It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, but I’m going to get back into it now. Kind of a new year’s resolution, although I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. I’ll just promise to try to be better!
I’ll mention two events from a busy few weeks. I was excited to be part of the Victoria County Physical Activity Summit that took place on December 2nd at the Gaelic College. Victoria County has been doing some great work around creating a culture of physical activity, and the summit highlighted this dedication. The presentations and conversations focused on the most local of issues such as finding space for groups to meet, to province-wide initiatives such as the Blue Route bikeways project, to looking at how social determinants of health influence physical inactivity, as outlined in the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s Population Health Report.
Another motivating event was New Dawn’s Ideas Powered by Passion. Ideas is a series of talks and music organized by New Dawn with, in their words, this is mind:
“IDEAS is about innovation, courage, imagination, passion, action, change, possibility, fearlessness, thinking and dreaming outside the box. It’s about not waiting around for “leaders” to change the landscape, but about being the change we want to see. And it all stems from a little niggling deep in the heart… an idea.”
My talk focused on using health as a lens that connects all of our work, as a way to join different sectors, such as healthcare, education, economic development, community organizations, and others. I also discussed the need to change the structures that create inequalities in society, the structures that result in some people being less healthy than others. I’d welcome any comments on the ideas I described. There was a great discussion after the talk, which is not part of the video.
That’s all for today! Thanks for reading and, hopefully, sharing your thoughts.