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Archive for January, 2015

Step Up Diary – Ernest Armann

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The Beefy Chiefs Step Up Challenge has taught me a few key lessons since I joined this past July. I had to address mobility challenges that hindered my ability to keep active over the past few years. It was nothing too serious, but enough pain and suffering to allow me to embrace a sedentary way of life. Apparently I am a workaholic and have focused myself on work that involves a lot of sitting and traveling.

The Step Up Challenge has helped me with the motivation I needed. I figured I was beefy enough to qualify for the challenge and set out on the fit bit path. It took a good seven days to break through the pain of walking every day. The targets pre-set in the fit bit helped me focus on meeting the goals of ten thousand steps.  I had to get help from my doctor, naturopath and massage therapists to help address the pain, flexibility and mental challenges I was facing as I continued down the path.

Once I started to consistently hit and exceed the daily step counts I challenged myself to do better and keep up with the cool kids in the Beefy Chiefs Step Up group. I soon found that I could not physically keep this up as I started to have injuries that took longer to heal up and started to become a little miserable. I was motivated to keep up the pace and soon bought new foot wear and started to take medications for swelling that did not really help.

After several visits to my massage therapist/naturopath, he helped me understand the importance of diet as a lot of foods were contributing to inflammation in my body and I had to make adjustments. As I started to feel better and my strength improved I was able to increase my time spent on walking. I soon had to deal with the amount of time needed to be able to do the walking, and keep up with work and life in general.

I realized that my leisure time was eroding away, my “negative time” of doing nothing productive was affected. I adjusted my routine to allow for walking more often during the day and that helped me perform better at work. I am able to deal with and think things through on a walk, where before I would carry that crap home and try to lose it with my negative time.

After all this, I have learned more about myself and how to create balance in my life by making changes for physical, mind, body and spirit.  I now have very little negative time of doing nothing and have a reasonable amount of time for walking which helps me do more work and still have time for family.

Ernest-Armann

Ernest Armann, First Nations Health Council – Vancouver Coastal

Register for the Step Up challenge here: http://www.regonline.ca/HealthLeadershipChallenge
If you have any questions about the Step Up Challenge please email: active@fnha.ca

Step Up Challenge December Winners!

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We’re over halfway in the Beefy Chiefs 2 Challenge and the top of the leaderboard is slowly starting to change. In December we had Gina from Vancouver Island & Jannette from the Interior fighting for the top spots in all three categories. These two have been very high in the leaderboards consecutively and continue to push each other to step it up.

While some of the familiar faces are still there, we’re starting to see newer faces at the top of the leaderboard, including Dan Modeste from the Fraser Region.

Dan was able to take over 1 million steps in December. That is an average of over 32,000 steps a day. We hope that he continues this and is able to inspire others from his region to do the same.

Kim Roberts, another who is familiar with the top of the leaderboard and is one of our first quarter winners, was the distance winner this month. She was able to walk 411km in December, the distance from Port Hardy to Lady Smith.

Carole Basil was the active minute winner for December. She has won this same prize last quarter except that she more than doubled her total. In August, she was active for 2012 minutes and in December she was active for 4110 minutes. This is a huge improvement and a great measurement of an increase in activity levels.

The forum prizes go to the following people:

In December, Irene Johnson from the Interior was very active in the forums. She continually updated the community on ways that she has improved her activity and starting to slowly cut out chocolate. Through Irene the group has seen the amount of steps one can get from not only walking but dancing. Thank you for your posts, Irene. For this, Irene received the Community Builder award for December.

The Inspiration award for December goes to Jen Narcisse. Jen’s posts have reminded us to work hard but keep our humor also. The topic that she started, “Funniest fitbit stories”, highlighted some of the things that we are doing amongst ourselves to motivate, challenge and inspire our own communities. It is a common occurrence and most of us can relate to the posts in that thread. Thank you, Jen. Keep it up.

The random prize is awarded to one that has completed the “About Me” section of their profile as well as their profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (active@fnha.ca) as a friend.  All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit. In December that prize went to George Littlechild from Vancouver Island. He is walking on behalf of his community of Mamalilikala.

A big “Congratulations” to all of our winners in December. We will be in contact and your Fitbit prize will be in the mail as soon as possible.

Beefy Chiefs Step Up Challenge November Winners!

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Although the weather continues to get wetter and colder, the Beefy Chiefs 2.0 STEP UP challenge continues to grow strong in both participation and activity. Some of the participants are just as active, if not more, than what they were in the warmer months.  This increase has meant a lot of change, changes in eating, exercising and work habits. Whatever changes have been made we hope that they have yielded positive results and continue to, throughout the challenge and beyond.

Our winners for November in the three main categories are from Vancouver Island and the Interior region. Will this change in the coming months? Will we see our cousins in the North, Vancouver Coastal or Fraser region step up?

The Steps winner for this month was John Powell who is participating on behalf of Mamalilikala. He was able to take 1,188,631 steps. On an average day, John was walking over 42,000 steps. This is a great and very consistent achievement.

The Distance award went to a first-time recipient this month. Gina Warburton from the Ts’ewlhtun Health Centre was able to walk over 408km in November. This distance would take her from Nanaimo to Duncan and back again, four times. This is a feat to be very proud of.

The Active Minutes award goes to Carole Basil who is competing on behalf of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band. She was able to log 4667 active minutes in November. So, that means that she was very active for over 2.5 hours per day.

The forum prizes go to the following people:
The Inspiration Award goes to Lynette Lucas representing the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. In the forums, she shared tips and updates on ways she was staying active and encouraging others to step up.

The Community Builder Award goes to Chris McIntyre for their advice on using their Fitbit One and Velcro band. I’m sure a lot of us have seen the Velcro band and wondered what it is for. Thanks to Chris for letting us know.

The random prize is awarded to one that has completed the “About Me” section of their profile as well as their profile name. The other important thing is to add ActiveAdmin (active@fnha.ca) as a friend.  All of which are in the instructions that are sent along with your fitbit. In November, that prize went to Juanita Mills from the North. She is walking on behalf of her community of Skidegate.

Congratulations to all of the winners and all that were able to step up in their activity. During the festive season, stay safe, enjoy time with your family and we will see you all in 2015.

Register for the Step Up challenge here: http://www.regonline.ca/HealthLeadershipChallenge
If you have any questions about the Step Up Challenge please email: active@fnhc.ca