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Health Promotion

What is Health Promotion?

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 promotion focuses on addressing the factors that affect people’s health. These factors include the determinants of health and Canadian Index of Wellbeing domains and indicators:

Determinants of Health

• 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

See what makes Canadians sick
https://www.cma.ca/En/Pages/health-equity.aspx 

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

• Community Vitality
• Demographic Engagement
• Environment
• Education
• Leisure and Culture
• Healthy Populations
• Living Standards
• Time Use

See Canadian Index of Wellbeing domains and indicators
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/what-we-do/domains-and-indicators

What do Health Promoters Do?

Health Promoters work community members, groups and agencies in the five action areas of health promotion. The action areas include the following:

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

Health Promoters coordinate and facilitate assessments, events, groups and committees. They focus on the prevention of disease but also concentrate on improving the lives of those with chronic diseases or disabilities. The overall goal is to empower people and communities to achieve optimal health and well-being!

Please check the listing of available programs in this directory or check out our calendar on our website www.gbachc.ca

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

Cindy Maxfield
Community Health Promotions Coordinator
519.238.1556 x231

OR

Miranda Burgess, RD MPH
Health Promoter
519.238.1556 x222

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