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June 2019                                         View this email in your browser

Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

June 2019 Newsletter

There is still time to register for our 1st Annual Golf Tournament presented by Chapman’s! All proceeds will go to kicking off our Cardiac Rehab Program.

The tournament will be held at The Ferns Golf Resort on Saturday, July 6th. Tickets are available for $125 per person which will include 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner.  Please visit our website at www.segchc.ca/golf-tournament  to register!

Program Highlights & Upcoming Events

  • The South East Grey Community Health Centre Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, June 27th at 6pm in the Well (lower level of the CHC).
  • Seniors Summit 2019: Aging Well in Grey & Bruce Counties will take place September 24-25 at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. Registration is now open. Please see the flyer for further details and registration information.
Congratulations to Larry Mann, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson of the SEGCHC Board of Directors, for participating in the Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on June 2nd. Larry rode 50 km in the rain and raised $3100 for the cause.

 
The Canadian Guidelines for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy
by Rachel Brock, Registered Kinesiologist
Did you know that Canada recently release new physical activity guidelines for pregnancy?  These guidelines have been informed by an extensive review of literature and expert opinions and present a significant change to previous physical activity recommendations for pregnancy. 
 
Myths about Physical Activity and Pregnancy:
Physical activity during pregnancy is NOT associated with:
  1. Miscarriage
  2. Stillbirth
  3. Neonatal death
  4. Preterm birth or labour
  5. Neonatal Hypoglycemia
  6. Rupture of membranes
  7. Low birth weight
  8. Birth defects
  9. Birth complications
The Truth about Physical Activity and Pregnancy:
Physical activity during pregnancy IS associated with:
  1. Fewer newborn complications
  2. Decreased risk of preeclampsia
  3. Decreased risk of gestational hypertension
  4. Decreased risk of gestational diabetes
  5. Decreased risk of caesarean section
  6. Decreased risk of instrument assisted delivery
  7. Decreased risk of urinary incontinence
  8. Decreased risk of excessive gestational weight
  9. Decreased risk of depression
  10. Improved blood glucose
  11. Decreased gestational weight gain
  12. Decreased severity of depressive symptoms
  13. Decreased lumbopelvic pain
In general, more physical activity (frequency, duration, and or volume) is associated with greater health benefits.  Prenatal physical activity should be considered a front-line therapy for reducing the risk of pregnancy complications and enhancing maternal physical and mental health. 
 
So what are the guidelines?
  1. All women without contraindications should be physically active throughout pregnancy.
  2. Pregnant women should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week to achieve meaningful health benefits and reductions in pregnancy complications.
  3. Physical activity should be accumulated over a minimum of three days per week; however, being active every day is encouraged.
  4. Pregnant women should incorporate a variety of aerobic and resistance training activities to achieve greater benefits.  Adding yoga and or gentle stretching may also be beneficial.
  5. Pelvic floor muscle training (e.g. Kegel exercises) may be performed on a daily basis to reduce the risk of urinary incontinence.  Instruction in proper technique is recommended to obtain optimal benefits.
  6. Pregnant women who experience light-headedness, nausea or feel unwell when they exercise flat on their back should modify their exercise position to avoid the supine position. 
All pregnant women can participate in physical activity throughout pregnancy with the exception of those who have contraindications.  Women with absolute contraindications may continue their usual activities of daily living but should not participate in more strenuous activities.  Women with relative contraindications should discuss the advantages and disadvantages of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity with their obstetric care provider prior to participation.  Please see www.csep.ca to download a copy of these guidelines and to access a list of the absolute and relative contraindications.  If you have additional questions or concerns regarding exercise during pregnancy please contact your obstetric care provider or primary care practitioner. 
 
New Tool to Detect Allergies
By Melissa Hardy, Registered Dietitian 

Think you or someone in your family might have a food allergy?
Do you have a food allergy and are looking for more information?
 
A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system reacts unusually to a specific food. Though reactions are often mild, they can also be serious. It can be difficult to determine whether a symptom is an allergic reaction or caused by another factor – and this is why Allergy Check was created.
 
This tool is intended to help patients and parents understand whether specific symptoms may be caused by a food allergy, and whether further advice from an Allergy Specialist is recommended. This quick assessment tool will guide you through identifying the likelihood of a food allergy with just a few clicks. You can also visit the app's resources section to learn more about food allergies, and what you might be able to do to avoid uncomfortable symptoms. While Allergy Check is a helpful tool, it does not replace the expert medical advice of a licensed physician or other medical professional.
 
Check out this new online tool to help answer your questions:
https://allergycheck.ca/#/Home
 
Food Allergy Canada also has recorded webinars for parents and caregivers that are FREE to watch: https://foodallergycanada.ca/tools-and-downloads/tools/recorded-webinars/

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