Family-focused Influenza Clinic
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health provided a family-focused influenza clinic in November at the 1230 Talbot Street location. Activities like face painting, crafts and movies were included in the vaccination experience to produce a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Nurses also received refresher training about age-appropriate techniques for working with children who have needle fears. Clinic activity records showed that 177 influenza vaccinations were administered and 45% of the people who got them were young children. Feedback from 71 people who attended showed that all of them would tell their friends and family members to attend a similar clinic.
‘You’re the Chef’ is Really Cooking at ESTPH!
‘You’re the Chef’ (YTC), a cooking program designed to develop the skills and confidence necessary to prepare healthy and tasty recipes safely, is in full swing in Elgin County. Building on Niagara Region Public Health’s work, the program has been tailored to address two priority populations: youth (ages 10 and up) and at-risk adults (e.g. young families living on a limited income, seniors living alone).
To maximize reach, the program is based on a train-the-trainer model. ESTPH dietitians train community volunteers from schools and interested agencies to plan when, where and how YTC will run based on an established manual containing the instructions and forms needed to run the program. At the completion of the training, YTC leaders are able to use the hands-on fun and engaging materials to teach/help others to:
- Plan and prepare nutritious meals safely and on a budget,
- Enhance their technical cooking skills,
- Modify recipes to make them healthier,
- Apply new knowledge and skills to their home situations, and
- Build relationships and find new networking systems.
Local guest chefs have volunteered their time to teach safe knife handling and give technical cooking advice. All training is being done using the ESTPH Community Kitchen. To support trained leaders, a YTC portal has been created and will continue to evolve as the program builds. One hundred percent of the participants taking the leader training to date said they would “recommend it to a friend.”
Five leader training sessions have been given by ESTPH dietitians so far with forty-eight YTC leaders trained. Trained leaders are from a wide variety of agencies and services (e.g. schools, child care and early years centres, Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, Canadian Mental Health, YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin and many more). The trained leaders have then gone on to deliver more than ten YTC series so far, with at least five more being planned for the very near future. Ninety-two percent of the youth who participated in the pilot series said they would “recommend it to a friend.” One-hundred percent of the adults who participated in the pilot series said they would “recommend it to a friend.”
Close to 90 YTC leaders have been trained so far. Trained leaders are from a wide variety of agencies and services (e.g. schools, child care and early years centres, Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, Canadian Mental Health, YWCA of St. Thomas Elgin and many more). These trained leaders have then gone on to deliver fun and successful YTC programs within their own agencies across Elgin county.
ESTPH looks forward to continuing to build on the success of this program in 2018/19. If you have a love of cooking and an interest in nutrition and health.