Community Health Centre:
Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

Summer 2022 Newsletter

What's Happening at the CHC

  • If you haven't checked out the renovations at the Markdale site, you should! We've undergone extensive renovations including a new community gym, an accessible lobby and a classroom space. 
  • The Community Health Centre will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labour Day
  • We are pleased to announce SEGCHC was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA) in recognition of achieving established CCA standards for quality in governance, management, and community-based primary health care services! 
Read our 2021-2022 Annual Report

Submitted by Sarah Ellis, Director of Clinical Services 

COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization. Washing your hands, wearing a mask indoors, physically distancing when possible and staying home when you are sick are other ways to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus.

All individuals 5 years of age and above are recommended to receive at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.  Doses are also available for children 6 months to 5 years starting August 28, 2022.  Booster doses are recommended for certain individuals based on risk factors and health conditions. Check out vaccine eligibility at
A new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated to be approved by Health Canada this fall, which may offer more targeted protection against the Omicron variants. 

Information about local vaccine clinics can be found on Grey Bruce Health Unit website at: or by calling 519-376-9420. Vaccines may also be available at some local pharmacies.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner at your next appointment or call the CHC to speak to a nurse.


Upcoming Programs & Events 

  • The Alzheimer Society is running a variety of hour long education classes in the fall as well as a 5-week Memory and Aging session in September and October, 2022. Click here to visit their website for more information. 
  • Seniors Health Fair Wednesday, September 21,2022 9:30 am - 3:30pm Dundalk Arena. Click here to view flyer for more information. 
Check out the event calendar for more program information! 

Fueling Families
Submitted by Donna Martin & Elena Usdenski, Registered Dietitians 

A new school year brings a flurry of mixed emotions for parents- the excitement of a new year combined with the dreaded thought of school lunches. The daily task of packing school lunches can feel draining, mundane and even overwhelming at times. While the pages of Pinterest feature fancy lunches boxes complete with flower shaped sandwiches, the reality is that school lunches don’t need to be complicated. As Registered Dietitians, our job is to support parents in nourishing their kiddos with the food that works well for their family.
When you’re packing lunches for your littles, start by pulling out your lunch box gear. It’s important to make sure that kids are able to easily open all the containers you're sending. It seems simple but it can be a huge barrier for busy kids during a short lunch period. Large containers with several small compartments, often called Bento boxes, are an easy way for children to access all their food by opening just one lid.
As far as food goes, we recommend trying to follow the same format as the updated Canada’s Food Guide. This means that one quarter of your child’s lunch should be a protein containing food, one quarter should be a grain food and one half of their lunch should be made of fruits and vegetables. With this framework, you can mix and match your child’s accepted foods to send a balanced meal that will sustain them through the day. Here’s a few fun ideas to get you started:
  • Chicken quesadilla with cherry tomatoes on the side and berries
  • Chili in a thermos with cucumber slices on the side with hummus dip and a banana  
  • Spaghetti with meat sauce in a thermos with carrot sticks and tzatziki dip and strawberries
  • Charcuterie board of cubed cheese, a small can of tuna, whole grain crackers, apple slices with wow butter to dip and fresh sugar snap peas
Getting children involved in packing their own lunches is a great way to build confidence in the kitchen and it will increase the likelihood that they will eat their lunch (because no one needs to unpack yet another uneaten snack).

We could go on and on about the power of some simple meal planning and preparation, but we will have to save that topic for another day. If you are struggling to pack lunches for your family, especially if you have a selective eater (aka picky kiddo) on your hands, please reach out to us!

Keeping Your Feet Healthy
Submitted by Natalie Grant, Chiropodist 

The average person takes approximately 9000 steps a day, so it is important to keep your feet healthy. 

Make sure to wash your feet regularly in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap and especially between your toes. It is important to completely dry your feet. Dry feet gently and be careful drying between your toes. Avoid being rough as this can cause injury to your skin. Avoid soaking your feet, as this can dry your skin.

After removing your foot wear and socks at the end of the day make sure to thoroughly check your feet and between your toes. Checking for any injuries such as cuts, cracks, ingrown toenails, blisters, etc. You can use a hand held mirror for the hard to see areas such as the bottoms of your feet.  If there are other members living within the household, you can have someone else inspect your feet for concerns.

If an injury, cut or scratch is present make sure to clean with mild soap and water and cover with a dry dressing. Topical antiseptics can be used to prevent inflammation and infections. Be sure to monitor the area and seek medical attention if any signs of infection appear.  

Make sure to change your socks daily and wear clean fresh socks. Whenever possible, wear white socks. Wearing white socks allows you to see bleeding or drainage if cuts, blisters or sores are present. Foot wear should be well-fitting and should not cause injury to your feet. Avoid wearing tight fitting foot wear that may rub or pinch feet and toes. Foot wear should be supportive, the correct size and have a deep wide toe box. Purchase your foot wear later in the day when your feet tend to be their largest. Make sure to replace your foot wear yearly or as soon as possible when increased wear is present. 

It is important to keep feet moisturized.  Apply a good lotion to your heels and soles daily. Do not put lotion between your toes, as the excessive moisture can promote infection.

Trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. Do not cut the nails too short and be careful not to cut your toenails down into the corners. Persons with diabetes or circulation issues should not treat their own feet as they are more prone to infection. 

Avoid self-treatment of foot problems as a minor issue can turn into a major concern very quickly. Do not ignore foot pain as it is not normal. Make sure to schedule an appointment with a licensed chiropodist or a foot care professional. Persons with Diabetes should schedule a foot check-up once a year. 

(Reference – Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine)
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