Active Research

by Don Zabloski

For families with school-aged children, the start of another school year is a time where parents and caregivers may reflect on the steps they can take to enhance the well-being of their children. All family members are balancing school, work, home and community responsibilities while trying to nurture a healthy and happy family lifestyle. Modelling positive habits and empowering independent healthy choices can help build a natural, genuine ownership of one’s lifelong well-being. Continue reading “Active Research”

Can I Return to Running After My Hip Replacement?

by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC

Joint replacement surgery, particularly of the hip and knee, has become one of the most frequently performed operations around the world. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 300,000 total hip replacements (THR) are completed in the United States every year, and the number of knee replacements is even higher. Continue reading “Can I Return to Running After My Hip Replacement?”

Right From the Start

by Marsha Brown

A month before my 69th birthday, I decided I needed to take better care of myself. I began to go for a daily walk. Every week I attempted to walk faster and soon it was easier to run slowly than walk quickly. I remember feeling a sense of accomplishment when I completed my first mile without stopping. After a few weeks, I had several black toenails. A visit to the Running Room revealed that my shoes were two sizes too small. With a pair of new, proper-fitting shoes, I continued to run almost daily and my distance and time improved. Continue reading “Right From the Start”

I Made My Point

by Rebecca McTaggart

As a 50-plus woman weighing over 200 pounds, I had a serious choice to make. My family physician had pronounced that I was on the path to Type 2 diabetes. I was referred to an obesity specialist and began a weight management program that included setting a fitness goal. Continue reading “I Made My Point”

Re-learning to Breathe

by JJ Mackwood

While active and healthy my entire life, I had never been a runner. At the age of 31, seemingly overnight, it became increasingly difficult to breathe without pain, escalating to where simple daily tasks such as blow-drying my hair would leave me out of breath. Multiple appointments with physicians left me without answers and on one unforeseen day of hemorrhaging, ambulance transport, admittance to ICU, multiple tests and treatments I was left with a diagnosis of extensive bilateral pulmonary embolisms. Continue reading “Re-learning to Breathe”

From Sprinter to Marathoner

by Andrea Mandzuk

“I’m never doing that again.”

That’s what I told myself after running my first 300 metre race. It was November 2015, and I was in my third year of competing in track and field for the University of Manitoba Bisons. Since starting to run track at the age of 10, I had always been a sprinter. This was my first time competing in anything longer than 200 metres. Continue reading “From Sprinter to Marathoner”