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Offering services and support to help you manage chronic health conditions and to live a healthy, active and independent life.



Do you have diabetes? Would you like some support to better manage your condition and avoid complications of diabetes? Are you struggling to afford insulin, needles, and blood testing supplies? The Diabetes Education Program can help!

Our specialist team of Registered Nurses and Registered Dietitians can assist with:

  • Managing insulin dosing
  • Avoiding low blood glucose
  • Learning more about up to date medications
  • Learning how to avoid medications through lifestyle and activity
  • Understanding a healthy, well-balanced nutrition plan

Group or individual appointments are available. We work closely with Doctor to provide seamless, collaborative care.

The diabetes program is open to all residents of our region.  Your Family Health Team doctor or nurse practitioner can refer you to our program, or if this is not an option, you may phone our office at 705-444-5885 to do a self-referral.



Type 2 Diabetes

The session will cover the following topics; what is type 2 diabetes? blood glucose monitoring, dietary intake, physical activity, medications, hype and hyperglycemia management, uncontrolled diabetes and complications, mental well-being, and foot care.


Pre Diabetes Group

This information group helps patients better understand pre-diabetes. Run by a registered nurse and our registered dietitian. Topics covered include; what is pre-diabetes, dietary intake, physical activity, and moving forward with pre-diabetes.


Diabetes in Pregnancy

This clinic is run weekly for women with gestational diabetes. An initial information session is held with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian in a group format, and follow-up appointments are scheduled individually.




Nutrition Information for Type 2 Diabetes


Patient Resources


Cardiovascular Rehabilitation


Program Objectives

  • Increase your exercise tolerance
  • Provide education with respect to your cardiovascular disease
  • Assist you in developing a safe and effective home exercise program, and a commitment to lifelong exercise
  • Encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to eliminate or control cardiovascular disease risk factors.
  • Reduce your risk of recurrent cardiovascular disease events and hospitalizations.

Program Outline

Exercise Component

  • Weekly supervised exercise session for 24 weeks (6 Months)
  • Sessions will be 90 minutes in length
  • Offered at Collingwood and Wasaga Beach YMCA
  • Exercise will include warm-up, aerobic training, resistance exercises and cool down, under the supervision of a Registered Kinesiologist and Rehabilitation Assistant.
  • Heart rate, blood pressure and pulse oximetry monitoring will be available.

Education Component

  • Each session will begin with a 10-15 minute educational discussion led by the Registered Kinesiologist.
  • Cover a wide range of topics related to exercise, and cardiovascular disease and its management.
  • In addition to the brief education sessions that accompany exercise class, there are also a series of longer education classes covering topics such as Nutrition (Dietician) and Stress Management (Social Worker). Patients are welcome to bring their partner or other family members to these education sessions.

Where is it held?

Collingwood YMCA, Wednesdays






Wasaga Beach YMCA, Thursdays






Program Fee

Option 1

  • Participants who wish to only attend their weekly supervised session at the YMCA will pay $48 + taxes for the 24-week Program.

Option 2

  • Participants may also choose to purchase a full YMCA general membership for 6 months at the discounted rate of $180+taxes for adults, $150+taxes for seniors (60 years+).  This fee may be split into 6 monthly payments on Visa, MC or through a bank account.

Parking at both YMCA facilities is FREE!

*Fees may be adjusted for those who are unable to afford them*

If you are interested in participating in Cardiovascular Rehab, please have your healthcare provider complete and fax the referral form found here:

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Important message for participants of GBFHT Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program!

An informative video about Cardiovascular Rehabilitation!




For Aerobic Exercise Click Here

For Resistance Exercise Click Here

For Cardiac College education session information Click Here

To Join Cardiac College education session information Click Here


Concussion Management Program

Sustained a concussion?  Getting the right information about recovery is important!

Watch the ‘Concussion 101’ video below. It includes:

  • General information about concussion management & recovery
  • Strategies to help promote recovery, manage symptoms and develop a timeline to help get you back to work, school, sport and life!
  • Appropriate for adults who have an acute concussion (less than 4 weeks post concussion)

Concussion Do’s and Dont’s

For Prolonged and Persistent Symptoms Post Concussion Speak to your physician or NP about a referral to specialist services, Neurologist and Occupational Therapy, through the Neurology Centre of Toronto



Neurology Centre of Toronto

Active Rehabilitation – Why it works

Hypertension Clinic

Do you wonder what blood pressure is and why it matters?

Our Health Care Provider responsible for the Hypertension Program can provide you with:

  • Education or information about blood pressure and hypertension.
  • A review of lifestyle changes to achieve healthy blood pressure or hypertension control.
  • Ongoing blood pressure monitoring.
  • Help in reducing your blood pressure, along with the help of your Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitor

The 24-Hour Blood Pressure Monitor allows us to track your blood pressure as you move around, living your everyday life.

Why might your doctor want you to wear the 24-hour monitor?

  • To help in the diagnosis of Hypertension by tracking your Blood Pressure throughout the day and night.
  • To see if there is a difference between your blood pressure readings in the clinic and away from the clinic.
  • To see how well your medicines are working, and to make sure they are controlling your blood pressure through the day.
Healthy Aging Program

The Healthy Aging program supports older adults living with frailty and their caregivers,  to live independently and safely in the community.

Frailty means having health problems that affect daily activities such as difficulty with balance, mobility, memory, bathing, keeping house etc. 

A team of health care professionals will work with patients (and caregivers) to develop a self-care management plan.

Services may include:

  • Assessments (cognitive, functional, mobility)
  • Health Teaching about Healthy Aging
  • Referrals to specialized geriatric services e.g., geriatrician, geriatric mental health
  • Linkages to community supports e.g., Home and Community Care Support Services , Alzheimer Society
  • Enrolment in the Seniors CARE Exercise Program

This is a community partnership program of the Georgian Bay Family Health Team, the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team and the North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services.

Nutritional Counselling

Our Registered Dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition and its impact on health.
What does a Dietitian do?

  • Provides education, advice and counselling about food and nutrition.
  • Works with people who have developed chronic diseases, as well as people who are trying to prevent them.
  • Uses non-diet and goal-oriented strategies to focus on BEHAVIOURS instead of OUTCOMES.

Here are some of the reasons you may visit a Dietitian:
Weight | Meal planning | Family nutrition | Iron deficiency  | Label reading  | Picky eating | Diverticulosis | Cholesterol  | Grocery shopping  | Irritable bowels | Vegetarianism | Blood pressure | PCOS | Food intolerances | Osteoporosis | Constipation | Trying new foods | Food allergies| Kidney stones | Diarrhea | Healthy recipes | Seniors nutrition | Fibromyalgia | Heartburn | Cooking for one | Maternal nutrition | Eating on a budget.

The program offers a variety of Information Sessions, including:

  • Heart Health Eating.
  • Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight.
  • Feeding Your Bones.

Our Registered Dietitian is not the food police and does not expect you to be perfect! They want to help you develop a positive relationship with food and eat in a way that is both enjoyable and sustainable

If you’d like some information before you see a Registered Dietitian, this is a website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada that has a lot of information on various topics in nutrition, including heart health, picky eating, bowel health to name a few. It also has recipes, videos, meal plans etc!

Canada’s Food Guide

Ontario Telemedicine

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows you to meet with your health care specialists using live, two-way videoconferencing systems.

There are over 40 specialities available, including:

  • Child Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Neurology (e.g., Movement Disorders & Post-Concussion)
  • Nephrology (Kidney Specialist)
  • Paediatrician
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes Care
  • Oncology
  • Gerontology

OTN enables patients to see their doctor close to home; saving them time and travel costs.


Smoking Cessation

We offer individualized intensive smoking cessation support by TEACH certified smoking cessation counsellors. Our health care provider will help you develop an individualized quit plan and support you along this journey.

Access to the STOP Program is available, which provides qualified patients with free nicotine replacement therapy* such as:

  • Patch
  • Gum
  • Lozenge
  • Inhaler

Double your chance of quitting by adding a program and a product to your quit plan.
*some limitations may apply




Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. It was commonly known as Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema.

Our Respiratory Educators can help COPD patients to:

  • Increase knowledge of what COPD is
  • Explore self-management strategies
  • Review inhaler techniques
  • Introduce you to a COPD action plan
  • Discuss benefits of Pulmonary Rehab

Living Well with COPD

Lung Health Foundation

How to use your inhaler


The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for individuals with chronic lung diseases, such as a COPD. The program includes supervised exercises classes and education sessions from regulated healthcare professionals.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is recommended for people with COPD.


  • Improve your physical fitness (regain your endurance and muscle strength)
  • Better understand your breathing limitations, and overcome your fears and anxieties
  • Improve your well being and independence
  • Reduce the risk of having exacerbations in the future
  • Return to work and/or other hobbies you enjoy
  • Incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your life

*subject to change as we follow COVID-19 Provincial guidelines
Collingwood YMCA located at 200 Hume Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4E8


  • Referred by Physician or Nurse Practitioner
  • Will need to complete a breathing test and 6 minute walk test

This program is a joint partnership between our Family Health Team, the YMCA Collingwood and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.


The goal of this program is to increase patient self-management skills. Our Certified Respiratory Educator will work with you to provide education about asthma control, inhaler technique(s), barriers with a treatment plan, triggers and introduce you to the Asthma Action Plan. Self-management plans for asthma are optimal asthma control to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, and therefore maintain proper lung health.

This program has adopted the Primary Care Asthma Program (PCAP) best practice guidelines.

How to access:
Requires a referral from a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Will require a breathing test.



Lung health foundation

Asthma Canada

How to use your inhaler to user your inhaler



Collingwood Health Centre
186 Erie Street
Suite 100
Collingwood, ON.
L9Y 4T3


Fax: 705-444-1393


The parking lot has 3 pay and display machines

Parking is $2.00 for 1.5 hours

The parking lot is run by CarPark (located in Toronto).

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