healthylivingThe Healthy Living Program provides community specific health promotion and education focusing on chronic diseases, injury prevention, healthy eating, active living and other health and wellness topics.

The Healthy Living Program incorporates all chronic diseases with a focus on diabetes and building awareness of complications and what can be done for prevention. The program emphasizes healthy eating and active living, and builds awareness of the risk factors, complications, and what can be done to prevent chronic diseases from occurring.

The Healthy Living Program provides education and activities for injury prevention including the implementation of the Three Corners Health Services Society Falls Prevention Strategy, Canadian Pre Natal Program injury prevention components including home safety checks, and prevention for school aged children. This includes data collection, analysis and reporting through the Secwepemc Nation Injury Surveillance Project.

The Healthy Living Program works closely with all programs to enhance the health and well being of the community members of Three Corners Health Services Society.

Chronic Disease

  • Health education and promotion programs such as workshops, school and community presentations are held for all age groups
  • Health education materials, including brochures, posters, handouts, flyers, reports, and bulletins are distributed to all community members
  • Resources to assist people living with chronic diseases to enhance their health and well-being are developed and distributed
  • Program information is provided to the communities through a program-related website
  • Home visits are provided to clients who are living with a chronic disease to provide education and support for those identifying the need.
  • Support is provided to those living with chronic diseases and their families in coping with the consequences of having a chronic disease
  • Blood pressure and Blood Glucose is monitored on a regular basis through home visits and at the Health Stations. If needed, the client is referred to a Community Health Nurse or Home Care Nurse for assessment.
  • Foot Care- Clients have the opportunity to receive foot care from the Home Care Nurse monthly in each community. Referrals are made if needed. Home Support Workers will check client’s feet monthly if client not receiving foot care.
  • Influenza vaccination- Encourage vaccination for chronic disease clients
  • Pneumococcal vaccination- Encourage vaccination as needed for chronic disease clients.
  • Collaboration with Interior Health to determine community health needs and the availability of services and to develop goals for meeting needs.
  • Promotion and organization of the Mobile Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic.
  • Promotion and organization of Hearts at Work events in each community
  • Supporting clients to attend the Aboriginal Diabetes Conference
  • Bi-monthly Be Well program provided in each community that includes screening and monitoring for all clients
  • Referrals to TCHSS contract Dietician for one on one counselling, meal planning etc.
  • Follow up to ensure that Chronic Disease clients have Medic Alert bracelets

Community Health Nursing

  • Liaison with Physician as needed
  • Monitoring and follow up of any acute or chronic illness
  • A diabetes client assessment is completed and discussed with client, and then both parties agree to a care plan. Referrals to outside sources if needed.
  • Blood pressures are done on a regular basis. If blood pressure is higher than recommended the client will be followed as per nurse’s assessment. If blood pressure continues to be high referral to physician will be recommended to client.
  • Blood Glucose monitoring – all persons are taught the importance of blood sugar monitoring and recording. Health Care staff will do testing once weekly. All persons will be provided with a working monitor and the monitor will be checked quarterly to ensure good working condition.
  • Haemoglobin A1c- all clients have Hbg Alc monitored according to clinical practice guidelines. Statistics will be compiled to determine if the readings are going up or down.
  • Retinopathy screening- Encourage all clients to receive dilated pupil examination and re-examination every 1-2 years.
  • screening and testing for diabetes
  • prenatal clients access testing for gestational diabetes
  • clients with gestational diabetes obtain re-evaluation of diabetes by physician within 6 months of delivery
  • counselling on a healthy lifestyle to all clients with gestational diabetes or Impaired Glucose Tolerance.

Healthy Eating and Active Living

  • Presentations on healthy eating and active living are provided to all age groups
  • Health education materials, including brochures, posters, handouts, flyers, reports, and bulletins are distributed to all households
  • Program information is provided to the communities through a program-related website
  • Shop Smart Tours are organized annually for each community
  • Special luncheons are provided that include education on ingredients used to prepare and why ingredients were used – health benefits. Simple recipes that clients can use at home are provided.
  • Participation in Adult Day Program to provide education about healthy eating.
  • Promote and assist in organizing walking groups or other exercise program
  • Organize canning and preserving classes annually in each community.
  • Assist communities with organization of community gardens including greenhouses
  • The TCHSS Healthy Food Policy, Canada Food Guide and traditional foods are promoted and utilized
  • Information about the Williams Lake Good Food Box program is provided.
  • Education is provided to staff regarding healthy eating and active living through assistance with planning for other workshops and events, staff meetings, promotion of the healthy food policy etc.
  • Education provided at the Health Fair through an information booth and/or other activities
  • Information about healthy eating and active living is provided to prenatal moms through the CPNP program
  • Youth cooking classes that would include delivery of meals to Elders are organized
  • Public displays that are changed on a regular basis ( health centre, band office schools, store etc.) are provided
  • Referrals to TCHSS contract Dietician for one on one counselling, meal planning etc.

Tobacco Reduction

  • Community members are encouraged to stop smoking, by providing support and resources as needed.
  • Education material including brochures, posters, handouts and flyers that encourage community members to stop smoking are distributed
  • Education is provided to all Prenatal women about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy
  • Participation in National Addictions Awareness Week by setting up a display in each community and providing education
  • Linking clients who wish to stop smoking with tobacco cessations provided through Non-Insured health Benefits

Injury Prevention

  • Injury prevention programs such as workshops and school or community presentations are provided to all communities
  • Injury prevention materials, including brochures, posters, handouts, flyers, reports, bulletins are distributed
  • An Injury Prevention day for children and youth is held annually in each community.
  • Implementation of the TCHSS Falls Prevention Strategy
  • Home safety checks are provided to Elders in the community on an annual basis
  • Referrals to Interior Health Occupational Therapist
  • Annual falls prevention fair that includes Interior Health’s Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist, a Pharmacist and TCHSS Contract Dietician
  • Education is provided to Elders through the Adult Day Program
  • Education is provided through CPNP sessions on SIDS, home safety including a home visit with checklist (cribs, stairs, walkers, high chairs, toys, outlets, cupboards, doors to outside etc.)
  • Development and implementation of a Cribs for Kids Program
  • Information is provided to the communities through a program-related website
  • Participation in the Secwepemc Nation Injury Surveillance and Prevention Program