Our Northwest Territories Experience

Our Northwest Territories Experience

Last Monday (May 26th) we went on a 4 day trip to visit Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. As you may recall, we had the opportunity to visit Yellowknife on The Amazing Race Canada last year and going back a year later was somewhat surreal.  At least this time, we were able to see the city without being in “Race” mode.

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Arriving in Fort Smith     Enjoying  Hay River            Having Fun at Buffalo Airways Hangar

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and speaking with everyone about healthy, active lifestyles and the role it plays in controlling and preventing Type 2 diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Association and the Public Health and Social Services Authority do a great job in providing information and support in these communities.

poster for NWT diabetes expo

We also had a chance to speak with students who attended the presentation at Diamond Jenness Secondary School in Hay River. They learned about the “health halo” effect, the need to fuel your body with “premium gas” and the importance of Proper Preparation PREVENTS Poor Performance. They in turn had some interesting questions about The Amazing Race Canada for us.

2014-05-28 11.42.50    Great Slave Lake – Hal’s polar bear dip (spot was to the right of the top of his head)

In Yellowknife, we hooked up with Mikey from TV’s Ice Pilots. Since last year, Hal has been helping him get fit. We are fans of the show and it was an absolute thrill to fly on one of Buffalo Airways’ vintage DC-3 airplanes, tour of the hangar then head to Bush Pilots Monument to run the 72 steps with Mikey (several times).

Presentation in Yellowknife with Mikey from Ice Pilots   Mikey later joined us at the presentation to discuss his lifestyle struggles and accomplishments.  We are very proud of what he has been able to do … Keep Fit & Have Fun Mikey!

While in Yellowknife, we also took the opportunity to film some new BodyBreak shows that will air this summer.

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Reenactment of a show filmed 25 years ago                           Running the Steps at Bush Pilots Monument with Mikey

Overall, it is always fulfilling to encourage Canadians of all ages, gender, abilities and cultural backgrounds to Keep Fit & Have Fun.   Thanks to everyone in Fort Smith, Hay River and Yellowknife for their warm welcome.