As promised, the first of several workshops for the seniors? health initiative took place on October 25th in room 3 of the Community Centre. The ?Healthy Eating Workshop? took place between 9 and 11 am, with approximately 20 people present.
Dawson Creek dietitian Judy April was pleased with the turn-out. She hadn?t expected so many, as she says, ?We usually don?t see a big group at these workshops. Tumbler Ridge is unique in that way.? She agreed that perhaps the fact that because these types of provisions are not readily available in our remote location, it could be a factor and that good attendance is a sign of appreciation for the visiting health care workers.
April had out an array of replica food models, healthy eating guides and a slideshow to accompany her lecture. She is both a dietitian and diabetes educator and has been coming to Tumbler Ridge once a month to help people with dietary management. Among those attending, several were diabetic.
Several seniors felt the information was good advice, although perhaps nothing too new to them. ?It?s a matter of following through with it? said one attendant. None the less, it was important to those who attended to hear it and be reminded. ?People who are not diabetic would find this a good diet. People who are diabetic need to get more fit as well.? said outspoken senior, Abe Neufeld.
Next on the agenda for seniors? health care is a session with respiratory therapist Irene Stoyles of Chetwynd. She also visits Tumbler Ridge to accommodate individual patients within the community. The session will be an open forum for seniors to be educated and informed on respiratory illnesses frequently experienced by the elderly. No scheduled date had been confirmed with Stoyles at press time.