Hans Kai - Health Education

A community wellness program with guidance from NorWest Co-op

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

For many years healthcare professionals and policy makers have known that we need to promote health and wellness, not merely offer medical services. Further, we need a model of health promotion that encourages the collaboration of community members, wellness experts, and medical professionals. This is the path to reaching as many individuals and communities as possible, affordably and effectively.

The COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the specific and urgent need for community based, group-focused wellness and health education that is accessible and appealing to a wide range of groups.

One such tool is Hans Kai – a group health education program developed after World War II in Japan where resources were very scarce. Six decades later, and in a very prosperous Japan, the program remains highly effective. It was brought to Canada by Nor’West Co-op in Winnipeg and then made available across Canada. We believe this community-led strategy, with minimal medical resources required, will improve our communities’ health and well-being

Hans Kai is a program of the NorWest Co-op: We are delighted that, throughout the program development and delivery, we will have the expertise and guidance from the NorWest Co-op, Winnipeg, the Canadian lead for the program.

Hans Kai is economically sustainable, and promotes healthy, resilient communities. The group-facilitated program is designed to improve social connectedness, physical and mental well-being by teaching participants how to take an active role in monitoring their emotional, social and wellness indicators and engage in healthy activities to manage their own health and wellness as they age.

HOW IT WORKS

Hans Kai brings together groups of about 8-40 community members interested in making lifestyle changes, equipping them with the skills to take an active role in enhancing and managing their own health and wellness. The Hans Kai program is easy to adapt and works to maintain or improve well-being for a wide variety of communities (eg. young families, teens, seniors, workplace groups, LGBTQ2S groups, people living with altered brain function, and people struggling with addiction).

Hans Kai includes proper eating, sleep hygiene, active socializing, physical fitness, and better mental health and stress management. Specialized components can be added to meet the needs of specific groups.

Hans Kai groups decide how often to meet, and for how long. Non-medical professionals, licensed healthcare professionals and practitioners facilitate and support the group as needed. The medical professional time commitment is low, requiring only a minimal amount of medical professional hours, generally around an hour for some of the Hans Health School sessions. Community engagement is high, and the participants become healthier people.

Do you know a group that would benefit from this program? Contact board@creatingcommunitywellness.com to set up a session.

The Hans Kai program can be offered throughout the year, however sessions are dependent on funding to cover costs associated with program delivery.

How can you support the program?

Donations are encouraged to support this program as well as raise funds for further wellness programming. Any amount is appreciated. An official donation tax receipt will be issued for donations above $20 addressed to Creating Community Wellness Society. Donations can be made online (click the ‘Donate’ button below) or mail to: PO Box 48015, VICTORIA RPO UPTOWN, BC, V8Z 7H5.

Donations can be made online (click the ‘Donate’ button below) or mail to: PO Box 48015, VICTORIA RPO UPTOWN, BC, V8Z 7H5

Thank you to the City of Victoria for funding part of the 2022/23 sessions through their Strategic Plan Grants.

General Inquiries:
board@creatingcommunitywellness.com

An official donation tax receipt will be issued for donations above $20 addressed to Creating Community Wellness Society.

Donations can be made online (click the ‘Donate’ button below) or mail to: c/o #200-1075 Pendergast Street, Victoria BC V8V 0A1