The Albert County Health and Wellness Centre has changed its hours. Please note current hours below. For appointments in Riverside-Albert or Hillsborough, or information about other services, call 882-3100.
By Joseph Gallant
Since the first kilometre was travelled in 2013, Tele-Drive Albert County has offered a door-to-door driving service to those who need help getting where they need to go. Most trips have been for medical appointments, but people have also received rides for banking or shopping, as well as social gatherings. In 2016 alone, we provided 484 rides, travelled 18,124 km, and volunteers gave 1435 hours of their time to this great organization!
There is an expression that “it takes a village to raise a child.” In our area, it takes a county to keep a person healthy.
Health and wellness is a community issue. No longer is health defined as simply the absence of disease or injury. Likewise, healthcare has evolved in the recognition that many factors affect health. For example, a person with limited reading skills might not be able to understand the labels on a medicine bottle or be able to read recipes for healthy meals. A person without a car might not have access to grocery stores or medical appointments. A person who is isolated lacks the social network that is critical to a healthy lifestyle.
June 17th marks the date of the 3rd Annual Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation Golf Tournament. The focus of the day is “fun, friendship and charity,” according to Bob Rochon. Bob is a member of the BACH Board of Directors.
The tournament is a four-person scramble. In each team, all four players hit off the tee. The team then picks which ball to use for the next shot. The result is a focus on fun more than competition. As Bob says, “You don’t need to be a good golfer to enjoy a scramble, and on a par-3, anything is possible. With a bit of luck, even a mediocre golfer can do well.”
By Vickey Bell
After participating in a relaxing yoga presentation by Jo-Ann Brine (Willow Yoga) during a Writer's Workshop taught by Deborah Carr at Forest Dale Home Inc., I renewed an appreciation for the benefits of this gentle form of exercise.
The teaching brought back memories of stretching, breathing and mindful techniques learned during a winter excursion into the yoga fold several years ago.
On February 10th, 2017, Karen McGrath, Horizon Health Network’s new President and CEO, visited the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert. During her visit, she met with staff of the facility, members of the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation Board, and the local mayors.
The Albert County Health & Wellness Centre (ACHWC) is based in Riverside-Albert but its services are available throughout rural Albert County. The family doctors and nurse practitioner at the clinic continue to accept new patients. To make an appointment or learn about the services, call 882-3100.
Hillsborough Minor Hockey had another wonderful year thanks to all the players and coaches. The Midget team won the C Division Championship in Cole Harbour, NS. Click here for some of this years picture highlights compliments of Shawn Mckinley.
Have you stared at a blank sheet of paper, thinking you’d like to write some of your memories and stories, but are simply unsure where or how to begin? Or maybe you have been writing or journaling for awhile, but feel you need some encouragement.
Join local author Deborah Carr for 8 weeks of Creative Writing instruction and practice at Forest Dale Home. You’ll learn practical methods to help you explore and write about your life experiences, but you’ll also practice fun and surprising techniques to break out of old habits, deepen and widen your writing, generate new uses for tired words, and transform the blah to the brilliant.
This series is designed to educate, inspire and motivate.
By: Janet Wallace
If you look through the Connecting Albert County calendar, you will often see references to the Community Room or Community Health Room. The room is on the lower level of the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert. In case you have never been there, we thought it was time to introduce you to the Community Health Room – a valuable resource in our area.
By; Alexandra Morrissey
As we rolled into February 2017, the Caledonia tigers were beyond happy. Undefeated and finishing first in their league they now faced regionals on home court in Hillsborough, February 10th and 11th. They had defeated Stanley Consolidated by 59 - 45 one of their strong competitors the weekend before. The girls were ecstatic moving into one of the biggest games of the year against Grand Manan on Friday night. It was a hard fought game, but in the end, sadly they lost to Grand Manan 63 - 43. The tigers were upset by the loss and failing to move forward to the next round but are still optimistic and looking forward to next year!
It’s hard getting back into the workforce. You may have left a job years ago because you wanted to raise children, or you had health problems. Now, years later, you don’t know how to use a computer and maybe feel like there is nothing you can do – no skills you can offer in a job.
Focus Forward is an amazing 15-week program offered for free in Riverside-Albert. The program helps people identify their skills and strengths. Perhaps you like cooking… maybe you can get a job in a kitchen. Maybe you like taking care of people…homecare might be perfect for you.
Photo's and story by; Jennifer Shelby
Albert County’s Literacy Express is now up and running for its fourth year! A preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, Literacy Express takes place on the second floor of Hillsborough’s Train Museum. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays kids are dropped off for a free, one-hour session led by Nancy Land, B. Ed, with help from her assistant, Lois Snider.
What do you deal with food that has thawed in your fridge or freezer? After food has thawed, it becomes more vulnerable to spoilage than food that was never frozen.
You can't simply re-freeze food that is thawed. You can, however, cook it again - thoroughly- and then freeze it. Much of the contents of my freezer is going into soup today and I will freeze this in small portions.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides the following advice:
Winter has arrived in Albert County, and we can either complain about it or embrace what it has to offer! If you’re able, manny feel the best way to weather these colder months is to get outside with some friends, so we’ve put together a few ideas on how to pack some healthy enjoyment into the coming months.
By Alexandra Morrissey
C.R.H.S varsity girls started in September with a blazing hot soccer season. Hot, hot, hot. With many strong teams this year, Caledonia fought hard and pulled out two amazing wins and several tied games. Placing fourth in the A Division.
Ten points scored throughout the season by: Alyssa Campbell, Alexandra Morrissey, Hannah Morrissey, Kiera Lockhart, Makayla Fenton and Crystal Crossman. It was an incredible soccer season. Coach of the girls was Abbey Keith.
We have an adult learning program right in Albert County, in Riverside Albert; a partnership between the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre (which provides the classroom) and the South East Regional Adult Learning Board. One of the graduates wrote of his experience in the program. According to Jim, he and his wife, Mariann, went back to school “largely to encourage others.” Mariann started the program first but had to stop for a year due to a stroke. Once Mariann was well enough to return to the classes, Jim went with her.
Both Jim and Mariann graduated in Spring 2016 and had the exactly the same grade (an average of 77% for all their courses). Jim says he even got a job out the program. After their graduation was publicized, Jim received a call that eventually led to a new job—Pastor of the Albert Mines Baptist Church.
“Old Dog, New Tricks” was a classroom assignment by Jim Rae. See what he wrote below:
New Brunswick’s Fundy Coast region’s rugged coastal landscape is the ideal destination for Mountain Bike enthusiasts. Join in during the first weekend of October for 3 days of mountain-bike themed events for riders of all ability levels – and while you are here enjoy the dramatic colours of fall in Fundy Coast region!
Parks Canada has partnered with Outdoor Elements, IMBA and the Elgin Eco-Association for a weekend of fun. Activities include a mountain bike marathon, being able to demo "fat bikes", group rides, "take a kid mountain-biking day" and a trail building workshop.
For full information, see here
It’s a long walk from our house to the nearest grocery store. It’s even longer for my preschooler’s wee little legs. Plus, I’m pregnant.
My spouse has to drive all over Canada for his job and can be gone for up to a month at a time, so when our second vehicle broke down without notice, things were grim. If he takes time off, there’s no extra cash to fix the car situation, and without him we’re walking.
In rural Albert County, we are fortunate to be able to access the services of the Albert County Health and Wellness Centre. The Health Centre provides primary health care and promotes healthy lifestyles within the communities of Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma and the surrounding areas. The Health and Wellness Team of physicians, nurse practitioner, outreach diabetes case manager, nurses, dietitian and physiotherapist care about your health and are there to support you.
“I like books!” says Owen, piling his favourite books on his bed. The three--year-old eagerly shows me his library.
His mother, Robin Stuart, fills in the back story. Owen is enrolled in the Imagination Library. From birth until their fifth birthdays, children receive a book in the mail each month.
“A friend of mine told me about the Imagination Library,” says Robin. “She told me you can get a free book each month. It sounded amazing. And it is!”
The inspiration and force behind the program is Country-and-Western singer Dolly Parton. She wants to help children “fall in love with books at an early age,” according to her website. The long-term goal is greater literacy.
The Imagination Library costs $60 per child per year but the families don’t foot the bill. Thanks to the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation, families in rural Albert County of all income levels have been able to use the free program since 2010.
Like many rural schools, Caledonia Regional High School (CHRS) had few entertainment options during noon hour. Besides the school library or sports activities in the gym, there was little for students to do. Out of boredom, many of the older students left the school grounds and congregated at local businesses. And this was linked to another problem.
“When kids hang out with no purpose, smoking becomes the cool thing to do,” says teacher Benjamin Kelly, who knows that a lack of stimulating activities can lead teenagers to make unhealthy choices. The evidence was in the school’s high smoking rates among students.
The Four R's - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic ... and Riding
Artwork on the walls, students sitting in desks while a teacher reads aloud, it looks like a regular elementary classroom. At one side of the classroom, however, a student is furiously pedalling on a stationary bike. A bike may seem out of place in the classroom, but not for elementary students in Albert County.
In December 2015, both Riverside Consolidated and Hillsborough Elementary acquired stationary bikes with the support of the Bennett and Albert County Health Care (BACH) Foundation Inc.
There’s been a lot of excitement on the “hill” the past few months, and we are excited to share it with the community! Caledonia Activity Place has been working on revamping our activity program and we are ready to invite all of you to participate!
Connecting Albert County encourages the pursuit of healthier lifestyle choices and outdoor recreation. We live in a beautiful region that offers year-round opportunities to get healthy while appreciating nature.
To encourage healthy living, we announce workshops on health and wellness, opportunities to join recreation groups or fitness classes, and wellness programs hosted by the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre.
We describe favourite hiking, skiing and snowshoeing trails in our newsletter and encourage residents to post stories and images of healthy activities in Albert County.
To learn more about our health services, visit the Albert County Health & Wellness Centre in Riverside-Albert and the Bennett and Albert County Health Care Foundation.
To learn about hiking, canoeing and kayaking trails, visit the Fundy Biosphere’s Amazing Spaces and Fundy National Park.
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