Tara Werner with Diabetes Canada is the Manager of Community Health Promotion for the province of New Brunswick and she is enthusiastic to work with the Live Well / Bien Vivre program. She has a Masters Degree in Recreation Sports and Recreation Studies.
Live Well is a behavior change program working with clients on health and wellness goals. It started in 2012 as a pilot with the Medavie Health Foundation, the Government of NB and Diabetes Canada, but is now part of the funding through the Department of Health. They have coaches trained on how to work with people on goal setting, motivational interviewing and health and wellness goals. The biggest thing that’s coming out of it’s mental health initiatives. The tools the clients are given by the health coaches and they have a huge impact on customers and customers. Health coaches are also helping clients navigate the healthcare system based on their individual needs.
The Live Well Program is free to anyone 19 years and older in NB right now. In Nova Scotia they are working on a health coach initiative partnering with the Health Association of African Canadians to provide culturally specific programming. They are looking for an expanding maternal health / gestational diabetes, children and youth and Indigenous health coaching. It is a self-referral system so you do not need a referral from anyone, however they do have a referral system for professionals to use the doors.
The Live Well / Well Live program has had client testimonials (see link) on reflections of successes within the program.
The health coaches cover regions all over the province and are also available to meet with people virtually, and will meet with people wherever they are. A direct phone call or email is the best way to contact your local health coach.
If you are a health care professional or community organization, please contact your local health coach as they are available to do group facilitation and workshops on topics like goal setting, motivation and stress reduction.
Tara’s top 3:
Favorite place: Her friends’ camp / farm in Salisbury, NB.
Favorite food: Coconut ice cream, or coconut flavored or made with coconut milk. Also peanut butter balls.
Favorite activity: Shopping.
And a write in question: Star Wars or Game of Thrones? Star Wars due to its longevity and fact that dragons can not go into outer space.
Live Well! Live well! https://www.livewellbienvivre.ca/
Motivational interviewing: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapy-types/motivational-interviewing
The Matter of Black Health: http://medaviehealthfoundation.ca/2017/03/matter-black-health-health-coaching-live-well-nova-scotia/
The program Live Well! / Bien Vivre! is free at this time for all New Brunswick residents aged 19 and over. In Nova Scotia, a health coaching initiative is being developed in partnership with the Health Association of African Canadians to provide culturally appropriate programs. The goal is to expand the scope of the program to include support for gestational diabetes and maternal health, child and youth health, and Aboriginal health. It is a self-referral system; you do not need to be led there. The system still provides a referral system that professionals can use to open doors.