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Innovation Strategy Projects in Nova Scotia


Improving the Emotional and Social Health of Children In Their Communities: Implications for Population Health (Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids (SEAK))

Organization

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division

Telephone

902-466-6600

Description

The project will enhance, implement and test an elementary school-based mental health promotion intervention which includes a school, home and community component. The interventions will build on the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATH) and Emotional Maturity Problem-solving and Awareness Targeting Higher Impulse Control (EMPATHIC) programs to promote social and emotional competence and prevent and reduce behaviour and emotional problems. The school-based component covers five areas of emotional/social development: self-control, emotional understanding, self-esteem, peer relations and interpersonal problem solving skills.

This enhanced program will be implemented in two Nova Scotia sites: the South Shore which includes the rural communities of Lunenburg and Queens Counties, and other sites being developed in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Our Food: Addressing Obesity by Reconnecting Food and Community

Organization

Ecology Action Centre

Telephone

902-429-2202

Description

The objectives of this project located in Halifax are to address the issue of obesity by developing a series of interventions that increase fruit and vegetable consumption and bolster food security so that healthier eating habits become the norm.

The project’s activities include: establishing community garden plots, facilitating gardening, food preparation, food preservation and food storage workshops, encouraging alternative and traditional food distribution systems, and working with community partners to identify infrastructure and resource needs. These activities will be critical for the implementation of longer-term community-based programs on increasing food security in these communities.