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Living well workshop series starts in new year

Sackville’s department of recreation programs and events is hosting a 12-week Living Well Workshop Series in the new year.
Sackville’s department of recreation programs and events is hosting a 12-week Living Well Workshop Series in the new year.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville residents wanting to kick off the New Year by developing a healthier lifestyle can do just that with a new program being offered by the town starting this January.

Sackville’s department of recreation programs and events will be hosting a 12-week Living Well Workshop Series, offering a variety of engaging activities to help improve the “mind, body and soul.”

Matt Pryde, manager of the department, said the program will build on last year’s healthy living workshop series, which focused mainly on nutrition and physical activity.

“This year we decided to take it to the next level,” said Pryde. “We wanted to expand on that and so we are integrating different aspects of health, making it a little more holistic.”

The workshop series will be facilitated by some of the most talented professionals the Tantramar area has to offer, said Pryde, with different topics being offered focusing on mindfulness, outdoor experiences, nutrition, natural approaches to health, physical activity and art therapy. These topics will include such things as meditation, approaches to mental health through art, food label reading, herbal remedies and medicines, and “gaining a better appreciation of nature and the health benefits” through outdoor winter excursions.

He said the town has partnered with a number of organizations and individuals for this workshop series, including Your Independent Grocer, Cumberland YMCA, Open Sky Cooperative, Healing from the Heart and others, and they have all offered their services at low or no costs to keep the price down for participants.

“$40 for 12 weeks is pretty amazing,” said Pryde, noting the town also received a grant from the province that is helping to pay for snowshoes, headlamps, yoga mats and art supplies. “It’s great to see so many organizations come together to offer something like this.”

Pryde said he hopes the workshops, which will span over a three-month period, will be an incentive for people to develop habits that’ll become sustainable over the long term. Limited to 20 participants, he said the idea is to create an ongoing support system – both social and educational – throughout those 12 weeks that will continue on even after the workshops are over.

“The town is committed to having a healthy community overall, whether that’s through environmental programs or health-related programs like this,” he said. “The idea is to provide as healthy an environment as possible.”

Spots are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registration is Jan. 7 and the workshops get under way on Jan. 12. They take place every Tuesday until March 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Payments can be made at Town Hall (31C Main Street).

For more details on the program, visit www.sackville.com.

Sackville’s department of recreation programs and events will be hosting a 12-week Living Well Workshop Series, offering a variety of engaging activities to help improve the “mind, body and soul.”

Matt Pryde, manager of the department, said the program will build on last year’s healthy living workshop series, which focused mainly on nutrition and physical activity.

“This year we decided to take it to the next level,” said Pryde. “We wanted to expand on that and so we are integrating different aspects of health, making it a little more holistic.”

The workshop series will be facilitated by some of the most talented professionals the Tantramar area has to offer, said Pryde, with different topics being offered focusing on mindfulness, outdoor experiences, nutrition, natural approaches to health, physical activity and art therapy. These topics will include such things as meditation, approaches to mental health through art, food label reading, herbal remedies and medicines, and “gaining a better appreciation of nature and the health benefits” through outdoor winter excursions.

He said the town has partnered with a number of organizations and individuals for this workshop series, including Your Independent Grocer, Cumberland YMCA, Open Sky Cooperative, Healing from the Heart and others, and they have all offered their services at low or no costs to keep the price down for participants.

“$40 for 12 weeks is pretty amazing,” said Pryde, noting the town also received a grant from the province that is helping to pay for snowshoes, headlamps, yoga mats and art supplies. “It’s great to see so many organizations come together to offer something like this.”

Pryde said he hopes the workshops, which will span over a three-month period, will be an incentive for people to develop habits that’ll become sustainable over the long term. Limited to 20 participants, he said the idea is to create an ongoing support system – both social and educational – throughout those 12 weeks that will continue on even after the workshops are over.

“The town is committed to having a healthy community overall, whether that’s through environmental programs or health-related programs like this,” he said. “The idea is to provide as healthy an environment as possible.”

Spots are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registration is Jan. 7 and the workshops get under way on Jan. 12. They take place every Tuesday until March 29 from 6-7:30 p.m. Payments can be made at Town Hall (31C Main Street).

For more details on the program, visit www.sackville.com.

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