Community and Wellness Programs

Fostering an inclusive environment to help you achieve your best health

An optimal environment for progress to take place is one centred on respect and inclusivity. We offer community and wellness programs that empower people and communities to gain control and achieve their best health.

Smiling woman in blue shirt participating in wellness exercise class

Health promotion focuses on addressing the factors that affect people’s health. These factors include the Determinants of Health and Canadian Index of Well-being domains and indicators:

Determinants of Health

  • Income and social status
  • Social support networks
  • Education and literacy
  • Employment and working conditions
  • Healthy physical environments
  • Social environments
  • Healthy child development
  • Health services access

Canadian Index of Well-being

  • Community vitality
  • Demographic engagement
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Leisure and culture
  • Healthy populations
  • Living standards
  • Time use

By addressing these factors, our health promoters coordinate and facilitate a range of programs including exercise, community education and support groups. These programs are aimed to improve the lives and well-being of all participants, including those with chronic diseases or disabilities.

Two women in pink participating in group exercise

Exercise Programs

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Includes a warm up, low impact aerobic exercises to music, strength work and stretching.

GBACHC in the upstairs Community room 9 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays

Port Franks at the Port Franks Community Centre 9 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

Equipment requirement:
Clean pair of running shoes
Yoga mat (optional)

Available in the fall, winter and spring. There is no fee for this program.

Savannah Strollers

Outdoor and indoor walking programs using the trails in Pinery Park and the Galleries in the Lambton Heritage.

Outdoor walk:
Lambton Museum parking lot, carpool to Pinery Provincial Park 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays

Indoor walk:
Lambton Museum

Outdoor program available year round.
Indoor program available in the winter and spring

Functional Fitness Exercise Program

Designed for seniors with limited mobility and run by our Centre’s kinesiologist.

Community Room at GBACHC
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

For more information, contact
Julie Datars
Kinesiologist
519.238.1556 x 243

Available in the fall, winter and spring

Healthy Cardio Exercise Program

A fun, fast-pace and robust exercise program for those in good physical condition.

Community Room at GBACHC
10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Saturdays
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays

Line Dancing

The perfect combination of fun and exercise.

Port Franks Community Centre
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Equipment requirement:
Dry, clean shoes comfortable to dance in

Available in the fall, winter and spring. There is no fee for this program.

Gentle Exercise Program

Stretching, strength and gentle aerobics using chairs and the wall. A great program for individuals who are new to exercise or have some physical limitations.

Community Room at GBACHC
11a.m. – 12 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays

Available in the fall, winter and spring. There is no fee for this program.

For our Functional Fitness program, contact

Julie Datars
Kinesiologist
519.238.1556 x 243.

For all other exercise programs, contact

Cindy Maxfield
Health Promoter
519. 238.1556 x 231.

Community Education Programs

Alzheimer Caregiver Support

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer Disease, you also need to care for yourself. Join others in this supportive environment.

GBACHC boardroom
1 p.m. and 7 p.m., first Monday of every month

1.800.561.5012
www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty

Available in the fall, winter and spring. There is no fee for this program.

Smoking Cessation Individual or Group

Our Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) program that provides smoking cessation treatment including counselling support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch, gum, inhaler and lozenge) free of charge, for people who want to quit smoking.

For more information, contact
Michael Callihoo
Respiratory Technologist
519.238.1556 x 231

There is no fee for this program

Persistent Pain Management and Support Group

A 6-week program dealing with topics such as:
What is chronic pain?
Managing medications
Stress management
Relaxation techniques
Better sleep

For more information, contact
Mickey Gurbin
Registered Social Worker
519.238.1556 x 223

Available in the fall and spring. There is no fee for this program.

Coping with Grief

A group program facilitated by one of our social workers to develop coping strategies and provide support during the grieving process.

For more information, contact
Mickey Gurbin
Registered Social Worker
519.238.1556 x 223

There is no fee for this program.

Sunset Cinema

Community Room at GBACHC
7:30 p.m., first Thursday of every month

For more information, contact
Cindy Maxfield
Health Promoter
519-238-1556 x 231

There is no fee for this program, but donations are gladly accepted.

Available in the fall, winter and spring

Choices for Change, Addiction Counselling Services

Assessments and treatments for people with substance abuse and gambling issues. Adults, youth and family counselling are available.

GBACHC site

Self-refer to this program by calling:
1-877-218-0077 x 1

Parkinson’s Support Group

A supportive and encouraging group aimed to enhance knowledge on specific topics related to Parkinson’s disease and provide opportunities to talk, ask questions and share resources.

For more information, contact our Occupational Therapist at
519.238.1556 x 241

This group has been established in partnership with the Parkinson’s Society – London Chapter.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Have your blood pressure monitored every month by a trained volunteer.

GBACHC Day Centre Wing
2 p.m. – 4 p.m., last Thursday of every month

For more information, contact
Cindy Maxfield
Health Promoter
519-238-1556 x 231

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Low Vision Clinic

A drop-in clinic to provide the latest information and devices to help those with vision loss.

GBACHC Adult Day Wing
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., second Thursday of every second month starting in December.

There is no fee for this program.

Minds in Motion

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County and our Centre offer an eight-week exercise and social recreational program for people with dementia and their caregivers.

GBACHC Community Room
Thursday afternoon

1.800.561.5012
www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty

For fee and program info, contact Alzheimer Society.