New provincial wellness strategy announced

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The provincial government has released a renewed wellness strategy for New Brunswick.
New Brunswick's Wellness Strategy 2014-2021 provides a framework that will enable any community, school, workplace, organization, family or individual to see how their goals, activities, or mandates are supported by improved wellness and how they can contribute to enhancing wellness within the province.
"There are many wellness champions throughout New Brunswick who help drive change and positively influence behaviours at the grassroots level and this strategy builds upon their strengths to facilitate strategic action," said Healthy and Inclusive Communities Minister Dorothy Shephard. "We all have a role to play in creating environments where healthy choices are easier and more accessible."

The renewed wellness strategy supports action on all dimensions of wellness and determinants of health, encourages a comprehensive approach and focuses on inclusiveness and equity. The renewed framework also promotes using a mental fitness approach to wellness, which is critical to motivation and engagement.

"When New Brunswickers are healthy and well, we have the foundation for a strong, prosperous and successful province," said Shephard. "When wellness progresses within a population, it impacts all aspects of life within communities. Productivity, performance and engagement improve and the economy grows."

Guided by its 2014-15 wellness action plan, the Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities will continue to support projects and initiatives that focus on healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free living and mental fitness and resilience in schools, communities, workplaces and homes throughout the province, in support of the renewed strategy.

"The provincial government will continue to work on achieving a culture of wellness and creating a strong, positive legacy for future generations of New Brunswickers by bringing the province into the wellness age," said Shephard.

Organizations: Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities

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