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Community Programs

By explicitly addressing the social determinants of health, NSHNSA takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to health promotion. The organization recognizes that health is not just about individual behaviours but is also influenced by broader social, economic, and environmental factors. By providing opportunities for physical activity, community building, and skill development, NSHNSA is helping to create resilient individuals and communities better equipped to navigate life's challenges.

NSHNSA is creating a community and environment that encourages leadership, learning, exploration, and entrepreneurship by offering various programs and opportunities to develop the skills, abilities, and resources within the community not only to survive but thrive. We also address food insecurity, promote cultural education, and introduce children to new career options through field trips and entrepreneur adventures. 

We also contribute to broader efforts to create a more just and equitable society through its focus on promoting health equity and reducing disparities. Addressing social determinants of health requires a multi-sectorial approach involving many stakeholders and factors. By partnering with local organizations, community members, and government agencies, NSHNSA is working to address the structural inequities that underlie many health disparities.

Overall, Nova Scotians Helping Nova Scotians Association's work is an inspiring example of how organizations can make a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of communities by addressing social determinants of health comprehensively and collaboratively.

Sports

 

Sports can effectively give youth something to do and keep them engaged in positive activities. By providing access to sports programs and facilities, youth have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and engage in healthy competition. Sports can also serve as a valuable tool for building character and teaching important life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and perseverance.

In addition, sports programs can help to keep youth safe and out of trouble by giving them an alternative to risky behaviours such as substance abuse and violence. By encouraging youth to participate in sports and providing resources and support, communities can create a positive and productive outlet for young people.

We understand that poverty is a systemic issue affecting many of our participants, and we strive to provide access to resources and opportunities to help them by offering free programs plus, we are Kidsport and Jumpstart eligible. 

Using an EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) lens in sports is crucial for creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for all athletes and members of the sports community. 

Equity in sports means providing access and opportunity to all athletes regardless of their socioeconomic background, race, gender, or skill level. This can be achieved by offering free or discounted rates for those who cannot afford the cost of attendance, providing a range of skill levels for different age groups and abilities, and ensuring that facilities and equipment are accessible and safe for all.

Diversity in sports involves creating an inclusive environment that welcomes athletes from different ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. This can be promoted by having coaches and staff from diverse backgrounds who can provide cultural competence and celebrate the differences among the athletes.

Inclusion means ensuring that everyone is respected and valued for who they are and that they can participate fully in our programs. This can be achieved by creating a supportive and welcoming environment, promoting positive communication, and addressing discrimination, harassment, or bullying.

Overall, using sports as a vehicle to give youth something to do can significantly benefit both individuals and communities. Playing on a team and having a support system can help increase self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. By promoting physical activity, social development, and positive behaviour, sports can help foster healthier and more resilient young people who are better equipped to face future challenges.

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