Youth Wellness Series

Fall 2021 Youth Wellness Series

Crohn's and Colitis Canada is happy to announce the return of the Fall Youth Wellness Series! This year, our guest speakers will share their insights and deliver educational content for youth and young adults living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a new and exciting format! Tune in for a chance to learn more about mucosal healing, extraintestinal manifestations, as well as mental health and mindfulness!

No registration required! Check out our Instagram IGTV Channel on November 22 for the first video.

Series 1: Mucosal Healing

November 22 - 26

Guest Speaker: Dr. Nancy Fu (MD, FRCP(C), Gastroenterologist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Richmond General Hospital, University of British Columbia.

How much do you know about mucosal damage? What are the causes, preventative measures and healing processes? In this series, Dr. Nancy Fu will address the cause and effect of mucosal damage, talk about the five reasons why mucosal healing is important, and share helpful tips on how to stimulate the healing process.

Series 2: Mental Health & Mindfulness 

November 29 - December 3

Guest Speaker: Hailey Rocha

How do you nurture your mental health? What are the benefits of mindful practices? In this series we invite a patient expert to share their story of navigating mental health, school and relationships, as well as share practical tips and resources for accessing support. Interested in a guided breathing exercise? We've got you covered!

Series 3: Extraintestinal Manifestations

December 6 - 10

Guest Speaker: Dr. Christopher Ma (BSc, MD, MPH, FRCPC) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Community Health Sciences. Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of Calgary, AB.

EIM's can affect people living with IBD in many ways and with various complications. What are the different types of extraintestinal manifestations? Why do they occur? What is the process of managing and healing EIM's? Dr. Christopher Ma will address these questions in the upcoming series, as well as provide practical tips for pain management and nutrition. 

The video series are recorded in English and will include French subtitles

Check out our previous events below!

Fall 2018 Youth Wellness Series

October 4th, 2018 we hosted a Facebook Live event on Living Well with Crohn's or Colitis. Featuring past AbbVie IBD Scholarship Recipients Joe Shaw and Leslie Hernandez, we had a lively and interactive discussion on what it's like being a student with IBD.

October 24th, 2018 we hosted a webinar on Eating Well with Crohn's or Colitis. Our presenters were Jennifer Haskett, Registered Dietitian at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Shira Gertsman, past AbbVie IBD Scholarship Recipient. 

Browse through our library of past Youth Wellness Series events below. Featuring youth-friendly presentations on topics such as mental health and IBD, budgeting with a chronic illness, transitioning (to adult care and to post-secondary school) and more!

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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