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Health and Fitness in 2015


January has flown by and 2015 has kicked off with a running start. How are your New Year’s resolutions? On track, or want a hand getting back on track? Or celebrate your successes and make new goals? These great clients can help…

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Personal Trainers

For one-on-one attention in a private setting.

Avant Garde Fitness focuses on the principal of the healthy life style and provides innovative individualized programs as well as small group classes for strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. This is a private studio in Mill Bay also offering mobile personal fitness training in Duncan, Mill Bay and surrounding areas. Contact at250.709.7955 for your complimentary consultation, or visit the website atwww.avantgardefitness.ca.

Laces Up offers training for runners, hikers and walkers of any skill level. As they progress, dynamic core and static core strength exercises are introduced. Laces Up groups are great for meeting new running and walking mates. Contact at 250.748.8126or visit the website at www.lacesup.com.

Run Clubs

Join with a friend or make new friends.

CEEVACS Roadrunners Club is a running club in Cowichan Valley. They have been around for over 25 years encouraging, supporting, promoting and organizing; running, walking, triathlon, and other fitness-related events for their club members and local community. For more information visit the website at www.ceevacs.com.

Group Classes

Surround yourself, or your children, with encouragement from others reaching for the same goal.

Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club (CVWC) is a non-profit organization and with a mission to promote the sport of wrestling and develop friendships, leadership and self-esteem among athletes. CVWC offers junior and senior wrestling classes for ages 9-18. For more information visit their website at www.cvwc.ca.

Nanaimo Track & Field, founded in the 1960’s, is non-profit Club and Rotary Bowl that has been the birthplace of track & field for thousands of enthusiastic children, some represented at future Olympics. They train all ages starting at as young as 6 years old, in both Track & Field and Cross Country. Their philosophy is that all athletes will receive equal opportunity for training and competition. Join them at Rotary Bowl, 355 Wakesiah Avenue, Nanaimo or visit the website at www.nanaimotrackandfield.com.

Seaside Yoga Studio brings balance to your life by nurturing the body and the mind. Yoga can help your body to be more flexible and release blockages & tension in body and mind. Contact at 250.246.3797 or 9949 Cedar Street, Chemainus, or visit the website at www.pninayoga.com.

Victoria Kung Fu Academy: Kung Fu is a martial art that includes students of any age, any ability. At Victoria Kung Fu Academy they tailor their curriculum to fit different age groups and skill levels so students progress at the rate that is right for them. Contact at 250.478.5889 or visit the website at www.victoriakungfu.com.

The Wild Goose Qigong offers teaching in Qigong and Northern Shaolin (also known as Chun Yuen Quan). These Chinese health exercises can build to improve your overall health bringing balance to your life along with developing; strong bones, focus, good posture, flexibility and loosening the joints. Visit them at The Rivendell Yurt. Contact at 250.748.4060 or 5215 Bills Road, Duncan, or visit the website atwww.wildgooseqigongcentre.com.

Now a word from our sponsor:

Start Line Registered Massage Therapists Chelsy Low and Carla Hardman are offering a Valentine’s Day Couples Relaxation Massage. Each couple will have the opportunity to learn a back and neck treatment using general Swedish massage techniques.

This 1.5 hour introduction to relaxation massage is February 12 or 13, at $30/couple. Wear comfortable clothing; for women, that means a bathing suit top, sports bra or comfortable tank top. Bring two sheets and a pillow. Oil and massage table will be provided. To book, call 250.746.7463.


Achieve fitness goals while learning the beautiful art form of dance.

At Lynda Allen Tap Studio their mission is to inspire, motivate and most of all to have fun! They offer both small group and individual classes in Duncan so there is something for everyone. Contact at 250.748.0934 to book an appointment, or visit the website at www.lyndaallentapstudio.ca.

Gina Sinclair Davis is a freelance dance teacher, choreographer and adjudicator. She has many decades of experience in performance, choreography and teaching in dance and ballet. Contact at 250.360.7670 or visit her website at www.ginasinclairdavis.com.

Westshore Dance Studios provides training and development for all who have a desire to dance. As a professional dance school, Westshore Dance Studios offers quality instruction to students of varying ages and ability in a friendly and respectful environment. Contact at 250.478.3067 or 109-2675 Wilfert Road, Colwood, or visit the website at www.westshoredance.com.

Sports Equipment

For the gear you need.

Cycle Therapy Performance Bike Fit and Sales offer group rides around the Cowichan Valley and will help to get beginners and advanced riders on the right bike safely, comfortably and injury free, with a proper bike fitting and maintenance. Contact at 250.597.0097 or #102-360 Duncan Street, Duncan, or visit the website atwww.cycletherapy.ca.

Kirby’s Source for Sports specializes in Hockey, Lacrosse and Softball equipment sales and service. Kirby’s Source for Sports not only supplies Victoria and Vancouver Island teams and organizations with equipment, they help them look good too. Kirby’s can outfit your team with jerseys, track suits, hats, jackets, equipment bags and apparel. Contact at 250.480.5030 or 894 Cloverdale Avenue, Victoria, or visit the website at www.kirbyssports.com.

Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop is the premiere Vancouver Island Specialized Dealer. A premier full-service bike shop carrying high-end mountain and racing bikes, commuting, touring and cruising bikes, to a child’s first ride, Russ Hay’s knows bikes! Visit them at their Victoria location, 650 Hillside Avenue, 250.384.4722 or their Sidney location, 2426 Bevan Avenue 250.656.1512 or the website atwww.russhays.com.

Health and Medical Professionals

Overdid it? Sore? Injured? Or time for an annual check-up?

Cardiovascular Calculator: Created by Dr. Anton Rabien, the Cardiovascular Calculator was designed for adults aged 35 to 75 years who do not have heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. It is designed to help patents and doctors decide which strategy of reducing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke is best. To learn more and use the Cardiovascular Calculator visit the website at www.cvdtool.ca.

The Pan Health Centre practices traditional Chinese herbal medicine which draws on ancient practices — herbal medicine is as old as humanity itself. At Pan Health expect the best from Yan Li, Dr.TCM who is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Dr. Xiaochuan Pan, Dr.TCM a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Contact at 250.381.9838 or 1620 Government Street, Victoria or visit their websites at www.panclinic.ca and www.treatyourpsoriasis.com.

Reiki Wellness provides private sessions in the ancient healing art of Reiki as well as many other services. They also teach of all levels of Reiki (individual or classes) including: Usui, Tibtean, Karuna, Komyo and Seichim Reiki. Contact at 250.743.8122or #13-1400 Cowichan Bay Road, Cobble Hill at the Valleyview Centre, or visit the website at www.reikiwellness.ca.

Start Line Physiotherapy has physiotherapists, massage therapists, and athletic therapists who provide expertise and care to make a full recovery. The therapists provide hands on therapy, education, a variety of modalities, as well as specific exercise prescriptions. Contact at 250.746.7463 or #202-2640 Beverly Street, Duncan, or visit the website at www.startlinephysiotherapy.com.

At Valley View Family Chiropractic their practitioners are committed to finding the cause of health issues, restoring proper function, enabling the body to self-regulate and self-heal through its own natural recuperative powers. Contact at 250.743.3775 or Suite 11-1400, Cowichan Bay Road, Cobble Hill at the Valleyview Centre, or visit the website at www.valleyviewchiropractic.com.

Verners Chiropractic: The human body has more then 600 muscles and joints and is designed to move! Verners Chiropractic Care can restore moment to maintain functional balance in the body. Contact at 250.721.6919 or 101-B, 2955 Jutland Road, Victoria, or visit the website at www.vernerschiropractic.ca.

Comfort Naturals by Well-Pro is a multi-generational, family owned business located on Vancouver Island. They are committed to providing Wellness Balance Compassion products to their clients by producing the highest quality Medical Marijuana in state of the art facilities. Well-Pro are well-known and active participants in their community and have farmed the same land since 1912. Comfort Naturals brings that same historical commitment to Medicinal Cannabis production with professional staff and exceptional customer service. Visit the website atwww.medicalmarijuanacare.ca.

Pet Care

Quality care for your furry friends.

Sitka Veterinary Services is a professional house call veterinary practice serving the Cowichan region, headed by Dr. Nancy Holling, a graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is certified in small animal acupuncture and canine rehabilitation, and is experienced in traditional Chinese veterinary herbal medicine. Contact at 250.746.6143 or visit the website atwww.sitkaveterinary.com.

Counselling and Leadership

Learn more about yourself, overcome challenges and make a difference.

Acquired Brain Injury: Sadly, many people who acquire a brain injury end up falling through the cracks of the system and receive unfair treatment throughout the justice process. Acquired Brain Injury encourages those affected to take action and has information to help. For more information visit the website atwww.acquiredbraininjuryawareness.com.

Canada’s Temperance Foundation helps to inspire hope and health to live a successful, fulfilled and fun life without abusing drugs or alcohol. Take the Be You Promise and make the choice to lead a healthy life and to set an example for family and friends. For more information visit the website atwww.canadastemperancefoundation.org.

Rock Solid Leadership. If you are a woman or a really cool guy and you want to change issues and challenges in your personal leadership style then check out Suzanne Simcox of Rock Solid Leadership. Suzanne is an Accredited Senior Coach with theInternational Institute of Coaching and Mentoring. She is a highly intuitive coach who assists leaders in courageously stepping outside their comfort zone to become leaders in all aspects of their lives. She has evolutionary coaching programs for entrepreneurs, business executives, sales managers, and those in the midst of career or personal transitions. Visit the website at www.suzannesimcox.com.

Suzanne is running her first 3-Day Women’s Leadership Retreat called The Language of You May 15-18, 2015 at the KingFisher Oceanside Resort & Spa in Courtney. Know a woman who could use a weekend to nurture and enhance their personal leadership style? Click to find out more and order tickets.

Spa and Beauty

When you have done it all and you want to feel better and pamper yourself.

At Le Sooke Spa Relax…Rebalance…Rejuvenate…Le Sooke Spa is located at the Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort, offering a tranquil escape for body, mind and spirit. Visit their luxurious Spa offering a wide variety of Spa treatments with an ocean view. Contact at 250-642-7995 or 6929 West Coast Road, Sooke, or visit the website at www.lesookespa.com.

At the world renowned Point No Point Resort, Le Sooke Spa practitioners provide mobile spa treatments in the comfort of private cabins. For a list of spa treatments and prices offered with mobile service, visit www.poinnopointspaservices.com

Paris Styling Group: Want to look great after that workout? Paris Styling Group is a full service styling salon with a Paul Mitchell focus, dedicated to providing its customers with the ultimate salon experience. Paris carries a great variety of gift packs and gift certificates. Contact at 250.709.2004 or 106-80 Station Street, Duncan, or visit the website at www.parisstylinggroup.com.

Spa A’lita Esthetics creates an oasis where the stresses of everyday life are left behind and well-being is nurtured and protected. They offer a variety of services including massage therapy, Body Treatments, Facials, New Mum packages, and much more, including monthly specials. Contact at 250.478.2252 or 745 Goldstream Avenue, Langford, or visit the website at www.spaalita.ca.

Health Food

Good food for you and the environment.

Honeybush Health creates beautiful and delicious herbal tea blends from the honeybush plant.  Their tea is organic and 100% natural, with no sugar, no caffeine, no preservatives, and no artificial sweeteners or chemicals. With a mildly sweet taste, exquisite honey aroma, and unique wellness benefits, it makes a delicious hot or cold beverage. To learn more or to purchase their products visit their website atwww.honeybushhealth.com.

The Vertical Organic Garden gives you the ability to grow your own food to a sustainable level no matter where you live. Standing on the proven science of hydroponics, the VOG allows for up to 34 heads of your favourite fruits, veggies and herbs in a small space about the size of a bookcase or TV! Learn more by visiting their website at www.verticalorganicgarden.com.


For those new team outfits or awards.

Just Sew provides custom embroidery services for team and business apparel and advertising. They carry high quality goods from leading garment suppliers including jackets, hoodies, t-shirts, hats, sports bags, aprons, blankets and more! Contact at250.748.0708 or 3430 Glenora Road, Duncan, or visit the website at www.justsew.ca.

MVP Crest and Trophy: For quality awards, engravings, promotional items, anniversary gifts and team or company apparel, visit MVP Crest and Trophy. They have been providing quality engraving to the West Coast for over 30 years. From trophy cups to fuse box plaques and more, MVP Crest and Trophy can do custom engraving. Contact at 250.656.6166 or visit the website at www.mymvp.ca.


Relaxing places to retire with a community of like-minded individuals.

The Alexander Mackie: Adult Leisure Living in Langford. The Mackie offers all the benefits of city living in a small town atmosphere. Enjoy a great lifestyle – delicious meals prepared by professional chefs, engaging activities and friendly staff. The roomy suites are spacious and airy, with large picture windows to let nature in. Contact at250.478.4888 or 753 Station Avenue, Langford, or visit the website atwww.cherishliving.ca/mackie.

Legion Manor Victoria is a not-for-profit retirement residence located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula of Greater Victoria. Open to all individuals 55 years of age and up, they offer independent, supported and assisted living with great dining, fun activities, a fantastic location close to amenities and all at a reasonable price. Contact at 250.652.3261 or 7601 East Saanich Road, Saanichton, or visit the website atwww.legionmanorvictoria.com.

Rest Haven Lodge is a long term care facility that provides health and personal care services to 73 adults and seniors living in a residential care setting. They provide these services in partnership with Island Health in a supportive and caring atmosphere to nurture the whole person – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Contact at250.656.0717 or 2281 Mills Road, Sidney, or visit the website atwww.resthavenlodge.ca.

West Shore Lodge is a unique and charming seniors home nestled in beautiful Colwood. The Lodge is a very warm and inviting community of residents, their families, and their professional, dedicated staff. Never short on laughter and fun, they continue to encourage all their guests to live their lives to the fullest. Contact them at250.478.7527 or 1828 Island Highway in Colwood or visit the website atwww.westshorelodge.com.


If you use any of the services above, please let us know your experiences. Want to be featured in a future newsletter? Contact us to find out how!

The Team at Radar Hill

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