Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Initiatives

The Health Sciences Centre is committed to promoting health and wellness to all. There are many initiatives that Prevention and Screening Services is committed to for the public, patients, and staff.

Prevention Programs

  • TBRHSC Fresh Market
  • Healthy Get-Together
  • Staff Health and Wellness Calendar

Chronic Disease Management Programs

  • Wellness and Exercise Program for Individuals with Cancer (WE-Can)
  • Healthy Change Program

Prevention Programs

TBRHSC Fresh Market

Fresh, healthy, local produce and products are only a few steps away at the Health Sciences Centre from June to October at the TBRHSC Fresh Market. This annual event features Thunder Bay’s local farmers who bring their produce and products to the Health Sciences Centre to sell onsite.

The health benefits of the TBRHSC Fresh Market include: access to new recipes that feature local food, education about new vegetables and fruits that are less common but very healthy, information on proper food storage and preparation, information about the health benefits of various vegetables and fruits, and the chance to speak with our local farmers. There is a wide range of produce and products available throughout the harvest season, including: garlic scapes, kale, arugula, salad mixes, peas, beans, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, flour, baking mixes and more!

Healthy Get-Together

The Healthy Get-Together is a free monthly education workshop series that features popular chronic disease prevention topics and the tools to help you make healthy changes in your life. It’s one thing to read about how to exercise or eat healthy, but it’s another to sit in a room with an expert and be given the tools that you need to succeed.

Our favourite part of the Healthy Get-Together is learning about chronic disease prevention strategies and healthy living in a fun and engaging way. Examples of past sessions include how to grow your own food and build a garden, which in turn is teaching our participants about healthy eating through fresh, homegrown foods. Other topics have ranged from time management and space organization, to creating and maintaining positive relationships, learning about healthy green foods, and showcasing our local conservation areas where you can go for a hike.

Each Healthy Get-Together is 1 hour in length and features a guest speaker from the Health Sciences Centre’s staff or a community leader.

For more information on future Healthy Get-Together workshops call:

Ann-Marie Cline

TBRHSC Staff Health and Wellness Calendar

Each year we strive to lead the healthiest life possible, and that’s what inspires our annual TBRHSC Staff Health and Wellness Calendar.

Each month, our calendar features a healthy theme and a diverse cross-section of our staff who share their ways of being healthy, including: running marathons or taking vacation time from work to maintain a healthy work-life balance. One of the most popular features of the calendar is that each month also features our staff showing off their culinary skills and creativity by sharing their favourite healthy recipes.

The calendar has been a popular handout for all staff, volunteers, and members of the public.

Chronic Disease Management Programs

Wellness and Exercise Program for Individuals with Cancer (WE-Can)

The Wellness and Exercise Program for Individuals with Cancer (WE-Can) is a 10-week wellness and exercise program for individuals living with cancer. Research has shown that regular physical activity can help to prevent chronic disease, but it has also shown that for people who have cancer it can help to improve strength, fitness, mood, and quality of life.

This evidence-based program offers:

  • Supervision by certified exercise professionals
  • Individualized exercise programs
  • A safe, private and small group environment
  • Positive social support network with others undergoing similar cancer treatment


WE-Can is available for patients of Regional Cancer Care Northwest at the Health Sciences Centre who are in active treatment or up to 5 years post-treatment. A referral from your oncologist or primary care provider is required. An assessment will be conducted by program staff to determine your suitability for the program.

Click here to see the WE-Can program brochure.

Healthy Change Program

The Healthy Change Program is a chronic conditions self-management program designed to empower you to gain confidence in managing your disease. Learn effective tips and strategies that will help you improve your quality of life. The program runs as a 6-week workshop that is available in many communities across Northwestern Ontario and is coordinated through the North West Community Care Access Centre.

At the workshops you will learn about how to live well while dealing with conditions such as: diabetes, lupus, heart disease, arthritis, lung disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, fibromyalgia, depression, and other long-term health issues. Each week, the workshop will focus on a different aspect that will help to improve your well-being.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register online at or call 1-800-626-5406.

Prevention messages:

  • The best way to fight chronic disease and illness is to prevent it.
  • Adults, ages 18 to 64, should accumulate 150 minutes of exercise each week.
  • Before starting an exercise program, you should talk to your doctor.
  • Being active for at least 150 minutes per week can reduce the risk of chronic disease and premature death.
  • Physical activity can lead to improved fitness, strength, and mental health.
  • Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
  • Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
  • Select lean meats and trim visible fat from meats.
  • A single cigarette contains more than 4,000 chemicals.
  • The single best thing you can do for your health is to live smoke-free.
  • Most people who smoke have thought about quitting or want to quit.
  • Smoking is not a habit, it is an addiction to nicotine.
  • Find your work-life balance.
  • Get screened for cancer!