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WALKING IN THEIR SHOES

- Local Politicians to Take Part in Event Designed to Show What it is Like to Live in Poverty in Northumberland -


(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – Returning and newly-elected municipal politicians from across Northumberland County are being asked to walk the walk, not just talk the talk when it comes to poverty reduction.

Five community agencies are coming together to organize a poverty simulation event designed to help municipal leaders better understand what it is like to live in poverty in Northumberland. The event is set as follows:

• WHAT: Rethink Health: A Day in My Neighbour’s Life

• WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, from 9 am to 11:30 am

• WHERE: Fellowship Baptist Church (469 Elgin St. West) in Cobourg

• WHY: Municipal politicians and other community leaders will play the part of a low-income family member trying to get through a month with limited financial and social resources. Participants will face unexpected challenges and unplanned expenses as they try to cope with their situation.

The Rethink Health poverty simulation event is being hosted by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, in partnership with the Northumberland United Way, Northumberland Legal Centre, The Help Centre and Green Wood Coalition

(NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to attend for photo and interview opportunities).

“The Rethink Health poverty simulation event is designed to give participants a snapshot of what it’s like to live in poverty, particularly with the unexpected twists and turns that some families face to make ends meet each month,” says Elsie Azevedo Perry, an event organizer and Registered Dietitian with the HKPR District Health Unit. “One of the key goals is to help our municipal leaders understand the challenges that come with living in poverty in Northumberland County, and the role they can play to make decisions that help create a healthier community for everyone.”

The poverty simulation event comes on the heels of the Health Unit’s Rethink Health campaign which coincided with this fall’s municipal election. The Rethink Health campaign promotes the fact that decisions made by local governments, as well as the services and programs they provide, can greatly affect the health of people in the community.

To find out more about the Rethink Health campaign or the upcoming ‘A Day in My Neighbour’s Life’ event, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Elsie Azevedo Perry, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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