Little Grub Club Tackles Childhood Obesity

Back to school is around the corner and it’s a great opportunity for families to start fresh when it comes to healthy eating.

FullSizeRender(31) Tribe run mentor, and Ryerson University student Juleigh Giberson has launched Little Grub Club, a non-­profit that partners with GTA restaurants to help families on-­the-­go meet their nutritional needs.

Families are able to grab a free rewards card, collecting stamps at participating restaurants for choosing healthy eats, and then redeeming their card for great prizes. Kids can grab an educational booklet, play games and test their nutrition knowledge.

Current partners include b. good, Magic Oven, Impact Kitchen and Pulp Kitchen. Filled stamp cards can be redeemed for prizes like tickets to Skyzone Trampoline Park or a ride on Pirate Life Adventure.

FullSizeRender(32)“Little Grub Club isn’t just about incentives. It’s about helping families start a conversation about healthy food. By partnering with restaurants and businesses that share these values, I’m confident we can make a huge impact.” says Giberson.

For more information on getting a Little Grub Club rewards card, or for partnership information within the GTA check out the Little Grub Club website here.

Thai Yoga Stretching At CanFitPro: Restore your body & relax your mind

IMG_3118This weekend is one that I have looked forward to over the past 15+ years, the always exciting and energizing CanFitPro.

An lively weekend where fitness/wellness experts from around the world will show the newest, most effective workout moves, provide nutrition ideas, share tips for healthier living during a weekend of sweaty, heart pumping fun at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

With Wednesday being my only available day I scanned the very big, very heavy workshop schedule I decided to attend a pre conference session on Thai Yoga Massage by Navia, founded by Drew Hume and Daniela Goode. I was intrigued by this workshop as I’ve been wanting to learn more about hands on adjustments in yoga and had known Drew from the Toronto yoga community.

IMG_3114Thai massage incorporates many different soft tissue manipulation techniques (massage, fascial release, chopping, and many more) with assisted stretches and meditation in order to achieve a deep state of relaxation and believe me people were relaxed. Over the eight hours, we took turns practicing on each other and the saying of being “yoga stoned” was never more apparent. I wondered how we could possibly learn more theory after being so relaxed – it was bliss.

The Navina™ approach to Thai massage is to make this incredible practice relevant to the Western context. Through in person sessions, they focus on optimal biomechanics, the use of anatomy and creating a deeply relaxing client experience while still maintaining the heart-centred approach of this ancient art form.

What really impressed me with the work Drew and Daniela are doing is how relevant they made it for this particular (mainly fitness) audience. Daniela, coming from a group fitness background, was able to make connections that were authentic to the learners. Drew brought his deep knowledge of the body, and their jokes were continuous throughout the class which just flew by – until we were the receiver of the Thai stretch, then we never wanted time to move.

What also impressed me about Navina, was their amazing website full of online and in person professional learning opportunities. For a while I’ve had my eyes set on take a restorative teacher training, but with my schedule have found it challenging to find the time. Navina offer an extension online program, allowing their training to be accessible to anyone and anytime around the world.

can fitThis workshop was lovely, and these two make learning and movement fun. If you’ve considered Thai Yoga Massage or enhancing your yoga teaching practice or are simply looking for a place to go to learn more to enhance your own practice, definitely check out the programs and services offered by Navina.

CanFitPro Toronto runs August 10-14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Registration is accepted on location and the trade show is well worth a visit with workshops and demonstrations happening all day long. For more information on CanFitPro click here.

5 Ways to Update Your Plank

This morning I was back on CH Morning Live, this time sharing ways viewers can shake up their plank. To watch this mornings segment click here.

Whether on your toes, knees, hands, or elbows the plank is a great move to strength your erector spinae, rectus abdominis (abs), and transverse abdominus, as well as stabilize through your  trapezius (traps), rhomboids, rotator cuff, the anterior, medial, and posterior deltoid muscles (delts), pectorals (pecs), serratus anterior, gluteus maximus (glutes), quadriceps (quads), and gastrocnemius.

Here is a short summary of some of those moves starting with the traditional plank.

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Plank (regular and modified). Assume a push up position with hands or elbows under the shoulders. The body should form a straight line from the top of the head towards the heels or knees if kneeling.

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1. Mountain Climber. From a plank position on your toes, increase your heart rate by jogging knees towards your chest. To decrease the challenge march your knees towards the chest.

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2. Plank Jacks. From a plank position on your toes, jump both feet wide and then return both feet narrow together. To decrease the challenge alternate a toe tap away from the center line of the body one foot at a time.

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3. Alternating Shoulder Tap. On the knees or toes, maintain a balance and stable hip position while touching the opposite hand to shoulder. To decrease the challenge, increase the distance between the knees widening your base of support.

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4. Side Plank. With a focus on the obliques place one arm on the floor balancing on your elbow or hand. Place your same knee on the ground (left hand, left knee) or come into a full variation of the side plank by stacking both of your feet. Keep your hips raised and spine long.

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5. Side Plank Hip Lifts. From a side plank position lift and lower the hips, increasing and decreasing the distance between the hip and the floor.

 

To watch these moves in action, view this mornings segment here.