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This year, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In the last ten years, NOSM has been working with people, communities, and organizations to develop a healthier Northern Ontario. Thanks to you and your support, NOSM-trained health professionals are now living and learning across the North—providing much-needed care in areas that have been historically underserved.

One of the many things that NOSM-trained health professionals learn during their training is the importance of preventative medicine. According to Ontario physician Dr. Mike Evans in his presentation 23 ½ Hours, one of the best preventative measures we can take to protect our health is to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. 

NOSM Actively Celebrates 10 Years

On September 23, 2015, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) publicly launched the new Strategic Plan 2015-2020, followed by officially kicking off its tenth anniversary celebrations by engaging communities across Northern Ontario to Be Active with NOSM.

Staff, faculty, learners, partner organizations, and community members took part in activities in Atikokan, Bracebridge, Dryden, Kapuskasing, Kenora, Marathon, North Bay, Parry Sound, Pic River First Nation, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Temiskaming Shores, and Thunder Bay. The wide range of activities included running, walking, skipping, canoeing, windsurfing, tai chi, yoga, and more to celebrate a decade of working together for a healthier North. 

Participants were asked to post photos to social media using the hashtags #beactivewithNOSM and #NOSMturns10 for the chance to win the title of “Most Spirited Community.” These photos—posted to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook—share a glimpse into the communities across NOSM’s wider campus of Northern Ontario and demonstrate that, regardless of their role or association with NOSM, or their physical location, everyone involved with the School is a part of the NOSM team.

Tammi Shaw, Diabetes Coordinator with the Pic River Health Centre, got her community moving to help NOSM celebrate its tenth anniversary. “We love promoting physical activity then we can,” Shaw says. “We have been working with NOSM’s Integrated Community Experience (ICE) placements since NOSM’s beginning. Since we have an excellent partnership with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, we wanted to help celebrate. Biigtigong Nishnaabeg loves hosting NOSM medical students in their ICE placement—especially the Elders, who medical students often engage with the most.”

Two activities were organized for Pic River First Nation: a kettlebell session at 6:30 a.m. and a walking circuit in the baseball field at 5:30 p.m. Participants had their photos taken and Shaw posted them to Facebook. As the first organization to spread the word about Be Active With NOSM, and one to highly promote activities through the use of social media, Pic River First Nation was the recipient of the “Most Spirited Community” award!

Thank you, merci, and miigwetch to each and every individual, community, and organization that helped to celebrate NOSM’s tenth anniversary by participating in Be Active With NOSM. 

“Since it is a “birthday party,” you can be relieved that they [NOSM] don’t want you to buy them a present, but instead they want you to give yourself the gift of better health by committing to 30 minutes of activity a day.” — Nadine Robinson, “Active Celebration at NOSM”, The Sault Star, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

For More Information

Should you have questions, kindly contact:

Lisa Kokanie
Wellness and Accessibility Coordinator 
Tel.:     807-766-7393
Email:  lkokanie@nosm.ca

Kate Beatty
Director of Equity and Quality
Tel.:     705-662-7205
Email:  kbeatty@nosm.ca

 

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