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Healthy Living Projects in Newfoundland and Labrador

Building Upon Eastern Active Schools to Increase Family and Community Involvement in the Promotion of Health and Wellness

Organization

Eastern School District

Description

Building Upon Eastern Active Schools to Increase Family and Community Involvement in the Promotion of Health and Wellness is a six-month project of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Eastern School District, in partnership with the Central School District. The purpose of the project is to increase family and community involvement in the Active Schools Program. This program, which promotes healthy living by incorporating 20 minutes of activity in the classroom each day, has 95 participating schools in the two districts.

This current project will begin the process of increasing family and community involvement in 19 Active Schools. Project activities include creating Active School Advisory Committees and Active Schools field worker positions in each school as well as developing resource material for increasing involvement. The project will also develop tools to track changes in healthy living behaviour and attitudes. The results of the project will be incorporated into the Active Schools Program across the two districts.

Eat Great and Participate: Supporting Youth to Make Healthy Food Choices in Recreational Settings in Newfoundland and Labrador

Organization

Dietitians of Canada – Atlantic Region

Description

Eat Great and Participate: Supporting Youth to Make Healthy Food Choices in Recreational Settings in Newfoundland and Labrador is a project of Dietitians of Canada – Atlantic Region. The purpose of the project is to develop a supportive community environment that reinforces healthy eating for children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador. The focus is on community and recreation groups, facilities and events that involve young people. The project will promote access to healthy food choices at these events, work with food producers, suppliers and retailers, and promote healthy eating as an essential component of organized sports. Project staff will conduct an environmental scan, produce resource kits, hold a provincial workshop and develop healthy eating guidelines for children in recreational and community activities. As a result, children, youth, parents, coaches, volunteers and community leaders will have a better understanding of the importance of healthy eating, and young people will have greater access to healthy food and beverage choices at community events.

Small Steps... Big Results Physical Activity Campaign: Building Capacity

Organization

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

Description

Small Steps... Big Results Physical Activity Campaign: Building Capacity is a project of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador (RNL). The purpose of the project is to increase the number of children, youth and families who participate in daily physical activity and to increase the number of service providers who advance physical activity strategies. Project activities include raising awareness of the health benefits of physical activity, identifying a physical activity strategy for rural areas, extending the reach of the current Small Steps... Big Results Physical Activity Campaign into the community, schools and workplace, and providing resources such as pedometers, reflectors and walking logbooks to target groups.

The Small Steps... Big Results program, previously developed by RNL, includes an interactive website, a community walking kit, promotional material and support groups. This current project will develop community-specific resources, at four community physical activity demonstration sites, in Bay Bulls-Bauline, Twillingate-New World Island, Eastport Peninsula and the Labrador Straits region. RNL will also revise the provincial Active Community Challenge tools. Project resources and results will be shared in a provincial forum to be held in 2010.