Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

Health Promotion Diagram from the Ottawa Charter, 1986

What if health wasn’t just about flu shots and medication?  Did you take a health class that told you your problems could be fixed if you just ate right, exercised, didn’t smoke, and didn’t have sex… but never talked about why people can’t always afford enough good food, don’t feel safe at the gym, don’t feel safe going to a doctor, or can’t get safer sex supplies?  What else would we do if we were REALLY healthy, and our communities were too?

Max Janes and Emma Van Rooyen will be joining us to have a conversation about what health could mean, what it should mean, and how we can work together to make it real.

Max is a student at Acadia studying to become a certified sex and gender educator, focusing on consent-based education.  They wrote to us:

“Knowing what is important to you as a young queer person is an important step in self care. I would like to have a discussion on queer-focused personal values, and how you can integrate that into a healthy and regular self-care routine.”

Emma is studying health promotion at Dalhousie University and, until recently, worked on making Valley communities healthier as an elected councillor of the County of Kings.   She says,

“Health Promotion is all about shifting society’s understanding about what conditions affect both community and individual health  — social, mental, emotional and physical. Health Promoters advocate for changes to government policies [to] focus on the social and environmental factors that influence health, like class, education, access to transportation, and housing.”

What do you think: How do you take care of yourself and the people you care about?  What policies affect your health? How can we work together to change them?  What would you say to people in the health care system if you could tell them to change anything?

Bring your questions and ideas to the usual time and place: Room 128 of the the Louis Millet Community Complex (LMCC),  9489 Commercial St. New Minas.   Drop-in any time between 6:30 – 8:30PM. All 25-and-under LGBTQ+/MOGAI youth, friends, and allies are welcome, whether it’s your first time or hundredth time.  See you then!

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