Raising Healthier Generations
Find out more about our mission to raise healthier generations in Calgary and beyond.
We are thinking differently about everything that we do, and as a result are privileged to be part of journeys of discovery and change for people in the community.
Michelle is a woman of many talents…actress, grandmother, active lifestyle enthusiast and the voice behind the Vivo™ Kids. Having been a puppeteer for many years, Michelle has witnessed the amazing power of puppets including their ability to engage people of all ages, break down barriers and even communicate with those who have withdrawn from
Armed with the firm belief that the community has a responsibility to help children and young families make healthy lifestyle choices, Michelle contacted Vivo hoping to marry her unique skill set with the raising healthier generations mission… and voila… the Vivo Kids were born!
Together, we're inspiring families to dance, sing and play their way to healthy living, thereby creating a new generation of real life 'Vivo Kids' in the process.
Go fly a kite! No, we really mean it. Flying a kite is a creative way to spend playtime with loved ones while connecting with nature at the same time. These are the types of activities that the Play Ambassadors facilitate in parks, at community events and within the walls at Vivo.
Teaching families that with ingenuity, some simple household objects and a commitment of time, they can create hours of memories filled with fun and laughter.
Before his session with the Play Ambassadors, 6-year old Erik had never had the opportunity to try kite flying. His whole family couldn’t help being drawn into his joy and wonder as Erik gleefully grabbed his self-made prize with satisfaction and began to run back and forth with the colourful tail flying merrily behind him and a wide grin on his face.
Tanner, a local Calgary high school student, has always been intrigued by the science of videography and the art of movie making, enthusiastically embracing school video projects when assigned. So when Vivo announced a Youth Video Contest last summer, Tanner, along with his friend Ryan, was keen to enter his work, never dreaming how far that adventure would take him. "It was a lot of hard work, but totally worth it. Even more than I realized at the time."
Tanner not only won the video contest with his exceptional commitment and eye for detail, but he landed his first "real" job as a professional videographer. The team at Vivo were so impressed with his final product that they hired Tanner on contract to film an ongoing series of videos throughout the facility. "I love working with Vivo. This job has helped me become more creative, organized and confident, and has really helped me develop my passion for video production".
For Tanner, getting the job is a cool story, but the coolest thing is actually being able to apply his skills and develop his portfolio. He has begun to receive requests from his teachers and classmates to assist with video projects for his school, and has even had an invitation to film a wedding this summer. "Being at Vivo is awesome. Everyone has been super encouraging and helpful to me. I'm glad to be learning some life skills through this job and having a ton of fun doing it!"
When Brenda attended our On Your Mark event she didn't realize how that evening would affect her, change her perceptions and alter her life. Brenda, a parent, a nurse and community member, was inspired to make simple changes for herself and her loved ones. She enrolled her daughter in the Child + Youth Action Research Project, but still she was motivated to do more.
Brenda now has a passion to help her community get engaged and get healthy for life. She is the first Community Liaison Volunteer for the Child + Youth Action Research Project, helping to educate and recruit children and parents into the program. She is doing her part to instill change and ensure generations of Canadians to come will live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Six-year-old Jane was typically been shy in the classroom and did not feel comfortable speaking up or sharing with her peers. However, during her week at Vivo in Active Living School, a discussion about nutrition and the importance of fueling the body sparked her interest.
When Jane and her classmates embarked on a field trip to a nearby grocery store to examine healthy foods and choose nutritious snacks for the week, something wonderful happened. Jane connected with her environment and the experience and was immediately inspired to think and act differently. For the first time she confidently presented her thoughts in front of her class and as a result has become an advocate for healthy living
If learning to live a healthier, more active lifestyle has been transformational for yourself and your family please share your story with us using the short form below.
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For more than 10 years we have been privileged to be a part of voyages of discovery and change for people in our community. You are the authors of the story!
Please help us write the next chapter by sharing your own journey to health and happiness -- mentally, physically, spiritually, intellectually, or emotionally.
Thank you for sharing your story with us and the world -- check back soon to see it in our storybook!