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Ring In The New Year With A Commitment To Keeping The Family Happy & Healthy

January is a time for reflection. It’s a time to thoughtfully consider your life in terms of what you want out of it and what’s truly important to you. And so, as is typical for this time of year, people are starting new resolutions, revisiting past commitments, keeping traditions alive or starting new ones.

It’s about bettering yourself for your family, and finding new ways to spend time with the ones you love, to grow both as individuals and together.

At the heart of many of these resolutions is family.

Love and happiness is attained through caring for oneself as well as for others — both those related by blood and those friends who are so close they feel like family.

Read on to discover some ways you can become a better version of yourself through successfully committing to a variety of resolutions and traditions.

New Year’s Resolution: Have Weekly Family Outings

Across Windsor Essex, there is surely no shortage of family-friendly things to do. And where the region is located in Ontario is perfect — just a quick day trip to many unique adventures to explore. Planning a fun activity each week (and not just Saturday morning hockey practices), can give you quality family time together.

Superbowl Lanes

This family outing is sure to be right up your alley — bowling alley that is!

Check out Superbowl Lanes at 10000 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor for some friendly competition and relaxing good old fashioned entertainment.

“I think it’s a great idea to spend more time with your family in the New Year, and as much as you can,” states Cory Clarkson, who owns and operates Super Bowl Laneswith Mike Doidge.

The pair went from owning multiple bars — that didn’t have a family atmosphere — to owning this family business, and they say its worked out great.

“We get to be with our families more now and the kids love it,” says Clarkson. “Mike and I are lucky to own a bowling alley where it’s fun for all ages and it’s a great family activity.”

At Superbowl Lanes, you’ll also find a tasty, full menu with items sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. They also do kids parties, corporate parties and lots of fundraisers as well.

“We are the only locally owned 10-pin bowling alley in Windsor,” asserts Clarkson, adding, “We buy 95 percent of our products locally, we try to support local as much as we can.”

The business is a 2016 Biz X Award winner for “The Lanes That Bowl You Over.”

Be sure to schedule in their Rock ‘n’ Bowl every Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. to get your family moving and grooving while you bowl!

Elgin County Railway Museum

Just a two hour drive away, the Elgin County Railway Museum offers something for train fans of all ages, and is a great daytrip for families in Windsor Essex.  

“Located in a century-old, locomotive repair shop, visitors can take a step back in time and tour railway artifact displays, historical photographs, our impressive collection of railway rolling stock equipment and the very popular History in Motion Model Railway,” lists Dawn Miskelly, Executive Director. “Guests are also welcome to climb aboard and explore our Baggage Car Exhibit, the interior of a real caboose and cab of the enormous CN 5700 Steam Engine!”

There are train play tables for the little ones and the museum also offers special family-centred programs and events including “Touch a Truck, Touch a Train!” in the spring, and “A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine” in July.

The Elgin County Railway Museum is located in St. Thomas, Ontario. The drive from the Windsor region can either be made via Highway 401 or the slightly longer, more scenic route along Highway #3, according to Miskelly.

“We see a lot of families visiting the Railway Museum — not just parents and their children, but often multi-generational families with grandparents joining in or bringing the grandkids as a special trip,” comments Miskelly, adding that they have guided tours and the average family visit is about an hour.

The museum has seasonal hours, so it’s recommended visitors call or check their website to confirm it’s open before starting their journey.

“If you visit in the fall or winter, the locomotive repair shop section of our building is not heated — so make sure to dress warmly,” she advises.

With all of the technology surrounding kids and families in today’s society, taking day trips to places like museums gives families the opportunity to unplug, turn off the screens and spend time making memories together, Miskelly asserts.

New Year’s Resolution: Exercise & Eat Healthier

When it comes to feeling good inside and out, we all know that eating right and exercising is important, and there are many local options that can provide some extra help in achieving these goals and sticking to these very important resolutions.

Savoured RD Wellness & Breathe Pilates And Fitness Studio

Food is always around us and it can be a challenge to make nourishing choices. As Lauren Fleming notes, we truly are what we eat, so it is important to eat foods from a variety of food groups for us to feel our best and stay healthy, long term.

Fleming is a Community Dietitian and a Dietitian-Nutritionist at Savoured RD Wellness, which is a consulting services business, and a Yoga and Pilates Instructor at Breathe Pilates and Fitness Studio.

“As a nutrition professional and mind-body fitness instructor, my focus is supporting clients in making sustainable changes that fit within their lifestyle,” states Fleming. “My background in yoga allows me to integrate mindful practices into my counselling for a holistic approach — going beyond just what you eat to discussing what influences your eating habits and improving relationships with foods.” 

Working with a nutrition professional can help to clarify your goals, give you additional tools to help you achieve them, and a check in to support you along the way, Fleming points out.

“It can be really helpful for families to work with a dietitian in order to help them to build positive eating habits early on,” she suggests. “This often means that parents end up making some positive changes to act as role models for their kids.”

Fleming also wants everyone to keep in mind that healthy eating doesn’t have to mean avoiding fun foods that you enjoy.

“I think the most important thing is for people of all ages to learn to build a healthy relationship with food, where food remains a positive part of your life rather than a source of stress, guilt or discomfort,” she states.

City Of Windsor Recreation & Culture

The City of Windsor’s Recreation & Culturedepartment provides many opportunities for children, youth and adults to participate in a wide variety of leisure programs that promote good overall health.  

“There is extensive literature and studies that document the benefits of recreation and sport for children and youth,” notes Jennifer Valdez, Acting Manager for Community Programming, Recreation and Culture for the City of Windsor. “Benefits that are attributed to participating are increased self-esteem, enhanced physical development and improved health and lifestyle choices.”

Through the City of Windsor, the possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to exercise both your body and mind.

So consider cutting back on TV and screen time to take part in a wide range of city-run activities. There’s something for everyone at every age.

When it comes to dancing, they have classes like ballet, belly dancing, hip hop, line dancing, salsa and more.

Their fitness classes range from yoga, to boot camp, cycling, hiking, kickboxing, Pilates and more.

The City of Windsor also offers many organized sports opportunities, such as pickleball, volleyball, tennis and drop-in basketball.

Valdez mentions some of their most popular programs include: gymnastics, soccer and swimming lessons.

They also feature art activities that are diverse and interesting, including pottery workshops and glass fusion workshops, crochet and more.

In addition, they have parent and child cooking classes, and unique classes you wouldn’t even think of! Some examples are cartooning where you learn how to develop your doodling skills, or a class called Movie Makers, where kids are taught how to plan and shoot a short movie.

“We provide affordable recreation and our hope is that children and youth will try new things and develop a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age,” Valdez comments.

Their programs are offered at various venues across the city, including: Adie Knox Herman Recreation & Customer Care Complex, Adventure Bay Family Water Park, Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex, Charles Clark Square, various arenas and community centres, Ojibway Nature Centre, Mackenzie Hall and more.

Valdez indicates that the City of Windsor has a new and improved online registration system that can be accessed at: ActiveWindsor.ca.

New Year’s Resolution: Take Better Care Of Our Bodies

Physical health is oftentimes top-of-mind for people at this time of year, and small changes, such as medical check-ups, can have a huge impact in the long run.

Story continues on PAGE 30 of the January 2019 issue.

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