First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who picked up and read our first issue of Okanagan Health and Wellness Magazine; judging by the feedback we’ve received there were lots of you! Thank you all for your positive feedback, ideas and suggestions, we’re looking forward to incorporating many of these into future issues.
When Brent Hobbs swam the English Channel in 2008, he hoped his swim would inspire others. Five years later, it has done exactly that as a team of five local swimmers, the Okanagan Lake Monsters, plans to undertake the very same challenge this summer.
For those familiar with the English Channel, they’ll know swimming across it is not for the faint of heart.
“It certainly takes a commitment, you have to train–a lot” says Brent, whose first-hand experience has already played a key role in the Monsters’ training. Swimming the Channel is as much mental as it is physical, and swimmers must be well prepared if they want to cross it successfully. It’s almost an understatement to say the Channel is a complicated body of water and it demands a healthy dose of respect.
Written by local Yoga Instructor Lisa Dumas
It wasn’t part of the plan. I had left my career as a radio broadcaster to raise my young daughter and support my husband as he focused on his own flourishing radio career in a brand new city. My little family of three had accepted the adventure to move off to San Diego, leaving our loved ones behind in Canada. Life had offered me a beautiful new city to explore and the opportunity to spend time with my daughter. I never could have imagined that soon I would shift my entire way of thinking and become a teacher of yoga. Continue reading
Welcome to the first issue of Okanagan Health and Wellness Magazine–we’re excited to introduce the magazine to the Okanagan and hope you find it entertaining, engaging and above all, informational. As we were putting together our thoughts and ideas for OHW Magazine, we knew we wanted to cover all the aspects of health and wellness–nutrition, fitness, mental health, natural and alternative health, even pet health; in short all the topics that pertain to mind, body and soul.
Melissa Spooner radiates healthy living. While I‘m convinced it’s because of her early morning swims and trail runs, I’m just as sure it has something to do with her being comfortable in her own skin. In fact, I think it’s safe to say she’s found her niche–and she absolutely loves it.
Many know Mel as an endurance coach and a nutritionist. Some recognize her as the driving force behind Vernon’s recent Ironman bid, while others know her as the taskmaster of Vernon’s Masters Swim Club. Of course, for those who compete in or follow the elite world of endurance sports, they know Mel as a three-time champion Ironman athlete with countless races on her resume. As for me? I know Mel as someone who believes in uniting the community through activity, who believes in doing, not just talking, and who is living proof of the benefits of moving, every day. In fact, I think she could be the face behind a new Nike slogan, “Just move it.” Because as Mel says, “you don’t have to compete in an Ironman race, you just need to get out and go for a walk.” Continue reading