Healthy Living, Wellness and Chronic Disease Management

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Online Wellness Programs - Schedule


Primary Health Care, in partnership with IWK Health, is offering a number of FREE wellness programs online. These sessions are delivered through Zoom for Healthcare by wellness teams across the province. Learn more in this video.

View, print, and post the Spring & Summer 2022 Health & Wellness Programs poster below:

iPad Borrowing Program

Many Nova Scotians don't have access to reliable high-speed internet or internet enabled devices.

Despite the many advantages to virtual care, many patients are unable to connect with their providers or attend virtual wellness sessions due to barriers related to internet connectivity and/or a lack of access to devices.

Our project aims to decrease barriers to participating in virtual care by making iPads available for patients to access health or wellness services.

Intended Purpose of the iPads

The iPads CAN be used for… The iPads CANNOT be used for…
  • Attending virtual healthcare appointments
  • Participating in virtual Wellness Programs (see for more information)
  • Participating in virtual Chronic Disease Management Programs
  • Accessing virtual Mental Health & Addictions Supports
  • Connecting with peer groups, support groups, friends or family using Zoom
  • Accessing health information
  • Streaming services such as Netflix
  • Accessing social media such as Instagram or Facebook
  • Online shopping or banking
  • Accessing email accounts                                           


What can patients/clients access using the iPad?

- Zoom for Health Care

- Websites under the “favourite” section of the “Safari” web browser (health and wellness websites)

- Certain links present on the “favourited” websites

- YouTube (coming soon)

o Please note that internet access on the iPad has been restricted. Only permitted websites are unlocked. Permitted websites are gradually being added and unlocked. Please bear with us while we work on this.

What precautions are we taking to protect patients'/clients' confidentiality?

- Regular iOS updates are completed to keep the iPads updated.

- iPads are digitally wiped and reactivated between users.

- Internet access is restricted to limit the number of sites that someone can access and input sensitive information (i.e. banking, online shopping, paid streaming platforms, etc.).

How Can Patients/Clients Get Access to an iPad?

Talk to your Primary Health Care Team or contact us at:

Availability of iPads may vary.

Patient Handouts

Refer to this handout for an introduction to using an iPad, and information on joining a Zoom session/appointment.

Reducing Your Health Risks: Virtual Programs

Advance Care Planning and Personal Directives

Are you interested in preparing yourself and your loved ones for the future? Do you have life insurance? A will or power of attorney? There is another kind of insurance you can have, that costs nothing and helps ensure that your medical and personal care wishes are respected.

The goal of this session is to explore what advance care planning is and what to include when creating a personal directive.

To register for one of the sessions below, please contact Andrew Comstock at 902-483-8943.

  • Tuesday May 10 from 1 - 3pm
  • Tuesday June 14 from 1 - 3pm

Building Better Sleep

Do you wonder how you could get a better night's sleep? Sleep is vital to our physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. Join us for a discussion about why we sleep, what impacts our sleep, and discover other tips to get a better sleep.

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Ideas into Action. Small Steps, Big Success!

Having difficulty reaching your health goals? Join a session to learn the process of creating realistic and achievable goals to live your healthiest life.

Register Online

Don't have time to register for a live workshop? Click on the link below to view an interactive recording of the session.


Keeping it Going with your Health Goals

Have you been working on your health goals and are having trouble keeping them going? Staying on track with health goals is not easy. There can be many bumps, twists and turns along the way.

You must attend the session Ideas into Action. Small Steps, Big Success before registering for this session.

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Don't have time for a live session? Click on the link below to view an interactive recording of this session after you have attended or viewed the session Ideas into Action. Small Steps. Big Success!


Prediabetes - 3 Week Program

Prediabetes (when blood sugars are above the normal range) offers a warning that you are at risk of developing diabetes. Learn how lifestyle choices can give you a chance to change your future.

Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Understanding Pain - 3 Week Program

This series will explain how the pain system works. You will learn how the body changes with chronic pain. You will also learn about the factors affecting pain, and real ways to manage your pain.

Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Healthy Eating: Virtual Programs

Beginners Guide to Plant-Based Eating

Are you interested in making plant-based meals but you are unsure where to start? In this session we define plant-based eating as a pattern that emphasizes mostly plant foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. In this session, we will explore the benefits of plant-based eating and how to incorporate plant foods in your diet in a simple and cost-effective way.

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Beyond Weight. Shifting Focus to Health - 10 Week Program

Consider, how would you know you were on track with your health and wellness goals if there was no such thing as a scale? What does it mean to find a healthier you? If you are interested in shifting your focus away from weight and towards improvements to your health and quality of life, join us in this 10-week series. Under the guidance of health care professionals, you will take part in group-based learnings that aim to help you make sustainable lifestyle changes. We will discuss nutrition, physical activity, emotions, genetics, our environments, and the many factors that influence health and weight.

Please call 902-460-4560 (press 1 for Bedford/Sackville, 2 for Chebucto, 3 for Dartmouth and 4 for Halifax) for more information and to complete a screen to see if this program is right for you.

Please call at least 10 business days prior to the start date of the program.

Classes will be held on the following dates

  • Tuesdays, February 15 - April 26 from Noon to 1:30pm
  • Thursdays, April 21 to June 23 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Explore the Mediterranean Diet - 2 Week Program

Interested in lowering your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's, and diabetes? Learn how you can improve your health by following the Mediterranean way of eating. Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Food and Mood - 2 Week program

Have you ever thought about the connection between what you eat and how you feel? Food choices and eating habits can affect your mood, but how you feel can also influence what you eat. What’s good for your body is good for your mood! Join us to learn more.

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Introduction to Beyond Weight - 2 Week Program

Have you ever been told what your weight should be? The truth is, your weight is a lot more complex than a number on a scale. In this series we will explore the many factors that influence weight, expectations for weight loss, and strategies to support your health and wellness through the pandemic and beyond.

Attendance the first week of the series is required

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Making the Most of Your Food Dollar

Learn how to get more value and nutrition from your food dollar. You will receive recipes and resources to help you organize, plan, and prepare healthy, low-cost dishes at home.

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Meal Planning and Recipe Inspiration

Meal planning can seem intimidating, and it can be hard to know where to start. Learn about the foundations for successful meal planning and participate with us in this interactive session. The goal of this program is to leave with a plan that is flexible and realistic for you. You will receive a worksheet to help make a meal plan and a recipe booklet to start you on your journey.

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Why Am I Still Hungry?

Are you snacking a lot throughout the day? Feeling hungry even after you just ate a meal? Join us to explore strategies to help feel full and satisfied after eating. Topics covered include satiety, fiber, protein and meal timing.

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Physical Activity: Virtual Programs

Finding an Online Exercise Program

Did you have an exercise routine outside the home and now need a new plan to stay active? Or are you new to exercise and need a place to start? Join us to explore some of the online exercise resources available to you.

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Make Your Whole Day Matter

Ever wonder how much movement you should be getting in a day? Come find out how to make your whole day matter and learn the new Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines. This session will cover three parts of your day: physical activity, sitting time and sleep.

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Mindful Movement

Do you tend to rush when you do things? Would you like to be more mindful when you move? In this session you will practice becoming more aware of your body and your surroundings when you are still and when you are moving.

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Ready, Set, Move Series

Are you interested in learning about all the different parts of an active lifestyle? This series includes all of our Ready Set Move topics (Sit Less Move More, Intro to Cardio, Strengthening, Stretching and Balance) and you will also learn about the new Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines. We will help you explore creative ways to add more movement to your day, develop an action plan, stay motivated, and keep the change going for long term success.

This is a 6 week program. You will not be exercising as part of this program.

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Ready, Set, Move - Introduction to Cardio

Learn the Canadian Guidelines for how much exercise you need to realise health benefits. We will discuss simple techniques on how to safely increase your intensity with no equipment.

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Ready, Set, Move - Sit Less, Move More

Is your “new normal” causing you to sit more? Our bodies were designed to move and that can be challenging at the best of times. Join us as we learn about the impact too much sitting can have on our health, and share ways to move more in our homes, neighborhoods and communities

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Ready, Set, Move - Strengthening

Do you want to improve your strength but are not sure where to start? This session will teach you safe ways to do strengthening exercises, use different types of equipment, and how to progress with these exercises on your own.

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Ready, Set, Move - Stretching and Balance

Learn the basic techniques of stretching and balance exercises so that you can do these exercises at home.

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The Truth about Weight and Exercise - 2 Week Program

In this two part series you will learn the facts about weight loss and exercise. We will discuss different types of exercise and their role in your health, in weight loss, and in maintaining good health. Learn tips to be active at any size. You will NOT exercise in this program.

Attendance in the first week of the series is required.

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Mental Wellness: Virtual Programs

Discover Your Strengths

We all have the same 24 character strengths that we express in different ways. Together, we will discuss character strengths, how to recognize them in ourselves and others, and learn the benefits of using them in life.

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Exploring Emotions - 4 Week Program

Are you curious about your emotions? In this series, you will learn how to identify emotions and develop skills to respond effectively to a range of emotions. Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Free Time & You

Leisure and recreation can have a big impact on our health and well being. Whether you have too little or too much free time, there are ways you can connect with things that interest you and that you enjoy. Join us to explore strategies and resources to make the most of your free time!.

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How to Speak Assertively - 4 Week Program

Expressing our needs can be difficult. In this program you will learn about communication and practice assertiveness skills (such as, active listening, saying no, and making requests).

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Introduction to Self-Compassion

Being self-compassionate can help provide us comfort, improved health, and increase our sense of satisfaction in our roles. Join us to practice ways to promote self-compassion when we experience difficulties in our everyday lives.

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Introduction to Take Charge of Your Stress

In this program you will learn about stress, explore how you experience stress, and practice skills you can use to reduce stress symptoms.

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Self-Compassion - 4 Week Program

Being self-compassionate can help provide us comfort, improved health, and increase our sense of satisfaction in our roles. Join us to delve deeper and practice ways to promote self-compassion when we experience difficulties in our everyday lives. This program builds in concepts and practice over time. Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Take Charge of Your Stress - 4 Week Program

Stress can have significant impacts on our health and well-being. Together we will learn about stress, explore how we experience stress, and practice a variety of skills you can use to reduce stress symptoms. Attendance the first week of the series is required.

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Time Management and Wellbeing

Not enough time in your day? Too much time? Learning how to manage your time may help. Join us to discover time management skills that you can use in your life.

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Parenting: Virtual Programs (IWK)

Incredible Years - School Age - 12 Week Parenting Program

This program focuses on improving your child's social and emotional skills and reducing behaviour problems. The program is for parents of children who are 6-12 years old.

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My Child is Anxious. Should I Worry? - 2 Week Program

Learn how to identify early signs of anxious feelings in your children, and develop skills to help them manage everyday anxiety. For parents and caregivers of children up to 12 years old.

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Introduction to Parenting Your Teenager

Learn to better understand your teen and how their brain works, as well as practicing skills to improve communication to help your family run more smoothly.

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Handle with Care - 6 Week Program

This program is designed to help parents and caregivers promote the mental health of young children from birth to 6 years old. Topics include: trust and healthy attachment, promoting self-care and self-esteem, expressing emotions, and building relationships with others.

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Parent/Caregiver 101 Series: Behaviour, Mealtime, Toileting

Register for one or all three sessions. To register, please send an email to Angela Samson at

Behaviour 101

Learn the basics of unwanted behaviours - why they happen and how to implement simple positive behaviour support strategies to help prevent them.

  • Tuesday May 17 from 6 - 7:30pm
  • Wednesday June 15 from 6 - 7:30pm
Mealtime 101

Learn healthy mealtime habits, how to introduce new foods, plus lots of tips and tricks to keep your child smiling at the table.

  • Tuesday May 24 from 6 - 7:30pm
  • Thursday June 23 from 6 - 7:30pm
Toileting 101

Discuss considerations and supports to help set your child up for toilet training success.

  • Tuesday May 31 from 6 - 7:30pm
  • Thursday June 30 from 6 - 7:30pm

Self-Compassion for Parents

Parenting is a difficult job. Being self-compassionate can help provide us comfort, improved health and increase our sense of satisfaction in our roles as parents. Join us to practice ways to promote self-compassion when we experience difficulties in our everyday lives.

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Learning Objectives - Online Wellness Programs