Health & Healthy Lifestyles

Praxis International Institute Summer Environmental Camp

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Brent Kreuger
Email address of primary contact person: 
brent@globalinfobrokers.ca
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From July 25th till August 20th of 2010, Praxis International Institute (PII) hosted two separate back-to-back summer camps for youth at its Craik Ecovillage campus. The first camp saw 10 delegations of 15 year olds and their leaders from 10 different countries. The theme of the camp was “Living a Green Life.” The second camp saw approximately 40 youth from all across Canada.

Building on the knowledge that it will be our young people that will lead the way in any paradigm shift, and also that experts tell us it takes 21 days to start (or break) a habit, the camps were important because during this time period students not only learned about how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but actually got a chance to experience it first-hand. By not only discussing and learning about issues but actually practicing such solutions as water conservation, (we use rainwater recovery so monitoring and being “aware” of daily water levels and usage was critical), using composting and humanure toilets, eliminating most junk food and choosing to eat healthy, regularly composting other household organic waste and recycling, recycling recycling to name a few, participants saw tangibly the results of their efforts.

Based upon lessons learned and successes experienced during these first camps, Praxis International Institute has decided to offer “Living Green” camps on a regular basis, and to extend and enlarge the topics and activities included in these camps. So far, Praxis as hosted or booked at least three more similar camps. In April of 2011 Praxis hosted a delegation of 18 Japanese students ranging in age from grade 7 to grade 12, and starting in July 2011 Praxis will host two more camps with at least one of the camps being students from China.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

From July 25th till August 20th of 2010, Praxis International Institute (PII) hosted two separate back-to-back summer camps for youth at its Craik Ecovillage campus.

In April of 2011 Praxis hosted a delegation of 18 Japanese students ranging in age from grade 7 to grade 12, and starting in July 2011 Praxis will host two more camps with at least one of the camps being students from China.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Sustainable living in action
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

the camps were important because during this time period students not only learned about how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but actually got a chance to experience it first-hand. By not only discussing and learning about issues but actually practicing such solutions as water conservation, (we use rainwater recovery so monitoring and being “aware” of daily water levels and usage was critical), using composting and humanure toilets, eliminating most junk food and choosing to eat healthy, regularly composting other household organic waste and recycling, recycling recycling to name a few, participants saw tangibly the results of their efforts.

The camp was broken into three sections; (A) Problem identification, (B) Problem solutions and (C) Solution Implementation. We found that by choosing to implement their own solution as opposed to one dictated to them, these 15 year participants were much more ready to adopt that behaviour, and appeared willing to maintain that behaviour permanently (we hope).

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event

EECOM 2011 Conference (Award Recipient)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Jolene Siemens
Email address of primary contact person: 
soeea.sk@gmail.com
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The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Association (SOEEA) is a dynamic association that supports educators in many environments, including formal (schools), in-formal (public awareness), and non-formal (training). SOEEA believes in being active participants in change. SOEEA gives people an opportunity to discover the environmental and outdoor education options available in Saskatchewan.

SOEEA has partnered with EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) to host the EECOM 2011 Conference, a national level environmental education conference that is held annually in locations across Canada. This will be the first time the conference has been held in Saskatchewan.

The overall theme of EECOM 2011 is “Exploring the Sociological in Education and Culture: Becoming Active Participants in Change”. EECOM 2011 focuses on exploring the issues of learning and being active in society AND our environment. Societies determine the use (and abuse) of our environment and, as such, it is imperative to (re)consider the environment in our socially and culturally designed practices.

EECOM 2011 will be held at the University of Regina June 8-11, 2011. Attendees include academics, students, environmental organizations and interested members of the public. Conference sessions fall into the following strands: environmental/social justice education, place-based learning, food/agriculture/sustainable living, activism/youth engagement, leadership development and diversity/species at risk. Preconference events include a Research Symposium on Environmental Education, and an Ecotour of the Grasslands National Park and Cypress Hills regions of the province.

Conference organization itself followed “Green Guidelines” to reduce the environmental impact of the event.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

EECOM 2011 will be held at the University of Regina June 8-11, 2011.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Environmental and outdoor education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Association (SOEEA) is a dynamic association that supports educators in many environments, including formal (schools), in-formal (public awareness), and non-formal (training). SOEEA believes in being active participants in change. SOEEA gives people an opportunity to discover the environmental and outdoor education options available in Saskatchewan.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

See attachment

Project sponsors/funders: 

SOEEA has partnered with EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) to host the EECOM 2011 Conference

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011

Craik Sustainable Living Project Health Committee Walking Program

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Crystal Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
delzen_1@yahoo.com
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1) Purpose – to provide to community residents a safe, accessible indoor walking venue throughout the winter months

2) Importance - The walking program enhances community residents’ personal walking programs during months when limitations typically exist. As well, the program extends specifically to sufferers of cardio obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

3) Issues addressed – safety during the winter months, accessibility, regular scheduling, value of socialization

4) Target groups – Although all community residents have access to the program, there is a specific target group, that is those suffering with COPD and currently the subject of a collaborative treatment program initiated by the Five Hills Health Region and the Craik Doctor’s Office.

5) Venue – the Craik School gymnasium

6) Timeline – January 31 through school closing at the end of June

7) Genesis – As part of the CSLP health committee’s action plan commitments, the decision was made to provide for an indoor walking venue for those who desired to begin or continue their personal walking program in an accessible environment during the months when weather and safely issues are typically the limiting factors.

8) Accomplishments – successful launch of the program, widespread community knowledge about the availability of the program, integration of a series of “pedometer challenges”, average of 15 walkers per session, successful collaboration featuring the CSLP health committee, the Five Hills Health Region, Craik School and the Craik Doctor’s Office, improved health of participants

 

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

January 31 through school closing at the end of June

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Walking program
What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

Community participants of assorted ages (youngest was 4; oldest was 85) have enjoyed the daily scheduled walks

Since the program is open to all community residents, those who are regular participants are enjoying the health benefits of daily exercise. COPD sufferers have been provided the venue and social supports needed to help with the treatment of their condition. The program is proving beneficial for those participants who normally would not engage in regular exercise especially during the difficult winter months.

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011

Yara Community Gardens

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Lauren Stennett
Email address of primary contact person: 
gardens.hungermj@sasktel.net
Phone number (if applicable): 
(306) 692-1916
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The Yara Community Gardens are a pesticide-free garden area that is open to all members of the community. For a minimal plot fee gardeners have full access to their plot in which to grow delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle, bridging cultural and generational gaps, as well as providing an area for outdoor education to occur.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The gardens run from the middle of April until the middle of October each year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
gardening, environmentally friendly, community, education, vegetables
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

At the Yara Community Gardens we strive to provide educational components through various workshops relating to gardens such as pesticide-free gardening, composting, vegetable gardening, etc. We also provide school tours for kids of all areas so they can learn about planting vegetables, etc. We also have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year where people of all ages can learn about the importance of giving back to the community.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

Each year we have two farmers markets for charity where the gardeners donate some of their produce and all the proceeds are given to a charity of the gardeners choice. We also have something called a grow-a-row promotion where businesses can sponsor a row of potatoes that is grown in their name and all of the potatoes harvested are then given to a local soup kitchen and the food bank in town.

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

We have been recognized several times within the Moose Jaw papers as well as interviews on local televesion and radio.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Yara Belle Plaine

Walmart Evergreen Fund

City of Moose Jaw

CIF Capital Grant

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Nominated for recognition this June at SIAST

Four Directions Community Health Centre

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Four Directions Community Health Centre
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
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Four Directions  is located in North-Central Regina promotes individual, family and community health and wellness. It provides healing, inclusive of all people, honouring individual uniqueness, meeting community needs through the use of the Medicine Wheel and holistic practices to help people get, and stay, healthy.  Involvement of community Elders, residents and staff have brought a distinct Aboriginal character to the Four Directions Community Health Centre. Four Directions offers primary health care, addictions services, prenatal programming, programming for families, programming for children and food security programs.  Many of the programs have an educational aspect to them.  For instance, the prenatal programming includes prenatal classes as well as the "Healthiest Babies Possible Program". 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Health promotion; 4 Directions; Four Directions; Four Directions Community Health Centre; prenatal classes; Healthiest Babies Possible Program; programming; families; mothers; children; food security; primary health care; addictions
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

informal awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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