the extraordinary potential that lives within every child.

She firmly believed a new educational model was needed—a community for being, becoming and believing. The Learn Forward philosophy was born, and Willowstone Academy is Learn Forward’s model school.

Learn Forward’s philosophy focuses on the five important journeys of a child: faith, worthiness, selfhood, belonging and change-making. “Because we hold those journeys as what matters most for children, it helps us educate the whole child," Veldhoen says. "We ensure not only their academic and cognitive needs are met, but also their social and emotional needs, so they feel safe and excited to be at school."

At Willowstone, parents, teachers and students are invited to the Table of Learning. The learning remains central, in the middle of the table. Every voice is welcome and on equal ground. A communal growth mindset represents progress and forward motion. The school’s high-performance, multi-disciplinary team encourages open-hearted collaboration, innovative pedagogy, sustainability and high hopes for every child.

Willowstone’s Manifesto defines its roots, offering keywords and memorable phrases that permeate the school. The manifesto is displayed in every classroom, with a six-foot version adorning the main school staircase. 

A private, faith-based school, Willowstone offers programs from kindergarten to Grade 9 as well as early childhood education, including infant/toddler programs, pre-school and pre-K classes. With a focus on personalized learning, students receive affordable, world-class education in a boutique-sized learning community. Every educator is ultimately championing the extraordinary potential that lives within every child.

The youngest learner’s little hands reach up to meet their teacher’s with curiosity and trust as they take their first steps on their learning journey.

Learning comes alive for Willowstone’s elementary grade students as they take ownership of their learning, develop confidence and find their unique voice in a safe and nurturing environment.

Willowstone’s middle years program is formative as students develop their individuality, community and global citizenship by nurturing their interests. Built on the three pillars of identity formation, powerful learning and authentic connections, the middle years program has its own building, Middle Years Lane, where powerful learning is fostered through academic rigour focused on the process of learning and personal accountability. 

“Those three pillars really define what’s happening developmentally for students in that middle years age and stage, which is very tender and somewhat tumultuous,” Veldhoen says. “We’re excited about how our project-based and personalized program prepares students to be all they’re meant to be, beginning in their graduation program (Grades 10-12) and ultimately in the 21st century work environment.”

The excellent teacher-to-student ratio allows for closer connections between educators and children, which is augmented through the school’s unique extra-curricular programs. Whether it is new athletic programming, First Lego League, a leadership development program or the school’s entrepreneurial marketplace, Willowstone students always have opportunities to Learn Forward and become change-makers. In fact, last year’s Lego League squad placed first provincially for its robotics presentation and quadrupled its score from the previous competition.

Public registration for the 2021-22 Willowstone Academy school year opens on Tuesday, Feb. 9. To book a tour, visit the school's admissions page.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet. 



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