Healthy Living

As part of the Welland McMaster Family Health Team’s commitment to making your health our priority, we offer a variety of services focused on optimizing your quality of life. This Healthy Living section highlights the programs, groups and workshops that are designed to help you and your family improve, maintain or optimize your health.

Groups, Programs and Workshops

We offer many programs, groups and workshops to our patients, all free of charge (parking costs still apply). Click on the titles below for summaries. For additional information about dates and locations, or to register, contact FHT Reception at 905-734-9699 ext. 3

Health and Wellness

This program is for all patients, age 16+, who are interested in their own health and wellness. An appointment with the Nurse Practitioner will consist of a physical health exam as well as education on disease prevention, cancer screening and any age-related health concerns. This appointment provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about personal health concerns. The Nurse Practitioner can also refer you to our Registered Dietitian, Social Workers, or other Integrated Health Professionals at the Welland McMaster Family Health Team.

Intro to Solids

This is for caregivers of babies aged 4-6months. An appointment with the Registered Dietitian will provide nutritional advice and guidance about introducing solid foods and transitioning from breast or bottle to food. It also provides an opportunity to ask any other nutritional or growth questions or concerns. Talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or the FHT receptionist to book an appointment.

Memory Clinic

This clinic aids patients who have concerns about memory loss. The assessments completed by trained clinicians will help identify areas of concern and provide resources to assist the patient and their families, with the goal of helping elderly patients stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

For additional information about living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia, visit http://www.brainxchange.ca

Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness promotes a state of being “present” in the moment with awareness and attention, learning to respond to situations and stressors rather than simply reacting. Mindfulness practice promotes many health and wellness benefits, such as: calming the body; decreasing stress; reducing anxiety; integrating emotions; and relieving chronic pain. The group is lead by our Occupational Therapist and focuses on the promotion of personal daily practice of mindfulness focus and meditations. The focus is also towards breaking some of the unconscious habits of thinking and behaving that stop you from living life to the fullest. This group meets twice monthly for hour-long sessions, all year. This group is open to the general public and is held at the Welland Community Wellness Complex (membership to the Complex is not required to attend this group). For more information, contact FHT Reception.

NutriStep

Once your baby begins eating solid foods, questions about proper nutrition arise. How much should my baby be eating? What kinds of foods? What do I do if I have a picky eater? Our Registered Dietitian will answer these and many other nutritional questions during a visit when your baby is 18 months old. As your child grows, nutritional needs will grow with them. Another Dietitian appointment at age 4 will help ensure your Toddler is still getting proper nutrition and will give you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have. Speak with your doctor, nurse practitioner or the FHT Receptionist about booking an appointment for you and your child.

STOP

Ready to quit smoking? Ask your doctor or nurse practitioner about the STOP Smoking Cessation Program. This program offers individual counselling, goal setting, and FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products.

Travel Clinic

Are you planning on vacationing out of country? Are your immunizations up to date? Many foreign countries have illness and disease risks that differ from those here in Canada. An appointment with a Registered Nurse will help you to identify any health and safety risks you may encounter in your travel destination, as well as any recommended medications or immunizations. Talk to your doctor, nurse practitioner or the FHT receptionist to book an appointment. There is a $30 fee for this appointment.

Urban Pole Walking Group

Do you want to exercise socially in an outdoor setting? Do you have joint or balance issues that prevent you from enjoying most physical activities? Do you want to learn a new skill? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Urban Pole Walking Group is for you. No need for a referral!

From April to October the group meets at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street, on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00am.

From November to March the group meets at the Seaway Mall on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 9:30 am.

This group is free and poles are provided.