The PCN is committed to meeting patients where they are at in their health journey and supporting them to develop a healthier, happier lifestyle.
We provide support by offering various group classes in different areas of health. Classes focus on making realistic, long term, and sustainable changes. Talk to your doctor about a referral if you’re interested in any of the groups below.
This is a two hour group class that is a pre-requisite to a longer eight week program. If you’ve struggled with being on diets in the past, have frequent food cravings or often feel uncomfortable in your body, this class could be for you. The introductory class offers you a different non-diet approach so that you may better understand why you eat the way you do.
You’ll be given tools to help increase a feeling of control over food and satisfaction with eating. The class is designed to give you a different perspective on weight loss with an overall goal of helping you feel at peace with your body. At the end of the two hour class, you’ll have an opportunity to book into the longer eight week program.
This is an eight week program that helps you cultivate a healthy and satisfying relationship with food, your body, and physical activity. This program challenges popular diet rules that are short-term and unsustainable and instead teaches you the skill of focusing on your body’s hunger and fullness cues to guide eating. Instead of someone else telling you what to eat, how much weight to lose or how much exercise you need, this program will guide you to tune into your body’s wisdom. This means that you’ll learn how to:
This program will encourage you to make satisfying food choices, develop a positive body image, and connect with your body’s need for daily movement.
Research supports that adopting mindful eating practices can help with improvements in eating habits, nutrition, body image, body satisfaction, and self-esteem. Even without changes in body weight, health outcomes such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar control can improve.
Here are some comments from participants who have attended the Mindful Eating Active Living Program:
This two hour group class gives you information about how the body’s digestive system works so that you’ll learn how to space out your meals and include the best balance of nutrients to help you feel full and energized until the next meal time.
This class covers many popular nutrition and food myths; if you have questions about what to eat or how much to eat, this class could be for you. You’ll leave the class with a better understanding of how to fuel your body to meet your nutrient needs.
Making lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of developing heart problems by up to 30%. This two hour group class will help you understand what risk factors may lead to increased risk of heart problems. You’ll learn answers to common myths surrounding nutrition, physical activity, and medications in relation to heart health. For example, can I still eat bacon and eggs if I have high cholesterol? Or what types of physical activity leads to the biggest gains for reducing blood pressure? You’ll learn about lifestyle changes that you can start to make for a healthier heart.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are being offered virtually via Zoom. For a listing of dates and times for all our classes, and more details on how to register, please click here.
Services at Northgate Centre require a referral from your family doctor, who is a member of the PCN.