This podcast was created through a collaboration between a Ph.D student from University of Windsor, Sara Santarossa, and a local not for profit, The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Hosted by health promoter, Stephani Fenkanyn, we explore topics related to health, mental wellness and creating a happy, healthy & hopeful life full of opportunities for yourself.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn chats with Registered Nurse and Team Canada Track and Field Olympian, Noelle Montcalm.
Noelle and Stephani discuss her time as a student athlete competing as a Lancer on the University of Windsor’s Track and Field team, what drew her to becoming a nurse, the surreal experience and emotions associated with being a part of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, why supportive mentors and communities are important, her own relationship with food as an athlete, being a positive influencer online and how she became a mental health advocate.
To learn more about Noelle, visit her on Instagram and on Twitter at @noellemontcalm, or on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/noelle.montcalm/.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with local yoga teacher, reflexologist and reiki practitioner, Carly Deslippe.
Carly and Stephani discuss making your self-care a non-negotiable, the importance of inclusivity and diversity in yoga, why meditation can be beneficial to our mental health, the evolution of her own relationship with her body and food while working in the fitness industry, and alternative health care practices, like reiki, that you can add to your own tool-kit. To learn more about Carly and the work she does, visit her on Instagram at @yoginishanti, on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carlydeslippe or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carly teaches yoga at Chill Yoga Windsor and currently in parks in our area – follow Carly’s Instagram for updates! She practices reflexology and reiki at Chill and at Jem Aesthetics in Tecumseh.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with local content creator and podcaster, Sierra Parr from Lemon Soul Studios.
Together, they discuss Sierra’s vision for her online platform which place an emphasis on authenticity and being a ‘lemon soul’ by embracing the sour parts of life. Sierra discusses how she aims to demonstrate that emotional lows are a normal part of being a human, how she has come to embrace failure, as well as, her strategies for moving through fear and living life fully by trying new things. Sierra is also candid and honest in sharing her own body image struggles, how it still needs work and is in constant evolution. We love the role model Sierra is in the online world and admire her honesty and realness!
You can learn more about Sierra and follow along in her Lemon Soul journey at @lemonsoulstudios on Instagram and find her podcast ‘Lemon Soul’ on all platforms where you find your favourite podcasts.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with mental health educator from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Windsor-Essex Branch, Jenny-Lee Almeida.
Together, they discuss the challenges that COVDID-19 isolation places on our mental health, accessing services in Windsor during COVID-19, mental health month & reducing stigma associated with mental illness, the benefits of slowing down and being mindful, how no loss right now is too little and the importance of grieving.
You can learn more about local CMHA services at https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/
and listen to their new podcast #KeepConnected on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/cmhawecb.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with positive influencer to youth, community disability and mental health worker, pole dancing teacher and Veg Out business owner, Mackenzie Kovaliv.
Together, they discuss how she developed her vegan meal company, work she’s done with underprivileged youth in Windsor, the importance of being authentic on social media, diet fads that exists, body based bullying and her own relationship with her body, food and physical activity.
You can learn more about Mackenzie and follow her journey on Instagram at @mackenziegetsfit or @vegoutwindsor.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with physical education teacher, guidance counsellor, coach and mother, Christine Hamel-Fuerth. Christine attended BANA’s Being a Positive Influencer On and Offline workshop back in October of 2019.
Together, they discuss how social media has altered the lives of high school students, being a mentor and building confidence in young girls, how sport can play a role in building a positive body image and boundaries around social media use in the home and in school.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with former Canadian Football League player, Chris Rwabukamba. Chris is currently an entrepreneur, coach at Bridge The Gap Football, and co-creator of Change the Game, a sport and self-esteem building program where he plays holds the important role of positive influencer. They discuss what it is to be a leader, the presence of disordered eating in sports, masculinity and gender roles in our society and how athletics can contribute to building a healthy self-esteem. Learn more about Chris & BTG Football at www.btgfootball.com or @btgfootball on Twitter.
Episode #3: Promoting Positive Body Image In Our Community
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with fellow health promoter and mom of twins, Marisa Casey. Together, they discuss the work they do in the community in promoting mental health, positive body image and self-esteem. They touch upon disordered eating, mental health services, their own relationships with food and their bodies and external pressures put upon young people in our society.
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with author, activist and inclusive yoga instructor, Dianne Bondy. They discuss creating inclusive yoga spaces, the evolution her own body image and utilizing social media in a positive way.
Learn more about Dianne at @diannebondyyoga and www.diannebondyyoga.com
BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with University of Windsor Ph.D student, Sara Santarossa to discuss the finding of her research as it relates to the mother and daughter social media relationships, and how it affects their body image and self-esteem.