Urban Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyles Program (UAHLP)
Goal of the Program
The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyles Program (UAHLP) is designed to increase participation in sport, physical fitness and to provide nutrition and smoking prevention/cessation supports for healthier living amongst urban Aboriginal people.
The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyles Program offers benefits for the community as a whole; whilst focusing on four key target groups for specialized programming:
The objective is to work towards achieving the following desired health outcomes:
- Increased healthy eating habits, including increased knowledge of healthy nutrition, healthy eating practices, traditional diets and activities, healthy weights and weight management;
- Increased physical activity levels of community members through participation in organized sport activities, physical fitness activities and physical recreational activities;
- Increased healthier lifestyles choices, including reduced use of commercial and personal spaces; and
- Increased numbers of youth who are engaged and participating in leadership programming and positive community activities.
The intent of the UAHLP is to improve the health and well-being of the urban Aboriginal people, before they develop health issues, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The program is community-based and activities should be available not only during the day, but into the evening and on weekends.
The UAHLP provides, at minimum, the following programs components:
- sports activities;
- physical fitness activities;
- physical recreation activities;
- smoking cessation/smoke-free living, and
- youth leadership.