Reports on the well-being of Newfoundland residents showed that the health of rural Newfoundlanders was below national standards. In response, the Eastern Regional Wellness Coalition wanted to promote wellness and improve the health and well-being in their region through improved partnership and coordination; addressing, in particular, the physical health of older adults.
The Circle of Health was used to locate links, relationships, and contributions for physical activity in the community; identify who was needed around the table; see the process of health and well-being from a broader perspective; and look broadly at different strategies. As a result, a community-based active living program called “Moving for Health” had a positive impact on the social, emotional and physical health of participants.
Sherry Kennedy, Eastern Regional Wellness Coalition, NL Canada