Mothers in Motion “Promising or Best Practices In Physical Activity Programming for Women of Low Socioeconomic Status” New Brunswick Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program Contact Name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and Information program/service conducted? The aim of the program is to increase the opportunities for daily, quality physical activity for young children and This program shows families the importance the adults around them. and enjoyment of physical activity. There is a Toolkit and a training Active Kids The toolkit provides ideas of activities and Anna-Marie Hayes, Chair workshop designed specifically to meet materials to parents in order to encourage the needs of the parents, caregivers physical activity. New-Brunswick Association (Provincially and other adults that want to enhance Unsure Sessions are a means of spending quality time of Family Resource Centers funded) the physical activity experiences for between parent and child. young children. 110 Richmond St. Unit 1 It is currently delivered in most Family Woodstock, NB Resource Centers (FRCs) in New- E7M 2N9 Brunswick; there are 13 FRCs that have approximately 80 outreaches in NB. Woodstock@frc-crf.com P: (506) 325-2299 This program consists of a series of educational activities focusing on The program promotes healthy eating and NOTE: FRCs deliver Collective nutrition and budgeting. One learns educates parents (mostly mothers) on how to programs to many participants such as single Kitchens cooking skills and methods of prepare nutritious economical meals for the Yes parents - mothers in preparing nutritious and economical family. meals. particular, parents Many FRCs deliver this program. geographically isolated and/or with low income, immigrants, etc. Sessions on nutrition are provided by a Sessions provide valuable information to dietician, nutritionist or public health parents on nutritional foods, and also offers Nutrition nurse as part of the various programs practical tips and advice on how to encourage sessions offered by Family Resource Centers; Yes healthy eating habits are provided by a many of the programs target mothers nutrition specialist. with newborns. Baby at the Pool is for parents and This program gives the opportunity to parents Thérèse McLaughlin, Baby at the Pool children from 4 months to 2 years old. Yes to do physical activity in the pool with their Executive Director child while also socializing with other parents. Centre de ressources familiales de Kent 21, rue Renaud Richibucto, NB E4W 4G8 email@example.com P: (506) 524-9192 Nova Scotia Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Although there are many private providers of Guy Chaham programs and fitness facilities, ‘cost’ and ‘access Executive Director to quality facilities’ are two major contributing factors to the low participation rates. GreenGym - Outdoor Unfortunately private indoor gyms are not for Fitness Experience It provides an amazing concept of “free everyone. fitness membership” for all community We know that obesity is more prevalent in 10-118 Wyse Road, Suite members. N/A lower socioeconomic groups and that these 126 GreenGym By placing GreenGym facilities in public groups are not able to afford a paid subscription Dartmouth, NS areas, everyone can came and use the for a commercial fitness centre. B3A 1N7, Canada outdoor fitness as much as they like. Outdoor free gyms offer creative solution to this problem. P: (902) 469-1511 In addition, other programs leaders can use F: (902) 469-0373 GreenGym facilities as part of their program development and/or implementation plan. www.GreenGym.ca Developed in a rural Hants county, the program is a partnership between a CAPC/CPNP project, Public Health and Debbie Reimer, Executive Sun Root Farm. Director Upon receiving funding from Public Health, the project bought 5 full shares Annapolis-Valley Hants in community shared agriculture, This program has created a unique partnership Community Action Program enabling extremely high need families Making Healthy between Public Health, CAPC/CPNP participants for Children to receive fresh, locally grown produce Choices Unsure and a local farm. during the growing season. It is also making a difference in the dietary P.O. Box 893 Seven families were able to participate practices of the participating families. Kentville, NS this year. B4N 4H8 CAPC/CPNP project was responsible for delivery. firstname.lastname@example.org Sun Root Farm also delivered P: 902-582-1375 workshops on preparing and preserving the produce. Nova Scotia – Halifax Name of Brief description of the Was a program Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity program/service evaluation exemplary and information program/service conducted? This is a program where children and Parents and children are given an opportunity Deborah Rawding parents prepare nutritious foods to discuss and prepare a healthy, nutritious Family Kitchen together to promote healthy, meal, in a cost effective manner. Parent ‘n Tot Meeting Place Program, economical eating practices. Families are introduced to foods they This CAPC project also has developed traditionally may not have known how to 3524 Dutch Village Road, Bowling, community partnerships that allow Unsure prepare and utilize in their diets. Halifax, NS swimming and them to offer bowling and swimming Participants are able to attend physical activity B3N 2S1 yoga programs offsite once a week as well as onsite programs in their community at no cost on a yoga twice a month for participants. regular basis. email@example.com. ca P: 902-443-9569 Newfoundland Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Jill Brewer, Director City of St.John’s Department of Recreation Fees are waived for women who cannot afford the program registration. We are pleased to offer this new ladies P.O. Box 908 Just for Kicks The program is located next to a playground so program as a recreational fun soccer N/A St.John’s, NL Soccer Program women can bring their kids. program for women 25 years and A1C 5M2 The program runs on Sundays to avoid and/or older. Come out and join the fun!! reducing conflict with kids programming. P: 709-576-8405 www.sjys.ca Alberta Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? P.A.C.E Leanne Worr, We get a discounted price for the hall rental Recreation & Events We meet each Thursday at the local and run the program with only a toonie charge. Penhold Adult Coordinator town hall and exercise. We leave it The women love it, and it is affordable! Class (for) open to both men and women but we No After saving our toonies, we have had The Town of Penhold Exercise have not seen one man yet! professional belly dancers, yoga instructors etc., come in as a treat for our group! P: (403) 886-5464 New Brunswick & Ontario Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Program that provides you with support, fun, helpful information about nutritious cooking and eating, and the The program received long-term funding from chance to get to know other young the Public Health Agency of Canada. women who are having babies. It is a free drop-in program that attempts to You begin the program while you are eliminate or minimize the conditions of risk pregnant and continue until your baby pregnant women and young children and their is six months old. families. When you meet with the other young Buns in the oven Comprehensive program where many services women, you cook a nutritious meal Yes are provided: food supplementation, nutritional and eat together. counseling, support, education, referral and Other activities include guest speakers, Buns in the oven counseling on health and lifestyle issues. games, collecting recipes and time to Programs are located in the community where chat. Dietitians are available during the Coordinator at St-Mary’s it is accessible for mothers. i.e. St-Mary’s Home, program to answer your questions and Home Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa. provide parenting and health tips. Milk coupons, food to take home and P: (613) 725-5152 bus tickets are available weekly. Programs are free of charge. For Children of Young Single Parents Open and welcoming to all participants ideas. provides programs and services for Bus tickets, snacks and childcare are included. pregnant teens and young/single Non-judgmental environment, parent families with children age 0-5 Brighter Futures Opportunity to meet other young parents in years old. Yes similar circumstances. Offers counseling, support and referral Support and referral today, tomorrow and later. on child development and parenting Open invitation to return whenever you want. issues. Flexible program to meet specific needs. British Columbia - Victoria Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? We run a series of sessions for new mothers and their infants up to 6 months of age. In each series, we walk with the participants and their infants, as well Recreation as partners and/or support people, Centre over to the Recreation Centre where We have found that most clients do not know Orientation for the staff conducts an orientation on No, however there about the Recreation Centre -even if they live 2 programs and services available and has always been New Mothers blocks away, have never used it, and did not their subsidy program – L.I.F.E (Leisure very positive know what it had to offer. Diana Bosworth Involvement for Everyone). feedback to the Most clients also did know about the LIFE L.I.F.E is an income-based subsidy orientation. program and reduced rates. Esquimalt Neighbourhood program wherein individuals and House families get a coupon and/or or punch cards for free or reduced cost Victoria BC programs. We also orient the participants to the A CPNP and CAPC site Mom & Baby Programs and the Fitness/wellness Centre. firstname.lastname@example.org As part of our drop in programs for parents/caregivers with children up to Orientation to 5 yrs age, we conduct an orientation We have found that most clients do not know L.I.F.E Program and referral to the L.I.F.E. Program at about the Recreation Centre -even if they live 2 for all the Recreation Centre. blocks away, have never used it, and did not No participants with We also review the Recreation know what it had to offer. children up to 5 Centre’s seasonal program guidebook, Most clients also did know about the LIFE yrs of age particularly the adult wellness program and reduced rates. activities, and the preschoolers and family programs. British Columbia – Burn Lake/Aboriginal Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Increased physical participation by young women in the community. Increased team building and friendships are evident. Spirits of Burns Lake™ Girls We are an aspiring team of young and Hockey Increased fitness levels and deceased obesity girls. We like to play hockey and we rating in young women. want to encourage this as a healthy P.O. Box 41 Decreased drug and alcohol abuse in the pursuit in others. Burns lake, BC community. Our mandate and goal is to encourage V0E 1E0 Spirits of Burn The young women are featured in the local and empower young women to make Yes Lake community newspaper. healthy choices, to become healthy P: 250 -692 -3172 More parents are engaged was mentors to the and influential role models for other P: 250 -692 -3962 youth. young women in the community, and P: 250 -692 -9111 We form lasting relationships with others in the to form lifelong healthy friendships community. through the game of hockey. email@example.com Young women are playing hockey regularly and having fun. The girls come back next year and bring a friend. Ontario - Hamilton Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Woman Alive! is a no cost barrier free Yes. (child minding, bus tickets, running The strength, commitment, and contributions of the shoes, prizes, pedometer loans, privacy In 2006, pre, post community partnerships, as well as the extensive blinds, snacks, health discussions, and 3 month involvement of the Women Health Educators has language support) physical follow-up meant: activity/health information program questionnaires Rapid expansion into the community; for low income and culturally diverse were completed Increased accessibility for low income and women age 18 years + residing in the with 2 program culturally diverse women throughout the city of Hamilton. series at one community, dramatically increasing demand for 3 series/year at 5 locations. 2 physical location; the program; activity sessions/week (aqua fit, Evaluation Report Greater commitment to the program from aerobics, circuit training, yoga, available. participants, increasingly diverse participant Ann Stanziani, kickboxing-dependent on location). makeup. Public Health Nurse The program started in Hamilton 6 Questionnaires Our ability to extensively support, the years ago (based on program of same look at physical involvement of the Women Health Educators in City of Hamilton, Public name in Ottawa) at one location activity, self being part of the Woman Alive program (as Health Services, Healthy (YWCA Hamilton). In last 2 years has esteem, health participants, as fitness leader trainees), means Living Division expanded dramatically with growing behaviour that we are able to engage culturally diverse community partnerships, in-kind outcomes for the women that we would never otherwise be able Woman Alive! 71 Main St. W (Upper contributions and external funding. 5 participants. to. Ottawa office). Hamilton, current series (1 for Chinese women It is a unique and successful peer/professional ON with language support, 1 geared Currently, 2 model, which is successfully engaging the hard L8P 4Y5 towards South Asian women, also with culturally specific to reach. language support). 100+ women (Chinese and South We continually work to ensure that the P: 905 546 2424 ext.2778 registered/series. Asian) series run in program is barrier free (i.e. even eliminating the Fax: 905 546 3658 Extensive involvement of Women the Fall of 2007 are requirement for income verification). Health Educators from the Chinese, being evaluated in The program is making a difference in women’s firstname.lastname@example.org Arabic, Vietnamese and South Asian the same way, with lives: skill development, improvements in communities. One program instructor translated health and well being, stress management, self is a former Woman Alive! participant. evaluation tools esteem, confidence, mental and emotional Up to 20 program participants will (for the CIAF grant health, and the adoption of healthy lifestyle begin training in February, 2008 to -report due behaviours. become certified in group and aqua June/08). The benefits of being a program participant also fitness leadership through the YWCA. has a positive impact on their children and Linked with PPADEC project The PPADEC families. (Promoting Physical Activity Among project will do an The environment is supportive and non- Diverse Ethnocultural Communities) in-depth judgmental. All participants are welcomed and (McMaster University). evaluation of the encouraged to meet and maintain their goals. Development of walking groups to be Chinese series implemented by Spring, 2009 at each beginning in of the locations. Community partners: February, 2008. All the City of Hamilton (Public Health series participants Services, Recreation Department), also complete a YWCA Hamilton, Ontario Early Years process evaluation Centres, Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys’ & at the end of each Girls’ Club. series. Funding through: Healthy Living Hamilton, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ministry of Health Promotion (Communities in Action Fund), United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, Zonta Club of Hamilton 1, Public Health Services. Other partnerships: Around the Bay Road Race, Chatelaine Magazine, McMaster Women’s Health Initiative. An outcome Louanne McClemont Feel the Power evaluation (focus The free program makes a difference in the Group based support program Main Hess Recreation Feel Fit Club at group) was physical activity levels of the women. targeting women to increase their Centre, City of Hamilton, Main Hess conducted on the The program motivates and encourages physical activity levels. Community Services Recreation parent Club in participation in a supportive manner via The parent Club was developed in P: 905-546-2424 x 2012 2006. monthly meetings and daily encounters. Centre 2003 and continues to run in the email@example.com An informal Women are also supported by their peers. (Sister Club) community. brainstorming By expanding the program to the Main Hess The Club was expanded to Main Hess Gail Dowling meeting took place community, barriers to participating in physical in June 2007. City of Hamilton, Public in August 2007 to activity have decreased such as access, Please visit our website for additional Health Services assess the needs of transportation, and cost. information: www.doitwell.ca P: 905-546-2424 x. 7174 participants at firstname.lastname@example.org Main Hess Ontario Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? A recreational boxing program for Cathy van Ingen,PhD women and trans people who are self- Assistant Professor identifying survivors of violence. Department of Physical The program began in the fall of 2007 Education and Kinesiology and is a partnership between The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, Brock University Opportunity for Advancement, Jessie’s 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Centre for Teenagers and Brock N/A N/A Catharines, ON Shape Your Life University. L2S 3A1 Shape Your Life is a one-year project funded by the Ministry of the Attorney P: (905) 688-5550 General. ext. 4981 Fax: (905) 688-8364 email@example.com Ontario - Windsor Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? The church provides ice skates at no Last year we had 350 pair of skates, loaned out Lorna Firh charge to anyone who asks. for the season to 400 people. The church is situated in downtown Many low-income children and their parents Connection (CPAC) Lanark Windsor across the street from a free use them. County open air, artificial ice rink. Number of women 25-45 years old using the The ice rink is walking distance for one skates is probably less than 10%. We believe 613-256-1031 ext. 30 hundred people living in city housing. getting girls active in winter is a step forwards Ice Skating - The church is on a bus terminal and your goal of promoting active living among lorna@connectionsprogram All Saint Anglican low rent housing area. No women. .ca Church The church is known for its outreach Most parents who attend the organized weekly activities. All volunteers staffed. family programs are obese. They have requested to do organized physical activities. We are in need of ideas and suggestions for LSES, what is being done and what works for a rural population in terms of no transportation and childcare opportunities. Ontario – Ottawa Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Mothers know that they can be active, while their children are also active and fun in a safe This program is for children (ages 4-12) environment. Kanata Leisure Centre Break a Wave of mothers who are participating in the N/A The children are supervised by a certified Wednesday Evening aerobic class. lifeguard. P: 613-580-6744 The children participate in the public swim for free. Designed to provide affordable physical activity programs to women with limited income in order to increase their capacity to care for their Ottawa Public Health works in partnership with Nathalie McKenna own health and the health of their Parks and Recreation to deliver this affordable Public Health family. program to recreation facilities where Nurse/Infirmière en santé The program promotes, coordinates transportation is accessible and daycare publique and implements heart/other health provided for free to program participants. topics (diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, The program has a huge impact on these City of Ottawa/Ville personal safety, CPR, First-Aid) for low women's overall health. d'Ottawa income women offered in partnership No income proof needed to register, only on Community and Protective with community agencies to provide Yes. the self reported Low income Status. Services/ opportunities for affordable physical Participants pay what they can afford (i.e. 1 Services communautaires et Woman Alive / activity, healthy lifestyle information Initial, mid-term loony) and when they can afford. de protection Femme active and socialization for women to and final Instructors are often a bit older and have the network amongst each other. evaluations have “real” people look. Some have also been 100 Constellation Cres., 7th The program is offered at 4 Parks and been conducted. participants of the program and received some floor Recreation sites: Jack Purcell, Plant, the YMCA training and support to become Ottawa,ON Kanata, Foster Farm and one French fitness leaders. K2G 6J8 site at Overbrooke Forbes. Promotes conditions of equality on the basis of Furthermore, some participants have race, ethnicity, income, gender, official P: 613-580-6744 x23451 been trained through the years to language and ability. become fitness leaders themselves and Promotes safe behaviors and injury prevention. Nathalie.McKenna@ottawa. lead Woman Alive /Femme active ca groups. Their training and equipment was funded by Women Alive programs. Increase physical activity of LSES To reduce the financial barrier in accessing Abebe Engdasaw women throughout various modes of physical activity and providing access to a Multicultural Health Woman Alive for organized aerobics and/or aqua-fitness recreation facility for the women and their Manager Multicultural Yes and/or fitness classes. family. City of Ottawa/Ville Women Classes offered in immigrant mother This is an example of program working with d'Ottawa tongue and offered by community multiple partners in providing services to low 613-580-6744 members that have been trained to socioeconomic status women. i.e. Partnership become fitness leaders. with Recreation Centre, Ottawa Public Health, Regional Heart Beat (Trillium Funding) and Multicultural Health Coalition and their Associations in Ottawa. Programs are delivered in a cultural sensitive way by community members that the participants can associate themselves with. Since swimming is an excellent way to get active, the women can start to become physically active in a safe, non-threatening environment. This is the most popular swim for this pool. It consistently has approximately 60 in the pool each Friday night. Those who are uncomfortable in the water can wear a lifejacket and register for women only swimming lessons that run just before the An unstructured swim designed for Leisure Swim. females only and their children - boys Challenges for the Pool that have been over the age of six are not permitted. overcome: Caroline McGarrity, Adult females do not have to bring a Curtains/blinds have been purchased and Area Recreation Supervisor child to these swims. installed to keep the pool restricted to The sessions offer an opportunity for women only. Sawmill Creek Community Female Only the women to get active, possibly with The change rooms for men and families are Yes Centre and Pool Swim their daughters (since the program locked during the whole swim. allows girls to participate as well). All staff are female only and have been P: 613-521-4092 This program allows the mothers to be trained to deal with many low swimming caroline.mcgarrity@ottawa. active role models for their daughters abilities. They also ask hesitant swimmers to ca in a non-traditional way. complete a swim test to see if they should require a lifejacket or not. They also patiently enforce the safety rules and precautions of the pool. Swimsuits are enforced by the lifeguards but since some women are more comfortable coming in long shirts and/or shorts, they are allowed to wear them over top of their swimsuits. Larger lifejackets have been purchased to accommodate the amount of women who need them. The community pool is located is in one of Level 101: This introduction to the water is perfect for the lower income communities. It is a very those with little or no water experience. Participants multicultural community with Muslim will work towards 15m swims on their front and back women who would not normally have a and will become comfortable entering and exiting the Caroline McGarrity, chance to swim because of their religion’s water as well as supporting themselves at the surface. Area Recreation restrictions. Participants will learn the skills needed for stroke Supervisor Women Only Since swimming is an excellent way to get development. active (all muscles groups are used while in Swimming Level 102: This intermediate level will teach swimmers Sawmill Creek the water), the women can start to become Lessons the three fundamental swimming strokes: Front Crawl, Yes Community Centre and physically active in a safe, non-threatening (Level 101, Back Crawl and Breaststroke. Participants will develop Pool environment. 201, 301) swimming endurance and learn useful entries The sessions offer an opportunity for the including dives and rolls. P: 613-521-4092 women to get active, possibly with their Level 103: this level is perfect for those interested in caroline.mcgarrity@ott daughters (since the program always runs more than just the basics. Participants will fine tune awa.ca at the same time as Girls Only swimming their swimming strokes and improve their endurance lessons). This program allows the mothers and efficiency in the water. Participants will learn the to be active role models for their daughters ins and outs of swimming for fitness, and swimming in a non-traditional way. for life. Ontario – Ottawa/Multicultural Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? Originally piloted among 58 Evaluation of this This program was chosen as one of six multicultural women participants in program will successful regional projects in a request for 2006, this project consist of a 6-week occur prior to proposal processed implemented by Cancer program which introduces sports and March 31, 2008. Care Ontario (CCO). CCO chose the successful fitness as a means of physical activity Support from the regional projects based on their ability to for immigrant women (i.e. Lebanese, Public Health demonstrate a “best practices' or evidence- Arabic, Somali, Vietnamese, South Research, informed approach. This project mirrors such Hilda Chow, Asian, Chinese, Hispanic, African and Education and an approach by using an intervention model Project Caribbean), and focuses on fun, fitness, Development which includes such strategies as: involvement Manager (& Family Health and skill building. (PHRED) program of immigrant women in program consultation Supervisor) It targets those who have difficulties through it's and decision making; training lay physical accessing mainstream physical activity partnership with activity leaders; and partnering with key City of Ottawa Public programs and services, and will Cancer Care stakeholders. Health provide culturally sensitive physical Ontario will guide The model also seeks to eliminate or reduce the Never to late for activity initiatives via the training of the evaluation barriers to physical activity which are common 100 Constellation Cr. multicultural lay physical activity process. among the target group, including: providing physical activity 7th Floor East, leaders. Evaluation will the program in the appropriate language and and fitness for include pre- and context, conducting sessions at an easily Ottawa ON Women K2G 6J8 post accessible location and for a minimum cost, and questionnaires to reducing social isolation through integration of P: (613) 580-6744 assess lay leaders. ext.26272 whether there This project is unique in that it involves have been any collaboration between the City of Ottawa Public Hilda.Chow@ottawa.ca changes in the Health and City of Ottawa Parks and Recreation. personal As a result, the project includes a sound plan for behaviour of sustainability since the trained multicultural participants physical activity leaders will be incorporated as related staff by the Parks and Recreation branch to to physical activity continue with physical activity initiatives after and healthy funding ceases. eating. Lessons learned from this project will also be shared and potentially utilized by other health units, agencies and organizations through the development of a tool-kit. Ontario – Ottawa/Aboriginal Name of Was a program Brief description of the Reason you think the program/service is Program contact name physical activity evaluation program/service exemplary and information program/service conducted? The purpose of “Pump and Stretch” is Past yoga and healthy lifestyle sessions that to increase levels of physical activity were held regularly at Wabano from July-Dec and promote healthier lifestyles in 2007 demonstrated extremely promising urban Aboriginals in Ottawa and feedback and enthusiasm in repeating a similar surrounding areas. program in 2008. Participants of all levels of physical fitness abilities will engage in 2 hours Yoga: Therapeutic and Preventative - The of weekly yoga, low-impact aerobic various physiological, psychological and activities including “the ball” and free biochemical benefits of Yoga have been well weights. established, but Wabano added an additional The inspiration for this program comes component by incorporating traditional from Wabano’s former yoga program Aboriginal teachings in a helpful and relevant known as “Yoga at Wabano: way (e.g. Respect; respect your body, respect Connecting the mind, body and spirit”. A general your limits, respect the people around you). Wabano This program drew high levels of evaluation of Participants that attended classes regularly Pamela Naymark, Health Aboriginal Health participation and new clients from the Wabano’s yoga noticed a huge difference in their confidence, Promoter Centre community on a weekly basis. It program was body image and attitudes towards fitness. All allowed a weekly consideration of conducted by reported “changes” in their bodies whether Wabano Aboriginal Health Pump and fitness and the impact certain regular their flexibility, endurance or strength increased Centre Stretch: 10 behaviors and lifestyle choices have in participants. Their or back and neck pain had reduced weeks of yoga, our daily lives but also the next comments and considerably. A sense of pride and P: 613-748-0657 x. 223 low impact generation of Aboriginal children. suggestions have accomplishment was seen throughout as many The program is expected to take place been integral in participants were able to develop a new firstname.lastname@example.org aerobics and in the basement of Wabano in the instilling this new understanding of their bodies and fitness weights evenings with a trial run of 8 weeks program. aspirations. from 6:30-8:30 starting onFebruary Benefits of low impact aerobics and weight - 5th. Owing to poor health conditions, most This program will work in conjunction Aboriginal people are not able to afford, are with other health promotion activities comfortable pursuing and/or physically ready and health awareness campaigns for a generalized program at a local gym. around nutrition and decreasing risky Providing easy to remember low impact, behaviors (e.g. smoking cessation). adaptable and fun stretches, cardio sessions I am hoping to hire two women from and strength training is crucial in increasing and the community to support this sustaining the health and well-being of this program. An Algonquin yoga teacher community. will co-facilitate one week of yoga for Internal community integration - The former all levels while an energetic fitness yoga program encouraged people to seek out trainer of Mohawk origin, is expected services in the non-Aboriginal community (e.g. to co-facilitate every other week. field trips to gyms and yoga studios in Ottawa) Although an additional cost, this will and instilled confidence to attend independent add a much needed level of skill and fitness efforts outside of Wabano. efficiency to the program. In addition, Internal community integration - Weekly it is crucial that participants have role sessions have allowed Aboriginal people models and facilitators from the unfamiliar with eachother to meet in a manner community. previously non-existent at Wabano. When The impact of this program is expected practicing yoga they have developed networks to be dramatic. With the support of of support and feel comforted talking to other our mental health teams, we are people in the community confronting similar focusing on the health and well-being health risks of every participant as a ‘whole’ and Recognition in the community - Through intend to explore behavioral, continued dedication to improving this environmental and psychological program, promotion and ability to adapt yoga factors that influence unhealthy and healthy lifestyles presentations to all body lifestyles and in turn develop effective types and expectations, this program has strategies to be used by the whole started to develop a favorable reputation family. among the Aboriginal community in Ottawa. A consistent fitness program that is open to everyone in the community encourages participation and disseminates an awareness of the importance of increasing fitness levels and healthier lifestyles. There are plenty of high impact Aboriginal games, sports and activities, while there are many traditional foods and recipes that offer healthy and balanced diets. All ages are expected to attend, but Snowshoeing tones the entire body while Pamela Naymark, Health priority will be given to young women, providing an excellent cardiovascular workout. Promoter mothers and their children. It strengthens leg and heart muscles and This particular event is set for February improves delivery of oxygen to muscles. th Wabano Aboriginal Health 9 in the Gatineau Hills, but we would Evaluations will be Snowshoeing also allows Aboriginal people to “The great Centre like to make this a regular excursion. completed after connect to the land and the way of their snowshoeing and We will be serving a healthy lunch that the excursions. ancestors. chili ‘eventure’ P: 613-748-0657 x. 223 is easy, affordable and offers a good In the same way, part of canoeing is balance of all food groups. overcoming and working with nature and the email@example.com Canoeing is expected to take place in environment, but it also allows for an intense “Just around the May 2008. session of high impact cardio activity. riverbend” : Kayaking and Canoeing has never been Canoeing for attempted at Wabano by adult women, but beginners there is a real interest and need for these excursions. (to be planned) The 2008 census reported an unprecedented number of Aboriginals living in Ottawa; more than 50,000 habitants self identified as Aboriginal in Ottawa and more than a million throughout Canada. This number does not even include the Aboriginal groups that chose not to participate in this census. Aboriginal people claim the highest rates of obesity, diabetes (in some instances 3 times the average rate) and many chronic health issues in Canada. In addition, they have a high incidence of mental illness and significantly lower life expectancies than that of their non-Aboriginal counterparts. It is crucial that we target the source of these chronic health conditions and consequences by encouraging a healthier livelihood and behaviors/habits that are passed down through the generations. Health promotion efforts at Wabano encourage Aboriginal families to remain active, fit and healthy in their minds, bodies and spirits.