Jen’s story: Putting my own health first
Jen’s physician recommended that she take Health Basics. Jen has four children and after each one she added another 10 pounds. Living a very busy life was one contributor to her poor eating habits. She loved to snack and not on healthy foods.
When she attended Health Basics in August, it struck her that she was taking some of the very basics of health for granted. She rarely chose water to drink, took time for exercise or to eat breakfast. When she finally had her children all tucked in, she had a few minutes to herself. This often led to much longer times and late and irregular bedtimes.
Health Basics gave her an opportunity to put herself first. She is still working on increasing the intake of water, she is exercising for at least 150 minutes each week and really enjoying it. A few of her girlfriends have joined her back at the gym which is always a fun and motivating outing. Jen shared that sometimes she doesn’t really feel like exercising but she puts on her runners to go for 5 minutes and before she knows it she has been active for half an hour. She finds by eating breakfast every day, she is able to snack less and choose healthier foods when she snacks. She is eating more vegetables, trying to have them fill half her plate at each meal.
Jen has started to lose some weight, has a lot more energy, and no longer needs multiple cups of coffee to get moving. She thanks her husband for his strong support. She is very proud of her progress. The Health Basics coach commented on her impressive efforts and results and some peers have told her she looks great. Jen sees the next step in her self-care journey as taking the RDPCN Anxiety to Calm workshop. Jen knows living healthy sets her up as an important role model for her family.
To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com
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Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce to form Task Force on Homelessness in Red Deer
The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be convening a Task Force of community and business leaders to address the issues of homelessness and identify actionable steps which can be taken to tackle this generational challenge in Red Deer.
“With the release of the City of Red Deer’s Point in Time (PIT) Report on homelessness last week we are very concerned and disappointed with the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place, and the urgency by which we need to turn this situation around within our city,” commented Scott Robinson CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly our current strategies are not enough, and we need to elevate the urgency by which we get things done to reduce the number of citizens who are without a place to live. The growing number of people who are homeless is not sustainable and is impacting on our sense of pride, safety and attractiveness of our city to business and industry.”
“We will share more about this Task Force and the next steps in the coming weeks. Time has run out to act with conviction, courage, and clarity. Our community and citizens deserve that from our community leaders, and we are ready to bring the business community and the urgency required to the table.”
Over the next 60 days, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be reaching out to its business and social agency partners to build the Task Force on homelessness and establish a strategy to address the critical steps that need to be taken to reverse the trends and further our community’s vision as a vibrant and healthy city.
Matt Cassidy, Chamber Board President. remarked “Our Chamber is positioned to be the collaborative leader in connecting our business community, social agencies, and elected officials together, to find tangible progress on this complex issue. All businesses rely on the vibrancy of our community as they strive to be sustainable, innovative, or grow, and the results of the PIT Report indicate that we need to do much more. This task force will help hold our leaders accountable for the actionable progress needed and engage one another effectively.”
“In speaking with our membership, and those working closely with the vulnerable populations there are best practices and models for delivery that are successful in other parts of the world that we need to start implementing” says Robinson. In addition, we need to look at ways that our private sector can get more involved and bring their expertise and strategic thinking to the table. As a collaborative community we also need to ensure that governments at all levels are delivering on their promises of affordable housing and eliminating barriers to expediting these investments.
Established in 1894 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative business leader representing over 825 member businesses. As one of Red Deer’s oldest and most established membership organizations we are striving to build a vibrant community that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.
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