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Free programs, classes next week to help you get healthy and connected

The events come as part of Community Health and Wellbeing Week
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NEWS RELEASE
SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
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WASAGA BEACH - From Oct. 21 to 27, the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre (SGBCHC) is celebrating Community Health and Wellbeing Week by inviting the community to take part in a variety of free programs. The goal of this initiative is to help raise awareness about the local programs, services and engagement initiatives that build stronger, more resilient and healthier communities across Ontario. This year’s theme is Connected Teams, Connected People, Connected Communities.

“During this week, we invite you to join us as we shine the spotlight on people forging strong community connections at the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre – including volunteers, community members and staff – who strive every day to build a healthier, more connected community,” says Heather Klein Gebbinck, Executive Director, SGBCHC. “When people, teams and communities like ours are better connected, the rewards are greater for everyone: fewer people get sick, more people engage with their own wellbeing, and we can reduce the pressure on our healthcare system.”

The SGBCHC focuses on local needs and barriers such as social isolation, loneliness, poverty, and food insecurity to increase people’s capacity to stay healthy, and promote trust between the community and health providers. During Community Health and Wellbeing week, the SGBCHC invites members of the community to connect with others by taking part in the following free programs:

Monday, Oct. 21:

  • Exercise class - 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Join this fun fitness group for easy to moderate cardio and resistance training. 
  • Guided nature walk and soup - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Enjoy some fresh air and meet others in your community by joining a gentle nature walk guided by Free Spirit Tours. A hot soup will be waiting for you at the SGBCHC after the walk. 
  • Meditation group: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Learn how to de-stress, balance your emotions and promote inner peace in this guided group meditation. No experience necessary. 

Tuesday, Oct. 22:

  • Nordic pole walking - 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Walk with your community through local forest trails and along the Ontario Parks beach. Poles are provided and no experience is necessary!
  • FoodFit - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Learn how to make delicious salads and meat alternative sandwiches on a budget. Participants will cook, share a meal together, exercise and have fun!

Wednesday, Oct. 23:

  • Exercise class - 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Join this fun fitness group for easy to moderate cardio and resistance training. 

Thursday, Oct. 24:

  • Nordic pole walking - 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Walk with your community through local forest trails and along the Ontario Parks beach. Poles are provided and no experience is necessary!
  • Hobbies and crafts social group - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Come out and socialize with others while taking part in a creative rock painting workshop. The goal is to paint "kind" words on the rocks and place them along the trails in your community!

For more information about Community Health and Wellbeing Week and to register for the above programs, please call 705-422-1888. Visit www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca for a full schedule of free community programs available at the SGBCHC. 

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