February 2018 Newsletter

FEBRUARY IN THE PLAYROOM

Lately the children in the playroom have become interested in doing yoga.  At first it was with a few poses on a poster that the children would perform.  Then a yoga book was brought out to try some more.  And lastly, the SMART board has been utilized as children watch a yoga video as they follow along with the story and accompanying poses.  This interest in yoga has further increased the children’s awareness of their bodies and health and well-being.  Learning to breathe mindfully, feeling their heartbeats, and conversations about wellness have stemmed from these activities.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. February dates are the 5th, 12th and 26th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. February dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

Did you know?

Heart Disease is one of the leading killers of both men and women in Canada and around the world.

 The most common heart attack sign is chest pain or discomfort; however, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure. They may experience:

  • shortness of breath
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pressure or pain in the arms, back, stomach, neck or jaw
  • dizziness, lightheadedness or sweating
  • extreme fatigue.

People with the following heritage have a higher risk of heart disease because they are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and other risk factors:

  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit people
  • South Asian, Caribbean, African heritage

(have risk factors at a younger age)

 If you have any of these signs:

  • CALL 9-1-1 and get to the hospital right away

Stop all activity. Sit or lie down, in whatever position is most comfortable.

  • Chew and swallow Aspirin (ASA), if you are not allergic or intolerant (either one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg tablets).

Almost 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy behaviors.

 Know the ABCs for a healthy heart

  • Avoid tobacco
  • Be more active
  • Choose good nutrition

A Zen tale of letting go

-Extract from Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts

by Harriet Lerner

There is a classic Zen story of letting go that is told in many different versions. Here’s one retelling of this age-old Zen tale.

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.

 The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing, and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.

 As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then she didn’t even thank you!

 “I set the woman down hours ago,” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”

 Letting go, as the older monk did, doesn’t mean forgiving or forgetting the other person’s bad behavior. From a Buddhist perspective, the essence of forgiveness is letting go. But it by no means follows that you need to forgive a particular action in order to let go.”