Thriving with a Disability – Health and Wellness Days: Halifax
Muscular Dystrophy Canada and March of Dimes have been teaming up across Canada to hold Health and Wellness Information Days for people living with a disability. This time we hit Halifax on June 24, 2013 at the Bloomfield Centre for a full day of interactive booths and workshops.
The day was kick-started with two very inspiring stories from Penny Kitchen and our own Katie Manders, both from Halifax, demonstrating clearly what is possible when you put your mind to it regardless of whatever challenges you may face.
There were workshops on the Importance of Respiratory care by Family 1st Medical, Aphasia Awareness, Healthy Eating, a panel discussion on life transitions and even a fun accessible Dance workshop by Happily Ever Active who follow the philosophy “Why let the Kids have all the fun?” We can’t forget the March of Dimes accessible travel support workshop! Check this out if you are interested in accessible travel. (Not sure where they are headed next, but I heard some talk of a Disney Cruise…)
On top of the incredible workshops, there was an all day interactive Health and Wellness fair featuring booths from Nova Scotia Sport, Camp Brigadoon, Lawton’s Home Health (demonstrating their circulation booster), Creative Spirit East (showcasing Art done by those with disabilities), and Conductive Education.
It was a packed day full of great information, workshops and an amazing opportunity for networking across disabilities! We had a good mix of health professionals, persons living with a disability and caregivers take part in the event.
Look out for information on upcoming events! We are heading to PEI on October 8th and St. John’s, Newfoundland on Oct 24th 2013.
Asha Noel-Hart provides Services Support in the Atlantic Region.