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Living Healthy Champlain Newsletter - October 2016
Time to fall back into a healthy routine!

Watch this video to see the benefits of your body on exercise - there may be even more that you expected!

Health Literacy 

Over 60% of adult Canadians lack the capacity to obtain, understand and act on health information and services, and the ability to make appropriate health decisions on their own.  Additionally, 88% of seniors are not health literate.  

If you are a health care provider who wants to learn more about Health Literacy and how to approach it in your practice, services are available to support you and your colleagues as well as your clients. We can provide teams with training to increase their awareness and provide effective ways to approach health literacy challenges. We can also provide interactive, on-site workshops for your clients on topics geared at helping patients with their health.

Topics include:
Preparing for a medical appointment
Understanding medication
Understanding blood pressure
Understanding digestion
And more!

Contact Martha Wiggin ( to get more information on services we can provide.

Do you know someone who could use a little help with their health? Do you want to learn more about certain health topics in an interactive environment?

Help with your Health Sessions for the public:
Check our website for more upcoming Help with your Health sessions!

Self-Management Workshops

Can’t find a workshop in your area? Check our website often for updates!

Don’t forget, you can attend an online workshop

In the News this Month…

Community Resources

“In Addition to Cancer Coaching; Workshops Available This Fall at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation”

Have you or someone you love been impacted by cancer?  Would you like someone to help you with your physical, informational, or spiritual needs?

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is here to help people living with cancer. We can provide you with the education, support and the practical skills you need to meet the challenges of cancer.

Register now for our Cancer Coaching support services, meet with your Cancer Coach, and receive up to 5 hours of one to one support to address your physical, informational, emotional and spiritual needs.  For more support in a specific areas, you can also access any of the following group coaching workshops available this fall to help you achieve your health and wellness goals, and improve your quality of life.

Mind-Body-Feel: Mind-Body-Feel groups have their roots in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and psychology. This workshop will explore a unique and inspiring blend of breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga moves, visualization, relaxation techniques and gratitude practice/ journaling. All of these techniques can help us (re)connect to ourselves - a connection we tend to lose when faced with severe challenges.  The wide range of different techniques explored will give every participant the chance to discover which technique works best for them, and learn how to integrate them into their everyday life. We are all different and unique, but we are in this together.

Next offering Oct. 12 – Nov. 16, Wednesday’s, 11 am - 12 pm, cost $85

Positive Thinking Through Self Hypnosis – for the Caregiver: This program is designed to help caregivers feel more peaceful and empowered. Participants will explore their emotional needs and ways to strengthen and take care of themselves.  All sessions include mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and meditation practice to address the needs of caregivers, changing relationship roles, focusing on joy, focusing on the now, and clearing emotional blocks.

Next offering Oct. 17 – Dec. 5, Monday’s, 6:30-8 pm, cost $75

Brain Fog: Participants will learn a variety of techniques and strategies to manage cognitive changes experienced as a result of a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. The seminars are broken down into three main sections; memory, task management, and psychosocial.

Next offering Oct. 17 – Dec. 5, Monday’s, 10 – 11:30 am, cost $110

Cancer and Exercise-Fitness Fundamentals: Exercising has many benefits. People often don’t realize those very same benefits transfer over when you exercise during and directly after your treatments for Cancer. This workshop will teach you all the benefits of exercise, how to safely and effectively progress your exercise routines, set goals, and stay motivated to exercise for the rest of your life.  We’re not ‘fitness stiffs’ either, so you can expect to have fun while attending this small group course.

Next offering Nov. 2 – Dec. 2, Wednesday’s, 9 – 10:15 am, cost $60

CLIMB: This program developed by the Children's Treehouse Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the emotional support of children who have parents or a loved one living with cancer, offers group sessions during which conversation and art are used to help children identify and appropriately express complex feelings. Some of the benefits of this program include: an increase in the children's knowledge about cancer and its treatment, normalization of feeling of sadness, anxiety, to express and manage anger appropriately, and improve communications about feelings.  Overall, children learn that cancer is "not their fault", that they are not alone and they are better equipped to express feelings and cope with change. A program for Teens is also offered.

Next offering Oct. 18 – Nov. 29, Tuesday’s, 6:30 - 8 pm available at no cost to you thanks to the generosity of our donors.

For more information contact the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation at:


Centretown Community Health Centre:

Fun with Food and Fitness – Build physical activity and healthy eating into your life. Fun, gentle exercises, outdoor walking, cooking. Offered in English. New Participants only.

Dates:  Thursdays Jan 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 1:30 – 4pm.
Call to register: 613.233.4443 ext 2198.
Location: 420 Cooper St at the Centretown Community Health Centre

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