About the Project

This page gives you some general information about our Let’s Be Healthy Together toolkit and training. This is just a general overview.

What is this?
Let’s Be Healthy Together is a “toolkit” that Aboriginal people worked to develop. The toolkit focuses on the topic of preventing childhood obesity, from the perspective of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis parents and role models.

Why did you create this?
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in Ontario’s Aboriginal communities. From 2009 to 2010, Health Nexus received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to develop tools that would help service providers. These tools are meant to support and empower Ontario’s service providers in their work to prevent obesity in Ontario’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children.

Our toolkit includes:

The Let’s Be Healthy Together DVD—educational tools such as MP3s, handouts, and powerpoints are meant to support service providers working with Aboriginal families—Aboriginal and other people will also find this information useful
A set of three colourful books for Aboriginal parents and families that cover a wide range of topics.:

Eating the Right Stuff
Getting Active
Creating Healthier Communities
One book for service providers called Prevent Childhood Obesity in Your Aboriginal Community: A Guide for Service Providers

Training for service providers
In addition to creating the toolkit, we also delivered and designed six interactive training sessions to service providers across Ontario in 2010:

Six Nations
Thunder Bay

Service providers enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about the people they work with. They met and learned from Elders, traditional people, drummers, singers, dancers, jiggers, throat singers, and many more. Aboriginal people were central to developing and delivering messages about what is needed to prevent obesity across Aboriginal communities.

Health Nexus acknowledges funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.




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