The department of Health Promotions and Education Services develops and delivers culturally appropriate and holistic programming that promotes healthy living for the urban, Indigenous community in our catchment areas. Our programs are accessible resources for people of all ages and families to be proactive in the prevention and/or the management of lifestyle risk factors associated with various conditions and diseases.
Areas of Focus:
- Education & Management
- Healthy Lifestyles Workshops: Fitness Classes/Healthy Cooking Classes/Cultural Arts and Teachings
- Youth Outreach Services/School-Based Programming/Children’s Programming.
- Clinical management, dietary counsel and foot care services for Diabetes.
- Community Events.
The FASD and Child Nutrition Program offers:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to permanent disability that affects the nervous system, physical health and brain development caused by any amount of alcohol consumed in pregnancy. FASD is a global epidemic.
FASD is a global epidemic:
“Water is vital to all known forms of life on the Earth, making up 71 % of the Earth’s surface. The rivers and lakes are the life lines to mother earth much like the veins and arteries in our own bodies. Our bodies are like molded rivers and are also made up of 71% water.
Water is cleansing. Water is sacred. Water is magical and mysterious, it is our first home and where we come from. Filthy water cannot be cleaned.”
As a program, we promote awareness and education regarding the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy. We aim to provide culturally appropriate programming that will increase the quality of life for children and youth affected by this disorder, those at risk, as well as parents and caregivers. We have a dedicated interest in the promotion of nutrition resources for children.
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre FASD/Child Nutrition Program endeavors to reduce the incidence of FASD in our communities. By raising awareness of the health and social issues that are the result of FASD, we hope to affect the future generation.
In pregnancy no amount of alcohol is safe at any time. Alcohol passes freely through the placenta. If you are drinking, you should not get pregnant. If you are pregnant, keep the waters clean!
Healthier YOU program:
The Healthier YOU program focuses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes; through awareness, education and the promotion of healthy eating practices and physical fitness activities. The Healthier YOU program also offers programming and supports through our mandate to help community members end their use of commercial tobacco
Healthier YOU includes:
- Diabetes Prevention
- Healthy Active Living Smoke Free Ontario
- Smoke Free Ontario