Community Health & Nutrition Programs

Kinbridge Community Association in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, Public Health offers several programs in our community that are planned and facilitated by peer mentors.  The Peer Program is a Region of Waterloo Public Health initiative that aims to build community and individual capacity using peer programs. There are two components within the Peer Program: the Community Nutrition Worker (CNW) component which focuses on healthy eating and nutrition, and the Peer Health Worker (PHW) component which focuses on child and family health.

These peers are recruited from our communities and complete a 13 week training program through the Region, then work with our neighbourhoods to plan and lead programs for our community.  Topics may include nutrition, cooking, parenting, etc.  These programs are offered free of charge, and generally run once a week.  Please check with your centre to find out what programs are currently running.

There are two major goals of the Peer Health Worker (PHW) component of the program:

  1. To use peer based approaches to provide communities and neighbourhoods with the knowledge and skills to increase the overall health of parents or caregivers and their children.
  2. To prevent and reduce feelings of isolation felt by parents and caregivers.

There are three major goals of the Community Nutrition Worker (CNW) component of the program:

  1. To use peer-based approaches in the Waterloo Region to build community food security in communities and neighbourhoods.
  2. To increase individual capacity by providing Community Nutrition Workers and program participants with knowledge and skills around food security issues.
  3. To prevent and reduce feelings of social isolation in a community, through group programs centered around food security.

Kinbridge Community Association, through the support of the Region of Waterloo is able to host a variety of programs led by local peer workers, who are trained in program delivery in a community based setting.  These programs are offered free of charge to neighbourhood residents, are flexible to meet the needs of residents, and provide opportunities for social interaction while learning new skills.

 

Southwood Neighbourhood

 

Women’s Nutrition and Friends Group – CNW

This group runs weekly and focuses on healthy eating and nutrition for families.  The CNW will teach participants how to cook healthy recipes, and how to adapt existing recipes with healthier ingredients. A fun afternoon to meet other women and have great conversation.
Fun Food Friends! – PHW

The program runs weekly. The program content and structure is dependent on the wants and needs of the group.  Anticipated topics of discussion are childcare, food and nutrition, health and fitness programs.  The group provides an opportunity to communicate with each other and it helps reduce the social isolation that the women are feeling.  Open to all women who want to join!

 

Christopher Champlain Neighbourhood

 

Kinbridge Cuchina – Community Nutrition Worker (CNW)
Located at the Main Locatin “Kinbridge Cuchina”.  The CNW will be planning and coordinating a weekly food preparation program at the Loft site.  Each week the CNW will work with community members to prepare nutritious meals to be taken home to provide dinner for the family.  The format will follow more of a community kitchen style.  Group members will be cooking larger quantities so that everyone can take home 4 – 6 portions.  As this will mean an increased cost of food, members will be asked to contribute a minimal amount to cover the additional expense of food.

Food Fun Friends! – Peer Health Worker (PHW)

The program runs weekly. The program content and structure is dependent on the wants and needs of the group.  Anticipated topics of discussion are childcare, food and nutrition, health and fitness programs.  The group provides an opportunity to communicate with each other and it helps reduce the social isolation that the women are feeling.  Open to all women who want to join!

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