Fort St. John Oilmen discuss health and hockey

The Fort St. John Petroleum Association met last week for their monthly meeting at the Fort St. John Curling Club to talk about the coming year, and listen to Dr. Kimberly Ostero, a local naturopathic doctor, talk about men’s health.

Nearly 70 members braved the blustery winter conditions Thursday evening to enjoy drinks and dinner.

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The oilmen are getting ready for their first major event of the year, the hockey tournament taking place April 1-4. President Sean Thomas warned that because it falls on Easter long weekend, there’s a possibility that turnout will be lower. He urged members who have already signed up to double check they would be able to attend, or let the executive know if they would be gone.

Thomas also encouraged anyone who was interested to apply, even if entry forms are submitted late. “You never know, there might be a late entry into the tournament if there is a shortage [of players],” he said.

Thomas brought in Ostero to discuss the importance of men’s health.

“We can look around the room, and just with the nature of the business, the long hours, a lack of daylight and a little bit of everything like that— stress — we all share it,” he said.

“It’s something to think about guys, we’re providing for families, we’ve got long legacies we want to leave behind, so take care of yourselves, be healthy — a picture of health, like myself,” he joked.

Ostero discussed the importance of eating, exercising, and living well, as well as getting check-ups regularly.

Thompson said that with the doctor shortage in Fort St. John, he wanted to get as much information to the membership about healthy living as he could.

“With the physician crisis we’ve got going on, it’s great that people like Kim will come up here and start a practice and find an alternative way to be able to look after people,” said an attendee.

Next month’s meeting will be held at the Lido Theatre on March 5.

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