Meal Planning Tool Kit

Our September meeting used the Heart & Stroke Risk Assessment Survey to get some discussion going on the most common opportunities we have as a group to further improve improve “heart healthy” living and add life to our years. We also agreed to use the results to develop programming for future meetings and content for the website.

Here are the top four areas identified;

  1. Diet
  2. Healthy Weight Management
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Stress Management

One of our grads said the biggest challenge with diet and weight management is meal planning. The Heart & Stroke website has an excellent tool for meal planning. We have put a link to this tool here and also posted it on the website on the Eating Well page.

Recipe For Success March 31 at Noon

The previous BLOG did not clearly state how to complete the form to receive a link for the webinar. You can watch this event on your computer, tablet or phone in the comfort of your home.

Click on the heading above (Recipe For Success) and you will be directed to the website for the contact form.


Got Questions – Have Answers

Our Pharmacist Guest Speaker is looking forward to addressing your “tough” questions about medications, what they are supposed to do, why sometimes they do not work the way they were intended, side effects and long term effects. See you November 13 at the Wellness Center Room A 1:30.HitByABrick

A Date With The Pharmacist

Mark your calendar for November 13th, 1:30 PM at the Wellness Center – Room A. Our meeting will be all about prescription medications (and alternatives) with a Pharmacist in attendance.

  • Questions about your medication it’s benefits and possible side effects?
  • Stories to tell about your experiences with medications?
  • What other things create similar effects to your medications?


Forward Food Leadership Summit

For those of you who are following a dietary regimen rich in plant based foods you may want to attend a conference here in Peterborough on October 25th.

The Summit brings together food service professionals, industry leaders and others in a peer-to-peer environment, gaining insights into the latest trends in both implementing and marketing plant-based menus.

Learn more about meeting the growing demand for healthier, more sustainable and cost-effective menu items, including:

  • Why plant-based is good for the bottom line
  • How to market plant-based menu items
  • How to promote plant-based concepts through social media
  • Why plant-based menus are important for health and the environment

The conference is free but attendance is limited so if you are interested follow the link below to register.

Forward Food Summit

Register Now – Summer Activity Challenge (Bike Ride #1)

As mentioned at our May meeting I am organizing a group bike ride on July 10 from Peterborough to Lakefield. Please send me an email if you are interested in participating:

You can join at two locations depending on the distance you wish to travel, I expect the ride to take 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Start at Beavermead Park at 10:00 (36Km total distance)

Join group at Trent University at 10:30 (20Km total distance)

Further details will be sent out to participants… hope you can join us!

Heart Month – Part 2…

It’s a busy month and there is more news to share with you!

First a final reminder about our monthly Grads meeting on Wednesday at 1:30 pm at the Wellness Centre.

ChexTelevision_caSecondly,  the Cardiac Rehab Program at the Wellness Centre will be showcased on the CHEX Morning Show on Friday February 16th. Please tune in if you have a chance – you may see a few familiar faces on TV.  Better still, become a TV celebrity yourself!  Kristen Doucette is looking for volunteers to appear on the segments, either to be interviewed or appear in the background.  One catch – you need to be available between 6:15 and 8:00 Friday morning – there is some standing around between segments… If you are interested please contact Kristen at

Thirdly, to celebrate Heart Month, you are invited to a Community Education Event hosted by the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre in partnership with the Central East Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Service on Monday February 26th.

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I hope to see you at one or more of these events!

– Peter



Heart Month

sketchy-heartsFebruary is Heart Month – no surprise then that Valentine’s Day is in February!

Forget about chocolates – join us on Valentines Day February 14th at 1:30 pm at the Peterborough Wellness Centre for a conversation with Dr. Shane Williams about heart healthy eating.  This will be a Skype video conference so arrive early to get the best seats. Bring your friends and family too (good excuse if you have not bought that box of chocolates yet…).  If you have not responded to Mike’s invitation please do so now so we can estimate attendance – this will help us with the layout of the room.

Hope to see you there.

– Peter

Dr. Williams operates the Williams Cardiology & Wellness Medical Centre in Bracebridge Ontario. To learn more, check out his YouTube video – just ignore the invitation to join him in the Dominican Republic.