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Start Your Story

Stories spark emotion and inspiration for all of us. The Wellness Movement’s new theme, “Start Your Story”, highlights wellness stories from New Brunswick individuals, families, community groups, schools and workplaces around the province to motivate people to take action to enhance their wellness and the wellness of those around them. Find inspiration in these stories, use them to inspire people in your community, and invite those who are already on their wellness journey to share their own!

Author/Origin:
The Wellness Movement

Susceptibility to Smoking Amongst Youth in New Brunswick

Youth who are susceptible and at risk of future smoking may be more vulnerable to personal, social and environmental influences that encourage them to experiment with tobacco. This report provides an overview of the current status and offers avenues of reflection on actions to take to reduce susceptibility to smoking amongst young New Brunswickers.

Author/Origin:
NB Anti-Tobacco Coallition

Take Action on Tobacco Use Grant Program (TATU)

The Take Action on Tobacco Use Grant Program (TATU) will provide up to $5,000 to support community-led initiatives to increase tobacco-free living, strengthen community action with an emphasis on youth-led initiatives, partnerships and comprehensive actions. Eligible initiatives will contribute to the three goals of the Take Action on Tobacco Use Grant Program:
• Use a comprehensive approach that builds capacity and sustains efforts to increase tobacco-free living
• Engage youth through youth-led tobacco free living activities.
• Be a community-based initiative with partnerships to increase tobacco-free living and sustained activity.

Author/Origin:
New Brunswick Department of Social Development - Wellness Branch

The Benefits of Gardening and Food Growing for Health and Wellbeing

It is increasingly recognized, by individuals and health professional alike, that gardening and food growing is good for our health and wellbeing. While much of the evidence for these benefits is anecdotal, there is a large, and growing, body of evidence published in the scientific literature. The aim of this review is to draw together some of the published evidence so that it can be used to support decision making and to encourage health professionals to actively use gardening and food growing as part of the health care service provision.

The Green Book – Guide for Connecting with Nature

The Green Book is one of the outcomes of the “GetOutside! NB” initiative. It is a province-wide concept aimed at connecting youth and families to nature using the national and provincial parks as a starting point. It is a collaboration among departments of government, both federal and provincial, and non-governmental organizations, all sharing the vision of connecting people to nature. The GetOutside! NB Green Book provides information aimed to serve as a guide for all outdoor educators who wish to safely connect people to nature. The guide is intended to take you along the outdoor education cycle from planning to delivery. Find an introduction to basic ecological concepts, an overview of safety and risk concerns, as well as a section on outdoor education and topics such as leadership, program planning, and program delivery. The fourth section includes examples of games and activities for outdoor education programs, and it presents some sample programs. The final section contains reference information and contacts to aid in the development of outdoor education experiences.

Author/Origin:
Parks New Brunswick in collaboration with the "Get Outside! NB" collective

The NB Playbook

The PLAYBOOK is a comprehensive resource using a holistic approach, designed for front-line leaders of after school programs offered to children and youth ages 5 to 19 in New Brunswick. Throughout The NB PLAYBOOK, you will find FUN IDEAS!, DID YOU KNOWS? and TIPS! intended to provide you with additional thoughts, ideas and activities for programming. In each component, you will find resource highlights and after school successes from across the province to inspire you.

The NB PLAYBOOK is also available as a website. Visit www.nbplays.ca

Author/Origin:
Recreation New Brunswick