Student gives community programs two thumbs, wwaaayyy up

August 31, 2017

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Student gives community programs two thumbs, wwaaayyy up

To gain perspective for my summer research project, I had the opportunity to attend two community programs in Regina. I participated in a Forever…in motion session and a Live Well with Chronic Pain class.

To gain perspective for my summer research project, I had the opportunity to attend two community programs in Regina. I participated in aForever…in motion session and a Live Well with Chronic Pain class. The intent was to further my understanding of the individuals in the community who may be at risk of malnutrition.

After participating in the programs, I realized that having knowledge about programs such as these can be beneficial when working in the clinical setting. Part of my research project considers the gaps between malnutrition in the hospital and the resources that patients are connected with when they are discharged. These two programs are options that may be useful for patients who suffered from malnutrition during their hospital stay.

Forever…in motion sessions take place at various locations throughout the city. Most of the participants are seniors. I attended a session at Northgate Mall where group members met early and walked laps before doing about 30 minutes of stretches and light exercises with a resistance band. Afterwards, the group went for coffee to socialize over breakfast. The physical activity component of the program was wonderful but the social aspect was even more special to see. The program gives the participants a reason to get out of the house each morning and a place to socialize with others in similar life situations.

The Live Well with Chronic Pain class was more structured. There are also Live Well with Chronic Conditions classes that focus on conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There were two trained facilitators who led the class of about 10 participants. They have a curriculum they work through with various problem-solving activities, very simple physical exercises, open discussions and goal setting routines. The atmosphere was very positive, welcoming and allowed the participants to ask questions, share struggles, and celebrate their successes. This program allows participants to learn how to manage their pain or condition and talk to others who understand their challenges.

I would highly recommend both of these programs. People were very friendly and excited to have a new friend join them.

Rebecca Kriger
Nutrition student

 

 

 

 
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