What could possibly bring as many as 31 women from different parts of the world together at 8 o’clock every cold Saturday morning?
None other than the very popular Healthy Together Now (HTN) program. This community-led initiative is a government of Manitoba funded program aimed at preventing chronic disease in Manitoba.
HTN is stoutly supported by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the Fort Garry Community Network (FGCN). The participating women — many of them mothers and grandmothers, passionately and religiously follow the HTN exercise routine.
Amanda Younka, the WRHA community facilitator for Fort Garry-Fort Richmond described it this way:
"The Fort Garry Network is working together to get more information out into the community and we are happy to have a great start with Immanuel Fellowship taking a lead role for HTN in the area."
HTN's men's and women's programs both run out of Immanuel Fellowship at 828 Silverstone Ave.
The goal of HTN is to support the community in reducing chronic disease through initiatives that support healthy eating, physical activity, smoke-free living and mental wellness.
It is also aimed at engaging and facilitating public participation in community health promotion activities. Its goal is to support and facilitate public participation initiatives in order to improve community wellness. This goal is being met in Fort Richmond with great participation and wonderful feedback from participants.
Another goal of the program is to strengthen relationships within the community that work towards health and well being; and to encourage individuals and organizations to apply their skills and resources in a collective effort to address health priorities and meet their respective health needs.
For more information, interested participants should check out the FG website: http://fortgarrycommunitynetwork.ca/healthyNow.html or email the community facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Olukoju is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond. You can contact him at email@example.com.