Working on Wellness (WoW) in Strategic Populations aims to pave the way for better health promotion programming in rural, remote, and First Nations workplaces and communities. Partner organizations will work with employers and employees in male-dominated workplaces in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories to improve healthy living policies, and increase awareness, education and access to information on healthier choices.
WoW will expand the evidence base for Canadian workplace wellness programs. The lessons learned from working closely with these underserved populations will be used to influence policy change, and produce a guide on how to tailor workplace wellness programs for hard-to-reach employee groups.
Nourishing School Communities aims to change the way students think about and eat food through the creation of healthy food environments in their schools. First Nations schools, public schools, and after-school facilities will be actively engaged through a comprehensive school health approach. The project seeks to transform school and community food systems to include healthy, regionally-sourced and sustainably-produced food. The goal is to improve healthy eating amongst school children and to increase opportunities for collaboration with community partners.
Project results, policy and best practice tools will also be shared among partners, and local, provincial and national networks, to ensure broader uptake and adaptation of healthy eating interventions.
The ACCELERATION (Activity, Smoking, Cessation, Healthy Eating and Alcohol intervention & Motivation) Program aims to deepen the individual and collective impact of cancer centres, and cardiac prevention and rehabilitation centres in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in preventing cancer and other chronic diseases. By recruiting family and friends of those who have suffered an acute event associated with a chronic disease, such as cancer or a heart attack, into primary prevention programs, family members and friends will be supported in making healthy lifestyle changes that in turn help create a health-promoting environment for their loved one once released from hospital.
The program also uses a population-based approach to reach at-risk communities and new populations for prevention. The knowledge gained through this approach will be shared with the use of toolkits, a social networking platform, training materials and guidelines.
Policy can address the underlying social and economic drivers of unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and ultimately obesity. Building on lessons from successful policy work in tobacco control holds promised for obesity prevention. This project aims to provide leadership and support for the development, implementation, and evaluation of obesity-related policy activities (including healthy eating and physical activity) for cancer and chronic disease prevention. This will be achieved by creating a searchable database of obesity-relevant policies for the public, professionals, researchers and policy-makers to gather evidence on the implementation of prevention policies in Canada as well as their evaluated outcomes.
By creating a theory-driven toolkit, supported by targeted capacity-building workshops, the project will increase the capacity for researchers to work closely with practitioners and policy makers to implement policy change based on best available evidence.
Project partners will engage the general public and professionals through an on-line community for sharing knowledge about policy influences on childhood obesity. An annual policy report card on food environments and nutrition will help broker knowledge for obesity-related policy development.
Sun Safety at Work Canada will create an effective and sustainable sun safety program for outdoor workers that will address both skin cancer prevention and heat illness prevention, and can be implemented by individual workplaces across Canada.
Building on the success of Alberta’s Be Sunsible program by expanding it into a comprehensive project that extends to more workplaces in Alberta, British Columbia, the Atlantic Provinces and Ontario, the project team will tailor a comprehensive sun safety program to the specific characteristics of each worksite, and embed the program into their existing prevention, and occupational health and safety efforts. A website with tools and resources will be created to help workplaces across Canada implement their own effective and sustainable sun safety policies and practices.