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We were a group of 3 families with children ranging in ages from 3 – 14, and we had a blast! My daughter struggles with anxiety and is usually VERY shy and reserved but this event gave her a space where she felt safe enough to dance her heart out for HOURS! We had to practically drag her home. Thank you so much for hosting these Amazing events and promoting a healthier, safer way to party for all ages!!
My Party Bar is set pretty high and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from the Undie Run. But the Party4Health host’s (Jacques) next-level charisma and craziness really took it to the next level for everyone involved.
Partying for me usually involves at least a few drinks, but Jacques requested that I try remaining 100% sober for this one and I’m glad I did. The Party alone was good enough to get me where I needed to be
Active Engagement: We are in the here and now.
We actively socialize and engage in our surroundings, as opposed to absentmindedly. We take a role of making the party happen, as opposed to waiting for it happen. We use our phones only as a tool to capture euphoric memories.
Natural Euphoria: We get high-on-life, and life is not a substance.
We momentarily forget about our job title, our to do’s, our sources of stress, and our sense of self-criticism. We immerse ourselves in rediscovering the euphoria of human connection and dance.
Community: We invite people to join, instead of judging or excluding people.
We welcome everyone, accept everyone, and support everyone in being their true selves, whatever that might be. There’s no such thing as embarrassment here.
Respect: We behave with an awareness of others and their boundaries.
We, as participants, exercise self-restraint, courtesy, and consent. Although our events are wild, we follow rules, laws, and common courtesies when interacting with the environment and each other.
Personal Growth: We grow together by partying together.
We leverage our party experiences to become better people, in our relationships and in our society. We lift people up from their mistakes, because mistakes are normal.
Environmental and Social Responsibility: We are grateful to party here.
We respect the community in which we party. Police are our utmost ally. We acknowledge our parties take place on the unceded territory of the indigenous Coast Salish.
Interpersonal skills: Develop the necessary verbal and nonverbal communication skills to network, build relationships, and relate with others.
Money: Save cash by avoiding the bar or expensive tickets to your favourite nightclub. There is no need to purchase a luxurious bottle to impress others when you are partying for health. Status is achieved by fostering social inclusion, not by spending money.
Self-esteem: Being your authentic self (as if no one was watching) in a social environment is not easy. Immersing yourself in a positive environment, where there are no winners or losers, where there is no judgement, where you are encouraged as opposed to dismissed, and where the goal is to have fun together, is a safe strategy to learn about why you are unique.
Feel good: Partying for health elicits positive emotions. Our ingenious and novel activities, synced to upbeat music, stimulate the brain to feel natural euphoria. Best part is, you will feel good the next day too.
Get moving: Getting active benefits your body and makes you feel good. Plus, you don’t notice you are exercising because the party is distracting you.
Jacques Mission: To build capacity for positive health behaviours by educating and inspiring people (mainly youth) in innovative ways, like epic one-of-a-kind social experiences.
His Experience: hundreds of parties thrown, thousands of smiles generated, millions of perceptions of partying rethought across Canada and beyond.
Applying advanced party science, Party4Health is a Vancouver-based group on a mission to create Earth’s most engaging, inclusive, healthy party experiences. The fuel for these parties? Good people and heart-pumpin’ beats, as opposed to substances. Known for their Hike Raves, Bike Raves, and Morning Beach Parties, Party4Health leverages partying as a force for good: promoting social inclusion and social literacy, spreading fun and positivity, educating youth about healthy lifestyles, and boosting mental and physical health.
The Party4Health guarantee: You’ll feel better the next day than if you had not partied!
Why we exist?
Embodied in partying is a tremendous opportunity for undermining division, spreading positive mental health, building lasting professional and personal relationships, encouraging physical activity, and promoting community and team development.
In North America, this opportunity is tarnished by toxic social norms. Conventional entertainment, party, and nightlife events often encourage “drunkenness” and are associated with negative health effects by design. These include drug use, hearing loss, motor vehicle accidents, violence, sexual violence, sense of humiliation, crime, and illness.
The especially sad truth is that substance use forms the underlying social lubricant for these events.
From a broader viewpoint, modern recreation has taken a turn for the worse; screens are replacing other human beings; engagement with the world is becoming more and more passive; and apathy and inactivity are being spread. You witness this on public transit, in nightclubs, and at music festivals. We are losing our ability to engage in genuine, euphoric human connection.
Our Mission: Redefine partying as a healthy, positive force in our global communities.
Read more about our Vision.
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