Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
Israelis have some of the healthiest diets in the world!
Ynet News recently published an article about Israel, health, and wellness. The article was influenced by the release of a research study done by The Lancet Global Health Journal. The research found Israel to have the healthiest diet in the West; ranking Israel ninth in the world in terms of nutrition.
The journal credited Israelis’ diet that is made up of fresh produce and grains, with very few processed foods.
At CHW’s daycares, we place a priority on ensuring a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, a special nutrition program runs at the Clara Balinksy Daycare, composed of three elements:
The Nutrition Program is especially useful, as many children come from lower-socio economic backgrounds, and both parents and children benefit from this program.
Anat* and Ben sent their son, Gil, to the Clara Balinsky Daycare are thrilled with the nutrition program. Anat explains that as a new and young mother, she was overwhelmed when it came to ensuring that her family was eating a healthy and balanced diet. Being a young family, Anat and Ben also struggled to afford expensive foods, something they believed was important. She shares, “I really did not know which ingredients were the right choices. Every book or website that I read would tell me something different. The daycare gave me so much support and information, they really helped me.” Aside from the daycare ensuring that Gil is eating healthy meals every day, they assist Anat when it comes to continuing healthy eating in the home.
*Names were changed at the request of the interviewees
#ThisGirlCan is an incredible health campaign targeted at women that is making waves internationally.
The program, initiated by Sport England, was created in the United Kingdom upon realization that due to out-of-date health trends, fewer women are active in the world of sports and fitness.
What are the aims of this campaign? Its purpose is to support women of all ages, size, and physical abilities to encourage a healthy body image and self-confidence. Moreover, the movement subverts the ideals promoted by contemporary media that women should adhere to certain body types, instead promoting realistic body images and expectations.
Like the efforts in this campaign, CHW’s youth villages – Hadassim and Nahalal – foster similar values in their students.
Both Hadassim and Nahalal not only offer supportive environments for the young women to build a strong sense of themselves, both youth villages offer a diverse selection of sports activities that encourage female involvement.
Hadassim has an incredible women’s basketball team and karate program. At Nahalal, there are countless outdoor activities available to the girls such as rock climbing and ropes courses. Both Hadassim and Nahalal focus on encouraging the girls to take part in the same sports activities as boys and that they are all equally capable.
CHW’s youth villages are making their own waves and impact on their girls with CHW’s unwavering support!
Arthur is a graduate of CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village. However, his permanent home is still the Youth Village. Arthur resides in a dormitory dedicated for graduates, because CHW Hadassim is Arthur’s only home; it is the place he comes to when in need.
Arthur came to CHW Hadassim when he was only fourteen years old. Neither of his parents were able to provide adequate care for young Arthur, and he was in desperate need of a warm and supportive environment – this is where CHW Hadassim played a critical role.
When Arthur arrived at the youth village, he was very timid and unhappy: an unfortunate victim of neglect. After a lot of time, dedication, and patience, Arthur began to open up and grew into a happier and more confident child.
Arthur not only matured into a bright and talented young man; but he excelled. He graduated with the highest examination level in commerce and was the captain of the CHW Hadassim basketball team. Arthur has also studied capoeira, Brazilian martial arts, over the course of his time at Hadassim.
Today, Arthur is 20 years old and is serving in the IDF. When Arthur has time off from the army, he returns to CHW Hadassim to live and volunteers helping other children who are currently living in the dormitories.
When speaking about CHW Hadassim, Arthur says,
“This is my one true home, it took me in when I was in need and made me into the person I am today. Thank you CHW Hadassim.”
CHW supports state-of-the-art healthcare and groundbreaking research at Hadassah Hospital. The Hadassah Medical Organization, the first and only in Israel to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, offers world-renowned care, diagnosis, and treatment to patients regardless of religious, ethnic, or national background. Hadassah Hospital embraces “Peace through Medicine” as a moral imperative. As well, CHW’s commitment to healthcare is evident through a wide range of outstanding departments and units at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel’s third largest government hospital.
WIZ Kids is changing the way children learn, one computer game at a time! This innovative program, which is currently running in several schools and daycare centres across Israel, provides pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-aged children with hands on computer experience aimed at enhanced learning. WIZ Kids focuses on school readiness – teaching numbers, letters, colours and basic vocabulary – all through exciting and enjoyable computer games.
All six Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) daycare centres currently participate in the WIZ Kids program.
An important component of WIZ Kids is scholastic preparation. Instructors create individualized work plans for the children to ensure they will be ready for first grade, with great effort and resources
going towards the basic needs of each child. As computer programs play a large role in the program, instructors begin slowly, easing these young learners in by teaching computer skills. Since many of these children do not have access to computers at home, the experience can be quite eye-opening for them.
A benefit of the WIZ Kids program is that it encourages parents to come to the daycare centre and work with their children. Some of these adults are illiterate or have difficulty with basic reading and math. Under the pretext of helping and interacting with their own children, these caregivers are able to obtain some basic learning skills necessary for their own advancement.
Another great benefit of WIZ Kids is that it allows children in the program to feel pride in their own achievements. Program staff remark that the children greatly enjoy the computer
work they do, and at any given time, you can see children sitting together, helping one another with various math and reading games, fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation.
There is amazing work being accomplished through the WIZ Kids program at all six of CHW’s daycare centres, and the growth shown by these young learners is truly remarkable. This venture continues to bring added value with enriching experiences offered at CHW’s daycare centres in Israel.