Help You and Your Community Be More Healthy
Living a healthy lifestyle involves more than making personal and family
changes to eating healthy, being active, not smoking or learning to handle
stress. Good health in our homes needs to be supported by communities,
schools, workplaces and government policies that make "the healthy choices
the easy choices."
Be a Role Model
Make healthy food choices and active living a part of your smoke-free
lifestyle. See the Keep Yourself Healthy
and Reduce Your Risk sections of this site
for more information.
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Get Involved in Your Community
Take a look at the "way things are" in your community - whether it be
your neighborhood, school, workplace, or place of worship - and explore
options towards changing the environment to create one that is more supportive
of cardiovascular health. Some examples include:
Encourage a Healthy Active Community
- Put some physical activity breaks into meetings at your workplace,
community or volunteer association, place of worship - or any other
place where you or your children meet.
- Start a walking group with neighbors or colleagues.
- Sponsor or subsidize fitness memberships for staff at local fitness
- Additional ideas - available at the Canadian
Health Network Web site section on active living
Create Supportive Environments for being Smoke-Free
- Enhance your employee benefit program to support smokers who want
- Offer smoking cessation courses for employees
- Create policies that support a smoke-free workplace
- Designate your home as smoke-free.
- Support tobacco-free
restaurants in the Calgary area
- If you smoke - don't smoke in public places, especially those where
children are present
- Visit Physicians for a Smoke-free Canada Web site
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Link with Local Resources
The Handbook for Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active
Living lists ideas that encourage an active living community. Visit
their Web site at http://www.paguide.com
or call 1-888-334-9769 to order a copy.
Become involved in Alberta's Ever
Active Alberta School program. Schools involved in this program
are committed to developing, supporting, and promoting physical activity
which is fun, safe, challenging, focused on learning, inclusive, well
managed, and linked to the community. Ever Active Schools create a school
ENVIRONMENT that supports and encourages active living initiatives and
Coordinate a Jump
Rope for Heart program in your school. This program focuses
on developing heart-healthy lifestyles through literature, videos, CD's,
posters, high-interest activities, and workshop materials. Jump Rope
helps students make heart-healthy living choices. Call Jump Rope For
Heart Program Coordinator at (403) 781-7135 for more information.
Become involved in Simply Healthy, an Alberta Cancer Board community-based
initiative aimed at increasing awareness among Albertans about the value
of eating 5 to 10 daily servings of vegetables and fruit. For further
information on this initiative contact Carla McConnell or Monica Schwann
at the Alberta Cancer Board at (403) 670-4862.
Lead or join a Collective Kitchen in your community. Collective
kitchens provide an opportunity to prepare nutritious, affordable food
with others in your community. For more information on Collective Kitchens
in the Calgary area contact the Nutrition and Active Living Program,
Calgary Health Region at 943-8127.
Lead or become involved in a Community Garden in your area.
For a copy of the resource book "How to Start a Community Garden" or
information on the Calgary Community Garden Resource Group or for a
listing of community gardens in the Calgary area contact the Calgary
Horticultural Society at 943-5537.
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Be an Advocate
- Contact the administration of your or your childs' school and advocate
for project/initiative that promotes healthy eating and makes healthy
- Become involved in outdoor environmental issues and Calgary Pathways
issues through joining the Calgary
Area Outdoor Council.
- Contact the representative for your local school board and advocate
for quality daily physical education in our schools for all youth in
- Work towards a Smoke Free Community - in places where you work, meet,
eat and play. To get involved at the municipal level contact Smoke
- For additional information or to get involved at the provincial or
national level visit the following Web sites:
- Become involved in creating a healthy workplace environment. For documents
and resources on workplace health - visit the Health
Canada - Workplace Health Web site
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For more information
This way of looking at health is referred to in the professional community
as the Population Health Approach. The Population health approach looks
at and acts upon the broad range of factors and conditions, referred
to as Determinants of Health that have a strong influence on our health.
For more information on the Population Health Approach and the determinants
of health visit:
Canada - Population Health Approach Web site
Health Network Web site
and Wellness Web site
Visit The Alberta
Heart Health Project Web site for a look at this approach on a
provincial and heart health perspective.
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