It’s time to ‘reNeW’

“reNeW” Northwest is a new magazine-style publication available to women in Northwestern Ontario from Manitouwadge to the Manitoba border.
It will educate women about breast health and other women’s health issues.
The content is 100 percent northern, from the articles to the models.
Authors from across the region have contributed content focused on reducing breast cancer risk and staying healthy.
Articles include an array of topics of interest to women in the region, such as breast self-examination, cancer genetics, fighting cancer with food, easy on the budget fitness, and even finding the right size bra.
The models featured in the magazine are regional women, giving the magazine an authentic northern look and feel.
Catrin Benson of Red Rock, reNeW’s health makeover winner, is featured in the magazine. The makeover she received integrates many of the healthy lifestyle messages of the magazine.
“I entered the contest because I was looking for help to make long-term changes in my lifestyle combining good habits in the areas of food, exercise, rest, and activities,” said Benson.
“The health makeover helped put me on the right track.”
The magazine is an exciting new medium for the Thunder Bay Breast Health Coalition.
For the past 12 years, the coalition has worked to provide up-to-date, credible information on breast health and breast cancer in the form of pamphlets, websites, and workshops.
Publication of reNeW Northwest was made possible with funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario chapter).
“This project will benefit women in the community by providing them with important information about breast health in a relevant, accessible, and creative format,” said Sharon Wood, executive director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario chapter).
“As the funder of this work, the Foundation is pleased and proud to be making a positive difference in the lives of women in Northwestern Ontario,” Wood added.
reNeW Northwest was launched in Dryden last Wednesday (Oct. 18). Free copies of the magazines were distributed amid displays from various groups and organizations complementing the content of the magazine.
Launches also were held in Marathon and Thunder Bay.
Some 25,000 copies of reNeW will be distributed across the region where women are waiting and looking for something to read, such as in the waiting rooms of health-care providers, libraries, hair salons, laundromats, etc.
Women also can pick up their own copy at their local health unit or other distribution sites throughout the region.
The magazine also is being posted on the Thunder Bay Breast Health Coalition’s website at