Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program

 

Patti Gjos

Healthy Living Activator

705-256-5634  (2211)

healforlife@ssmifc.ca

 

INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE

 

122 East St. 

 

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON

 

P6A 3C6

 

 

Are you interested in...

· Participating in organized sport activities, physical fitness activities,  and physical recreation activities;

· Gaining more knowledge of healthy eating  habits, traditional diets and healthy weight management;

· Reducing the use of commercial tobacco products and developing a support system to encourage a smoke free environment;

· Developing leadership skills through youth  leadership programming and positive community activities.


The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Programme (UAHLP) can help you achieve your lifestyle goals! 

This programme is taking major strides to help community members to increase their physical activity levels and their cardio-vascular health; to become smoke-free; to increase their knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating practices and weight management; and, to enhance the leadership ability of our youth. 


While the UAHLP will offer great benefits for the community as a whole, it will maintain four key target groups for special programming: 

· Children

· Youth

· Women

· Seniors and Disabled Adults


SENIORS AND DISABLED ADULTS

It is never too late to increase your physical activity level and improve your healthy lifestyle choices.  In fact, active living is an important part of aging well and disability management. 

Regular activity can help you maintain your health and independence and prevent disabling conditions later on.


What to expect of the programme?

Seniors and Disabled Adults can look forward to a variety of programmes designed to  help build strength, flexibility, and endurance—supporting our seniors and disabled adults to live healthy lives. 


WOMEN

A woman may fill various care-giving roles throughout her life: mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend, teacher and more.  Unfortunately, demanding work and/or family schedules often prevents women from taking the time to care for their own well-being.

Making the time to prepare healthy meals and engaging in regular physical activity is important to your health.  A healthier you makes for a healthier family, community, and workplace.


What to expect of the programme?

Women can look forward to regular on-going “Women Only” programmes such as yoga and aerobics.

Such programmes will provide women with the opportunity to connect with other women and to engage in some distraction-free “me” time, and to make exercise a healthy lifestyle habit. 


YOUTH

Television, computers  and video games can keep youth very busy but, unfortunately, “non-active”. 

Physical activity is important for healthy physical growth, development, and healthy weight maintenance.

Did you know?  41% of urban Aboriginal youth in Canada are overweight or obese.  This has contributed to the rise of early onset of type 2 diabetes.

Increasing your physical activity by 30 minutes a day is a good way to start developing healthy physical activity habits to carry with you throughout life.


What to expect of the programme?

Besides sports and recreation activities, Youth aged 13-17 years can discover their leadership potential and increase their physical activity levels during the  Youth Leadership Development Programme (starts 2009).  Participants can look forward to a series of indoor workshops and outdoor excursions that will stimulate the body and mind and help youth to develop life skills that  will prepare them to be our future leaders.  Hiking, camping, rock climbing, and canoeing are just some of the activities that will challenge participants to set personal goals and to lead a more active lifestyle.


CHILDREN

Introducing daily physical activity and sport participation as a healthy lifestyle habit early on is important for childhood development.  Also, being an active child sets the stage for increased physical activity and self-esteem in adulthood.

Did you know?  Sport participation by children in Canada is on the decline.

Increasing your daily active time is fun and great for your health!  Children aged 7-12 years can look forward to various sports and recreation activities that will strengthen the heart, help to achieve and maintain healthy weight, and enhance healthy growth and development.


COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Although the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Programme will be offering targeted programmes for children, youth, women and seniors/disabled, the programme will also be offering a wide range of activities that all the community can participate in, such as sport, recreation and physical fitness activities.

In addition, other healthy living programmes are available to interested community members:

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight

A weekly, ongoing healthy weight management programme that will equip participants with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values needed to make healthy lifestyle choices in building diet and exercise regimes.  This 12-week programme will focus on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and establishing support networks to ensure your success.

Smoke Free Living/Smoking Cessation

This programme will promote a smoke-free lifestyle for you and your family through a variety of workshops and activities.  Come  meet with role models for smoke-free living and get support while quitting.