To kick off College Days, the Wellness Committee is hosting a series of events to eat, meet and greet, and move your feet. If you’re an RRC staff member, you can register for all the Wellness events here.
Come out for a free Wellness Breakfast
On the morning of May 30th staff are invited for a free Wellness Breakfast at the Roblin Centre and the Notre Dame Campus (Voyageur Cafeteria) beginning at 8:00 am and going till 9:30. The buffet breakfast includes a yogurt parfait bar, oatmeal, turkey bacon, back bacon, eggs, toast and beverages. Wellness Committee members and other helpers will be on hand to take pledges and answer any questions you may have. Please register for the breakfast using the link above.
Help support staff dependents to study at RRC
If you’re participating in the Wellness Walk-a-thon or the Rebel Run, you can drop off your pledge form for the Bursary for Dependents of RRC Employees at the breakfast or the over the lunch hour. If you do not wish to gather pledges we encourage a donation of $10 towards the award. The bursary was started back in 2009 from an endowment fund, which the Walk-a-thon has helped grow to over $20K. For more information about this award and/or to get an application form, head to the RRC website and look under General Awards.
To date, the award has been given to eight recipients including Taylor Schapf (Business Administration, 2012) daughter of instructor Glenn Schapf. Taylor shared these words with us:
It is outstanding how Red River College strives to open doors for their students to guarantee their education is being put to use in the real working world. When deciding where to pursue my post-secondary education, it was evident that Red River College was the perfect match for me. I knew that I wanted to receive practical training within a closely-knit student/instructor environment. I also knew that I wanted to receive my diploma in only two years and immediately start getting on-the-job experience after graduating. I can truly say that Red River College has exceeded my expectations and is preparing me for a successful career in the business industry. In receiving the RRC Dependents’ Award, I feel motivated to continue learning and enhance my skills as a future businesswoman.
When the weekend is upon you, do you get cold sweats thinking about finding something to do to keep the kids active and engaged? Have you exhausted your activity selection in the city limits and need to find some fresh new ideas to keep your family entertained?
Well, it may not be a perfect May 10, but it’s a perfectly good day to announce that your Red River Rebel Riders (rrrr…) are back with a goal of raising $10,000 for MS in this, our 10th year! This year’s ride will be September 7 & 8 in Riding Mountain National Park.
Yes, 2013 marks 10 years! How can you help to make it a perfect 10?
Come out to our first eventSaturday June 1: Bowling at the Dakota Bowling Centre from 5 to 8 pm. $20 ($10 for children 12 and under) will cover your bowling, shoes, pizza, pop, popcorn, and a donation for MS. Bring friends and family for a fun evening with the team. Call Marnie at 204-949-8521 for tickets (click here for details).
Join the 2013 team. We already have 5 registered riders: Marnie Boulet, Guy Dugas, Gurdeesh Ghuman, Dayna Graham, and Michael Poitras. Train with us this spring and summer to get in shape for the big ride Sept. 7. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or simply click here and then click on the Join this team button.
This week on the Monday Mash we share some great links on music, memory, and the martial arts.
Aikido turns conflict on its head. I’ve been fascinated by Aikido for years but have never followed my fascination into a class. The last session exercise classes here at RRC didn’t offer the Ki-Aikido classes that were offered previously and I was kicking myself for not taking the classes sooner. And since I hadn’t learned any form of Aikido yet I didn’t know how to redirect my kick and flow around it.
If you really pay attention. This is a completely lovely story about paying attention. If you read it you can be warmed by a memory-story about learning to listen with the heart.
SoundCloud. The SoundCloud website is an online audio distribution platform that allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings by users. [wikipedia]. You have to sign up so that means another darn password to remember. But it’s free (or you can choose to go the paid subscription route) and you can find treasures to listen to! Or upload your own sounds, music and stories. There seem to be new audio files of all kinds uploaded every day. If you are a listener you will never run out of wonder. If you are a sound maker you will have an enormous audience.
Virtual Choir. I had no idea I was a fan of choral music until I heard and saw Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir version of Lux Aurumque. The virtual choir concept and what Eric Whitacre has done with it is stunning and fascinating all by itself. He describes how it all started and how the process developed in this TED.com talk. You can find performances of choir music he has composed and conducted, some with virtual choirs on YouTube. I started with Lux Aurumque and continued exploring from there. Transcending is the word that floats into my brain when I think of this music.
If you have a link or a photo that you’d like to share send an email to email@example.com and we’ll try to include it in a future “Mash” edition.
This week on the Monday Mash we have another set of fantastic Wellness-related links to share with you.
For those who love internet-radio here’s a couple of links for you. CBC Music is a fantastic resource for Canadian music of all kinds – where you can listen live to CBC radio, find your favourite Canadian artist, or stream music from one of their online channels.
If you’re into infotainment then Radiolab is what you need – such as this recent podcast about Stress (courtesy of my good friend Steve Page).
I have a confession to make: I LOVE chips! Potato chips, corn chips, you name it – if they’re coated in colourful saltiness and have that satisfying crunch, I’m all in. In fact, for full disclosure here on the Wellness blog, I love chips a little too much! I try to resist their temptation, but when I do give in, it’s quite the episode. Let me admit, dear fans of health and wellness, that it’s actually quite Cookie-Monster-esque: crumbs flying everywhere, eyes bulging, and a few “om nom nom nom” sounds to boot! Yes, as much as I long to be the vision of health, I do have my vices.
If you recall the old Lay’s potato chips ads, Karim Abdul-Jabbar challenged us with the slogan, “Betcha can’t eat just one.”
Sadly, this is not a challenge I would even consider entertaining. I know full well I can not and willnot try to eat just one chip . . in fact, sometimes I feel I can’t even eat just one bag!
The much younger version of myself would have scoffed to think I would one day become a proponent of “the workout”. The way I saw it, working out was exactly what the terminology indicated – work! Why on earth, I argued, would any self-respecting lady put on those ugly sweatpants and tie up her well-coifed hairdo just to spend an hour of torture in the gym? The gym – ugh, a place synonymous with panting, gasping, sweating and turning red and blotchy. And for what? Those hundred calories burned on the exercise bike (the only machine I thought my clumsiness could handle) was only a fraction of what I’d consume later with my family-size bag of Doritos in front of the TV.
The Red River Runners are (left to right) Margarita, Judy, Sara, Fatima and Hannah
Post submitted by James Slade, runnning enthusiast, ACCESS program instructor
The annual Great Grain Relay is on March 9 this year. Red River College has been well represented over the past ten years or so and we have several medals to show for it! This great March fundraiser is in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research, which is a great cause. We’ll have great weather because it happens indoors at the Max Bell Track at the U of M! Are you interested in forming a team of 5 runners, or joining in?
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 12:00 noon - 2 pm
Distance: 800m relay – after you do your 800, you hand off. Once everyone on your team has gone, you are up again!
Place: Max Bell track at the U of M (free parking on Saturdays)
Beer garden and lunch after: Beer garden?? Did someone say beer and lunch???
Let us help! Recreation Services offers a number of fitness classes tailored to meet your diverse fitness desires. All fitness classes start the week of January 14th. The deadline to register is January 11th.
Fitness Class Schedule:
Monday Ki Aikido (12:05-12:50pm)
Monday Iyvengar Yoga (4:15-5:45pm)
Monday Cardio Complete (4:15-5:00pm)
Tuesday Spin (11:05-11:50am)
Tuesday Dynamic Core (12:05-12:50pm)
Wednesday Total Body Workout (4:15-5:00pm)
Thursday Spin (11:05-11:50pm)
Thursday Dynamic Core (12:05-12:50pm)
Thursday Iyvengar Yoga (4:15-5:45pm)
Friday Zumba (12:05-12:50pm)
Fitness Class Costs:
Iyvengar Yoga is $90 for 10 sessions.
All other classes are $65 for 10 sessions.
Multiple Class Discount:
2 classes receives $20 off!
3 classes receives $30 off!
4 or more classes receives $40 off!
Click here to visit the Athletics and Recreation website for more detailed information, dates, times and the registration form. Registration forms are also available at the Student Service Centre. All fitness class information and forms can also be found at the North Gym front desk. The deadline to register is January 11th.