Health, Fitness & Nutrition

Health Services

  • Alzheimer Support Group: A support group, that meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at NRFRC.
  • Blood Collection Services: Blood collection every second Wednesday 8:30-10:00am for $10.00. Also home visits for $20 available by calling Coleen Hall at 902-624-0406.
  • Nurse Practitioner: Nancy MacDonald will see her own patients, at the NRFRC once a month. Call 902-275-4414 to book your appointment.
  • PAP Clinic: Once a year nurse practitioner Nancy MacDonald will hold a pap clinic here at the centre. Call the Resource Centre to book your appointment or for more information.

Fitness Programs

  • Family Gym Night

    Families are welcome to join us weekly for a night of healthy fun! We will offer a variety of open ended activities and group games such as basketball, soccer, steal the treasure, etc. Parents and guardians are invited to join in the fun or relax on the bleachers and watch all the action!

    Please bring Indoor sneakers, water bottles, comfortable clothes

    Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30, All ages


    New Ross Consolidated School Gym

    Led by Sheila Ernst

    Please contact the Municipality of Chester Recreation and Parks Department for more information at (902)275-3490

    Drop-In Basketball

    Come have a ball with us! Join us for some fun, casual basketball games. No experience necessary, this is a great opportunity to try something new or practice with old friends!

    Please bring Indoor sneakers, water bottles, comfortable clothes

    Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30, All ages

    $2 drop-in

    New Ross Consolidated School Gym

    Led by Daisy Turner

    Please contact the Municipality of Chester Recreation and Parks Department for more information at (902)275-3490

  • Adult Fitness Classes: Classes will be available throughout the year as advertised in the flyer.
  • Home Support Exercise Program (HSEP): The Home Support Exercise Program was developed for older adults living at home. It is a program that includes 10 simple, yet progressive exercises. The exercises will help you improve your endurance, balance, strength and flexibility.
  • TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly support group meets every Monday evenings at 6pm.

Nutrition Programs

  • About the Food and Nutrition Program:  Leanne Webb, BScAHN, P.Dt. Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionist runs various programs, from cooking groups, prenatal classes and working with Resource Centre programs and organizations in the community.The purpose of the Food and Nutrition program is to help support healthy families in New Ross, through enjoying healthy foods, good nutrition and a food secure community.   We do this by running programs, through policies, and helping to build a community more supportive of healthy eating!  The NRFRC partners with community organizations and groups and with the New Ross Consolidated School and Day Care to support food, cooking and nutrition programs and projects.Cooking and Food Skills:  We offer a wide variety of cooking programs:Children of all ages are involved in growing, harvesting and preparing food throughout programs.Afterschool Cooking is offered 1-2 times per year, in partnership with the New Ross Consolidated School. Cooking programs for children are included at Day Camps.

    Community Kitchens:  NEW! Families get together and cook large batches of food.  They each take home enough for four meals.  This is a great way to spark children’s interest in cooking, learn new recipes, save money, and leave with four meals all ready to go, while having fun!

    Food Workshops:  Workshops are offered throughout the year. They include cooking, canning and preserving foods.  These are often in partnership with the New Ross Community Food Project, Chester Municipality and/or Rural Roots Market.


    The NRFRC helps with the school garden.  There are seven 4X8ft raised beds, including beds for each grades Primary-4, the Resource Centre and Day Care. The garden is bursting with produce during the Summer and Fall.  In the summer, the school garden produce goes to the New Ross Bulk Buying Club and Resource Centre programs, and in the Fall to the School Cafeteria.

    Bulk Buying Club: 

    The Resource Centre helps a group of families run a Bulk Buying Club based at the Ross Farm Museum.  The Club’s ten to fifteen Members all pitch in and get a fresh veggie box, saving them 50% or more off the store price!  Boxes emphasize local, very fresh, in season produce, and are packaged every two weeks, and monthly in Winter.  Members also share produce from their gardens within the club.

    See the Food Project Page for more information on Community Food Security Initiatives

  • New Ross Community Food Project: This is a community driven project, aimed at supporting the New Ross community to get involved in building and strengthening a sustainable food system in the community. There are a variety of ways for you to get involved, including community group meetings once a month. Contact Leanne to find out more.