Barrie Native Friendship Centre

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Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program

Amaru Mendez, Program Worker

Barrie Native Friendship Centre

175 Bayfield Street

Barrie, ON  L4M 3B4

(T) 705-721-7689 ext 204

(F) 705 721-7418

Email: [email protected]


  • Participating in organized sport activities, physical fitness activities, and physical recreation activities?
  • Gaining more knowledge of healthy eating habits, traditional diets and healthy weight management?
  • Reducing the use of commercial tobacco products and developing a support system to encourage a smoke free environment?
  • Developing leadership skills through youth leadership programming and positive community activities?


The Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program (UAHL) can help you achieve your lifestyle goals!


This program is taking major strides to help community members to increase their physical activity levels and their cardio-vascular health; to become smoke-free; to increase their knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating practices and weight management; and, to enhance the leadership ability of our youth.


While the UAHL will offer great benefits for the community as a whole, it will maintain four key target groups for special programming:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Seniors and Disabled Adults




Its never too late to increase your physical activity level and to improve your healthy lifestyle choices. In fact, active living is an important part of aging well and disability management.


Regular activity can help you maintain your health and independence and prevent disabling conditions later on.




Seniors and disabled adults can look forward to a variety of programs designed to help build strength, flexibility, and endurance - supporting our seniors and disabled adults to live healthy lives.




A women may fill various care-giving roles throughout her life: mother, daughter, sister, partner, friends, teacher and more.  Unfortunately, demanding work and/or family scheduled often prevents women from taking the time to care for their own well-being.


Making time to prepare healthy meals and engaging in regular physical activity is important to your health.  A healthier you make for a healthier family, community, and workplace.




Television, computers and video games can keep youth very busy but unfortunately, "non-active". Physical activity is important for healthy physical growth, development, and healthy weight maintenance. Increasing your physical activity by 30 minutes a day is a good way to start developing healthy physical activity habits to carry with you throughout life.




Introducing daily physical activity and sport participation as a healthy lifestyle habit early on is important for childhood development. Also, being an active child sets the stage for increased physical activity and self esteem in adulthood.

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