There is a direct link between healthy living and poverty. Healthy Living points directly to what we eat and our level of activity. During community consultations people told us they were concerned about obesity and inactivity.
United Way wants Halifax to have a culture of eating well and being active.
Why is this important?
Over the past 30 years, research has shown an increase in rates of obesity and decrease in activity for all age ranges. In fact Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates in the country ranging from 25-30% for youth 15-19. Conversation and awareness are good but we need action!
How will we get there?
Working in partnership with others is fundamental to achieving our outcome. Funding programs that encourage healthy living is also a way to change the culture. We want to look at research to understand where our rates are and rally strategic partners to help change attitudes and behaviour. We will lead an initiative that will support healthy behaviour across our city.
Funding to community organizations is aligned with these priorities. Some examples include:
- The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Youth Project promotes healthy eating and physical activity with a focus on breaking down barriers so youth can be active in safe and accepting spaces.
- Deafness Advocacy Association is increasing awareness of healthy eating and physical activity through cooking and fitness programs for deaf and hearing impaired individuals.
- Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) focus on supporting people in neighbourhoods and making community gardens a place to gather so people can share skills and become more involved in their community.