Happy New Year! Are you one of the 70% of people who do yearly resolutions?
It’s nearing the end of the first month of the year and we thought we’d help you with starting the year off to a healthy start, by spotlighting some of our clients who can help your health stay on track.
SPORT & EXERCISE
The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of British Columbia
Looking for a new challenge this year? Resolved to get outdoors more and enjoy all the natural world around you has to offer? Then you need look no further than the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance Of British Columbia
The SKGABC is a non-profit society committed to upholding high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensure safe practices on an industry-wide basis. There are currently over 600 active members in the SKGABC, including guides and owner/operators. If you want to get into Kayaking, search for a trained guide to help you enjoy the water.
For further details go to www.skgabc.com
Kirby’s Source for Sports
If your new year’s resolution is to get in shape — or if your child is looking to take up sports in 2021, then you need the right equipment — and you need to visit Kirby Sports online.
There is no more exciting or rewarding way to stay in shape than sports, but getting the right equipment can be a hassle. Kirby’s Sports is here for all your hockey, baseball, lacrosse, football and soccer equipment and clothing needs.
Visit them online at www.kirbyssports.com
If you and/or your children are looking to make the right moves in 2021 — or just finding an exciting and enjoyable way to stay in shape whilst building your confidence and self esteem — then Carlson’s Dance Studio is the right place for you.
At Carlson’s Dance Studio they firmly believe that everyone — no matter what age or ability — should have the opportunity to dance. This is why all of their classes are run by professionally trained teachers who have a genuine passion for the form, and a commitment to fostering an atmosphere of comfort and inclusivity. Dance isn’t just a fun and uplifting art from, it also helps to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, and discipline. They offer many genres of dance education, including ballet, jazz, modern stage, tap, hip hop, boys hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, and stretch and strength.
Due to Covid-19 class sizes have been limited and there will be time between lessons for the teacher to disinfect surfaces before the next class enters. For more details visit www.carlsons.ca
Westshore Dance Studio
Looking for your child to get out more? Want them to start a new activity? With Westshore Dance Studio there are a wide range of exciting options that will get your child up on their feet and moving about.
They are a professional dance school offering a high level of instruction and training to students from a wide range of backgrounds. There is instruction in a wide range of dance styles, as well as providing examinations in the Royal Academy of Dance for ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers for modern jazz and tap.
For further details see www.westshoredance.com
Avant Garde Fitness
Everyone wants to get in shape going into the New Year — but it shouldn’t be a chore! Make having a healthy and active lifestyle your mission for 2021 with the help of Avant Garde Fitness.
Avant Garde Fitness is a private in-home studio in Mill Bay with mobile services throughout Duncan, focusing on the core principles of encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Offering tailored and small group fitness classes for strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility.
Visit them online at www.avantgardefitness.ca
Staying in shape this new doesn’t have to be a drag — not with the exciting option of year-round Vancouver Island cycling. Cycling isn’t just an amazing way to get and stay fit, it’s also a great way of exploring this gorgeous island and getting outside in a safe and socially distanced way!
It doesn’t matter what your cycling level is, Cycle Therapy has everything you need to start your cycling adventure — expert advice, great customer service, and a wide range of bikes, accessories, and even bike rentals.
To start making plans for you or your loved ones, visit www.cycletherapy.ca
When it comes to mind, soul, and body — everything is connected. So if you’re looking to be a better you in 2021, you need to be working with someone who understands how to connect every aspect of you. Someone like Wendy Bowen.
Wendy Bowen is a qualified and experienced physiotherapist, wellness coach, and motivational speaker. Her work combines her expertise in physical therapy with a deep understanding of spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness to help her clients to overcome chronic illness and pain.
For further details go to www.wendybowen.com
iHealthcare Victoria Inc.
Going into the new year, we’re all going to be vowing to look after ourselves, but the trick is finding the best way to do that, ideally in a way that is natural and relaxing. That’s where iHealthcare Victoria Inc comes in.
iHealthcare Inc is a health and wellness clinic in Victoria that provides “one-stop” natural health care. At their centre they have a team of experienced health professionals, including chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and rehab classes, who help each client achieve optimal health by providing an individual health plan developed by multiple practitioners in a compassionate, healing environment.
For more information visit www.iHealthGroup.ca
Valleyview Family Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
If there’s one thing we can all agree on for 2021, it’s that we want to stress less and relax more! And there is no better way to unwind than with a skilled and thoroughly relaxing session of chiropractic and massage therapy from Valleyview Family Chiropractic & Massage Therapy.
Chiropractic and massage therapy can be an amazing and non-invasive way of unlocking your body’s natural ability to heal. The Valleyview practitioners are committed to understanding your issues and getting your body back on track.
To find out more, visit www.valleyviewchiropractic.com
If you’re expecting a new child then we’re sure planning for that is at the top of every list you have! But, one thing you may not have considered is the benefits of a natural birth using HypnoBirthing®.
HypnoBirthing® techniques are rooted in the belief that when there is a healthy mother and baby, childbirth need not become a medical event with severe discomfort and pain, and can instead become a more peaceful, rewarding, and comfortable event.
Joanne Lacroix, a California trained Acupuncturist and Herbalist, offers a course designed to prepare you and your partner fully for your coming birth. She concentrates on providing support for pregnant couples primarily teaching them the HypnoBirthing® Program and offering Doula services.
For more information visit www.victoriahypnobirthing.ca
Pan Health Centre
A new year doesn’t always mean doing things a new way. In fact, we often find that it’s the traditional, time tested methods that serve us best, something that is put into practice at the Pan Health Centre.
Located downtown on Government Street, the Pan Health Centre practices traditional Chinese herbal medicine that draws on established methods and practices.Their goal is a complete and long-term elimination of all current symptoms and susceptibilities.
Visit them online at www.panclinic.ca
Wild Goose Qigong
If you’re looking to get a new outlook on life this year — or to simply find more balance and harmony — then Qigong could be the revelation that changes your life.
Qigong is Chinese health exercise focusing on coordinated and gentle movements designed to help balance your internal energy by releasing old, stale Qi (energy) from the body while gathering fresh Qi from Nature. Wild Goose offers a carefully-curated programme in these movements that students can then practise regularly on their own to cultivate good health.
For further details see www.wildgooseqigongcentre.com
Cardiovascular Risk Calculator
If you’re watching your health in 2021 then the Cardiovascular Risk Calculator can be a vital tool for making sure you’re staying vigilant and making the right lifestyle choices for you.
This clinical decision support tool provides individualized estimates of your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years, individualized recommendations from current Canadian guidelines to reduce your risk, and individualized estimates of the potential benefits of the recommended interventions.
This tool is designed for adults aged 35 to 75 years who do not have heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. It is designed to help you and your doctor decide what strategy of reducing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is best for you.
Calculate your risk at www.cvdtool.ca
Victoria Skin Cancer Screening
Eat better. Exercise more. So many of our New Year’s resolutions are about our health, but it’s also important to take care of the important things we often forget. Skin cancer screening is something everyone should schedule, because when it comes to treating and diagnosing skin cancer nothing is more important than early detection — and nothing helps this more than a consultation with Dr. André Erlank, MMed (Skin Cancer) or Dr. JJ Le Roux, MMed (Skin Cancer).
To find out more go to www.victoriaskincancerscreening.com
Coast Mountain Benefits
Nothing makes the new year seem brighter quite like saving money — and Coast Mountain Benefits should be your first call if you’re looking to save money on dental, health, and eye care costs.
Coast Mountain Benefits offer Private Health Service Plans for Canadian Businesses that can help you potentially save between 32% & 75% on dental, health, and eye care costs. A Private Health Service Plan is a form or tax relief exclusive to Canadian businesses that allows for 100% of all medical and dental costs incurred by you and your employees to be expensed by your business.
For more information and to get a quote visit www.coastmountainbenefits.ca
FOOD & DIET
VERTICAL ORGANIC GARDENING
If you’re looking to spruce up your garden in 2021 — whether you’re a perennial greenfingers or someone who’s resolved to finally make use of their garden after years of promise and neglect — you need Vertical Organic Gardening in your life.
Vertical gardening is one of the best ways to make the most of your outdoor space. With a Vertical Organic Garden, you will be able to grow your own food, and develop a fantastic outdoor space to really enrich your home. With their Gardens, you can grow up to 48 pots of fruits, vegetables, or herbs in an area of less than 8 square feet, making it an ideal way to start eating more fruits and vegetables.
To find out more visit www.verticalorganicgarden.com
We’re already seeing a renewed focus on natural ingredients, on looking after the environment and our bodies in 2021 to ensure that everything we do is sustainable, health conscious, and beneficial for us and those around us. These are the values embodied by Lochmar Farm..
They are a family farm located on the Saanich Peninsula, just 20 minutes from Victoria or Sidney, who sell their produce wholesale to local stores as well as direct to local customers. Things are grown naturally, without the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, including their beef and lamb, as well as fresh eggs and a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
For more information go to www.lochmar.ca
Dr Galia Artzy
It’s no secret that 2020 was a tough year for many of us — so begin 2021 by making sure you’re not going through it alone. Therapy is all about having someone who will listen with empathy and help you cope with anything life throws at you.
If you’re struggling, get in touch with Dr Galia Artzy, and she will provide you with an accessible and secure environment where you can benefit from her years of experience and training. The goal of the sessions will be to help her understand the issues you’re facing, and talk through your problems, addressing these through psychotherapy.
For more information visit www.victoriatalktherapy.ca
Dr. Ken Harrison, Psychologist
A New Year. A New You. That’s the goal so many of us will be working towards and as a seasoned psychologist of over 18 years, Dr Ken Harrison is ideally poised to help you achieve just that.
Throughout his nearly two decades of experience, Dr Harrison has enjoyed working with those who seek to improve their lives, achieve their goals, and deal with all manner of obstacles.
Guided by an enthusiasm for applying a broad knowledge of psychosocial matters to presenting problems, an abiding curiosity about the minds, emotions, and experiences of the people he works with, and an ability to collaborate in a relational exchange, Dr Harrison has helped a wide range of people deal with their problems and achieve with their goals.
For more information visit www.psychologist-edmonton.com
New Year’s Resolutions start with goals and a vision: you know where you want to go, but do you know how you’re going to get there? That’s where coaching and guidance can help you achieve your vision for who you want to be and where you want to go.
Brisance Coaching can help you achieve just that, and trying out Wade Smith’s coaching experience is a simple, low obligation process. You can either schedule a Discovery Session for a quick getting to know you chat, or a longer Sample Session to get a feel for what the coaching experience will be like. Both of which are totally free!
For more information go to www.brisancecoaching.com
HOME & EQUIPMENT
Everyone should have the freedom and independence to achieve their goals, and that’s what Island Mediquip ensures with their products and services.
With five locations on Vancouver Island, Island Mediquip is the largest independent dealer of home medical equipment in the region. They provide vital medical equipment and supplies, including wheelchairs, walkers, grab bars, mattresses, and stair lifts. They also rent an extensive selection of medical equipment for weekly & monthly terms.
If you have any accessibility or medical support needs, visit www.islandmediquip.com
Going into 2021 we’re all promising to take better care of ourselves — and sometimes that means putting safety first. As specialists in first aid and healthcare, MEDIX BC can do just that.
MEDIX specialize in providing first aid and healthcare to all of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. No matter what your first aid or healthcare needs, MEDIX is a reliable name that you can count on. With a variety of sizes and uses, MEDIX kits are an easy way to have the things you need in an emergency in one convenient pack.
Order the proper supplies here https://www.medixbc.ca/medical-supplies/category/first-aid-kits-2
Aggressive Fire Safety
The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that bring you peace of mind — and there’s no better way to ensure your home is safe and secure than having a certified working fire extinguisher at hand.
Aggressive Fire Safety offers hands-on fire extinguisher training, service, repair, fire hose testing, and more. In addition to their certified fire extinguisher service, they offer maintenance, on-site inspections, and installations for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
To find out more visit www.agressivefiresafety.com
Canada Scooters & Medical Supply
Is your New Year’s resolution to get out more, see more of the world around you? Well, for people with mobility needs that can be a tricky thing to achieve — but not with the help of Canada Scooters & Medical Supply.
Canada Scooters specialize in finding the right walker or rollator for your specific needs. With nearly two decades worth of experience and a proven track record, they offer a wide range of mobility aids and advice designed to help give people what they need in order to live a full and independent life.
For more information visit www.canadascooters.com
Oak Bay Family Dental
What’s the one thing we all neglect, even if we know we shouldn’t? That’s right, dental checkups. But don’t worry, with a new year, there’s never been a better time to schedule dental work, and no better place than Oak Bay Family Dental.
Oak Bay Family Dental, headed by Dr Matthew Foulkes, offers everything your mouth and teeth need to stay healthy, including preventative and restorative dentistry, tooth removal, cancer screening, mild sedation, and minimally invasive treatment whenever possible.
For more information visit www.oakbayfamilydental.com
Start your new year off right by not making the same mistakes as last year, and by not leaving your dental checkups to the last minute, by contacting Dr Paul Neate at Neate Dental instead!
Dr. Paul Neate is an experienced family-focused dentist whose work focuses on providing patients with the highest levels of education, care, and comfort.
For further details go to www.neatedental.com
Island Mobile Paws Veterinary
A New Year’s resolution isn’t just for you, it’s also for your pets. And what better way to make sure they’re being looked after than to check in with one of the region’s premier veterinary services.
Island Mobile Paws Veterinary Services is a mobile veterinary practice providing in-home care for animals in the Cowichan Valley, Saltspring Island, and Nanaimo areas. They utilize acupuncture, laser and therapeutic, ultrasound combined with direct therapy exercises to address any specific issues your pet may have. While they do not provide other routine or emergency veterinary services, they work closely with your regular veterinarian to coordinate each patient’s care.
For further details go to www.islandmobilepaws.com
Everyone wants the best treatment available, not just for themselves, but also for their pets. In 2021, let that be your motivation for ensuring your pet is made comfortable when they’re being treated, courtesy of Sitka Veterinary Services.
Sitka Veterinary Services is a professional house call veterinary practice serving the Cowichan Valley area. Get stress-free veterinary care for your dog or cat in the comfort of your own home, which is ideal for anxious pets or those pets that don’t travel well. Not only is it convenient for you and a time-saver, there is no risk of your pet being exposed to other sick animals.
For further details go to www.sitkaveterinary.com
Thank you for reading our Health & Wellness newsletter! If you use any of these services please let us know! The next featured business newsletter will be all about home renovation, in a couple of months, so stay tuned for that.