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Salute to Physical Activity

What are you doing to keep active?   Be sure to share pictures of your branch with the WI office and we can place in the Institute News newsletter!

WI Active Like a Girl Walk Run Event Was a Huge Success!  Past events included:


  4 ways to Register (NOT SET UP YET):
1) Online: by midnight, Wednesday, September 28, 2016  (NOT SET UP YET).
2) In Office: Room 105, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown (8am to 4pm, M-F) by Thursday at 4pm.
3) In Store Location: Charlottetown Running Room, University Avenue.
4) On Race Day: Register by the startline between 8-9:30am

Men, women, girls, boys, families and individuals are invited to commemorate International Day of the Girl by participating in the first ever run or walk race event sponsored by the PEI Women's Institute.  PEI Women’s Institute along with its partners and sponsors encourage all Islanders to engage in active healthy lifestyles and participate in this event on Saturday, October 1, in Cavendish Grove, PEI National Parks.

Distance options of 1km, 2.5km, or 5km, the WI Active Like A Girl event gives the opportunity to walk and/or run in a fun (or competitive, if you wish) environment over the Thanksgiving weekend. For competitive racers, the race is also sanctioned by PEI Road Runners.
The first 200 to register will receive a swag bag and finisher medal. A barbeque will follow.  The entry fee is $25, $10 for under 14, with proceeds towards education. 

Registration can be done online at the or in person at the Running Room or the WI office at 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown. For further information contact the WI office at 902-368-4860or
PEI Women's Institute is pleased to partner with Running Room, PEI Road Runners, PEI Home and School Federation, PEI 4-H, go!PEI, and PEI Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR).  

 In addition to volunteering, the Ground Search and Rescue Mobile Command Post will be on display and open to the public for tours and information. 

Numerous sponsors have provided a diverse selection of items for the participants including such items as chocolate milk donated by the Prince Edward Dairy Farmers and cookies from Women’s Institutes members. The full list of sponsors can be found on and
PEI Women's Institute is excited to bring a fun and healthy initiative over Thanksgiving weekend – we hope you can join us.

To build on the success of recent Health Projects, 2013 kicked off a 'Log 100' challenge as part of Centennial Year of 2013. Logging fitness levels is open to all WI members, and to all Islanders. Activity Log and/or Walking Forms are available on this page.


Salute to Physical Activity Participants

(Keep checking back - names will be added soon!)


The Fitness Challenge of 2013 challenges Branch members and their friends and families to “Log 100" to commemorate the WI Centennial. It could be 100 kilometers, 100 steps, 100 situps or 100 minutes, hours or increments of any type of activity which encourages physical wellness. It could involve biking, running, skiing, or snowshoeing, walking or logging time for home maintenance or gardening.
Participants will have their names (not their activities) placed online at the PEIWI website on a special ‘Salute to Physical Activity’ page and will also receive a certificate and commemorative gift for their accomplishment. Start recording January 1, 2013, and submit your progress to the office throughout the year at any 100 milestone until the deadline of December 31, 2013.  


Recent Health Projects

Special thanks to partners Murphy's Pharmacies, Heart & Stroke PEI, and goPEI! in helping WI members and Islanders focus on health and activity in the past few years.

Health Expo
In the fall of 2012 PEIWI hosted Health Expo featuring interactive fitness and health booths.  Participants were exposed to various fitness oportunties to allow choices when selecting new sports or to improve existing performance.  The health related booths allowed information to be sought out in various areas of interest and relevant to all ages.  We are hoping for a similiar event in 2014.

Monthly Activites

In 2012, WI members were challenged to monthly activities ranging from Zumba to Walking - members exceled and set new goals to meet new physical levels.

PEI’s National Parks Colloboration
To celebrate 75 years of Prince Edward Island National Parks, WI Branch  members were encouraged to get active and participate in the 75-for-75 Trail Challenge.  Together with the Parks and People Cooperating Association and go! PEI, Parks Canada challenges visitors and Islanders to run, hike or bike 75 km in PEI National Park before October 2012.  All those who complete the challenge receved a memento for their accomplishment.  

Heart Health Project Ignited Future Fitness Pursuits for WI
2011 celebrated the recent Heart Health Campaign. This nation wide initative was launched with great success as literally over thousands of miles were walked by PEIWI members in 2010 and 2011 on PEI alone.  This intitial project has been the gateway to a renewed focus on health and fitness for WI members and communties.  The tremendous outcome of this national initiative, which was launched on PEI, has paved the base for PEIWI to expand into other fitness and health oriented opportunties in years to come.  Our new fitness schedule, launched in the spring of 2012, eloborates on monthly goals to gain access to new sporting and fitness ideas. It is to remind us to try something new to challenge ourselves to obtain an overall mental and physical wellness.  For those still wishing to record their steps, links are provided below to download log sheets.

Walking Log Sheet [PDF file]
Pedomter Use [PDF file]


From left is Barb Mullally from go! PEI, Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Carol MacLellan, Jason Roberts from Heart & Stroke Foundation of Prince Edward Island, and Marie Kenny.

Heart Survivor talk, October 19th  at Winsloe Lions Hall and at St. Eleanors Lions Club for the WI Fall Workshops. (2010)

Good evening, I'm Arlene Brown and I'm a heart disease survivor.

Heart attacks and strokes, are in most cases, preventable.

Cardiovascular disease or CVD is the major cause of death and disability among Canadian women. Some of the risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol, sedentary lifestyle, elevated weight gain, stress factors and diabetes.

Guess what, except for the smoking part, I had all the risks, and as well I had asthma.

In the early morning hours of late June, 2003, I awoke once again with a pain or extreme heaviness in my chest, a strange sensation down my arm, especially at my wrist and feeling a slight bit nauseous. This had been happening on a regular basis for over a week and it only lasted a short time and then, as they say, it went away leaving me feeling very tired and a bit short of breath. For some time before, whenever I went for a dog walk, or a shopping excursion, I ended up feeling out of breath and quite tired with a heaviness in my shoulders and chest. I attributed this to the fact that I had Asthma and earlier in my life I was laid low with Tuberculosis which I was told would indeed sometimes leave me tired and a little breathy. Even my singing was affected and what was normally an easy feat for me, now became a bit of a chore.

As the night wore on, I began to realize that this was not just a regular pain that would go away on its own, but that it was so intense that maybe it was time to go to the hospital. My mother and many members of her family had fatal heart disease and I thought, OK, here I go, perhaps I have it too.

Well, after we got to the hospital, there was no wait for me, one look at me and they had me in a hospital bed and attached to all kinds of equipment. They gave me nitroglycerin and other drugs and told me that I would undergo a stress test in the morning. The pain subsided but as soon as I became active in the morning, up it started again. As Dr. Brandon said to me, there'll be no singing in the choir this morning for you Mrs. Brown and perhaps not for a few Sunday's to come. He was right.

To make a long story short, I indeed underwent a stress test and was told that I had blockages in the three main arteries. One 100 Percent blocked, one 75 percent and one in the 80's. As well, my blood pressure had soared to the 200 numbers and my diabetes was out of whack. Unknown to me, the hospital staff was sure that I was ready to suffer a stroke and so they wanted to get me out of Province as soon as possible.

Dr. Shetty was the doctor who treated me on PEI and he suggested that I be sent to Halifax at the earliest possible time. I initially refused to go to Halifax, and wanted to be sent to Saint John instead, because one of my fellow work mates had previously under gone heart surgery there quite successfully. After considerable frustration on Dr. Shetty's part, I finally agreed to go to Halifax and a day later, off I went in an Ambulance, with my husband Alan and our daughter Heather following in the car. If you've ever traveled any distance in an Ambulance, well, you know what kind of trip that is. It's a wonder I didn't die en route with all the jostling and bumping around and going at quite a speed, I might add. (Oxford story) In any case, after a few hours I arrived in Halifax and was met by a team of doctors who it seemed to me, wanted to surround me and give their opinions. By the way, Dr. Shetty said that I didn't have an extreme Heart Attack but that I had what he called an "attack of the Heart" and no permanent damage was done to my heart. I had and still have what is known as Angina.

In Halifax, I had an angiogram or dye test which confirmed my blockages and I wondered why they weren't going to do an angioplasty or balloon procedure immediately afterwards which sometimes opens up the arteries, and when I asked, I was told, oh no, Mrs. Brown, your blockages are too severe, you'll have to have a triple bypass.

Well needless to say, I was shocked and feeling quite blue when suddenly a young unlikely doctor-type looking guy entered my room. He had a t-shirt on, blue jeans and sneakers and a baseball cap turned backwards on his head. He told me that the doctors had had a conflab, and that they concluded that it was too risky for me to have open heart surgery because of my diabetes, blood pressure and asthma and that I might even die on the operating table. The alternative was, he said, that I undergo stent surgery instead. They would put a tube up through my groin and insert a stent ( what looks like a metal cylinder, something like the spring in a pen) in each artery which should open them up. They were pretty sure they could do two of my arteries but not quite so sure of the third, but that I should be able to carry on if only two were opened up. The decision on what to do was up to me.

Well, well, what a predicament to be in, should I try open heart surgery and possibly die, or should I try stent catherization as it is called, and perhaps end up with being shall we say, only half way fixed.

I chose to have the stents installed and for some reason, I believe it was the hand of God, I developed an instant faith in this young doctor and asked if he personally could perform the operation. He said he'd check his schedule and as luck would have it, a couple of days later, after the July 1st holiday, I indeed had not three, but five stents installed in my arteries. In one place, there are two stents, one on top of each other and the others scattered where the blockages were. The operation which is mostly about an hour or an hour and a half, saw me on that hard metal table for nearly 4 hours, wide awake and wishing I could get up and go to the bathroom and pee. Yes, I said, wide awake, because there are no nerves inside your arteries, you don't feel any extreme pain except when they initially enter your groin, and you must be awake in order for the doctor to ask you questions and have you move slightly at his command. After the operation is complete, you must lie completely flat and still for several hours until the tubing is removed and I found this to be a difficult time and very painful when the tube was removed.

Well, it took me a little longer than most people to recover from this intrusion to my system and I spent most of the summer getting back on my feet. I was told that this procedure should keep me going for at least 10 years, if I followed the rules, ate properly and exercised regularly.

Well, I'm in my seventh year now, and here I am still kicking. I have tried to obey the rules and do try to exercise and eat properly but of course, I could be doing a lot better. My weight still goes up and down and my blood pressure is still elevated. I take 18 pills per day, not all for heart, of course, most of them for diabetes, blood pressure and asthma and I also inject myself daily with one lantus insulin needle for diabetes. But all in all, for a soon to be 69 year old white haired lady who volunteers at the Q. E. H. each week and who still works part time, sings in the church choir and looks after her grandchild one day per week, does her own housework, and is involved quite heavily in church work, I must admit I'm thankful to be able to be here talking with you this evening....I still get tired easily, have become good friends with the Arthritis boys and get sinus problems on a regular basis but perhaps that's just old age...... because you see........ I am a heart disease survivor.

My advice to all of you - if you have any chest pain, loss of breath or any kind of strange sensation in your shoulder or arm, don't leave it like I did, it may NOT go away and you might not be as lucky as I was. Rest when you're tired, eat and exercise properly, have regular check-ups with your doctor and remember, there can be life after a heart attack. God bless and good health to each of you.

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