I joined the Bonavista team on November 12, 13 & 14 for their final celebration and wrap up week of Healthy Together with families.
Bonavista (population: 4,000) is a town on the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland and is home to several historical attractions such as The Ryan’s Premises. Bonavista began as a sealing and fishing community and of course home of the puffin’s.
I was picked up in St. John’s and had a beautiful four hour drive to the community of Bonavista where I proceeded to spend three days at the Vista Family Resource Centre with the Healthy Together team and families.
One highlight of this trip was watching the staff take an idea for capturing successes and bring it to life. The staff created flowers and handed them out to participants to write one “success” they experienced during Healthy Together and then had the person mount this on the flip chart. This is a way to help participants ‘own’ their progress and could be done weekly as an visual way to capture success and watch them build over time.
Another highlight was the wonderful activity bins that were assembled for families and sent home at the final session complete with a $25 gift card allowing families to purchase healthy food items to match their new healthier eating habits.
Healthy Together provided an opportunity in Bonavista for families to connect with the Vista Family Centre and each other in new and meaningful ways and this was clearly evidenced in the warm, playful and supportive relationships I witnessed as I joined families and staff in these final three sessions.
A very big thank you to the wonderful time I had with the Healthy Together crew in Bonavista!