Gravity Got you Down? There’s a Cure for That!

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When was the last time you hopped on one foot? Have you walked along a curb lately? If you are like most people, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your balance, that is, until you take a tumble, or have a close call. Typically we take such things for granted until we experience an incident. By then, it might be too late. The statistics are staggering….one in 5 Canadian adults over the age of 65 will have a fall this year. Balance is very important to us at any age, but especially so as we get older. Falls resulting from balance loss can be very serious, potentially causing a hip fracture, head/brain injury, and associated complications.

Muscles make our body move. The less muscle we have the harder it is to walk up stairs, stand up from a chair or quickly change our direction without losing our balance. Losing muscle can come from lack of activity, and we even lose leg strength because there may be less blood going to the leg muscles as we get older. Without physical activity, we can expect to lose approximately 1% of our balance and 1% of our strength per year, starting at age 35ii. That’s a whopping 30% loss by the time we reach 65!

The good news is that there are many balance training interventions that can help prevent falls due to lack of muscle strength and can also reverse age-related decline including our ability to recover from sudden loss of balance. There is strong medical evidence that balance training can improve balance on both stable and unstable surfaces. QIGONG and T’AI CHI are excellent activities to prevent a loss of balance, as are fitness classes that incorporate upright balance activities, side to side movement, and strength exercises.

The Halton Hills Active Living Centres are offering free trial QIGONG and T’AI CHI classes during their Open House Week – Sept. 8-12, as well as a presentation on the Benefits of Balance Training. Contact your Active Living Centre for dates and times: Acton – 519.853.5951; Georgetown – 905.877.6444.

Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Truck Safety Project, Halton Hills

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On August 13, 2014 uniform officers from Milton and Georgetown collaborated with officers from the Halton Regional Police Service’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit and Ministry of Transportation in a project aimed at truck safety and enforcement.

During the project in Hornby, 27 commercial vehicles were stopped and inspected.

Nineteen of those vehicles were taken off the road until defects could be repaired.

A total of 69 charges were laid against the drivers and owners of those vehicles.

The project ended up with a seventy percent failure rate of vehicles inspected.

Police remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report any illegal activity at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

Posted: Aug. 19, 2014 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article

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Halton Hot Jobs - August 18, 2014

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Halton Region helps unemployed and underemployed people in Halton prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. We work in partnership with companies and organizations in our community to post the latest employment opportunities.

Here are the new job listings at the Halton Region Job Board for this week:

Posted: Aug. 18, 2014 Under: Halton Region Permanent Link to this Article

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School Bus Orientation Day Safety program to be held August 23, 2014

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) and the local school bus operators want to remind parents of first time riders to register for their upcoming School Bus Orientation Day which will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 starting at 9 a.m.
School Bus Orientation Day is a safety program provided by HSTS and the local school bus operators to assist parents and first time riders in understanding the importance of school bus safety.

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New superintendent of education joins Halton District School Board Trustees approve appointment Special Board Meeting, July 30, 2014

At the Halton District School Board’s special meeting of July 30, 2014, Trustees approved the appointment of Scott Podrebarac as the newest Superintendent of Education to join the senior administrative team.

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Separate Halton Collisions Send Drivers to Area Trauma Centres

Halton Regional Police were busy with two separate crashes today that sent two drivers to area trauma centres.

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Halton Hot Jobs - August 11, 2014

Halton Region helps unemployed and underemployed people in Halton prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. We work in partnership with companies and organizations in our community to post the latest employment opportunities. Here are the new job listings at the Halton Region Job Board for this week.

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2014 Community bike challenge hits halfway mark

The Halton Hills Community Cycling Challenge has hit the half way mark – 150,000 kilometres – and is charging toward its goal. The Bike Challenge was launched on April 28 and so far has attracted more than 650 participants of all ages and abilities. These cyclists have faithfully logged every kilometre they have ridden onto a dedicated website www.bikechallenge.ca.

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Halton students open summer businesses through Summer Company program

This summer, the Halton Region Small Business Centre is working with 12 young entrepreneurs to help them start and grow their own summer business through the provincially funded Summer Company program. Summer Company provides participating student entrepreneurs with hands-on business training, mentorship opportunities and potential funding of up to $3,000 from the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

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Halton Region once again Safest Large Municipality in Canada

According to Statistics Canada’s recently released annual report, “Police reported crime statistics in Canada, 2013”, Halton Region is once again the safest largest municipality in Canada. Halton had the lowest Crime Severity Index of all municipalities in Canada with populations greater than 100,000 and the 13th lowest of all 304 reporting municipalities.

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