Connect With Community Wellness:
Classes, Events and Programs
Our classes are FREE!  All you have to do is Register:
Email wellness@ierha.ca or call Toll Free 1-877-979-9355
 Community Partners Events are included in our Class List too!

3-Part Relaxation Class Series
#WinterWellness

It's a brand new year and you might have self-care on your resolution list!

"Don't miss out on the health benefits of different relaxation techniques. Practicing relaxation techniques can have many benefits, including:

  • Slowing heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Improving digestion
  • Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems"

Introduction to Mindfulness: This hands-on session reviews mindfulness, which is about focusing awareness on the present moment. Includes body scan and mindfulness of breath. 

Introduction to Stress Management: This hands-on session reviews stress and ways to reduce stress. Focus on deep breathing and guided imagery. 

Reframing our Thoughts: Our thoughts and beliefs can influence our feelings and actions. We’ll look at challenging negative thinking and faulty beliefs. Improve your mood by thinking in a flexible and more balanced way. 


(Benefits List was sourced from The Mayo Clinic)

New Year's Goal Setting Tips
Source: Sign Up Genius

Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely scroll over to the month of January on our smart phones, there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st. We make notes, either mentally or on paper, of New Year’s resolutions we’re determined to accomplish. Yet, all too often, we stumble over the first steps of change and quietly retreat to old, unhealthy habits. 

 


January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Source: Alzheimer Society of Manitoba

"Stigma is one of the biggest barriers for people with dementia to live fully with dignity and respect. That's why we're excited to kick off the second year of our awareness campaign—Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand—to spark conversations and encourage Canadians to see dementia differently.

Once again this year, we're letting the experts do the talking: people with lived experience. Our vibrant ambassadors are openly and honestly sharing their stories to show Canadians a pathway to understanding. After all, who better to educate the public than those who face stigma every day?

By highlighting the humanity that is part of every single person living with dementia, our campaign seeks to convert judgement into compassion and assumptions into understanding.

It's time to see dementia differently."

Community Support Groups: CLICK HERE
IERHA Community Health Assessment

Understanding the health needs and assets of the people that live in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority is critical to effectively planning programs and services. Access to local health data supports planning for policies and programs that are responsive to communities' unique needs and will most benefit their residents.

In Manitoba, this understanding is gained through legislated community health assessments (CHAs). 

Using a population health approach, CHAs provide baseline information about the health status, determinants of health, and health system utilization of community residents. The CHA also tracks health outcomes over time, identifies opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention, and describes the conditions that contribute to health disparities.

The CHA allows us to begin to understand ourselves: who we are, our strengths, our challenges, and how our health system responds to our needs. One of the strengths of the CHA is that it presents data from several time periods to reflect health trends to help identify areas needing priority action.

CHAs present local data and local interpretation of that data, foster community engagement, and highlight community strengths and areas for improvement. This information enables the community-wide establishment of health priorities and facilitates collaborative action planning directed at improving community health status and quality of life. 

Social Determinants of Health
Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada

"Because of these social determinants of health, different people face unique realities and have different needs. Some groups in particular face more discrimination and stigma or require better access to services and supports. We need to recognize the strengths of diverse peoples. Because every community is different, the way services are delivered needs to be different."

For more information: CLICK HERE

Our next issue will be in circulation in February 2020.

Community Wellness Team | Toll Free 1-877-979-9355