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Community Health Centre: Healthy People, Vibrant Communities

May 2021 Newsletter

To all the Mothers out there weather you are a Past, Present or Soon to be Moms.
May your Day be filled with Love, Joy and Laughter!

May 10-16, 2021: The National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place from the Monday to the Sunday of the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12.

The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by Canadian Nurses Association to showcase the many roles that nurses play in a patient’s health-care journey. The pandemic brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and showed the important role that nurses play in the community.

Physicians care for people and help them stay healthy. During the pandemic, physicians have adapted to drastic changes in their work and their lives to continue to care for others. Even in the most difficult circumstances, physicians have shown tremendous dedication, courage, and compassion.
Let’s show our gratitude to these remarkable people!

It’s that time of year when many anticipate the arrival of their tax return? Are you receiving funds this year? If so, why not pause and consider the best use of your money. After all, the funds you will be receiving are not part of your monthly income, so they are not already being used for monthly expenses.

Here are some ideas to make that money work for you!

Spend it – Is there something you have been holding off buying? 

Pay down debt – Making payments or extra payments on your debt will decrease the overall interest you will pay otherwise. 

Pay bills – You can pay bills before their due date. 

Save it – Do you have a goal for the future that you want to save for? 

Invest it – Have you been thinking about your child’s or your own future?  This could be a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for a child in your life or a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) may be the better options.

To learn more about debt options and budgeting, reach out to Caroline, our Financial Literacy Program Coordinator at  or 519-378-4773. 

The South East Grey Community Health Centre is very excited to be launching a brand new program focused on improving health through Food and Fitness with our FoodFit Program. This program is available for participants of any age who are interested in learning more about cooking, nutrition and physical activity. Participants will learn new recipes, gain nutrition knowledge and set goals to improve their health.
We are tentatively planning for virtual classes, subject to change as COVID-19 circumstances evolve. We are now accepting applicants and will be launching our first group in June 2021.
Please contact Madi Jamieson at 226-379-8412 or for more information on enrollment.
Summer Day Camps are offered for children ages 4-12 years old and are running July 5 to August 20, 2021. A schedule of camp dates is listed below. Camps are open to the public, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Campers must sign up for full weeks, in order to comply with current Ministry of Health guidelines.

Summer Camps are being offered at three locations:
  • Hanover Heights Community School
    • Hours: 6:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • East Ridge Community School  
    • Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Port Elgin (Location to be announced) 
    • Hours: 7:15 AM – 5:15 PM
The weekly rate for Summer Day Camp is $192.50 per camper.
All camps running August 3-6 will be pro-rated due to the Civic Holiday on August 2.
Specialty Camps are also Available

Register for Camp
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From helping Canadians recover from illness to helping improve the flexibility, strength, and balance older adults need to remain independent and mobile, physiotherapy plays a key role in healthy aging. The pandemic has made the benefits of physiotherapy even more obvious – not just for older adults. Physiotherapy can help Canadians maintain and improve their physical wellbeing and manage and prevent injury and illness in all of us as we age. We invite you to celebrate this month with us as we highlight how physiotherapy promotes healthy aging and is your essential partner for optimizing health.

At the CHC we are fortunate to have two amazing Physiotherapist on staff.

Sara Ward is a Registered Physiotherapist, she completed her undergraduate degree at Western University in 2007 - graduated with a Bachelors of Health Sciences with an Honours Specialization in Health Promotion. She then went on to pursue Physiotherapy and graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2009. Born and raised in Grey-Bruce, Sara returned to the area after graduating. Following graduation, Sara has worked as a Physiotherapist in long term care and private practice settings, and has since been working full-time at the SEGCHC since the fall of 2017.

Annette O’Reilly, DPT is a Registered Physiotherapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy at Winston Salem State University in North Carolina and her Doctorate degree in Physiotherapy at Shenandoah University in Virginia. She has practiced in various settings including; Outpatient, Acute Care, Home Care and Aquatic Physiotherapy since 2004. She has worked in Northern Ontario providing Physiotherapy services to six remote communities and has very fond memories of her time in the north. She was raised in a small community in Eastern Ontario and enjoys practicing in the rural setting at the SEGCHC, since 2019.

The SCWW calendar includes  ongoing ‘regular’ programs such as Bingo, Check In & Chat, Trivia of all Kinds, Chair Exercise and Stretching  and Name Tune, and activities geared to the season such as Ready For Gardening.
An area pharmacist/pharmacy owner is back with us to provide information and answer questions and we are going to learn more about identifying bird song and about local wild life at the session on May 14th: Name That Bird Song and Rambles with Beavers.

The Grief Support group is full at this time but anyone interested can call us (519 599 2577, ext. 126) and join a wait list.   We can also put you in touch with the Bereavement Coordinator.
Know Your Numbers
Hypertension is also commonly known as high blood pressure. It is a major cause of a range of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease, and can also contribute to dementia.

Many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Natalie Grant is the Chiropodist at the Community Health Centre (CHC). Natalie grew up in the Grey Bruce area. She graduated from The Michener’s Institute in 2007 with an advanced diploma D.Ch in Chiropody. After graduating, Natalie worked in a private practice for 5 years before moving back to Grey Bruce, she has been with the CHC since 2012.

Working alongside Natalie is RPN/Foot Care Nurse Melissa Johnson, who’s been at the CHC since 2015. Melissa assists in helping our patients with their Foot Care needs in both Dundalk and Markdale.

Beneficial Health Changes:

  • Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • 1-9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker's.
  • 5 years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
  • 10 years, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.
In addition: Quitting smoking reduces the chances of impotence, having difficulty getting pregnant, having premature births, babies with low birth weights and miscarriage.
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