Mental Illness Awareness Week is taking place from October 3-9, 2021 and it serves as an opportunity for all of us to learn more about mental illness and share our experiences with each other. It is also a good reminder to think about our own mental well-being and how we are practicing self-care.
Women's Heart Health Prevention Program: Early Intervention Cardiovascular Care is at the Heart of Women’s Health
The Miracle Garden is a place of introspection, inspiration and innovation. So, it was the perfect setting for the recent launch of a social impact bond that will fund the newly developed Women’s Heart Health Prevention Program. The Government of Manitoba, The Vic Foundation, and Reh-Fit Centre are partnering with the goal of reducing heart disease for women in Manitoba through early intervention.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called for research to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, with a focus on indicators such as chronic diseases. According to The Canadian Community Health Survey, Indigenous Peoples experience higher levels of obesity than non-Indigenous Canadians. While bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for obesity, literature suggests Indigenous Peoples have poorer access to bariatric care and that little research has been done to examine their experience.
As summer winds down and we look ahead to fall, I find myself with so many reasons to be grateful. Above all, I am grateful for your ongoing support.
It’s a Friday afternoon at Victoria General Hospital Foundation and Fiona Awan’s generous smile overflows as she sits down to talk about her Calls For Comfort initiative and her eagerly anticipated Volunteer Manitoba award. Awan, a 17-year-old student at Fort Richmond Collegiate, is no stranger to volunteering. She’s a passionate and motivated young woman on a mission to spread cheer to others—volunteering her time on her school’s Student Council and with numerous other groups.