Healthy children become healthy adults. Healthy adults raise healthy children. And the healthier people are, the more capacity they have to contribute to the community in a meaningful way. It's a beautiful cycle of perpetuation. I want as many people as possible have access to good information and strategies to help their families be healthy for life. Naturopathic medicine is a wonderful vehicle for encouraging families to make positive lifestyle choices; however, one-on-one visits may not always be enough AND they are not accessible to everyone.
With a group of committed students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I developed Healthy Families, Healthy Kids (HFHK). HFHK is a family-centered program which we have been offering in the community for the past two years. The program empowers caregivers to make healthy lifestyle choices for the short and long-term health of the whole family. We talk about nutrition, bonding, environmental exposures, what to do when kids get sick ... all in the context of supportive community. Our activities are hands-on and practical, and we have participants set goals every week to encourage them to apply what they've learned. The feedback we've gotten from this program has been terrific - people have found it to be so helpful to their knowledge, attitudes and behaviours at home. And we feel good knowing that this is one small way in which we can make this information more accessible to folks who may not otherwise be in a position to have one-on-one naturopathic care.
So far it has been a labour of love; funding would enable us to expand our reach and make this program available to more families. Canadian Scholarship Trust (CST) is hosting a funding competition for ideas that support the growth and development of kids. HFHK is a perfect candidate and could win up to $50,000! But we need your help.
Here’s what to do:
1. Go to http://learningproject.cst.org/ and REGISTER to vote (you can opt out of receiving communication from CST).
2. Starting now, visit the HFHK idea page at http://learningproject.cst.org/ideas/568 and click on the Facebook, Twitter and email buttons to SHARE the idea with your networks (ask them to share too!). You can also COMMENT on our page to tell us what you think about our idea! Consider forwarding this message too!
3. Every day from May 4-18, visit our idea page and VOTE all three ways (vote, Facebook and Twitter).
· Set up a reminder in your phone or calendar daily to vote!
We hope to make it to the second round - and your votes will make a huge difference in our ability to do that. If you think this project has potential (I know it does!!), then please take the time to vote, and spread the word!