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Rachel Garber Par Rachel Garber

Mercredi, 18 novembre 2015


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Arianne Chabot walks again, and she invites you along! She's a kinesiologist - a specialist in the mechanics of body movement - and on Saturday, November 21, she's leading an introduction to Nordic walking.

Nordic walking provides a total-body workout while walking. With your upper body, you swing two walking poles that resemble ski poles. And with your lower body, you, ahem, walk. The poles give you stability, especially over rough terrain. With the poles, you use your arms to push yourself forward, and thus reduce the pressure on your knees.

It's just the ideal mode of walking for persons age 50 or older, and that's just the kind of people Arianne is inviting along. She happens to be the resource person, or counsellor, for all the Viactive groups in the Estrie region. She works for Sercovie, a non-profit organization in Sherbrooke, which coordinates the Viactive program in the Estrie. Viactive is a creation of Kino-Quebec.

The November 21st Nordic walking session includes dynamic warm-up exercises, walking, and stretching exercises. It is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Dudswell Community Centre, 193 Principale East, Marbleton. It looks to be an easy walk, on the multifunctional footpath. It's happening, no matter what the weather. Bring a bottle of water and two walking sticks.

While you're there, you can eat out for $10, or do a bit of holiday shopping or browsing. That's because the Nordic walking event is part of the 20th edition of the "Boîte à Cadeaux de Dudswell." The festival offers more than 40 kiosks on three different sites - the Dudswell Community Centre in Marbleton, the church just beside it, and the art gallery. To register for the walking session, call Arianne Chabot at 819-565-1066, or in English, Rachel Garber at 819-300-2374.

A bilingual walking club in Newport also gives you an opportunity to practice Nordic walking as part of a small group. It's every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Meet in the parking lot of the municipal hall, 1452 Route 212 in Island Brook.

"My experience with the DOvEE Project - is it for you?" is the topic of a talk offered by the English-speaking caregiver support groups in Bury and Sawyerville. The speaker is Martha Lévesque and she will be telling about her participation in this screening program for the early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancer. She will also offer written information.

Ovarian cancer has sometimes been called a "silent killer" because its early symptoms can be vague and non-specific, and so are ignored. In Canada, about one in 72 women get ovarian or endometrial cancer. So just what are the signs and symptoms to look for, and how can this cancer be ruled out or diagnosed early?

Working on these questions is a group of researchers at the DOvEE Project, a clinical research study at the McGill University Health Centre. The project offers specialized medical tests to catch ovarian cancer early, while it can still be treated less invasively. The medical exams are offered free of charge, and do not require a referral from a doctor.

If you'd like to learn more, you are invited free of charge to Martha's information session on Monday, November 23, at 7 p.m. It will be at the Cookshire office of the CAB-HSF. (That's the Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François - the volunteer action centre.) The office is located at 57 Craig Street, Cookshire. Enter through the same main entrance that the Journal regional Le Haut-Saint-François uses, in the newish buildings behind the IGA.

And yes, the CAB-HSF organises the caregivers' groups, as well as Meals on Wheels and lots of other local services. If you'd like more information, contact Rachel at 819-300-2374. For more information about the project (also called the DOVE Project), visit

A 500 Card Party is planned for the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road on Thursday, November 26, at 1:30 p.m. (new time). Prizes and a light lunch follow the card party. Admission charged. Info: Peggy Roy (evenings) at 819-875-3571.

Newport offers a traditional Christmas Tea for seniors on Thursday, December 3, at 1:30 p.m., at the municipal hall, 1452 Route 212 in Island Brook. A question and answer period will provide information about projects to come in 2016.

Four bilingual Viactive groups offer weekly sessions of "adults only" exercises, for people age 50 or over. They're fun, they're free, and they're led by trained volunteers. All are welcome - just drop in, and do as much as feels comfortable to you.
The Bury group meets Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street. Info: 819-872-3600 or 819-872-3736.

The Cookshire group meets Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Manoir de l'Eau vive, 210 Principale East. Info: 819-875-5210.

The Newport group meets Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, in Island Brook. Info: 819-560-8565.

And the Sawyerville group meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sawyerville Community Centre, 6 Church Street. Info: 819-889-2630.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. Info: 819-239-8818.

United: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message or leave one).

Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's in Bury and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's in Cookshire. Holy Eucharist is the first and third Sundays of the month, and Sunday morning prayers are the second and fourth Sundays. Info: 819-239-6902.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by November 23 for publication December 2 and by December 7 for December 22.

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