The City in the Country
Abbotsford began its partnership with SCOPE in 2009 as one of its original pilot communities. Through the support of the City of Abbotsford, SCOPE partnered with Healthy Abbotsford, the City’s initiative to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Abbotsford, to bring Live 5-2-1-0 to the community.
After three years of partnership building, collaboration and community assessment, SCOPE and Abbotsford produced the Abbotsford Community Action Plan. This plan describes the process of engagement, assessment and action planning that laid the groundwork for the success Abbotsford has achieved in making their community a healthier place for children and families.
Healthy Abbotsford has continued to be an important SCOPE partner community, and remains actively engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating several initiatives as part of their Live 5-2-1-0 campaign.
Sharing & Supporting Live 5-2-1-0
With the support of SCOPE, and by building bridges between different members of the community, Healthy Abbotsford is working with key stakeholders such as the City of Abbotsford, Parks and Recreation, Fraser Health, University of the Fraser Valley and the Abbotsford School District to help shape the lives of children.
Here are just a few of the ways the Live 5-2-1-0 message is being shared and supported in Abbotsford:
- Posters and fact sheets at schools, and Live 5-2-1-0 messaging in school agendas
- Information and education for parents at pre-natal and post-natal clinics, and one-year vaccinations
- Live 5-2-1-0 specific training for public health nurses
- Live 5-2-1-0 presentations to numerous community organizations and their members
- The Live 5-2-1-0 Community Toolkit resource for parents, teachers, recreation staff, healthcare professionals and anyone working with children
Healthy Abbotsford launched a new and innovative idea to support kids to Live 5-2-1-0 in October 2014 – the Live 5-2-1-0 Play Boxes! Through support from SCOPE and the City of Abbotsford’s Parks and Recreation department, Live 5-2-1-0 Play Boxes were installed in three city parks, filled with play equipment such as balls, nets, hula hoops and frisbees, and information and ideas for fun active games to play. Families can access the boxes at any time for free by signing up to receive the access code through the Healthy Abbotsford website. Watch a clip about the Live 5-2-1-0 Play Boxes here!