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.

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.

Exercise Programs

Seniors Exercise

Functional Fitness Exercise Program

Designed for seniors with limited mobility, new to exercise, or face chronic health conditions. This program is run by a registered kinesiologist.

Community Room at GBACHC

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

For more information, contact
Julie Datars, Kinesiologist
519-238-2362 x 243

Free program – available year round.

Gentle Exercise

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.

Healthy Yoga

Healthy Lifestyle Program

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

Community Room at GBACHC

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.

Line Dancing

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.

Outdoor Wellness

Pinery Trail Walkers (Outdoor) & Walking For Wellness (Indoors)

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.

For our Functional Fitness program, contact:

Julie Datars, Kinesiologist
519-238-2362 x 243

For all other exercise programs, contact:

Cindy Maxfield, Health Promoter
519-238-2362 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.

Details

Where: GBACHC Boardroom
Time: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., first Monday of every month
Contact: 1-800-561-5012
www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty

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

Alzheimers 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.

Details

Where: GBACHC Community Room
Time: Thursday afternoon
Contact: 1-800-561-5012
www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty

For fee and program info, contact Alzheimer Society.

Blood Pressure Clinic

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

Details

Where: GBACHC Adult Day Centre Wing
Time: To be announced
Contact: Cindy Maxfield, Health Promoter 519-238-2362  x 231

There is no fee for this program.

Choices For Change, Addiction Counselling Services

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

Details

Where: Services available at both the Grand Bend site and Hensall site
Contact: Self-refer to this program by calling 1-877-218-0077 x 1

There is no fee for this program.

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.

Parkinson Society Canada

Details

Contact: For more information, contact our Occupational Therapist at 519-238-2362 x 241

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

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

Details

Contact: For more information, contact Mickey Gurbin, Registered Social Worker 519-238-2362 x 223

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

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Workshop

This 6-week program helps caregivers learn strategies to take better care of themselves and learn more effective ways of coping with the stress of caregiving. Participants are taught and encouraged to set weekly action plans in order to reduce feelings of powerlessness and find ways of seeking solutions in their roles.

Details

Contact: For further information contact Mickey Gurbin RSW at 519-232-2362 x223

Currently, this program is being offered virtually.

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.

Details

Contact: For more information, contact Peter Morrissey Registered Respiratory Therapist at 519-238-2362 x284

There is no fee for this program.

Seasons Of Covid-19: Strategies To Decrease Stress & Anxiety

The Seasons of COVID-19 workshop was created in response to the increasing amount of stress and anxiety felt by community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this virtual workshop, participants learn strategies to help deal with their stress and anxiety with the help of the social work team.

Details

Contact: To learn more about the program, contact Mickey Gurbin at 519-238-2362 x223

Currently, this program is being offered virtually.

Your Resilient Child: Strategies To Decrease Anxiety

This virtual program will assist participants and their children to understand the signs and symptoms of childhood anxiety.

During this program, both will learn how to create a calming environment through mindfulness and expressive arts while strengthening children’s self esteem and communication skills. The group is facilitated by the social work team.

Details

Contact: If interested in joining, contact Mickey Gurbin at 519-238-2362 x223

Currently, this program is being offered virtually.