Cardio and Conditioning Group

City Centre Health Care in Windsor is a non-profit, community-governed community health centre that provides primary health care, health promotion and community development. We offer no-cost, weekly, low impact exercise groups for adults with little to no formal exercise group experience. Many participants also experience a mental illness and/or type of chronic or long-term illness.

The activities include fast-paced walking, low impact aerobic exercises, therabands and exercise balls for muscle strengthening, stretching and relaxation exercises. The instructor is a health promoter who is also a certified Seniors Fitness Instructor (Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging). These activities help tone muscles, reduce joint pain and stiffness and build a stronger heart. We also offer a monthly Yoga for Wellness Class.  I tend to give handouts from the physical activity guide.  Also, I usually have two University of Windsor 4th year nursing students assist me during these classes and we've managed to add some educational components to the group (e.g. blood pressure screening, osteoporosis awareness, healthy eating, etc.) These physical activity programs were developed with initial funding through the provincial Communities in Action Fund (now "Healthy Communities") and in partnership with In-Motion Windsor-Essex and Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex Branch.

Beyond our physical activity program, we have health promotion activities that focus on healthy eating and smoking cessation. Our community health centre works in partnership with CMHA Windsor and uses resources from the Heart and Stroke Association Ontario. Our dietitian and I have developed and successfully delivered approximately eight "healthy cooking on a budget" classes to persons who may be low income and/or lack cooking skills. We have developed a six week series outlining various topics and we provide excellent and practical cooking books to participants. Our class discussions deal with food safety and safe food handling, Canada's Food Guide, food preparation skills, food purchasing skills and putting a meal together. Presently we are reaching out to Caribbean/African Culture through a grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation so we've also added some recipes to reflect this culture. We use the cookbook "The Basic Shelf" which was published by the City of York Health Unit.  You can order it through the Canadian Public Health Association at (613) 725-3769.  All the recipes are made from one list of low cost ingredients and the cost per serving is identified for each recipe.  It is an excellent cookbook for low income people and the recipes are tasty and nutritious. 

The smoking cessation program runs for eight weeks and involves education and support. We use a participant workbook called "Breathing Easy", a smoking cessation program for mental health consumers.  You can order a copy through CMHA Simon-Fraser Branch (they are $18 a copy and are an excellent resource for people either trying to quit and/or cut back)  I was able to order a number of copies through a grant provided by the Regional Cancer Prevention Network. Posters for all of these programs are attached below.

There has been positive group feedback to our physical activity program and adults are becoming more physically active and fit. However, consistent and ongoing attendance is a challenge as the group shows a good response at the beginning and then tapers off as the class continues.

For more information, contact:
Laura Liebrock, Health Promoter
City Centre Health Care
Phone: 519-255-9940, ext. 353
E-mail: lliebrock [at] cmha-wecb [dot] on [dot] ca

Related Documents

Cardio 2010 Windsor Poster (PDF)49.94 KB
Breathing Easy Flyer Jan 2010 Windsor Poster (PDF)96.5 KB
Healthy Cooking Flyer 2010 Spring Windsor (PDF)77.07 KB


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