Help support the Lake Country Health Planning Society and you could win a trip anywhere WestJet flies!! LCHPS is selling raffle tickets for $10 each. Here are the details -
Prize: One return trip for two (2) people, to any scheduled WestJet destination. Includes all air travel fees, taxes and surcharges on WestJet flights. Valid for travel until October 15, 2017.
Draw Date: October 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Draw Location: Winfield Memorial Hall 10130 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, BC
You can also go to our Donate page on-line to purchase tickets. Just indicate that the funds are for raffle tickets in the comment box and we will put you in the draw and email you your ticket numbers.
Note: Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor to the minor’s parent, legal guardian or trustee.
Tickets may be sold and purchased only in British Columbia. Chances are 1 in 2000 (total tickets for sale) to win the grand prize.
Last year, the University of Waterloo conducted a Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth Survey (CRAYS) at George Elliot Secondary (GES) in Lake Country. The Cancer Risk Assessment in Youth Survey, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, is a pan-Canadian survey of students in grades 9 to 12. The survey looked at 5 interconnected issues facing students that impact their well-being – mental health, bullying, tobacco use, nutrition, UV exposure and school connectedness.
As part of the Plan H Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant (Stream One) that Lake Country Health Planning Society (LCHPS) recently received, the society will be reviewing these findings and looking for opportunities to take action on them. LCHPS is also conducting its own Youth Health Survey and will compile these results, along with other research such as that found in the CRAYS report, into a Community Health and Wellness plan.
The CRAYS report provides parents, schools and the community in general, with some very interesting and relevant information about the health and well-being of our youth. The survey was completed by 460 students at GES. It found that 38% of the students at GES do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, 34% have been bullied by another student in the last month and 72% had tried drinking alcohol (see chart below).
The survey also found that 26% of the students have tried smoking a cigarette, 52% of those who have tried tobacco also tried a flavoured tobacco product and 35% have tried smoking marijuana (see chart below).
Compared to the provincial and national findings, Lake Country students were pretty similar in their repsonses. Although our young people are not neccesarily any more at risk than those in other parts of the country, LCHPS thinks we can do better. With some targeted and effective strategies, LCHPS believes we can improve the health of the youth in our community. Over the next several weeks, LCHPS will be reviewing more of the findings from this survey and writing about it here.
The Lake Country Health Planning Society is conducting a Youth Community Health Survey. If you are between 12 - 24 years old and live in Lake Country please complete this short survey so your input can be counted!
You could win a gift certificate from Orachard Park for $150!!! Click on the link below to complete this quick survey. It will only take about 3 minutes and the information you provide will be used to help inform health, wellness and recreational decisions in Lake Country.
This project idea was born from the Postsecret phenomenon that was created by Frank Warren. His initiative asked people to create a postcard that shared a secret they were carrying, in hopes that it would allow people’s voices to be heard. The response has been overwhelming. Since 2004 Frank has received over 500,000 postcards!
Based off of this idea, this initiative is to get teens in Lake Country talking about issues that they are experiencing here, whether it’s mental, physical, spiritual, or emotional. The project would see 50-100 youth (or more!) aged 13-18, creating postcards over a 6 week time span, with supplies and collection boxes made available to them at the Art House, the Boys and Girls Club Teen Lounge and the LC Alliance Church Youth Group. The intention is to mount the show in the pop-up gallery space in the Art House on Friday, May 13th and invite the community to come and see what youth are saying. We believe that all youth in Lake Country would benefit from this project, as would Lake Country as a whole, and we would consider this a success if even one teen felt more connected in their community.
This project is part of a larger youth event happening the weekend of May 13th, 2016 which also includes painting of the sidewalk to strive for a more inclusive community, food and music.
The thought is that they will get to anonymously express themselves using art as the medium. The word anonymously is stressed as we believe this is a crucial point in getting kids involved; it allows them to reveal their secrets and have their voices heard without judgment or criticism. The postcards can reflect any emotions or thoughts; they can be intended to be funny or serious or anything in between. It is amazing the amount of emotion that can be conveyed on a simple, small postcard. The hope is that by doing this project they will:
By getting young people creating and expressing themselves, and then mounting the show for the whole community to see, we may start to see where our teens have needs, as well as find ways that adults might help. We recognize that letting out secrets in this manner may bring up issues, both for those creating them and for those who read them. We intend to support the community by having information and resources provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) available at the gallery during the event, as well as posting them to our website and Facebook page.