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#EdmontonStrong – Hannah Deacon offers advice on staying healthy and positive


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In this series of stories, we are asking local businesses to send us their current story… what they do and how they are surviving and pivoting to get through this unbelievable time.

These are your friends, neighbours and the people you rely on to get by in normal times.  This short story is a reminder that they’re still out there and will be when life returns to a new normal. We thank Hannah Deacon for submitting her story.

Meet Hannah Deacon – Dietician and Fitness Trainer

Hannah Deacon – Dietitian and Fitness Trainer

What does your business do?

I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Training Specialist, Certified Craving Change Facilitator. I am also an author of my Cookbook “Wellness on a Plate: When Healthy Meets Quick” currently in-print to be released soon! I provide nutrition counselling to people for various goals such as weight-loss, chronic conditions, sports nutrition, among others. I also provide individualized meal plans and fitness programs. With my “Craving Change” certification, I use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people with emotional eating and building healthy habits. I absolutely love what I do! I have been a dietitian for 7 years now and I started my business (Hannah Deacon Dietitian) about 3 years ago and it has been growing since. I love empowering people to lead healthy lifestyles through achieving their nutrition and fitness goals. I offer direct-billing to major insurance companies so if people have benefits that an asset! Please reach out if you need any help, my website is, my email is [email protected] and phone/text at (780) 934-7866 I would love help with whatever I can during this time.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

With COVID-19 my business, just like many businesses has slowed down due to not meeting in-person. I have always offered Skype and over-the-phone options, however, I understand that this is something some people aren’t used to as many prefer in-person meetings.

What are you doing to adapt?

Staying positive goes a long way! That is the first thing. I believe that it is all about finding opportunities and looking for something positive each day! I took the time to complete and submit my cookbook during this time. My cookbook is focused on quick healthy meals to help people eat well without spending too much time cooking. I also adapted to include more online packages and shifted to completely online services. I am contacting people to see how they are doing during this time and seeing what I can do to help them eat well, stay active and provide support. I am now offering in-home custom fitness programs, individualized meal plans, and nutrition counselling and coaching sessions over Skype or over-the-phone.

What kind of help do you need?

Raising awareness about the importance of healthy eating and fitness at this time. It is a good time to experiment in the kitchen trying different healthy recipes. When it comes to exercise, an in-home workout goes a long way. This is an important time to ensure that our body is getting all the nutrients it needs to function at its best. We are all in this together, so let’s work together to stay healthy, sleep well, minimize stress and social distance. We got this.

What do you want the community to know?

I want the community to know that there is hope. We are in this together. You are not alone and I am here to help in any way I can. Look for something positive each day, and focus on spending time with loved ones. If you need any help with your diet, fitness or need support, reach out to me, I would love to help.

Hannah Deacon Dietitian 780-934-7866  [email protected]

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Volunteers help offset food insecurity being experienced by Edmontonians

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September 30, 2020

A new study confirms more families are experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19. The disturbing trend was offset by volunteers, who mobilized to fill the gap to help families during the health crisis.

Edmonton-AB- ​A new survey reveals a concerning trend of more Edmontonians facing food security issues because of the pandemic. Volunteers can’t keep up and a city strategy is desperately needed.

Over the past two months, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) in partnership with the Canadian Volunteers United in Action (CANAVUA) administered an online survey. Volunteers helped connect with the hard to reach population with street interviews. The survey of 127 people revealed a quarter of respondents were unable to access sufficient food for their families and more than half did not seek help with social advocacy agencies. Nearly forty percent of families also found it difficult to find culturally appropriate food.

Renee Vaugeois, Executive Director, of the John Humphrey Centre, added “The YEG Community Response to COVID19 Facebook group grew exponentially overnight, with more than 20,000 members and has served over 30,000 in the community in 6 months. Volunteers filled the need and continue to help the marginalized access much needed support. While this effort continues to fulfill basic needs it’s only a band-aid. It’s critical to develop a city-wide intentional strategy, which should include the voices of those facing food insecurity.”

The study also found barriers to food access were reported in West, Central, and North Edmonton. Many respondents reported loss of employment, reduction in support income, and rising grocery prices as reasons contributing to going witho​ut.

The findings were presented to the food distribution table, a city-led initiative including agencies dedicated to helping with food security. The Centre will conduct more research next quarter to monitor the situation and continue to inform food security efforts in the City.

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Mrdjenovich preps for fight in LA while YEG council waffles on allowing a return to the ring

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Edmonton’s leading fight personality, and clearly the city’s outstanding boxer in history, faces a chance to do “something therapeutic for myself” and shake off the effects of this everlasting coronavirus.

Of course, Jelena Mrdjenovich means returning to the ring where she has won at least 10 professional championships since she started her boxing career in 2003.

“We’re negotiating right now on a fight in Los Angeles,” she said Wednesday. “There are a lot of complications but I think everything can be done in time for a fight in November.”

Preparing for a bout in a foreign country, including the setup of a training camp, is more difficult than might be imagined. Sparring partners are always available but workout schedules often need to be adjusted. These are minor adjustments, Jelena said, “It’s important to remember there would have to be 14 days of isolation at some point.”

She reigns as women’s world featherweight title-holder in at least one of the three major international boxing regulators. Obviously, there has been little competition in her bracket — or any other boxing bracket — for the last six months or so, but she says the challenge of getting into top shape is no different for her these days.

“I always do my best to stay active,” she said. “There are always complications, but with my (downtown) boxing club, I’ve been doing quite a few virtual classes. I’m probably closer to my (126-pound) fighting weight right now than when I usually start working out for a fight.”

In every conversation about her sport for the last three or four years, the 38-year-old champion has been asked when she will give up boxing. Before the COVID-inspired interruption, she had reached the 50-bout milestone which she once openly considered her gateway to retirement, “but now I’ve got some other major issues to handle.”

One of them, obviously, is the future of her sport and the organization, KO Boxing Edmonton, that has kept the pro game alive in this city for several years.

Within the last few weeks, there has been encouragement and then discouragement. Promoter Mel Lubovac said Alberta Health Services has granted permission for boxing competitions under firm control and obviously without public involvement.

“Now, the city has refused permission,” said the daughter of Milan Lubovac, a boxing mainstay in Alberta for decades and Mrdjenovich’s trainer-manager throughout her impressive career.

“I’ve said for a long time that this city’s administration is absolutely opposed to combat sports. Some people say the council has no real interest in any sports. There is no reason for this attitude. It’s embarrassing.”


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