Health + Wellness Month

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Kelty Dennehy Mental Health Resource Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, are making it easy for residents to achieve their health-related New Year’s resolutions in 2018! January is Health and Wellness Month in North Vancouver and North Shore residents are invited to celebrate their wellbeing alongside their community. Locals are invited to attend an amazing series of FREE activities and workshops to learn more about how to support and nurture a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. It’s a new year and a chance to start fresh with your health and wellness goals.

All activities are free, and all levels of knowledge and experience are welcome! Some events require advance registration.

Here's what's happening at the Library: 

More Health + Wellness Month Activities:
  • Health & Wellness Public Swim
    Sunday, January 7, 1:30pm - 3:30pm | Ron Andrews Pool
    To celebrate our kick-off to Health & Wellness Month, Ron Andrews Pool is offering a free public swim. All ages welcome!
  • Women's Only Swim
    Sunday, January 7, 8:15pm - 9:30pm | Ron Andrews Pool
    Enjoy all the amenities Ron Andrews Pool has to offer – hot tub, steam room, lane swimming, climbing wall. Try the rope swing or jump off the diving board in a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere.
  • Women's Only Shallow Water Aquafit
    Sunday, January 7, 8:45pm - 9:30pm | Ron Andrews Pool
    This water-based exercise class gives your body a total workout with little impact and joint stress. Workout intensity is moderate to vigorous and appropriate for all levels.
  • Tai Chi & Qigong, Meditation and Healing Sounds
    Monday, January 8, 6:30pm - 7:30pm | Lynn Valley Village, Community Room
    Curious about the key to a long, healthy life through the practice of an ancient Chinese health regime? Want to learn meditation in motion and how to guide energy in your body? Join Josie Loehrich for a series of exercises that will leave you revitalized, feeling the qi, and wanting more!
  • Hatha Yoga
    Tuesday, January 9, 8:00pm - 9:15pm| Parkgate Communtiy Centre, North Wing Room
    Hatha Yoga balances the mind and body through a combination of classical postures and breathing techniques. Improve balance and flexibility while clearing and relaxing the mind. Please advance register as space is limited. Call 604-987-7529 and use barcode 398200 to register.
  • Eat, Train, Live
    Wednesday, January 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Memorial Community Centre, Capilano Multipurpose Room
    Kickstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle and better body.  This class focuses on getting fit and healthy in a fun, supportive environment.  You will work with a highly-experienced fitness trainer.  All exercise performed will be body specific, keeping you safe through each workout with the goal to lose unhealthy fat, gain strength and feel fantastic. Registration required. Call 604-987-7529 and use barcode 398222 to register. 

  • Youth Sport Conditioning (12-16yrs)
    Thursday,  January 11, 3:45 - 4:45pm | Memorial Community Centre, Capilano Room
    Come and try this strength and conditioning program designed for youth who are looking to improve their strength, speed, agility and overall sports performance.   A certified athletic trainer will work with athletes in a small group setting to lead them through exercises to help build muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, reactivity and multi directional movement skills. Registration required. Call 604-987-7529 and use barcode 398233 to register.
  • Art to Calm the Mind
    Thursday, January 11, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    John Braithwaite Community Centre Art Studio
    Did you know that drawing and painting can have a healing effect for those who are feeling stress and anxiety? In life, we all need to seek out spaces and places to calm the mind and find our inner peace. During this program we will explore different mediums and applications to express your creativity. Ideal for those who are experiencing anxiety or stress. Supplies included. Please advance register as space is limited. Call 604-987-7529 and use barcode 397918 to register.
  • Lynn Headwaters Hike
    Tuesday, January 16, 1:30 - 3:00pm | Meet outside End of Line Cafe in Upper Lynn Valley
    Enjoy the beauty of Lynn Valley’s backyard with hike leader Barbara Pichler. Lynn Headwaters offers a variety of intermediate walking trails with some steep terrain. Enjoy fresh air, and exercise in a social setting. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather (no umbrellas). Offered rain or shine.
  • Health of Residents in North Vancouver
    Tuesday, January 16, 6:00pm - 7:30pm | City Library, 3rd Floor Program Room
    Dr. Mark Lysyshyn works for Vancouver Coastal Health as the Medical Health Officer responsible for the North Shore. In this presentation, Dr. Lysyshyn will go over what we know about health status, healthy development and health behaviours of residents of the North Shore.
  • People Power: Safe Routes to School 
    Thursday, January 18, 9:15am - 11:45am | Lynn Valley Village Community Room
    Small changes in our daily routines can have an impact on our overall well-being, community safety and help protect our environment. This talk explains how getting outside can make a big difference. Social connections are necessary for our emotional and physical health, and the first step is to step out your front door. Find out how your steps count.
  • Move & Play as a Family 2-5yrs
    Saturday, January 20, 10:30pm - 12:00pm | Parkgate Community Centre, Gym
    Join NVRC staff for fun, hands on activity stations that explore physical literacy. Hop, jump, throw, kick and roll for lifelong benefits. Parent participation.
  • North Shore Food Asset Map & Community Breakfast 
    Wednesday, January 24, 9:00pm - 10:30am | HOpe Centre, Atrium
    Food assets are places where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food. Come learn what food assets are in your North Shore community and how you can access and use the map. Both helping professions and members of the public are welcome. Margaret Broughton, Public Health Dietician with Vancouver Coastal Health and Chair of the North Shore Table Matters Network will launch the food asset map at this forum.
  • Eating for Optimal Health & Learning in Kids
    Thursday, January 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Delbrook Community Centre, Maple Room
    Do you think healthy eating is defined by what you INclude or EXclude in your diet? How does healthy eating differ from dieting? How can you feed kids in a way that promotes optimal health and learning? We all want our kids to eat well, but how do we transform our intentions into action? Helen Yeung, a VCH dietician who has worked with children, families, and service providers for over 20 years, will lead an interactive workshop for parents of school-aged children.
  • Delbrook Youth Centre Open House
    Friday, January 26, 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Delbrook Community Centre, Youth Centre
    For youth age 10 to 16yrs. Make social connections, prepare and enjoy a healthy snack, and play games in our open gym (basketball, soccer or dodgeball).
  • Physical Literacy Movement Preparation Training
    Saturday, January 27, 3:30pm - 6:30pm | McDougal Community Recreation Centre
    Movement preparation prepares the body for movement and enhances the way athletes move for improved performance, durability and athleticism. This warm-up style focuses on incorporating and improving fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills. This training includes two on-line modules (self-paced) and an in person workshop.  This training is applicable for coaches, teachers and recreational leaders delivering sport programs to participants aged seven years to adult. Registration required. Call 604-987-7529 and use barcode 398272 to register.
  • Urban Walk on the Green Necklace Trail
    Wednesday, January 31, 11:45pm - 12:45pm | Meet at Laziza Coffee Shop at the City Library
    Join City of North Vancouver parks planners on a 3.2km urban walk. Staff will tour the newest sections of the Green Necklace Trail and highlight a number of key features along the route. Comments and questions are welcome! Expect some hills. The route will take us from the City Library at 14th Street to 21st and Lonsdale, and back. Offered rain or shine.