Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program

About the Program

The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program here at the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre is designed to promote healthy living and support community as well as staff members. Health status can be improved through participation in sports activates, physical fitness, recreational activities, nutritional knowledge, as well as support in smoking reduction and/or cessation. The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program is open to all Urban Indigenous peoples, members of the community, youth and ANFC staff all while aiming to achieve leadership development as well as health and well-being.

Hello, my name is Cloey Brigham and I am the new temporary Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program Coordinator. I began this position May 30, 2022, and I will have completed my duration here on December 2, 2022. My goal is to collaboratively integrate programming for the community that focuses on smoking reduction, physical fitness and nutritional knowledge and healthy living habits as well as support the ANFC staff members with various healthy living processes.

Throughout this past year, the Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program has had great success both individually and while partnering with other coordinators to provide programming.

The UAHLP/CAPC/Akwego programs collaborated with the Northwestern Health Unit to implement the NOW Program otherwise known as the Nutrition on Weekends program. This program focused on providing nutritious meals to school age children on the weekend who live in Atikokan. UAHLP had also partnered with CAPC and CPNP to implement the Baking in a Bag program. This program consisted of acquiring and preparing ingredients which were given to parents to help them teach children to follow recipes and instructions. Parents were also encouraged to post a picture of the meal for the opportunity to win a prize. CAPC and UAHLP have also partnered in the past to design a virtual cooking show aimed to intrigue children ages 6 and under.

During my time at the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre, I plan to design and implement a range of programs geared towards the improvement of physical fitness, cardiovascular health, nutritional knowledge, smoking reduction as well as creating an environment where the ANFC staff can thrive. More specifically, I hope to introduce wellness walks, berry picking, yoga classes at Friendship Gardens with the Healing and Wellness Coordinator, first aid courses, engaging staff days and exceptional one and one support for my clients.

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