Your Donations Make a Difference!
It takes all kinds of programs and technology to support positive, healthy outcomes.
Here are some updates on where your donor dollars made a difference in Wood Buffalo:
Growing for the Future
The Janvier Food Security and Community Garden project was funded as an important
initiative to engage children and youth as agents of change in their community.
Accessing healthy food and developing good eating habits can be challenging
for remote communities and can lead to numerous health issues. Earlier
this summer, along with help from Dunvegan Gardens, local children and
community elders attended gardening and healthy eating education sessions.
They also created 26 garden beds and planted a wide variety of vegetables.
In August, the gardens were harvested and a community lunch was held
with food grown by the children. Families were also sent home with bundles
of vegetables. The next steps for this project is to purchase Tower Gardens for
growing healthy food indoors and providing ongoing education sessions.
Accuracy Makes all the Difference
New handheld vein illuminators are now in use in the Emergency
Department of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre thanks to
your donations. Finding veins for drawing blood and inserting IV’s can
be particularly challenging in children and elderly patients. These units
“light the way” for nurses and make these procedures much safer
and comfortable for patients. Having the right tools for our health care
professionals improves health care outcomes!
Did you know?
The Baby Friendly Initiative continues to educate parents on infant care
and feeding. This small bead represents the size of a newborn’s stomach
and is used to help parents understand that a small amount of breastmilk
is sufficient for a baby’s tummy and there is no need for a full bottle of
WINTER 2017 | THE CHECKUP