Poverty and Physical Activity Presentation Sept 21 For Posting

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A presentation at the Public Health Agency of BC\'s conference. Our workshop topic was Poverty and Physical Activity and the activities Vancouver Coastal Health Active Living Coordinators were involved with.

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Poverty and Physical Activity Presentation Sept 21 For Posting

  1. 1. So-Sah-latch Mom’s Walking Group, North Shore MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE HOW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN IMPACT THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY JO-ANNE BURLEIGH, ACTIVE LIVING COORDINATOR, NORTH SHORE MARY CLARK, ACTIVE LIVING COORDINATOR, VANCOUVERMonday, October 5, 2009
  2. 2. WHAT WE’LL COVER: • Our roles • What makes us healthy? • What can physical activity do to impact people living in poverty? • Digital stories • Questions?Monday, October 5, 2009
  3. 3. ACTIVE LIVING COORDINATORS • Part of VCH support to“Core Programs” • North Shore: Healthy Living and Community Development • Vancouver: Healthy Living Program • Social Inclusion Framework/Approach: • Building relationships • Building bridges • Building communityMonday, October 5, 2009
  4. 4. WHAT MAKES US HEALTHY? The choices we make are shaped by the choices we have. “Unnatural Causes” Action Toolkit Cultural/Behavioural approach vs. Social Determinants approachMonday, October 5, 2009
  5. 5. POVERTY AND HEALTH • Poverty is a more reliable predictor of poor health than smoking, obesity, stress, or high cholesterol Dr. Dennis Raphael • Poverty reliably predicts most major chronic diseases, death from injury, use of health services, life expectancy, personal perception of health Dr. Dennis RaphaelMonday, October 5, 2009
  6. 6. UNDERSTANDING POVERTY • no consensus on how to measure poverty ie. LICO • regardless of measurement, BC has a significant poverty problem • BC has the highest poverty rate in Canada - 5 years in a row • Vancouver Stats: 27% of households • North Vancouver Stats: 16% of households Poverty is a situation that makes the achievement of human potential difficult, if not impossible. Dennis Raphael, PhDMonday, October 5, 2009
  7. 7. WHY POVERTY IMPACTS HEALTH • Material Deprivation • Excessive Negative Stress • Building of Health Threatening Behaviours Dr. ennis Raphael Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. Eli KhamarovMonday, October 5, 2009
  8. 8. POVERTY = SOCIAL EXCLUSION • havingand maintaining good health lies in feeling included within society • involvement in recreation and physical activity can mitigate some of the effects of povertyMonday, October 5, 2009
  9. 9. SOCIAL INCLUSION LENS ADAPTED FROM HEALTH CANADA, THE LAIDLAW FOUNDATION, AND DR. DENNIS RAPHAEL -Neces s Recrea ar y Elements tion an Elements of Exclusion d Physi of Quality cal Act Poverty ivity- Disadvantage Inequality Valued Discrimination Recogn Barriers to Access Poor Health ition Disability Isolation Self-De Material velopm Marginalization Deprivation e nt Social J Excessive Negative ustice Stress Outcomes of Inclusion Involve Unhealthy d and Improved Health Engage Human rights Behaviours d Adequate Income Access Access an Proxim d Participation Valued ity Contributing Belonging EmpowermentMonday, October 5, 2009
  10. 10. Physical activity has a scientific basis, but it is also an experience that provides a context for self-expression, contentment and a sense of fulfillment at a personal level. It is pointless focussing on one without the other. Dr. George Sheehan Foodbank Drop In Sports ProgramMonday, October 5, 2009
  11. 11. REDUCING MATERIAL DEPRIVATION • Access and inclusion to public/ private recreation services • Supports for childcare, healthy food South Asian women learn to swim at Langara YMCA • Partnership building Queen Mary and Westview Elementary Parent GroupMonday, October 5, 2009
  12. 12. MANAGING EXCESSIVE NEGATIVE STRESS • Playfulness • Friendships • Escape Grant McNeil Housing Complex Physical activity that is playful heals the split Orchard Park Housing Complex Activity Sampler Program between body and spirit. Dr. George SheehanMonday, October 5, 2009
  13. 13. BUILDING OF HEALTH Y BEHAVIOURS • Opportunities • Choice • Self-Exploration So-Sah-latch Mom’s Group Walk, North Shore • Mastery • Carry over effects So-Sah-latch Mom’s Group Completes the Sun RunMonday, October 5, 2009
  14. 14. DIGITAL STORIES Queen Mary and Westview Elementary Parent GroupMonday, October 5, 2009
  15. 15. LESSONS LEARNED • Sustainability approach • Public recreation and public health working together • Increasing awareness about poverty, health and recreation/physical activity • Time spent on relationship building is money well spent • Engagement and community developmentMonday, October 5, 2009
  16. 16. SOCIAL INCLUSION LENS ADAPTED FROM HEALTH CANADA, THE LAIDLAW FOUNDATION, AND DR. DENNIS RAPHAEL -Neces s Recrea ar y Elements tion an Elements of Exclusion d Physi of Quality cal Act Poverty ivity- Disadvantage Inequality Valued Discrimination Recogn Barriers to Access Poor Health ition Disability Isolation Self-De Material velopm Marginalization Deprivation e nt Social J Excessive Negative ustice Stress Outcomes of Inclusion Involve Unhealthy d and Improved Health Engage Human rights Behaviours d Adequate Income Access Access an Proxim d Participation Valued ity Contributing Belonging EmpowermentMonday, October 5, 2009
  17. 17. THANK YOU! Jo-Anne.Burleigh@vch.ca Mary.Clark@vch.caMonday, October 5, 2009

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