Part 1: Establish Partnerships, and Assess Needs
Focus Groups with teens, parents, and care providers will help the Move2Improve team understand the needs and challenges that youth aged 14-18 in Halifax have that access mental health services. The information gathered will be used to design the program.
Partnerships with Dalhousie School of Health and Human Performance will aim to involve university students in the Move2Improve program.
Community partnerships will help provide community venues where the program can be run, as well as act as a support for teens during and after participating in the program.
Part 2: Development and Testing of Program
Based on feedback from the focus groups, the Move2Improve program will be developed as an 8-to-10 session program. The program will be designed to be inclusive to all backgrounds, levels of experience and abilities.
Session activities could include:
- Walking or running
- Basic personal fitness
- Strength training
- Other movement-based activities such as yoga and Tai Chi