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The CMA is dedicated to strengthening physician health and wellness. In this page you’ll find links to various resources that will help you stay healthy and happy at GC.
Come prepared to be active! Below is a list of suggested items to help you make the most of your time in the city. Vancouver offers beautiful outdoor space to inspire physical activity. Dress appropriately and remember to check the weather before you pack.
Explore Vancouver’s scenic walking, running and biking paths in the area. Maps are provided for you in your hotel room. The Westin Bayshore offers bikes and helmets free of charge to guests of the hotel.
Granville Island Bike Tour 1
Granville Island Bike Tour 2
Stanley Park Bike Tour
GC Health Tip: Get outside! Be re-energized by Vancouver’s fresh air!
CMA has prioritized healthy food choices at GC. This includes low sugar, low sodium, and high protein options, available whenever possible.
The Westin Bayshore SuperFoods will also be clearly indicated. SuperFoods are unique standout foods that, when consumed individually or together, have the power to deliver significant health benefits over the lifetime of an individual. They are whole foods considered to be unprocessed or minimally processed in such a way that none of their nutritional characteristics have been intentionally modified. SuperFoods work together synergistically; they produce better results when paired with other SuperFoods. Check out SuperFood options at GC.
GC Health Tip: Be mindful of what you eat. Stay hydrated. Go easy on caffeine, refined sugars and alcohol!
Karen Furneaux is a 3-time Olympian and 2-time World Champion and winner of over 50 World Cup Medals. She is a 2-time finalist for Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year and 4-time winner Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year. She has also been honoured with Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, Progress Women of Excellence Award for Health and Wellness as well as the Charles Yatzman Award for Sports Person of the Americas. Karen holds an MSc in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University, with specialization in Sport Psychology. She is a certified strength coach, yoga instructor and a licensed HeartMath provider, a service which builds stress management and resilience skills through applied training. Her favourite super hero is Wonder Woman.
Wake up and Move! Join Karen Furneaux, Canadian Olympian, as she leads you through early morning and midday fit (stretch) breaks.
When and where:
Tuesday, 7:40-7:55am, GC Chambers; 2:45-3:05pm, GC Chambers
Wednesday, 7:40-7:55am, GC Chambers
GC Health Tip: Take the stairs instead of the elevator!
Join Karen in a discussion focusing on the importance of healthy fuelling, sleep and movement!
When and where:
Tuesday, 10-10:20am, Mezzanine Foyer (2nd Floor)
This session will focus on…
Join Karen in a discussion exploring the keys to healthy thinking. Uncover what healthy thinkers do! Explore an Olympian mindset philosophy that anyone can use for success.
When and where:
Wednesday, 10:15-10:35am, Mezzanine Foyer (2nd Floor)
GC Health Tip: Set time aside for you. Call your family, read a book, go for a run, do what you need to do to maintain a positive outlook at GC.
Come for a quick ‘spin’ to test your fitness!
When and where:
Tuesday, 8am-4pm, 2nd floor mezzanine (assessment will take approximately 15 minutes)
The assessment estimates aerobic and overall health-related physical fitness. Stations include cycling (on a cycle ergometer), walking, resting blood pressure and body composition measurements, and more. At the end of the assessment, you will receive a customized report and an individualized 12 week exercise prescription, matched to nutrition recommendations.
Brought to you by the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit (UBC) and the Health & Fitness Society of BC.
Participate in CMA’s #HealthyDocs contest by responding to the following two questions on social media throughout GC.
Don’t forget to snap some pics and use the hashtag (#HealthyDocs) and tag CMA (@CMA_docs). Participate on twitter, instagram, and/or facebook.
Therapy Ball Information
The first 20 GC delegates to attend Karen Furneaux’s health information sessions will receive a complimentary set of Yoga Tune-Up Balls. Below are suggested exercises for optimal use.
YOGA TUNE-UP (YTU) THERAPY BALLS – FROM HEAD TO TOE!
Practice the following exercises to eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance performance.
NECK – to release sub occipital muscles
Lie supine with knees bent. Place both YTU balls at the base of the occipital bone on either side of the spine. Hold 30 seconds to 2 minutes to optimize self-myofascial release. TIP: Keep the balls inside the bag.
UPPER BACK – to release rhomboids and posterior shoulders
Lie supine or lean into YTU balls against a wall. Place YTU balls between spine and scapula (not on bone). Move YTU balls up/down and lift arm up/down several times to help optimize self-myofascial release. Repeat on opposite side.
HANDS AND FOREARMs – to release palmer aspect of hand and anterior/posterior sides of forearm
Place one YTU ball between hand and hard surface (e.g. a desk). Roll YTU ball around palm and along each finger. Use gentle pressure, pushing down onto ball. Repeat on opposite side.
Place one YTU ball at base of forearm in pronation and roll back and forth from wrist to elbow. Repeat with forearm in supination. Perform on opposite side.
LOWER BACK – to release lumbar paraspinals
Lie supine with knees bent. Place both YTU balls along either side of the lumbar spine. Hold for 30 seconds in one spot and then lower YTU balls along spine from L3 to L4 to L5 to S1, etc. TIP: Keep the balls inside the bag.
FEET – to release plantar fascia
Sit or stand with YTU ball underneath foot. Roll ball back and forth from heel to toes applying gentle to hard pressure. Repeat for several minutes per foot.
Disclaimer: The information presented is offered for informational purposes, use at your own discretion when performing exercises. The author’s disclaim any and all liability from the information provided.
video instructions and additional exercises visit https://www.yogatuneup.com/therapy-ball-videos
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