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Toronto Polar Bear Dip at Colonel Sam Smith Park
The middle of winter is the perfect time to jump into the cold, cold waters of Lake Ontario as the February 2, 2014 mini Polar Bear Dip took place at the east end of the city. Only four lonely swimmers gathered at the end of Colonel Sam Smith Park Drive, performed some warm-ups, then one by one dropped off the ledge of thick ice along the shore and waded into the clear waters of the lake.
It’s That Time of Year for the Annual Polar Bear Dip!
February 2nd, 2014
TORONTO, ONT – A group of local swimmers will take an ice-cold plunge into Lake Ontario near at the south end of Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto on Sunday, February 2, 2014 (Sunday) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This unique tradition begins with meeting at the center parking lot at Colonel Sam Smith Park (at the south end of Colonel Sam Smith Park Dr.), a 30-minute warm-up of stretches, and then each person takes the plunge into the frigid waters briefly. The routine ends with hot tea and blankets for all.
Polar bear dip into Lake Ontario promotes good health
February 2nd, 2014
Support some human polar bears in their dip Sunday, Feb. 2. A group of local swimmers will take the icy plunge into Lake Ontario at the south end of Col. Samuel Smith Park Sunday, Feb. 2 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Natan Gendelman, a certified osteopathy practitioner, and his family and friends take the plunge every week to promote good health and well-being.
Taking a winter dip along Toronto's shoreline
February 2nd, 2014
For 13-year-old David Gendelman, taking a February dip off Toronto’s frozen shoreline isn’t a big deal. After all, David, a student at Thornhill Woods Public School, has been doing this along with his father, Natan Gendelman, for the last five years.
'Perfect conditions' for icy ritual
JANUARY 5, 2012
While others use Lake Wilcox in its frozen form, for skating or hockey, Natan Gendelman and his son, David, 11, use the frigid waters as their own personal spa. No matter the weather or even if they need to break through the lake ice with an axe, the polar bears take at least one dip each week to give their immune system a boost.
Support floods in for Windsor boy stricken with cerebral palsy
OCTOBER 31, 2011
Our 2-year-old patient Liam has had "countless hands guiding him through a difficult life." A Windsor native, he was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy at birth. Thanks to the generous donations made towards his cause, Liam and his mother Kim were able to live in Toronto while Liam participated in Health in Motion's Maxi LIFE Program.
Kicking off 2011 with a splash
Every Sunday morning, Natan and his family go to Lake Wilcox for a dip - even in the winter! On January 2nd, Natan and his polar bears took to the frigid waters to start the new year off with a splash.
This exciting event was featured by local newspapers and news sites such as yorkregion.com, the Liberal, and SNAP Richmond Hill.
Natan and his “Polar bears” make headlines in 2010
Did you know that Health in Motion director Natan Gendelman goes swimming in a lake every Sunday morning – even in the winter? In January, Natan and his group of Polar Bears were featured in the Toronto Sun, the Barrie Examiner, The Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Peterborough Examiner, and The Brockville Recorder and Times.
Watch Natan on TV
In 2008, Natan appeared twice as a guest on Russian TV Toronto to talk about osteopathy and the health impact of seasonal changes.
|Russian Express Interview Number 1 (In Russian)|
|Russian Express Interview Number 2 (In Russian)|
|I help people heal themselves, Russian Express, October 2006 (In English)|
|A healthy mother and a healthy baby, Russian Express, October 13, 2006 (In English)|
|Shalom Toronto Interview (In Hebrew)|
|Shalom Toronto Interview (In English)|
In this interview Natan discusses the value of Osteopathy in treating a number of health conditions. And how Osteopathy treats the whole body, instead of one problem area. He also talks about the importance of a balanced lifestyle.
This is a condensed version of the interview. To view the entire clip, please go to YouTube.
In this interview Natan talks about how the change of seasons affects our health. And how we can remain healthy as winter turns to spring.
This is just a brief glimpse of the interview. To view the entire clip, please go to YouTube.