You are cordially invited to attend a Partnership in Research Seminar
Assessing Social Return on Investment (SROI) in health promotion: Findings from the Healthy Together© Program
WHAT: Dr. Anima Anand, Project Lead, Healthy Weights for Children, The Bridge Youth & Family Services, Kelowna, and Ms. Stephanie Robertson, Founder & President, SiMPACT Strategy Group, Calgary & Toronto, will discuss the use of SROI to evaluate health promotion programs for scale-up.
WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 12 – 1:00 pm PST
WHERE: Room 129, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, UBC Okanagan
To attend in person or via webinar
Register at: http://sroihealthy.eventbrite.ca
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Everyone is welcome!
Have a look at Michele Hopkins as she traveled to Bearskin and Caribou Lake for a community visit. Michele was in Thunder Bay for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Reclaiming Our Right To Food Self-Determination meeting during the summer.
Michele joined a group of people who are committed and passionate about finding solutions that address needs in northern communities experiencing food insecurity related to high food cost, poor quality food, low food variety and difficult food growing conditions. This visit highlighted some of the conditions experienced in these communities that contribute to reduced quality of life and health outcomes related to food insecurity. The Bridge hopes to support better health outcomes by preparing and supporting northern communities to offer the Healthy Together program for families.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has just released new guidelines…Research strongly shows the need for a new movement paradigm that emphasizes the integration of all movement behaviours occurring over a whole day, shifting the focus from the individual components to emphasize the whole (all physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep). This new research supports the ParticipACTION 2016 Report Card, also recently released.
What are the new guidelines?
The new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth encourage children and youth to “Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit”.
For optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5–17 years) should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day. A healthy 24 hours includes:
The kids were enjoying some physical activity time with the fun Activity Dice game at the Healthy Together session in Kelowna. It’s a set of 3 dice – one has 6 different exercises on it (from push-ups, to toe-taps) and the other two dice were regular dice with numbers – whatever number you roll is how many reps you do of your exercise! Anything from 1-12!
If you don’t have the specific activity dice like we did you could easily modify it. You could use regular games dice for the number and then either a spin wheel selector (from a board game) or even just playing cards with the activities.
The Vista Family Resource Centre serves families with children aged 0-6 living on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula. The Centre’s main site is in the town of Bonavista with outreach sites in the towns of Catalina, Port Rexton and Musgravetown. The Centre opened in 1999 and receives provincial funding through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Programs include a prenatal support and nutrition program called Healthy Baby Club as well as a variety of play-based, family-oriented programs and parent education and support programs.
Westcoast Family Centres Society (WFC) offers intensive parenting programs to high-risk families throughout the Lower Mainland of BC. We provide Family Preservation and Reunification services, Clinical Counselling and Play Therapy, Supervised Visitation, and numerous community based programs to families who may be dealing with issues that make parenting more challenging, such as mental health issues, addictions, poverty, newcomer status, abuse, trauma, or divorce. As one of the first organizations to receive accreditation standing with the Counsel on Accreditation (COA), we are now in our 32nd year of service, with offices in Vancouver, the North Shore, the Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge. Their mandate states that “Westcoast Family Centres contribute to the healthy development of children by providing services to strengthen the relationship between children and families and between families and their communities”.
The Froude Avenue Community Centre is a non profit facility that is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for people of all ages and backgrounds, by developing diverse programs and service that encourages citizen involvement and a strong active community while striving to promote the social, cultural, and healthy lifestyles of its residents and visitors. The thrust of this program was, and still is, to encourage the tenants in different housing projects to become more involved in their community.The mission of Froude Avenue Community Centre is to encourage the involvement of tenants in their housing projects through the use of programs and activities implemented through the centre; to create a positive atmosphere, community spirit and co-operation; to help develop a better social environment by providing recreational, educational and social programs, as well as training and referrals.
It is April 1 and a wonderful day to start a Healthy Together program. The South Vancouver Family Place in Vancouver BC did just that…they brought together 38 families and introduced a healthy snack of hummus, pita and veggies on beautiful sunny day! Everyone was outside digging in the garden and playing in the sandbox. Many people tried hummus for the first time…some had never had chick peas before. They are going to offer Healthy Together for families in one of their play-based family support programs. We can’t wait to see what exciting activities and learning this group enjoys in the coming weeks. Here is a recipe for Hummus if you want to try making and eating this with your family;
There is a fun video of a young child making this recipe here;
We have 15 new Healthy Together programs running across Canada starting today…we are very excited to enjoy the journey towards health with each of these programs.
Watch for our introductions in the next two weeks…we will tell you a little bit about each organization as we welcome everyone to the Healthy Together program.