Community Health & Nutrition

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. The Peer Health Worker (PHW) program focuses on child and family health, as well as healthy eating and nutrition.

Our Peer Health Workers are recruited from our communities and complete intensive training through the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, then they work with our neighbourhoods to plan and lead programs for our community.  Topics may include nutrition, cooking, parenting, personal safety, among other health-related topics. 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 and nutrition of individuals and parents or caregivers and their children.
  2. To prevent and reduce feelings of isolation felt by parents and caregivers.

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.

Programs

Women’s Nutrition and Friends Group 

This group runs weekly and focuses on healthy eating and nutrition for families.  The PHW 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!

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!

Kinbridge Cuchina 

Located at the Main Location – The PHW will be planning and coordinating a weekly food preparation program at our main location.  Each week the PHW will work with community members to prepare nutritious meals to be taken home to provide dinner for the family.  Participants will gather around our large kitchen workspace and learn new recipes together!  Group members will be cooking larger quantities so that everyone can take home portions to eat later.  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. Topics of health and nutrition will also be discussed.

Healthy Cooking – Picante!

Located at the Main Location  – The PHW will be planning and coordinating a weekly food preparation program at our main location.  Each week the PHW will work with community members to prepare nutritious meals to try together! Recipes will range from snacks, side dishes and full meals – on a budget!  The format will follow more of a community kitchen style. Participants will gather around our large kitchen workspace and learn new recipes together! Topics of health and nutrition will also be discussed.

Food Fun Friends!

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 participants might sometimes experience.  Open to all women who want to join!

For dates and information please reach out to our team of Peer Health Works: info@kinbridge.ca