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Health First - Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

Do you live with, or are trying to prevent diabetes, heart disease or lung disease? Would you like to learn more about how to manage your lifestyle (diet, exercise, medications, or stress)? Then, the Health First Chronic Disease Prevention & Management program is for you! This is a unique program offering clients access to experienced health professionals and physician specialty clinics.

Our Services

The Health First Chronic Disease Prevention & Management program at Ross Memorial Hospital offers a variety of services to assist clients and families living with a chronic disease. To refer yourself in any one of the programs listed below, please click on the referral form.

Click here for the Health First Referral Form.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Our goal is to improve and maintain the client's heart and vascular health through exercise, education and support. Read More...

Diabetes Education & Management

Our goal is to help people and their families with diabetes and pre-diabetes learn the necessary skills to effectively prevent diabetes complications, and improve their quality of life. Read More...

Heart Failure Clinic

Our goal is to improve quality of life and lessen hospital admissions for those living with heart failure. Read More...

Nutrition Counseling

Our goal is to provide nutrition counseling to adults with a variety of chronic health conditions. Read More...

Pulmonary Rehabilitation 

Our goal is to improve and maintain the client's lung health through exercise, education and support. Read More...

Our People

The Health First team of professionals includes:

  • Registered Dietitians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physiotherapist
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physicians
  • Administrative Support

Learning Opportunities

The following classes are open to the public, providing information on how to live well with a chronic disease. All sessions are free of charge.

1. Healthy Living Series

A series of three classes, covering:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Cardiovascular Health and Medications

2. Living with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Classes:

Small group classes offered in a community setting

  • Meal planning tools to guide you in healthy eating
  • Lifestyle  tips including the benefits of physical activity
  • Learn how to prevent and monitor for long-term complications
  • Learn about financial assistance programs

3. Insulin Pump Classes

A set of classes designed to help the patient start insulin pump therapy

4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • What is COPD?
  • Causes and Symptoms
  • How to improve quality of life

5. Stress Management & Depression

  • Explores the connection with chronic disease
  • The difference between stress and depression
  • The overall impact on the body
  • Question & Answer session

6. Heart Failure

  • What is Heart Failure?
  • Causes and symptoms
  • How to improve your quality of life

7. Atrial Fibrillation

  • What is Atrial Fibrillation?
  • Causes and symptoms
  • How to improve your quality of life

8. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

  • Six-week self-management workshop
  • Empowers people to live well while dealing with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, and other chronic health issues
  • Help to develop new tools and skills to break the "symptom cycle" to feel better, and do more of the activities you love and enjoy


9. Craving Change

Offered in a variety of community locations, this workshop helps participants change their relationship with food

  • Understand WHY you eat the way you do
  • Comfort yourself without food
  • Change your thinking, change your eating

Attending a Class

If you're interested in attending any of these Health First classes, please call:

(705) 328-6091 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heart Failure Community Support Group

This group offers ongoing education and fellowship for people experiencing heart failure as well as their families and caregivers.

The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm at 65 Melborne Street, Lindsay in the Community Room.

Map to the Health First Unit from the Main Entrance

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