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CHAP Regional Resources


The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) is a community program to improve heart health among seniors. By partnering with local family medicine providers, community volunteers and organizations, CHAP aims to provide seniors with information about community programs and resources that can help to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle practices.

This site is intended for seniors in downtown Ottawa who have attended a CHAP session at their family medicine office, or who are a looking for heart health information and programs available in Ottawa. Included on this site is information on healthy eating, physical activity, quitting smoking, and living well with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

For general information about the CHAP, visit www.chapprogram.ca. To learn more about CHAP sessions in Ottawa, or to volunteer at CHAP sessions contact chap@bruyere.org or call 613-683-4187.

If you are a primary care provider and would like further information about the CHAP or related resources, please view the Primary Health Care Providers section.


For heart health programs and resources available in Ottawa Centre, please click on the topics below, or contact a Champlain Community Care Access Centre staff member at 310-2222:



If you are a patient of one of the following family medicine practices, you may be able to access additional programs. Click on the link for your Community Health Centre or Family Health Team for information about programs at your family medicine provider’s office.












Healthy Eating

To download and print a copy of Canada's Food Guide (available in different languages), visit Health Canada's website

To learn more about meal planning, healthy eating and recipes, visit Eat Right Ontario

Programs Description Contacts
The Ottawa Good Food Box Purchase a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices by placing monthly order 613-860-6767
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Physical Activity

To download Canada's Physical Activity Guide for Seniors, visit Health Canada's website.

A number of physical activity programs are available in your community and are suitable for all levels of fitness and physical ability. . 

Programs Description Contacts
Free Exercise Classes for Seniors A list of exercise classes for seniors that are open to the public and free of charge. Website
Heart Wise Exercise Program Exercise programs in the community for individuals with or at risk of heart disease 613-761-4753
Email: heartwise@ottawaheart.ca
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For more information, view the YouTube video.
Exercise classes for seniors - Partnership with Family Physio Centres 30 minute exercise classes for seniors at Centretown Community Health Centre  613-233-4443
City of Ottawa Adults 50+ Recreation eGuide Classes available to adults ages 50+ including fitness and sports programs 3-1-1
613-580-2400
1-866-261-9799 (toll free)
613-580-2401 (TTY service)
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Dundonald Park Tai chi, arts amd crafts, and gardening Equipment also provided for backyard games: bocce, hooping, badminton 613-233-4443 ext 2110
Email: dundonaldpark@centretownchc.org
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Good Companions Seniors' Centre Community centre for older adults offering fitness, recreation, dance and well-being classes, and a biweekly social dance  613-761-0428
Email: info@thegoodcompanions.ca 
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Quitting Smoking

Information and support programs to help you quit smoking.

Programs Description Contacts
Quit smoking program - University of Ottawa Heart Institute Individual support program to help you quit smoking 613-761-4753
Email: quitsmoking@ottawaheart.ca
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City of Ottawa Workshops and community groups to help you quit smoking 613-580-6744
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Mental Well-being and Support

Seniors’ groups offer programs and opportunities to learn about wellness topics and connect with other seniors. Other support services are available to keep you living healthy at home. 

Programs Description Contacts
Wellness Seminars at Good Companions Drop-in sessions on healthy eating, exercise, chronic disease prevention, and overall health and wellness for older adults - free monthly weight and blood pressure monitoring  613-236-0428
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Address: 670 Albert St
Let's Get Together Program - Carefor Health & Community Services Socialization and support program for seniors (includes crafts, music, fitness activities, discussion groups and individual activities) 613-721-6496
Email: info@carefor.ca
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Home Support Services - City of Ottawa In-home support for meal planning, budgeting and more 613-560-6000
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Living Well with Diabetes

For more information on preventing, or living with diabetes, visit the Canadian Diabetes Association website

The following diabetes education and support programs will help you to prevent diabetes or maintain your health while living with diabetes.

Programs Description Contacts
Champlain Diabetes Services Services, tools, resources and programs to help you prevent or live well with diabetesWebsite
Community Diabetes Education Program Nursing and dietitian support to help adults living with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes613-233-6655
Email: info@cnetretownchc.org
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Living Healthy ChamplainGroup-based, volunteer-led support programs for people with one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, respiratory disease, heart disease or chronic pain. Also open to caregivers, family or friends. 613-562-6262 ext 6363
Email: rdavidson@bruyere.org
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Chronic Disease Risk Assessment Program Provides chronic disease risk assessment and screening for at-risk and immigrant communities.  613-233-4443 ext 2140
Email: champlainSCREEN@centretownchc.org
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Primrose Family Medical Centre: Diabetes Education Individual and group consultation to help you to monitor your blood sugar, medications, diet and physical activity 613-241-1154 ext 361
Email: sjacques@bruyere.org
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Address: 35 Primrose Ave
Diabetes Education Program - Elizabeth Bruyère Continuing Care Individual and group consultation to help you to monitor your blood sugar, medications, diet and physical activity 613-241-3344 ext 361
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Address: 75 Bruyère St
The Ottawa Hospital: Healthy Lifestyle and Diabetes Program Individual and group consultation to help you to monitor your blood sugar, medications, diet and physical activity 613-798-5555 ext 13512
Email: healthydiabetes@toh.on.ca
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Living Well with Heart Disease and Stroke

For more information on preventing and living with high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, visit Hypertension Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

For information on stroke resources in the Ottawa area, go to Stroke Regional Resources.

A number of programs are available in your community to help you improve and maintain your health while living with heart disease and stroke. Many pharmacies also provide blood pressure checks and have self-service blood pressure kiosks.

* Many of these programs require a doctor's referral - please contact programs directly for further information.

Programs Description Contacts
Chronic Disease Risk Assessment Program Provides chronic disease risk assessment and screening for at-risk and immigrant communities. 613-233-4443 ext 2140
Email: champlainSCREEN@centretownchc.org
Website
Living Healthy Champlain Group-based, volunteer-led support programs for people with one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, respiratory disease, heart disease or chronic pain. Also open to caregivers, family or friends. 613-562-6262 ext 6363
Email: rdavidson@bruyere.org
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Ottawa Heart Institute - Prevention and Wellness Centre A free program available to individuals at moderate to high-risk for heart disease. Program entry requires a physician or nurse practitioner referral and results are shared with the referring physician.  613-761-4753
Email: pwc@ottawaheart.ca
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Montfort Hospital Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health Services Group exercise sessions supervised by a nurse, physiotherapist, or kinesiologist. 613-746-4621 ext 4125
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Stroke Prevention Clinic - The Ottawa Hospital Stroke prevention clinic and resources to help you to prevent stroke. Requires physicians referral.  613-798-5555 ext 16153
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Primary Health Care Providers

For more information about resources and services related to CVD, stroke and diabetes, download the following resources:
Primary Health care Desktop Resource Guide – Cardiovascular-Stroke - pdf
Primary Health Care Desktop Resource Guide – Diabetes - pdf

The CHAP is an evidence-based cardiovascular health awareness program for seniors *. In a previous study involving 39 small to mid-sized Ontario communities, the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) resulted in significantly fewer hospitalizations related to heart disease among seniors. (1) Seniors from select family medicine practices n downtown Ottawa will participate in CHAP sessions beginning in Fall 2014.

For more details on the HCAP program, visit: chapprogram.ca.

The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) is a community-based program that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease among seniors. This innovative program brings together local family medicine providers, volunteers, and community organizations to work as partners.


(*) Kaczorowski Janusz, Chambers Larry W, Dolovich Lisa, Paterson J Michael, Karwalajtys Tina, Gierman Tracy et al. Improving cardiovascular health at population level: 39 community cluster randomised trial of Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) BMJ 2011; 342:d442 www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d442


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Last updated September 5, 2014