‘It changed my life’: New pilot project tests health benefits of social prescribing

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In a bustling kitchen at a Toronto-area community health centre, Hayfa Mousa pauses as she reflects on the last seven years of her life.

Her eyes fill as she recalls the stress and isolation she felt before finally finding community and calm. Originally from Iraq, the 56-year-old cares for an adult daughter who underwent a heart transplant.

The Stonegate Community Health Centre is one of 11 sites across Ontario taking part in a pilot project to test social prescribing — encouraging patients to enhance their wellbeing with healthier food, more physical activity and greater social contact.

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