Isolation and COVID-19 measures are often difficult and can harm mental and physical health. Taking steps to mitigate the effects of the measures on health and wellbeing is important, and that's why Alliance members work with many partners, such as through the social prescribing Rx Community project, to find novel ways to get people connected, moving, and feeling good.
For Community Health and Wellbeing Week, the Alliance partnered with Canada's National Ballet School, to bring you a webinar earlier this week: Arts on Prescription: Improving health and wellbeing through arts participation.
If you missed the webinar, wish to review it, or would like to share it with colleagues and community partners, you can access the webinar recording, slide deck, and additional resources online. Contact information for all panelists are included in the additional resources document, you are welcome to reach out and connect further.
Before you check out the webinar recording, slide deck, and amazing additional resources above from Arts on Prescription, we encourage you to check out the video at the top of this post for some inspiration and ideas for feeling good, courtesy of the team at Canada's National Ballet School who produced the video along with students across Canada. It's truly an uplifting three minutes, and helped to remind us what joy can come from moving around, even if it's just in front of your own mirror at home.
We are grateful to our webinar panelists Melissa Smith (AGO), Megan Ferris (Canada National Ballet School), Rebecca Barnstaple (CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre), Sabrina La Tona (North York Family Health Team), and Surkhab Peerzada (South Riverdale community Health Centre) for sharing a wide range of innovative integration between arts and health through different perspectives and contexts.
We hope this webinar will help to spark new inspirations and further dialogue in your practices and teams!