“After attending Act-Heal sessions my blood pressure is under control and I feel more active too.”
“I lost 15 lbs. and I feel good. My sugar level has decreased too”.
“Since I am coming to the sessions I feel so much better, my pain is so much better, love coming to the classes. Thank you for helping us”.
As part of the Healthy Community Building Initiatives, Active Living for a Healthy Community or Act-Heal is an initiative designed to promote the physical, emotional and mental health of low income, marginalized seniors.
Launched in 2006, the program offers physical and healthy living activities to older adults and seniors from culturally diverse communities. The program is supported by the Central West Local Health Integration Network(CW LHIN) in partnership with Bramalea Community Health Centre (BCHC). The program currently has over 70 sustained participants and has directly served 3283 seniors since its inception.
Act-Heal is one of CEA’s highly impactful and extremely popular programs. Delivered in a culturally sensitive way, Act-Heal promotes social cohesion, helps build new friendships, and encourages positive thinking and community belongingness.
A Health and Wellness Program
Act-Heal provides easy, accessible and affordable healthy living alternatives to improve the body, mind and spirit of seniors. It helps them live their lives with reduced pain, higher flexibility, better balance and positive attitude.
One of the primary goals of Act-Heal is to alleviate the isolation seniors experience due to lack of mobility and social support. Senior friendly yoga, guided meditation and easy aerobic sessions are organized to enhance cardiac health and rejuvenate their mind and spirit. Act-Heal also includes art therapy, creative expression, eco-art (art made of environmental friendly materials or used materials) and interpretive nature walk.
Seniors who have taken part in Act-Heal sessions have experienced a significant improvement in their joint movement, balance and quality of life. Other than engaging participants in physical activity, the program also conducts interactive discussions on healthy living and social recreation, while enforcing and encouraging mental positivity. Act-Heal also provides a non-judgmental supportive environment for everyone.
Act-Heal and Your Community
CEA looks forward to building meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations to expand the impact of Act-Heal in various neighbourhoods. If you are interested in partnering with Act-Heal, please contact CEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Healthy eating builds a healthy body. To maintain a healthy body weight, it’s important to select a variety of foods from all food groups – fruit, vegetables, dairy and grains.
Embrace exercise postures and asanas that help manage pain and increase flexibility.
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A healthy diet and regular physical exercise help to reduce stress.
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