Ross Memorial Hospital - Kawartha Lakes
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Health First - Chronic Disease Prevention & Management

Health First LogoOngoing Support for Individuals with Diabetes, Pulmonary and Cardiac Concerns During COVID-19

Individuals with chronic conditions are considered at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people depend on the Health First Programs for the support they need to manage their conditions and prevent visits to the emergency department and acute care.

To continue to support these at-risk individuals, RMH Health First Programs; Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Diabetes Education, is going virtual!  We are very excited to announce that our programs are offering both group and individual education and support in the comfort of your own home by phone or videoconferencing with the Ontario Telemedicine Network.

If you need help with technology we can help with that too.  Contact us for assistance with getting your tablet/phone/laptop connected. For more information call us at 705 328-6091.

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...

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:

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:

2. Living with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Classes:

Small group classes offered in a community setting

3. Insulin Pump Classes

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

4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

5. Stress Management & Depression

6. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

7. Craving Change

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

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

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