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The purpose of this workshop series is to increase the capacity of vulnerable and marginalized individuals in the Victoria area to make healthy choices in different aspects of their lives. This program will be implemented through interactive presentations delivered in co-operation with community partners. Each workshop will begin with a short presentation by each of two experts in the given workshop topic, followed by hands-on learning opportunities, and then a discussion with the whole group together again.
The sessions, which will be tailored for each specific group, may include:
- Choices for Healthy Money Management
- Choices for Healthy Recreation and Exercise
- Choices for Healthy Eating
- Choices for Healthy Sleep and Relaxation
- Choices for Healthy Friendships/Relationships
- Choices for Emotional Resilience
- Choices for Healthy Transit and Mobility
- Choices for Healthy Living for people living with Addictions
- Choices for Healthy Coping with Stress
At the end of each session, participants will:
*Be confident that they can make healthy choices
*Have increased knowledge about the choices available, regardless of age, budget, or physical and mental ability
*Have the skills necessary to make healthy choices
VCHC is able to provide these workshops to all who are interested thanks to the generosity of VanCity, community partners and expert presenters.
VCHC thanks BC Housing for the opportunity to present a total of 16 Choices events at two of their residences in 2011.
These short sessions are a time for residents to get together with friends and neighbours, enjoy a delicious snack and participate in a discussion about areas of their lives in which they can empower themselves to make Choices towards a healthy lifestyle.
Each discussion is led by a leader in the field. Many thanks to: Monica Kingsbury, Tom Burton, Shoshana Scott, Cody Lewis, Liz Brum, David MacLeod, Olive Holman, Ed MacDonald, Matt Fisher, and to Susan from BC Transit. Many thanks to all presenters, and special thanks to Jessica Palma for her organizational and leadership skills, to Murray Polson for his wonderful photos, and to Jodi Sturge from BC Housing who has been so supportive in the development and delivery of this series.
We welcome enquiries from other potential host organizations. The topics, timing and format of each series are developed in co-operation with the host organization and participants.