A series of workshops that offer a path to healthy and inspired eating. In this world where we are pressed for time and overloaded with food options that may not be great for us, it’s easy to eat foods that are just OK, but may not be as awesome as we all are! Choose as many topics as you like; each class includes samples. For a full explanation see the Spring 2017 Explore Life brochure published by the Chester Municipal Recreation Department
1. Gluten Free Desserts APRIL 25th pay/register by April 18th
2. Vegan Desserts MAY 2nd pay/register by April 25th
3. Comfort food with a Healthy Twist MAY 9th pay/register by May 2nd
4. Healthy” On-the-Go” Meals MAY 23rd pay/register by May 16th
5. Divine Food for Diabetics MAY 30th pay/register by May 23rd
6. Making Kids Lunches Fun JUNE 6th pay/register by May 30th
7. How Not to go Crazy on a Diet JUNE 13th pay/register by June 6th
8. Super foods JUNE 20th pay/register by June 13th
Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 Age 16+ $15.00 each Instructor: Mary Mills OHC Community Room
Brain Health & Longevity Planning 6 weeks
In this series of 6 brain-healthy, participative workshops, you`ll partner with other brains to learn which of your current choices support you in living longer & healthier, and which choices you may want to make differently and why. Learn about sleeping better, brain healthy sport choices for kids & grandkids, managing stress, growing new brain cells, increasing your productivity, improving your memory, long term brain health and much, much more! For a full explanation see the Spring 2017 Explore Life brochure published by the Chester Municipal Recreation Department
Tuesdays May 9th-June 20th (except May 16th); pay/register by May 2nd 1:30-3:30 ages 20+ $50.00 for 6 workshops Instructor: Jim Muckle OHC Community Room
Understanding Dementia 1 afternoon
This workshop will offer an overview of dementia; how to recognize the symptoms, the risk factors and the changes in communication as well as discover ways to communicate effectively with someone with dementia
Wednesday May 17th 1:30-3:30 ages16+ FREE... but must register by May 10th Instructor: Cheryl MacKay/ Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia OHC Community Room
Care for the Caregiver 1 afternoon
This presentation will identify sigs of caregiver stress, discuss the common emotions associated with caregiving and the importance of caring for oneself as well as provide strategies to promote well-being and identify community resources
Wednesday June 7th 1:30-3:30 ages 16+ FREE… but must register by May 31st Instructor: Cheryl MacKay/ Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia OHC Community Room
Steps to Connect 2 days
Steps to Connect is a locally developed, evidence based leisure education program designed for adults who have an ongoing health challenge who are interested in but not currently accessing recreation opportunities. Steps to Connect wants participants to connect with themselves, their communities, and the people around them to be their best self. Through a series of activities, participants build their self-awareness to the point of electing one recreation activity for the group to take part in together. Session one will be at OHC; session two`s nature & location will be determined by the participants. For a full explanation see the Spring 2017 Explore Life Brochure published by the Chester Municipal Recreation Department
Mondays May 1 and 8 10am-11am FREE…. but registration required by April 24th Instructor: Gord Tate OHC Community Room
Fitness in the Kitchen 10 weeks
Drop in once a week as participants gather to do a series of “Fitness in the Kitchen” exercises designed to help maintain strength, balance and flexibility. The exercise can then be done at home on your own before gathering again to encourage each other to stay on track
Wednesdays 10am-11am ages 50+ April 5th- June 7th FREE... sponsored by Pharmasave Drop In OHC Community Room
NIA: Moving to Heal 1 day
Nia Moving to Heal is a gentle, playful movement class where the focus is on healing by bringing awareness to our sensations. The moves and music are chosen to calm the nervous system and reconnect body, mind, spirit and emotions. Chairs will be available, and you can participate seated or standing...or both! Wear comfortable clothes and bring water.
Sunday, May7 1:30-2:30 Pay/Register by: Monday, May 1 Ages 16+ Cost: $10 Instructor: Kathleen Naylor OHC Community Room
Rise and Shine Yoga 8 weeks
Set your alarm! Experience the benefits of waking up to yoga as you stretch your body, awaken your mind and fuel your spirit. You`ll feel energized, have amazing mental clarity, and will be ready to flow through your day with ease. Class is adaptable for all levels of experience. For a full explanation see the Spring 2017 Explore Life Brochure published by the Chester Municipal Recreation Department. Bring a yoga mat & blanket
Thursdays April 20th-June8th 7:45-8:45 ages 20+ $104 for 8 weeks pay/register by April 13th Instructor Amy Grapel OHC Community Room
Chair Yoga 6 weeks
This gentle form of yoga is practiced sitting on a chair and/or standing using the chair for support. A wonderful class for increasing circulation, movement capacity, and energy enhancement. Breath work and meditation are visited, as well as relaxation. Wear comfortable clothes, bring indoor sneaker and a water bottle
Tuesdays April 25-May 30 11am-noon ages 45+ $60 for 6 weeks pay/register by April 18th Instructor Gwenn Hamm OHC Community Room
Yogamatics 8 weeks
Yogamatics is a system of exercise that improves how the brain and body communicate. Reawakening our ability to sense gravity and notice where we hold unnecessary tension, is a key to deep relaxation without strain or pain. For a full explanation see the Spring 2017 Explore Life Brochure published by the Chester Municipal Recreation Department. Wear comfortable clothes, bring water and a yoga mat
Mondays May 8-July 3(no class May22) 11am-noon ages16+ $176 for 8 weeks pay/register by Monday May 1 Instructor: Heather Dennis OHC Community Room
APRIL 11th at NEW ROSS FAMILY RESOURSE CENTRE 1-4 pm APRIL 25th at OHC Flex Room # 5/ second floor 1-4pm
Friday April 7th COMMUNITY ROOM 10-11am Drop in for a cup of coffee or tea: to socialize, talk about what programs you would like to see at OHC, find out what is on the horizon, and/or find out ways to get involved in YOUR health and wellness centre
INTRODUCTION to AUTISM SPECTRUM INFO SESSION Tuesday June 6th 6-8pm OHC Meeting Room
Volunteers are the backbone of any successful organization. OHC is thankful for all its wonderful volunteers!
Navigators and Greeters are now available most mornings and afternoons. You do not need to be a patient to access the help of a navigator or greeter –they are there to help you navigate the provincial health care system and other provincial support systems by accessing the information on the OHCforHealth resource website.
VOLUNTEER PROFILE Wendy Moscovitch
Wendy Moscovitch lives with her husband, Dan, in Marriotts Cove. She is a retired pharmacist who has worked in local drug stores and with the Seniors Community Health Team based at Fishermen’s’ Memorial Hospital. She is very proud of and grateful for her daughter and son-in-law who have chosen to remain in Chester Basin. Having two beautiful granddaughters nearby is a constant joy. She is also a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society and enjoys boating, watching BBC murder mysteries and scrapbooking.
NEED A FAMILY PRACTICE?
811 Nova Scotians who do not have access to a family practice, such as a family doctor or nurse practitioner, can call 811 Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit needafamilypractice.ca to be added to a provincial wait list
NS Health Authority (NSHA) services at OHC
Chester Community Clinic (first floor at OHC) Four doctors and a nurse practitioner, Dr Cox, Dr Jensen, Dr Afroz, Dr Farzadfar, and Nancy MacDonald are seeing their current patients. Clinic hours are:
An information brochure about the Clinic is available from any of the receptionists
Chester Blood Clinic (first floor at OHC) Hours are:
Please note that the blood clinic is closed when schools are cancelled
Mental Health/Addiction Services, Public Health Services /Continuing Care Services (second floor at OHC) Below are the numbers to call to make enquiries and/or book services:
Mental Health /Addictions 902-543-5400
Public Health 902-543-0850
Continuing Care 902-527-5454 / 800-225-7225
Pediatrician (first floor at OHC) Dr Hamson is located at OHC every Tuesday. Appointments are available only through referral from a primary care provider
Diabetes Education Clinic (first floor at OHC) The Diabetic Education Clinic, based out of the Fisherman Memorial Hospital, offers a satellite clinic here twice monthly- every second and fourth Wednesday. Prospective patients can self-refer but a referral from a primary care provider is recommended. Call the number below for more information:
Each of the three hospitals on the South Shore have a dietician on staff for outpatient counselling
NSACHC (NS Association of Community Health Centres) commends government on important first step toward fair funding of Nova Scotia’s Community Health Centres
“This is positive recognition by the provincial government of the need for investment in Community Health Centres throughout the province,” stated NSACHC Chair, Dr. Dorothy Barnard. “We look forward to working with the provincial government to ensure that this new Community Health Centre receives the core operating funds it requires to actually deliver services, and that Nova Scotia’s other Community Health Centres will also now receive urgently needed operational funding from the province.”
Baby Box Distribution site STEP 1: Register on Baby Box University at www.babyboxuniversity.com as a Nova Scotia resident. Baby Box Canada provides safe-sleep Baby Boxes through a network of provincial distribution partners that comply with Health Canada's bassinet standard. Baby Boxes come with free products for baby care and development, but the primary purpose of our program is to provide a safe sleep space for all infants regardless of socioeconomic status, and, to engage as many parents as possible in our supportive community.
Esthetics FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) MONDAYS Lisa Hrabowsky is offering face, hand, & foot care Book your appointment by calling Lisa at 902-273-8637
Sleep Clinic FLEX ROOM # 4 (second floor) WEDNESDAYS LifeCare Respiratory Services Ltd. offers in-home equipment, sleep studies and support for patients who are suffering from respiratory problems, insomnia, sleep apnea etc. Call 1-800-565-5664 to book an appointment
Clinical Foot Care FLEX ROOM # 5 (second floor) THURSDAYS 9:30am-3:30pm Dan Cox is offering clinical foot care Book your appointment by calling Dan at 902-277-0408
Constituency Office FLEX ROOM # 6 (second floor) 4th Wednesday of each month 10am-3pm This office space will be used for an apolitical service and, in fact, staff are not allowed to answer any political questions. Anne Fownes will be here to assist people who are having an issue with a government department or program such as Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, Immigration Canada, etc. Drop in or call 1-888-816-4446 to book an appointment
A Vison for Our Health Centre
Our Health Centre’s vision is to provide a welcoming, collaborative health care environment where community members can access primary care practitioners, get information about navigating the provincial health care system and find practical, meaningful, educational experiences aimed at improving their own health and wellbeing.
Press Release Jan 20, 2017
The OHC Association is pleased to announce that construction and provisioning of the centre has been completed under budget by approximately $350,000, making the final cost of the Centre approximately $4.15M.
To date, the OHC capital campaign has raised $4.3M towards its target of $4.5M.
“Hard work, dedication and attention to details have led to the raising of funds for this project and to the wise expenditure of those funds. The biggest reward for all of that is certainly seeing people walk through the doors of the centre and the many positive comments the centre has received, but being able to share this good news is a tremendous reward for the members of the association and the OHC donors and supporters,” said Don Munroe, chair of the OHC board.
Completing the building under budget is thanks to the professionalism and skill of Avondale, the general contractor, and the many trades and subcontractors involved in the project combined with the oversight and diligence of the OHC building committee and the project managers, Costello Fitt.
The OHC board on behalf of the associations’ members wishes to thank the many individual community members, families, local businesses, and governments who have recognized the benefit of this project to the municipality and have given so generously.
As the OHC project and campaign got underway, the vision was of a centre to promote health and wellness in this municipality that was funded by the community, built by the community and for the community. This goal has been achieved.
More than 50 percent of the project’s funding has come from individual donors throughout the municipality, approximately 29 percent has come from corporate donors, while less than 18 percent has come from governments.
The OHC Foundation will continue to raise funds to assist with the centre’s operations and programming.
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