Ann is running the Healthy Together programs at the River District Center, Fraserlands Drop In. She was kind enough to share a ‘typical’ HT session and how it’s working at the South Vancouver Family Place.
Their Program goes as follows:
- Arrival and Introduction– Children and adults settle in with the children doing art project which focuses on the Food of the Day and/or the Physical activity. We discuss the Message of the day and go over the hand-outs for the session such as “Detours” for example. We also talk about the physical activity and the Food Project that is happening at this session.
- Learning Activity - We discuss the Message of the day and go over the hand-outs for the session such as “Detours” for example. We also talk about the physical activity and the Food Project that is happening at this session.
- Physical Activity – Children and adults participate in this together after cleaning up their art project. We have done Tennis with balloons covered with nylons and the tennis rackets are hangers covered in a nylon (the participants made them together), Bubbles Outside, Music and Dance, Bean Bags with music, Wiggly Ribbons with copying and music, Kites (hand made) indoors. All of these were very interactive and fun for both adults and children.
- Hand Washing and help set up the food project. Children can cut with plastic knives if the food item is soft enough.
- Cooking Activity – recipes we’ve done so far are Yogurt Parfait, Hummus and Veggies, Pinwheels and Bugs on a Log (Cream cheese and veggies/Fruit).
It has been very successful and gaining attention from various Families. It has been very busy with Moms, Dads, Grandmothers and Grandfathers and they are really enjoying their time together. The hand outs are good and they share Healthy Food ideas and Physical Ideas together.