The health and livelihood of seniors in Whitecourt are going to be a focus for the town and Alberta Health Services over the next 5 years.
The Housing for Health project is a partnership between the University of Alberta and Christenson Developments, the company planning to build a housing development in Whitecourt as well as one in Edmonton. The two housing developments are pilot projects that incorporate active design features to help increase physical activity, healthy eating, and a sense of community involvement.
The Housing Health team will work with municipal leaders and residents to identify active-living features and programs that can be integrated into neighbourhoods, while also looking to develop strategies to help residents get better access to healthy foods and beverages.
Project leaders will be setting up a workshop in Whitecourt on June 25th from 10:30 to 3:30 to meet with local stakeholders to gain information about the community and the local seniors housing project.
Mayor Maryann Chichak says the initiative is beneficial to the Whitecourt community.
The Housing for Health project has received $4.4 million in grant funding over 5 years from the Public Health Agency of Canada.