Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Heart Health Info Session

                      Heart Health Session Available in Exeter, Hensall, Grand Bend, Zurich!

                         Join in Person in Grand Bend or by Video Teleconferencing.      

                      Free - Offered by Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre.

Monday June 8, 2015   930 am to 1130 am
  • Learn about what your cholesterol numbers mean
  • Learn Tips to Prevent or Manage high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
CONTACT: Miranda Burgess, Registered Dietitian
519 238 1556 ext 222 OR

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Help with Foot Pain at SHHA

Foot pain? We can help!  Come visit a Canadian Certified Pedorthist with SoleScience – Ontario’s leader in Pedorthic care.
Now seeing patients at
South Huron Hospital
Pedorthists can help with:
Osteoarthritis               Achilles tendonitis                 Plantar fasciitis
Hammer toes               Shin splints                             Sports injuries
Low back pain              Metatarsalgia
And much more!
               To book an appointment call: 
                            1-844-337-7653 or
For more information about services, visit  website: and check out on Facebook .

Monday, May 25, 2015

Alzheimer Society of Huron County - "Minds in Motion" Sessions.

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County

and the

Grand Bend Area

Community Health Centre

are pleased to introduce


Minds in Motion®

for persons with early to mid-stage dementia

and their care partners


This innovative program combines physical activity, therapeutic

recreation and an opportunity to

connect with others living with

similar experiences.

8 Weekly Sessions
Thursdays, 9:30—11:30 am
June 11 - July 30, 2015
at the
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre.
To register or volunteer with Minds in Motion contact:
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County
(519)482-1482  Toll Free: 1-800-561-5012    





















Friday, May 22, 2015

Cooking for One or Two

FREE Class - Cooking for 1 or 2!

Presented by: Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre

  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Control
  • Cooking Demo
  • Taste Testing

Tues May 26, 2015   1030 am
Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre
Call to Register;  519 238 1556 x 242

Bike to Work

Bike to Work Week is May 25-31, 2015

Save on Gas....and Reap the Health Benefits!

  • Easy on the Joints
  • Exercises all major group muscles
  • Great Cardiovascular Work-out

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Appreciating our Nurses!

To the Dedicated Nurses of
South Huron Hospital Association...
Happy Nurses Week!
Thank you for your selfless dedication and your loving, healing gift.
Your caring work is much appreciated by your patients, your hospital, and your co-workers!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How are you really doing?

As partners with the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre, we are helping them with the “Be Well Survey” project. They are conducting the survey and community conversations for the following reasons:
     To collect data to understand the wellbeing needs and strengths of our communities.
      To inform decisions around local community initiatives and recruit partners for collective impact actions on determinants of health and wellbeing.
      To measure change related to health promotion and community development work.

Please tell us how you are doing by completing a Wellbeing survey.         There are many ways to complete the survey. Please complete the survey only once. Your responses are confidential.

You may fill a paper copy that is available in the emergency room waiting area or at the South Huron Medical Centre

Online Survey Link (Core Survey):
-          10 to 15 minutes to complete

Online Survey Link (Extended Survey):
-          16 to 20 minutes to complete

Community Conversations

We are also planning community conversations for July. Let’s start talking about how we’re really doing so we can create the kind of community we want for ourselves, our families and future generations. If you want more information or would like to participate, please contact Miranda Burgess.

Community Action Network

We want to make changes! We want to work with community members, community groups and agencies to make a difference in our community. We cannot do this without you. If you want more information or would like to participate, please contact Miranda Burgess.

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing measures quality of life in all its dimensions. The eight categories include community vitality, environment, living standards, healthy populations, education, democratic engagement, time use, as well as leisure and culture. If you would like more information about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, visit

This survey is being managed by Miranda Burgess, RD, MPH(c) at 519-238-1556 x222 or

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Click to watch Nursing Video

For Nurse's Week.....
Did you know that there are 19.3 million nurses in the world! Click here to watch a great video to celebrate nurses.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nurses Week 2015!

Happy Nurses Week! Let’s take a quick look at why we celebrate nurses every where.

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) designated May 12 – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – as International Nurses Day. In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the Canadian minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nursing Week in Canada.

Nightingale is best known around the world as the “Lady with the Lamp” who nursed British soldiers during the Crimean War and turned nursing into a profession. But she was also much more than that.

She was an activist, social theorist and author who’s advocacy to improve health and sanitation for British Army soldiers, and writings on hospital planning and organization laid the foundation for nursing’s emphasis on social determinants of health today. Nightingale published more than 200 books, reports and pamphlets.

Nursing Week gives nurses across the world the chance to celebrate the work they do to keep Nightingale’s work alive by advocating for policies that keep people healthy, and care for them when they’re ill. Nursing is a calling born of a caring generous and loving spirit that can neither be supressed, ignored, retired or forgotten. It champions much with determination and vigour, yet is as soft as the touch of a hand.

Please take every opportunity this week to say thank you to our nurses for their selfless giving and healing hands and hearts. 
David Fillekes, Reg.N,
Director of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Executive,
South Huron Hospital Association

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May ~ Prevent Lyme Disease!

Ten Terrific Tick Tips
If you are spending time outdoors you should take sensible precautions to try to

avoid exposure to ticks. Ticks can transmit a number of disease to humans and pets

within hours of being bitten, especially if the ticks are not removed properly once

attached. If you are bitten, early and adequate treatment is paramount to help avoid

long term health consequences caused by Lyme and other tick borne diseases.

Here are some suggestions for personal protection from ticks.

1. Wear light‐colored clothing and a hat to help spot ticks more easily.

2. Scan clothing or any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.

3. When possible, stay on cleared, well‐traveled trails.

4. Keep grass cut short and create a tick barrier or “afe zone”on your property.

5. Following instructions on the label, treat clothing with a product that kills ticks.

6. Avoid sitting or lying directly on the ground, even during the cold of winter.

7. Place outdoor clothing in a hot dryer for at least one hour to kill ticks.

8. Make it a habit –check yourself, your children and pets for ticks every day.

9. Learn how to properly remove a tick and about Lyme and tick borne diseases.

10. Shower thoroughly after being outdoors, and don’ forget, do a tick check!
For more information on Lyme and other tick‐borne diseases, visit

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 3 – 8 is North American Occupational Health and Safety week. This week allows all employers and employees to focus on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. For 2015, the  main theme is “Make Safety a Habit” and it is designed to encourage companies and their workers that may have fallen into that pattern of safety complacency to think about their health and safety in a new way.  SHHA’s Joint Health and Safety committee conducts monthly safety inspections. 

Did you know that in Ontario, slipping, tripping and falling make up almost 20% of all workplace injuries? 


Workers should be aware of

1.       Slippery and uneven surfaces

2.       Debris and tripping hazards

3.       Dark and obstructed pathways

4.       Unsuitable footwear


Employers Should:

1.       Ask and encourage workers to report safety concerns

2.       Identify hazards and train workers about safety practices

3.       Discuss possible solutions with workers and follow up with their progress

4.       Comply with all other duties under the OHSA and applicable regulations

Everyone has responsibility for health and safety as an essential part of their job!

Jimmy Trieu, Director of Corporate Affairs, SHHA

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week May 3-9, 2015

Mental Health

downloadWhy is your mental health so important?

Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.
Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.
Each of our paths to mental well-being will be unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents, and our own supports. But good mental health is within everyone’s reach. Below, find tips and activities to help you take a look at your own well-being, discover your strengths, and take action.

Maintaining your mental health is a lot like staying physically fit: it requires a little effort every day

But the rewards are great! Mostly, it’s about finding balance in your life. Everyone has to face stresses and demands, but we all need and deserve a break sometimes. Devote a little of each day to improving your mental health. You’ll reap the benefits in the same way that daily physical exercise makes you stronger and fitter.

Everyday tips for keeping mentally healthy

Here are a few healthy practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life. The idea is that a lot of small, concerted actions can add up to a significant overall effect. Apply some of these ideas on a regular basis and you’ll find yourself feeling rejuvenated and more confident:

Build a healthy self-esteem

Self-esteem is more than just seeing your good qualities. It is being able to see all your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have. Self-esteem means recognizing your unique talents and abilities, and using that confidence to follow your goals and interests without comparing yourself to others.
Activity: Build confidence
Take a look at your good points. What do you do best? What are your skills and interest areas? How would a friend describe you? Next, look at your weak points. What do you have difficulty doing? What things make you feel frustrated? Now, which list was easier to write? Remember that all of us have our positive and negative sides. We build confidence by developing our weaker areas and regularly reminding ourselves of the things we’re comfortable with and proud of.

Build positive support networks

Good relationships take effort, whether it’s relationships with family members, friends, or other important supporters. It takes courage to reach out and time to build trust. But social support is a very important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer many different kinds of support, like emotional support, practical help, and other points of view. Support can come from family and friends, neighbours, co-workers or classmates, faith communities, clubs or support groups for specific problems.
Activity: Make time
Make time just to be with important people in your life. Make time for just having fun and enjoying each other’s company, and time for serious conversations.

Get involved

Being involved in things that really matter to us provides a great feeling of purpose and satisfaction. You make a difference, no matter how big or small your efforts. Getting involved connects you with others in your community who share similar interests or values, and connects you to groups of people you might not normally meet. It can help you learn new skills, build confidence, and see your own experiences in a different way.
Activity: Volunteer
Be a volunteer. Read to children at your local library, visit people in a hospital or care facility, serve on a committee or board of your favourite charity, clean up your favourite park or beach, or simply help a neighbour.

Build resiliency

Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Situations like accidents or illness, unexpected life changes, and conflict happen to everyone. Resiliency is what helps you look at the situation realistically, take action when you can make changes, let go of things you can’t change, and recognize the helpful supports in your life. Your resiliency toolkit might include skills like problem solving, assertiveness, balancing obligations and expectations, and developing support networks. While some people learn these skills during treatment for mental health problems, we should really think of them as skills for everyone. You can learn more about these skills online, in books, through community organizations, or through your health care provider.
Activity: Build your own toolkit
Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools you already have. This might include skills like structured problem solving or people who can help you in difficult situations. Remember to include strategies that have worked for you before. Keep your list on hand and use it as a reminder when you need help. It’s also a good way to see where you might want to build new skills or supports.

Recognize your emotions

Emotional well-being is not about being happy all the time. Feeling sad, angry, and anxious at times is part of being human. Emotional well-being involves expressing our emotions in a way that respects everyone. Bottling up our feelings doesn’t respect our own experiences, just as lashing out because we feel angry may not respect others. Emotional well-being also includes recognizing what influences our emotions, discovering how our emotions affect the way we think or act, taking action when our emotional response isn’t helpful, and learning to accept our emotions—even the difficult ones.
Activity: Identify and deal with your moods
Find out what makes you happy, sad, joyful or angry. What calms you down? Learn ways to deal with your moods. Share joyful news with a friend, and find support when you feel sad. Physical exercise can help you deal with your anger or anxiety. Keep a stack of your favourite funny cartoons, stories, or videos for times when you need to laugh. And don’t forget the power of music to lift you up or calm you down.

Take care of your spiritual well-being

Spiritual well-being means getting to know ourselves, discovering our values, and learning to be at peace with who we are. It also involves finding and connecting to something bigger than ourselves and living with purpose. Spirituality can give us meaning and solace, help us overcome challenges, and strengthen our connections with others. This may mean religion for some, but it doesn’t have to—it’s really about how we feel on the inside.
Activity: Connect with yourself
Set aside quiet, quality time to be totally alone. Try a breathing exercise: count your breaths from one to four, and then start at one again. Or do something you love to do, like dancing, going to a baseball game, building a bird house, going for a hike, or whatever works for you!

Asking for help

While family and friends are important supports, there are other resources out there to help you as well. Many communities have information centres that can provide lists of available services. Or a public library might help.
Other possible sources of information and inspiration include:
  • websites of reputable mental health organizations such as CMHA
  • books about specific mental health problems
  • films, videos and audio tapes
  • courses and workshops offered through community centres, schools and universities
  • people you admire for their ability to find balance
Maintaining your mental health sometimes means seeking the help of a professional
  • If you have a mental health concern, speak with your doctor.
  • For financial challenges, seek the help of a financial planner or debt advisor
  • For direction in your work life, speak to a career counsellor and make a career plan.
  • To repair relationships with loved ones and friends, talk to an expert and work through the issues.

How CMHA and other mental health organizations can help

Learn how to take care of your mental health. Get the facts about mental illness. Find help for yourself or others.
CMHA can help. We have a remarkable team of more than 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada providing vital services and support to well over half a million Canadians every year.
For more information on mental health programs and services in your community or to donate to CMHA, go to CMHA’s website at and  Or contact your local CMHA, or any other community mental health agency/organization, to obtain information on available supports and services close to you.