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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

November 2020 Newsletter

Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) will work together to better support patients, clients, residents and caregivers where and when they need it.   Take the patient, client, resident & caregiver survey to help gain an understanding of the experiences of patients, clients, residents and caregivers when accessing healthcare services in Grey-Bruce.
For more information on the Grey-Bruce Ontario Health Team visit


Newcomer Services

The YMCA has a new program to support newcomers.  
Some of the services include language instruction (ESL), conversation circles and citizenship classes. Right now everything is virtual.
The YMCA Settlement Services team can assist some people who are new to Canada and don't yet have citizenship (lots of specific details on eligibility). For more information contact Samantha Morgan or Geoff
 Van Gee at the CHC 519-986-2222 or reach out to the YMCA directly 519-371-9222 ext.6
What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which your body either can't produce insulin or can't properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas.

Insulin's role is to regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Blood sugar must be carefully regulated to ensure that the body functions properly. Too much blood sugar can cause damage to organs, blood vessels, and nerves. Your body also needs insulin in order to use sugar for energy.

Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Chances are, diabetes affects you or someone you know.

Types of diabetes

There are three major types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common diagnosis, followed by type 1 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and is usually temporary. In addition, prediabetes is another important diagnosis that indicates an elevated risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes aren't able to produce their own insulin (and can't regulate their blood sugar) because their body is attacking the pancreas. Roughly 10 per cent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence, but can also develop in adulthood. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin.

Type 2

People with type 2 diabetes can't properly use the insulin made by their bodies, or their bodies aren't able to produce enough insulin. Roughly 90 per cent of people living with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is most commonly developed in adulthood, although it can also occur in childhood. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be managed with healthy eating and regular exercise alone, but may also require medications or insulin therapy. 

If you think you or someone you know may have type 2 diabetes, please speak to a doctor or health-care provider.

Information adapted from Diabetes Canada website 

National Lung Month
Breathing is something that we all do without usually realizing it. We breathe in and out about 22,000 times a day.
Your lungs bring fresh oxygen into your body. They remove the carbon dioxide and other waste gases that your body's doesn't need.

This chart of the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM shows how you breathe. 

Breathing is the process that brings  oxygen in the air into your lungs and moves oxygen and through your body. Our lungs remove the oxygen and pass it through our bloodstream, where it's carried off to the tissues and organs that allow us to walk, talk, and move.
Our lungs also take carbon dioxide from our blood and release it into the air when we breathe out.

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