Get Moving! How Exercise Can Help Us Cope with Illness

In these final days of winter – when the weather goes from warm and sunny to rainy and cold, or windy to snowy – it can be hard to motivate ourselves to exercise. We may know how important it is for us to get outside and be active, yet it’s often more tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a hot cup of tea, and get lost in a book, a movie, or a conversation with a friend. Even so, it’s crucial for our long-term health that we find ways to get up and be active year-round — even when the weather isn’t so inviting.

On Wednesday, March 15, during the next Health Link session in Bury, Lucie Laflamme (a kinesiologist at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS) will offer an interactive presentation in English on how to exercise safely and find your motivation to move. She’ll also talk about the importance of exercise in helping us deal with chronic illness.

Taking place at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main Street, a free lunch will be offered to all participants, beginning at 11:30 am. Ms. Laflamme’s presentation will begin shortly after lunch, at 1 pm. Registration is not required but would be appreciated as it would facilitate our planning. To confirm your attendance, please call Kim Fessenden at 819-872-3771, ext. 2.

Health Link is a series of English-language health information session for residents of the Haut-Saint-François region. This project results from a collaboration between the Eaton Valley Learning Centre, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’s Haut-Saint-François RLS, and Townshippers’ Association. It is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Topics for upcoming health link sessions will include stress, anxiety and mental health, and diabetes. To learn more about these sessions, or to suggest a topic for a future session, contact Kim at the Eaton Valley Learning Centre: [email protected], 819-872-3771, ext.2.

High school essay challenge

If you enjoy expressing yourself through the written word and sharing your story and ideas for the future, enter the Excel in the Estrie essay challenge for a chance to be published and win a bursary.

Designed just for graduating high school seniors, the annual essay contest from Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way for YOUth project challenges students to reflect on their past accomplishments and encourages them to discover how far they can go in their future.

To apply you must submit a 500 to 600-word essay, written in English, that focus on the two parts of the challenge: (1) identify any obstacles – academic, social or personal – as well as solutions on your path to educational success, and (2) share your plans for your future by thinking about how you see yourself, five years from now, living and working in the Townships. If you don’t have a personal experience to draw from, feel free to identify an obstacle you have noticed others struggling with and propose a solution that may help others.

Submissions must be received by April 14, 2017.  Winning essays will be published in Townshippers’ bi-annual magazine and their authors could win a bursary of up to $500, made possible by our 2016-2017 challenge partners Global Excel and the Lennoxville Youth Center.

For details and to enter, visit If you have questions, get in touch with Holly McMillan, Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent, by email at [email protected], or call 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers,, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published:  Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy Gary Bendig

Photo Caption: When it’s cold outside, cozy blankets are far more enticing than winters chill. But being active is crucial for our long-term health. Kinesiologist Lucie Laflamme will help you find your motivation to move at the next Health Link session in Bury on March 15.