Business

Healthy Businesses Lead to Healthy Communities

Local businesses are essential partners within the South Georgian Bay community. They help to shape an environment that focuses on health promotion influencing the availability of healthy choices for families.

Workplace wellness strategies intend to create and improve healthy habits amongst employees and communities. By adopting health behaviours local businesses have the ability to change the way a community conceptualizes health. Businesses supply resources and tools that support healthy choices, which makes them more attainable for families to incorporate health and wellness into their daily lives.

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5 SERVINGS FRUIT + VEGGIES

FRUIT AND VEGParent

Take your child shopping with you because children learn best by doing! Choose fruits and vegetables together, but also allow them to have an opportunity to pick. Learn about programs the stores run to guide you in cooking healthy and delicious meals!

Staff

Provide locally sourced fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Offer fruits and vegetables often to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
5 SERVINGS FRUIT + VEGGIES
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Choose to boost veggies and fruit! Learn why vegetables and fruit are the best to fuel your body. Watch videos and discover interactive apps to colour up your life!

2 or Less Hours Recreational Screen Time

Youth

Turn off the screens and have fun with your friends! Spend time with your friends reading, talking, and doing arts and crafts. Play board games or go outside and enjoy a game of soccer, basketball or tag. And don’t forget to laugh!

Parent

Become aware of the different effects screen time can have on your child’s ability to learn and how their emotional and social development can be negatively impacted. Consider gradually cutting out and significantly decreasing screen time during the school week. This may be difficult at first, but be sure to have patience!
2 HOURS OR LESS RECREATIONAL SCREEN TIME
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Take a break, turn it off. Unplug and play! Learn how screen time can affect your health and try new ways to set healthy screen time limits. Be sure not to stay too long!

1 Hour Physical Activity

Youth

Be creative! Design a scavenger hunt for you and your parents to complete during your trip to the store. Incorporate different physical activity moves throughout your shopping adventure and take the most active route to the store.

Parent

Local trails connect to many of the businesses around South Georgian Bay making it easy to walk or wheel with with your child or family around town!

Staff

Position bike racks at the front of your business to ensure customers are aware you support a healthy community! Encourage staff to walk or wheel to work and provide them with more regular standing, stretching, and moving breaks.

1 HOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
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Run • Jump • Play • Everyday • Watch cool videos to learn about new activities and sports you can enjoy with friends. Start a family competition and have everyone track their steps with one of the suggested apps!

0 Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Youth

Stop along the way or drop into a store and quench your thirst with water!

Parent

Choose water first to hydrate. It is free and refreshing! Consider purchasing a reusable bottle or pack one to help your family choose water first for thirst.

Staff

Market and offer free water to customers. Encourage families and children to purchase or use their reusable water containers to refill!

0 SUGAR – SWEETENED BEVERAGES
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Water does wonders! Why is water the best choice for thirst? You are what you drink! Click here to find out why to fuel your body with water.

Mental Health

Youth

Be present. Engage with those in your surroundings and attempt to create stronger social connection. If you just started your first job remember that work can be stressful and it is okay to ask for help! Businesses should provide resources and tools to promote mental health and prevent harm.

Parent

Consider visiting the local businesses for a change of scenery! Interact with friends, family and other community members to facilitate and support your social relationships. Introducing yourself to new spaces may improve resilience and help with social, emotional and intellectual development.

Staff

Adopt evidence-based workplace wellness practices and provide staff with preventative resources and tools to develop coping skills to manage stress in the workplace. Raise mental health awareness in the workplace and consider a Mental Health First Aid course.

MENTAL HEALTH
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There is no health without mental health. Mental health matters. Click to learn where you can talk to someone and the importance of connecting with family and friends, as well as your doctor or counsellor.

Family Life

Youth

Practice patience and seek help when you need access to resources and support. Listen carefully to what your parents have to say because they have your best interest in mind!

Parent

Practice patience and seek help when you need access to resources and support. Listen carefully to what your parents have to say because they have your best interest in mind!

Staff

Ensure your business environment is a safe, accessible and inclusive space for children and families. Create a space where all individuals are able to grow and contribute to a healthier community.

FAMILY LIFE
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Life with kids is messy and that is ok! Fill your parenting tool box with humor, tips and more!

Money

Youth

Put your best foot forward… Reach out to local businesses for career development opportunities because you are the future of South Georgian Bay!

Parent

As a customer use your purchasing power to help promote health and wellness in the South Georgian Bay community. Don’t be afraid to try something new and check out the Farmer’s Market, Food Banks, Good Food Box and other local affordable options throughout the community for food, fashion and activity finds.

Staff

Adopt policies to acquire health options and build a healthier environment. Be mindful that customers and staff all come from different backgrounds and constraints.

MONEY
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Your income can affect your health. Learn about South Georgian Bay’s many resources and tools to help you meet your most basic needs.

Health Happens Everywhere, Every Day in South Georgian Bay.

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