Craving Change™

Craving Change™ is a series of three workshops, each about two hours in length. The program is facilitated by the Registered Dietitian and Social Worker, and is meant to help people who are struggling with problematic eating.

The goal of the program is to put you in charge of your eating habits and learn a variety of different strategies to positively change your eating behaviours over the long term.

The Craving Change™ program is an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on why it is challenging to eat in a healthy way
  • Determine your personal eating triggers and patterns
  • Learn a variety of strategies that you can try out to positively change your eating behaviours
  • Learn strategies to help you "keep the change" over the long term

Speak with your physician's office if you are interested in this program.

 

Metabolic CHANGE Program™

This unique lifestyle intervention program was created by leading health professionals at Metabolic Syndrome Canada to provide family health clinics with the tools they need to offer effective, lasting lifestyle intervention to patients with metabolic syndrome.

This is a 12-month diet and exercise program that has been shown to help prevent and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  Based on the best evidence from diet and exercise research, the CHANGE Program focuses on long-term changes and overall well-being.

The CHANGE (Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise) Program is designed for those who:

The program:

  • Provides three months of weekly group sessions with a dietitian and an exercise specialist. After the first three months, the group continues to meet once a month for the remaining nine months of the program
  • Provides current educational materials and resources for patients
  • Utilizes motivational counselling to facilitate lifestyle changes for modifiable risk factors

Speak to your physician if you are interested in being referred to this program.

For more information about CHANGE:

Metabolic Syndrome Canada

Diabetes and Pre-diabetes Education Program

Healthy living education classes are led by Registered Dietitian, Carolyn, along with one of our Diabetes Education Nurses.  The classes are provided on a monthly basis for registered patients interested in learning how to best manage or prevent diabetes. Classes are held in a group setting that encourages participation and discussion in a very relaxed atmosphere. Program information is based on the recommendations from the Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines. All adults are welcome to attend regardless of their health issues, and may bring a family member or support person with them if desired.

Topics discussed include:

  • Diabetes facts (what is diabetes, how does it work, signs and symptoms, complications)
  • What do the numbers mean (blood sugars, HbA1C, cholesterol, blood pressure)
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Nutrition (carbohydrates, label reading, portion sizes, snacks)
  • Physical activity (benefits, types, how to get started)
  • Participants will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered

Speak to your physician to be registered for a class.

 

For more information:

Diabetes Canada

Unlockfood.ca (Free and Reliable Nutrition Information, Recipes, Meal Plans)

Hotel Dieu Hospital Diabetes Education & Management Centre (DEMC)

Diabetes assessment in primary care:

  • Patients will continue to be assessed by their Family Physician and Diabetes Educator on a routine basis
  • Patients are encouraged to bring their logbooks and medication list to every visit
  • Diabetes assessment visits will allow an opportunity to discuss self-management concerns and to make any necessary changes in care

 

Exercise is Medicine™

As part of your treatment plan, your family physician may prescribe physical activity. Research has demonstrated that physical activity is an essential tool in the prevention and treatment of numerous medical conditions. When your Physician prescribes exercise they may also ask if you would like to be connected with some local free or nearly free group exercise programs. Loyalist Family Health Team has partnered with both the Victorian Order of Nurses and The Senior's Association to make sure our patients get access to well designed programs. Ask your physician if you would like to be connected to one of these partnering organizations.

Exercise is Medicine Program is designed for those who:

  • are not meeting the minimal recommendations for physical activity and would like to become more physically active

The program is beneficial to everyone. There will be ongoing support to help patients achieve their activity goals.

  • 1:1 or group sessionswith the occupational therapist: for those who are unsure how to become more physically active or need more support because of physical limitations.
  • Ask your physician about an exercise prescription.

Laboratory

 Dynacare laboratories is closed until further notice. 

 

Alternate locations to get lab work done in Kingston and Napanee are:

 

LifeLabs Mobile Lab Services

LifeLabs  1-877-849-3637

791 Princess St., Unit #102, Kingston 

Weekdays: Mon-Fri: 7AM-4PM  (closed weekends)

1473 John Counter Blvd., Suite #100, Kingston 

Weekdays: Mon-Fri: 7AM-3PM

Sat: 8AM-12PM (closed Sun)

310 Bridge St. W. Unit C-02, Napanee

 Weekdays: Mon-Fri: 8AM-4PM  (closed weekends)

Memory Clinic

The Memory Clinic is a specialized monthly clinic based on the MINT memory clinic model.  We are dedicated to helping patients who are experiencing memory difficulties. A multidisciplinary team of skilled health care professionals complete a thorough assessment with both patient and their family member or caregiver.

The Memory Clinic is designed for those who:

  • Are experiencing memory difficulties that may or may not be related to aging
  • Are at risk of functional decline due to their memory difficulties

The Program:

  • Make recommendations that can include home and driving safety strategies and/or further medical testing
  • Offers referral to community resources and assistance with making the right connection to the resource
  • Provides comprehensive assessment and recommendations that are shared with patient's physician to enable best possible care

Patients experiencing memory difficulties should speak to their physician for a referral to the Memory Clinic.

For more information

Ontario Alzheimer's Society

MINT memory clinic

Click here for MINT memory clinic video

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation Program

It is never too late to improve your health by reducing or quitting smoking. Our Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help anyone who is currently smoking or using tobacco products, who wants to work to reduce or quit smoking.

 

The program:

  • Provides up to 26 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapies for FREE.  This includes the nicotine patch, gum, lozenges or nicotine inhalers
  • Is based on the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation
  • Provides evidence-based information and guidance about choosing the correct quit smoking aid
  • Begins with an individual counselling appointment
  • Provides educational material
  • Provides opportunity to be registered with Quit Smoking Follow-up Program

 

Speak to your physician to be referred for a smoking cessation appointment with one of our Registered Nurses.

For more information

Help to quit smoking

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Lung Association

Cooking Classes

Join our Registered Dietitian Carolyn for free hands-on cooking classes at your doctor's office.  Learn new skills and recipes, taste great food, and ask your questions in a casual environment with the dietitian.  Any level of cooking experience is welcome.  Please let us know if you have any food allergies when you register, our kitchen is not allergen-free.

Speak with your physician's office to register for classes, or call Carolyn at the clinic to find out about upcoming class topics.