We’ve only just begun

I couldn't have done it without you!

We’ve only just begun

By Published On: January 26th, 2024

RED January has been an incredible campaign to bring to Canada.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

As we head into the final days of the month, there are so many inspirational moments we got to live together while breaking down barriers to inactivity and providing a supportive community where individuals and groups were motivated to move more and connect. 

From the hundreds of new Canadian RED-ders who joined in and those champions who spread the word via live TV interviews, newspapers, podcasts, radio, and the in-person Moviefest – thank you for highlighting the importance of movement and connection to improve physical, social and mental well-being. 

This first year of RED January Canada has truly exceeded my expectations. 

I continue to be inspired by the incredible messages I received along the way.

This one message that I got from a school I spoke at this week is so heartfelt I had to share it.  

Dear Janet, 

Student leadership is a signature part of the school model. All students are directly supported and challenged to make good things happen, small and big. 

When they meet people like you, they’re reminded that the future is something they can shape for the better. It’s amazing to be part of it all, and I wanted you to know your impact in this context. Here’s a letter from a Grade 11 student:

“Running off the idea of Red January and the importance of physical activity in relation to mental health, I was wondering if it would be possible to meet with you about a potential impact project that I might lead.

With the problem of loneliness in our city, my idea is to create a workshop or gathering for high school students experiencing mental health struggles to participate and interact with others while also getting the chance to dance and move.

This would also serve many other students who do not know they’re experiencing challenges but would benefit from the activity.

I believe having this workshop will have a positive impact on our community. With the knowledge that we have the ability, opportunity, and connections to make a difference in our community, especially for those who we can relate to, I don’t see a reason why we are waiting to make an impact.

I would like to discuss the possibility of creating this event, and any other possible projects that include exercise regarding mental health.”

I can’t wait to empower more Canadians beyond January to raise awareness and embrace moving their way every day – play – as the keystone habit of good health.

To everyone who has shared RED’s posts, made an introduction and emailed me directly to offer support, thank you.

We’ve only just begun.

Play on:)

xox Coach Jan

P.S. I’m taking a much-needed break going on a play adventure for a month to celebrate my husband Shawn’s return to health, and I will be back with your next edition of The Play of The Week in March.

Speaking of March, I’m opening my doors to 5 new clients. If you know any women 50+ who are ready to build a wellness plan uniquely designed for their lifestyle and goals with personalized, science-based nutrition coaching for lasting change, play included, I’d love to chat! 

Here’s a link to my website, all about 1:1 coaching and how progressive behaviour change equals sustainable results: https://janetomstead.com/1-on-1-health-coaching and a link to my calendar to book a free discovery call

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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