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Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs

Health Promoters and Community Engagement Workers

Health Promotion is defined as” the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health,” (Ottawa Charter for Health promotion).Health Promoters/Community Workers engage the community by use of multiple strategies in the five action areas of health promotion. They include the following:

• Building healthy public policy
• Creating supportive environments
• Strengthening community action
• Developing personal skills
• Re-orienting health services

Health promotion also focuses on the Determinants of Health which include:

• Income and social status
• Social support networks
• Education and literacy
• Employment and working conditions
• Healthy physical environments
• Social environments
• Healthy child development
• Health services access

Health Promoters coordinate and facilitate group and individual programs and tools that empower the individual towards achieving optimal health. They work in partnership with other agencies to the overall betterment of the community’s health. They focus on the prevention of disease but also concentrate on improving the lives of those with chronic diseases or disabilities. Please check the listing of available programs in this directory or check out our calendar on the website www.gbachc.ca

For more information on any of these programs, please contact:

Cindy Maxfield
Health Promotion and Program Coordinator in Grand Bend
519-238-1556 ext. 231

or

Nichelle Steenbeek
Health Promotions in Hensall
519-262-3459 ext. 229

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