The Peterborough Alumni Group is currently populated by graduates of the Central East LHIN Cardiac Rehab Program. This program is run out of the Wellness Center on Brealey Road. There are currently 22 alumni that are very active in the peer group. A total of 40 grads have spent some time participating in the activities of the group. Our meetings are held once per month at locations like the YMCA and the Wellness Center.
Below are a record of the meetings held so far in 2018 and a preview of upcoming sessions. Feel free to download any of our meeting material. Meetings are attended by invitation only and those who join the peer group will receive communication inviting them to upcoming events.
January – Education talk- Exercise and Heart/Vascular Disease
This was an open meeting at the Wellness Center. Our alumni were joined by some members of the current rehab class at that point and some graduates from Cobourg Rehab classes. This was an educational talk from one of the therapists at the Central East LHIN.
The Exercise Therapist lead us through how vascular disease develops; discussed risk factors for vascular disease, and how exercise aids in preventing, halting and reversing heart disease.
February – Whole Food Plant-Based Diet
Our guest for the February event was Dr. W. Shane Williams who operates the Williams Cardiology & Wellness Medical Centre in Bracebridge ON.
Dr. Williams spoke about the potential of a whole food plant-based diet to stabilize, improve and sometimes reverse many chronic conditions including elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, coronary heart disease and diabetes. He has modified his own diet and incorporated nutritional education and training into the care of his clinic patients. Dr. Williams provided the group with the following additional references:
- Forks over Knives – Netflix
- The China Study by T.Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (available on Amazon.ca)
- The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall (available on Amazon.ca or Kobo.com)
- Engine 2 Cookbook and other books by Rip Esselstyn (available on Amazon.ca)
March – No meeting in March due to the close timing of the February Meeting
April – Cardiac Medications – Q&A with a Pharmacist
One of our own alumni peers who is a pharmacist spoke about cardiac medications. His focus was on the medications the peer group inquired about. He gathered this information through an anonymous survey. There was ample time for Q&A. It was a very helpful and highly interactive session. An information summary on the landscape of medications is provided at the link below.
May – Staying Active
This meeting was an interactive discussion on what each of us do to get our heart healthy activity in. This was framed as the 150 – 300 minute challenge.
Various peer group members presented what they do to stay active. Below is a presentation highlighting Peterborough’s outdoor activity venues.