Know your numbers and live a healthier life

Ha-Shilth-Sa, November 22, 2007

Matilda Watts, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Healthy Living Program Coordinator, Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae and Pam Ganske of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, attend the launch of the Diabetes Management Program at West Coast General Hospital on Nov. 14.

Port Alberni — 

                                                                                                        

The object of the Healthy Living Program is to provide easily accessible, culturally appropriate, quality resources, and sessions that support healthy living choices for all age groups. 

This includes:

Providing health resources and information to increase awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices;

improving attitudes of the benefits of healthy food choices and regular physical activity (improving attitudes about healthy eating, increasing knowledge of basic nutrition, increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, improving skills in selection and preparation of healthy foods);

“Know Your Numbers Awareness” (Blood Pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol);

increasing awareness of risk factors for disease.

The Healthy Living Program Schedule, including the Healthy Living Screening Session for blood pressure, glucose, total cholesterol and A1C, is as follows:

Ahousaht—Dec. 12

Tla-o-qui-aht—Dec. 13 in the a.m.

Ucluelet East —Dec. 13 in the p.m.

Kyuquot—School and Community Sessions planning stages

Haa-Huu-Payuk School sessions planning stages

November 14 was World Diabetes Day. Matilda Watts, with Mayor Ken McRae and Pam Ganske of the Vancouver Island Health Authority attended the West Coast General Hospital Lab Launch of the Diabetes Management Program

Pictogram Project:

Community members participated in a focus group on the use of Culture-sensitive pictograms for dispensing medications.

Please call me for further information

Matilda Watts 724-5759