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Pathways to Wellness program is entering its second year, but in all respects, represents a retooling and scaling up of our previous Diabetes Education Program. It incorporates a collaboration with the Foodbank and Family Support Program – a case management program supporting families through an intensive process of discovery and learning as they work toward thriving.
It also addresses key social determinants of health by providing clients the supports they need to improve health behaviors and achieve better health outcomes. It targets low income, majority immigrant families through multiple pathways expressed in a three-tiered approach each incorporating increasingly intensive interventions that help participants increase their food security, and empowers them to develop lasting healthy lifestyle habits, sustained health, resilience and wellbeing.
We are incorporating a whole person approach to overall health and wellness, addressing the most basic needs and building from there to help our clients develop healthy lifestyles. But in our communities in poverty, we are starting at a deficit. In fact, as referenced elsewhere, almost 90% of our food bank clients report a food deficit every month.
And from information from our recently closed free clinic, more than 50% of patients were routinely diagnosed with obesity, diabetes/pre-diabetes, hypertension or an endocrine condition. Pathways to Wellness addresses both of these two critical challenges.
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Wellness classes, one-on-one coaching, group activites and interventions, Little Health Market access, biometrics training.
Clients with or at risk of diet-related conditions (eg, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, etc.)