For the first time in history, children born today are expected to have a shorter life span than their parents.
In 2009 Dr. Ron Woznow, who is now a Powell River resident, started the Guelph Wellness Project in conjuction with AFMNet (Advanced Foods and Materials Network). It demonstrated that with a little encouragement individuals will make lifestyle changes that improve their state of wellness.
In 2015 Ron got the endorsement of the City of Powell River, the Powell River Regional District and the Powell River Division of Family Practice – and the PR District Wellness Challenge was born. The goal of the PR Wellness Challenge is to demonstrate that the wellness of a community can be improved through a combination of citizen engagement, education and program accessibility. It will link participants to the wellness programs offered in the Powell River District that runs from Saltery Bay to Lund and includes Texada and Lasqueti Islands. The Challenge will be deemed to be a success if a minimum of 500 residents are participating in the PR Wellness Challenge by 2017.
The organizing committee lead by Terri Cramb (chair) and Kerri Carlson (coordinator) are building partnerships with public and private sector organizations, foundations and philanthropists.
So, what is the PR Wellness Challenge? It’s simple. Citizens will be tested by PR Wellness Challenge Facilitators in Spring and Fall 2016 on the following 4 parameters: Blood Pressure; Heart Rate; Flexibility; and Balance.
The confidential results of the PR Wellness Challenge will be provided to participants and stored in a confidential database.
Participants will be encouraged to seek information from physicians and health professionals on how small lifestyle changes can improve their wellness through physical and mental activity and improved nutrition. In addition, they will be encouraged to check out a complete list of wellness promoting organizations at ‘For Everything That’s Community Health’ which can be found at Fetch BC/Powell River http://powellriver.fetchbc.ca.
Here is the timeline for upcoming PR Wellness events:
April 21 – PR Wellness Challenge: The PR District Wellness Challenge will be launched at the PR Wellness Speaker Forum in April 2016. Four speakers will engage the audience in a Ted-style format speaking about Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social Wellness. Participants in the Forum will be able to sign up for the Challenge and be tested for blood pressure, heart rate, flexibility and balance.
April to May 31 – PR Wellness Challenge Underway: All residents of Powell River and the PR District will have the opportunity to sign up and have their initial wellness testing done at the PR Recreation Complex, T-Fit, Safeway and other locations that will be identified at a later date.
April to September – Taking Action to Improve Your Health I Start Where You Are: Participants will be encouraged to keep track of their lifestyle changes. New participants to the Challenge will be tested.
September to November – PR Wellness Health Challenge (Repeat): Participants who were previously tested will be retested within approximately 6 months, or within what is a reasonable time-frame (between 5 and 7 months post first test). Other participants in the PR Wellness Challenge will be approximately 5 to 7 months after their first test, or within a reasonable time frame.
The PR Wellness Project Committee is seeking partners for the PR Wellness Challenge and Speakers Forum. Contact Kerri Carlson at 604-838-7653 or firstname.lastname@example.org for partnership opportunities.