Healthy Living in the North

Men’s mental wellness blog winner

Justin De Medeiros (left) submitted the winning name for the new men's mental wellness blog series. Pictured here with Nick Rempel (right).

Justin De Medeiros (left) submitted the winning name for the new men’s mental wellness blog series. Pictured here with Nick Rempel (right).

At the end of last year, we held a contest to name a men’s mental wellness blog. Starting next week, I’ll begin posting monthly on the topic. We were overwhelmed with the amount and creativity of blog names! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

It’s time to reveal the name for the blog! As determined by our panel of judges, this will henceforth be known as The Grizzly Truth – A Blog about Men’s Wellness. Congratulations to Justin De Medeiros, from Terrace BC, for providing the winning entry, and to Valerie Preston, also from Terrace, with her runner-up entry, The Tackle Box.

Stay tuned next week when our first post of The Grizzly Truth will be published right here on blog.northernhealth.ca.

Nick Rempel

About Nick Rempel

Nick Rempel is the clinical educator for Mental Health and Addictions, northwest B.C. Nick has lived in northern B.C. his entire life and received his education from the University of Northern BC with a degree in nursing. He enjoys playing music, going to the gym, and watching movies in his spare time.

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Picture YOU Healthy week 3 winner

Week 3 winner

Pamela Richardson is our Week 3 Winner for submitting this great photo of participants and volunteers at the 3rd Annual Surf Expression Session in Haida Gwaii.

The Picture YOU Healthy challenge has completed and you’re all waiting for the final word on the grand prize winner I’m sure! But first, we are happy to announce the winner of week 3 goes to a fantastic entry that represents healthy communities!

Congrats to Pamela Richardson from Haida Gwaii, who submitted this amazing photo of the 3rd Annual Surf Expression Session on North Beach in Haida Gwaii last November. During the event, one-on-one surf lessons are offered for free to youth 16 years and younger.

In her entry, Pamela said: “The community on Haida Gwaii rallied and over 40 volunteers came out to help instruct and get children as young as 3 in the water. Promoting active living and year round activity is preventative health care. Haida Gwaii does not have traditional recreation centres, so we rely on our environment for recreation. Surfing allows for a connection to the natural environment and the strengthening of cultural identity and the transmission of traditional environmental knowledge.”

Stay tuned tomorrow when we announce the grand prize winner of the Picture YOU Healthy Challenge!

Jessica Quinn

About Jessica Quinn

Jessica Quinn is the regional manager of digital communications and public engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy, well and active lifestyles. She manages NH's content channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots, or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care. (NH Blog Admin)

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Picture YOU Healthy week 2 winner

Taking time for physical activity

Amy Stephen is our week 2 winner – she took this photo of seniors taking time for physical activity in Vanderhoof. A great example of both physical activity and building healthy communities!

Building on the fantastic momentum of week 1, week 2 brought us even more amazing photos in the Picture YOU Healthy challenge – both in quality and in thought. We are so pleased at how YOU are interpreting our healthy eating, active living and healthy community messages — and for sharing such great photos of yourselves, your family, friends and community members! Thank you everyone for your submissions!

After careful deliberation, we have chosen our week 2 winner – Amy Stephen, from Vanderhoof, B.C., who submitted this great photo of seniors at the Vanderhoof Seniors Centre taking time for physical activity. Amy describes the photo as “Vanderhoof seniors reaching for the world!”

In speaking to Amy, she told us that she will choose the fitness equipment prize and share it with the Seniors Centre! Amy, you’re definitely an inspiration for building healthy communities!!

We encourage everyone to keep sending in their entries. You have a few more days – deadline to enter to win in the Picture YOU Healthy challenge before March 22. Next week, we’ll showcase this week’s (week 3) winner, and on Monday, we will reveal the top 10 photo submissions and give YOU the chance to vote for the winner on our Facebook page. Stay tuned!

Jessica Quinn

About Jessica Quinn

Jessica Quinn is the regional manager of digital communications and public engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy, well and active lifestyles. She manages NH's content channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots, or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care. (NH Blog Admin)

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Challenge #4 winner!

Week 4 winner

Congrats to Neil Walton, who submitted this photo of his wife Regeena in the Week 4 September Healthy Living Challenge! Regeena caught this fish, her first freshwater fish, at Tacheeda Lake.

With the arrival of October, we’re sad to see our September Healthy Living Challenge come to an end. But we’ve had a ton of fantastic posts go live (and you can find them all here under the ‘healthy living challenge’ tag), and we’ve seen such a variety of great challenge entries come to us, from folks from all across the region who really care about their health. Thanks to everyone who followed the posts all month and took on the challenges – we hope you’ve gotten some good ideas on how to work towards living a healthier life!

Now, what you’ve been waiting for… the random winner for our fourth and final challenge (and the grand prize of a mini freezer) is Neil Walton, from Prince George, BC! In answer to the question of “how do you source your local food,” Neil said that he and his wife hunt, fish, visit the farmers’ market and shop at local stores. They have certainly caught a nice looking fish in the photo! Congratulations Neil!

We received so many great entries this week that I had a really hard time choosing a variety of honourable mentions, so here’s more than usual for you to enjoy:

Jessica Quinn

About Jessica Quinn

Jessica Quinn is the regional manager of digital communications and public engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy, well and active lifestyles. She manages NH's content channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots, or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care. (NH Blog Admin)

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Challenge #1 winner!

First challenge winner

The winner in the first Healthy Living Challenge, pictured with his kids making Man Cave Chowder. Congrats Mark!

Thank you to all those people who completed the first task in the September Healthy Living Challenge and entered the first contest! The first challenge was, of course, to make the delicious Man Cave Chowder that Loraina and Fraser demonstrated in the video last week. We had some fantastic entries from folks all across the region, but selected our winner, by random draw, this morning.

The winner in the first Healthy Living Challenge is Mark Erickson from Prince George! Here’s what he had to say about this challenge:

I always enjoy being able to get the kids involved in cooking and getting them to help out in the kitchen whenever I can. I think it is a great way to spend time with them and teach them about healthy eating at the same time. You are cooking for your family so why not have them involved. The kids love being able to cut vegetables, even if it is just with a toy knife.

Thanks for the great entry, Mark!

Make sure you check out the blog, or visit us on Facebook, tomorrow when we will announce the second Healthy Living Challenge!

Here’s a random selection of some of the other entries we received this week. Thank you to all for entering and we hope you’ll participate in the next challenge!

Jessica Quinn

About Jessica Quinn

Jessica Quinn is the regional manager of digital communications and public engagement for Northern Health, where she is actively involved in promoting the great work of NH staff to encourage healthy, well and active lifestyles. She manages NH's content channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). When she's not working, Jessica stays active by exploring the beautiful outdoors around Prince George via kayak, hiking boots, or snowshoes, and she has recently completed her master's degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University, with a focus on the use of social media in health care. (NH Blog Admin)

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