Manage and Prevent Hypertension

Managing high blood pressure can reduce your risk of heart attack by 25%, stroke by 40% and heart failure by 50%.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension or high blood pressure is where blood flows through your veins at a higher pressure than normal. Hypertension affects one in five people and can lead to damage to the arteries and complications such as stroke and heart disease.

Controllable risk factors: diet, inactivity, overweight/obese, smoking, alcohol intake, stress…

Uncontrolled hypertension can increase the risk of: stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, blindness, diabetes, aneurysms…

How can a dietitian help you better manage and prevent high blood pressure levels?

Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who transform the science of nutrition and best available evidence into practical solutions for living a healthy life. They can provide guidance in managing and preventing high blood pressure through:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Weight management
  • Healthy eating and guidance regarding specific diets recommended for hypertension such as the DASH diet
  • Deciphering food products and labels
  • Meal planning/preparation
  • Recipe ideas and more!

All of which are tailored to your needs and goals. These services are offered at no cost and on an ongoing basis at an unrestricted frequency to provide adequate support.

Take the first step in reducing your risk today… Schedule an appointment with the dietitian!

Click here for more information about our nutrition services. 

It’s flu season!

Vaccination is the best defense against the spread of flu. Get vaccinated!

Every fall, the Centre de santé offers seasonal flu vaccination clinics.

Flu is a serious infection that can result in severe complications. Nobody is safe from the flu. Your best means of defense against the flu is vaccination.

Vaccination is provided free of charge.

Alexandria (by appointment only – 613 525-5544) 

  • Monday November 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 13:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday November 5th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday November 11th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 13:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday November 12th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bourget (by appointment only – 613 487-1802)

  • Monday November 4th, 1:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday November 5th, 1:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday November 7th, 1:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday November 8th, 1:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday November 11th, 1:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Cornwall (information – 613 937-2683)

  • Wednesday November 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 13th, 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday November 14th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 27th, 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


  • Thursday November 28th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Crysler (by appointment only – 613 987-2683)

  • Wednesday November 6th, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 13th, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday November 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 20th, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Embrun (by appointment only – 613 443-3888)

  • Tuesday November 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday November 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Limoges (by appointment only – 613 557-2210)

  • Wednesday November 13th, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Getting vaccinated against the flu means protecting yourself!

For more details about the flu, please go to the MOHLTC Website and learn about the virus and recognize the symptoms.


September 25, 2019 – It is with great pride and enthusiasm that Mr. Philippe Ryan, Mr. Jean-Benoit and Mrs Julia Robillard, Mr. Marc Bisson, Mr. Ankit Shah and Dr. Konrad Binder invite you to the official inauguration of Place 649 on October 24th at 649 Notre-Dame St. in Embrun, at 5 p.m.

Come and learn about the businesses and organizations that are housed in these new facilities in Embrun. In addition to being able to visit the new spaces of Place 649, you will have the opportunity to network with members of the business and rural community of Eastern Ontario and enjoy a cocktail buffet and music.

Place 649 brings together five Eastern Ontario businesses and organizations: the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE), Embrun Smiles Family Dentistry, the insurance and investment firm The Co-operators |, Notre-Dame Pharmacy and Robillard Hearing Centre.

Please confirm your presence before October 21st by registering at:

For more information, send us an email at

August 14, 2019 – Dr. Vikie Bédard, a Family Practitioner, joined the staff at the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Crysler on August 12, 2019. The CSCE is delighted to welcome Dr. Bédard to its Crysler location at 1 Nation Street.

Dr. Vikie Bédard earned her Health Sciences Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa. She also trained in the field of podiatry at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières for one year before being accepted into the French School of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bédard initially pursued her undergraduate studies at the Monfort Hospital, then earned her graduate degree specializing in family medicine. Dr. Bédard completed her medical residency in Perth, a small rural community in Ontario. It is there that she developed an interest for minor surgical procedures, emergency medicine, geriatrics and palliative care.

“We are more than happy to announce Dr. Bédard’s arrival at the CSCE in Crysler,” stated Guy Laflèche, Site Manager in Crysler. “On behalf of our team, our clients, the Crysler community and its surrounding area, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Bédard.”

The CSCE in Crysler Is Now Accepting New Clients!

The CSCE in Crysler provides many bilingual services free of charge: primary and mental health consultations, pulmonary rehabilitation provided by a respiratory therapist and other community programs (Green Food Box, exercise groups, etc.). Both medical referrals and self-referrals are accepted. If you require further information about our services, do not hesitate to contact us at 613-987-2683 or visit our website:

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Crysler
Telephone: 613-987-2683 | Fax: 613-987-9908

July 22, 2019 – Dr. Paulo Antunes, a Family Practitioner, will be joining the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Limoges as of August 6, 2019. The staff at the CSCE in Limoges is pleased that Dr. Antunes will be joining their team on Wednesdays, Thursdays and every second Monday.

A Strong Community Experience

Dr. Antunes is a highly skilled physician with considerable community experience. He has been working at the CSCE in Cornwall since 2010. Although he will be conquering new challenges in Limoges, he will maintain his practice in Cornwall on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dr. Antunes earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa before completing his medical studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Mexico. He then pursued postgraduate studies, specializing in rural medicine, at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, which is affiliated with the renowned Tufts University School of Medicine. Later, he opened a full-time family medical practice in Maine focusing on psychiatry, childhood care, geriatrics and obstetrics. Along with his practice, Dr. Antunes also provided medical services to various hospitals.

A Welcome Addition for the Community of Limoges

“We look forward to working with Dr. Antunes, here in Limoges,” states Étienne Grandmaître Saint-Pierre, Limoges Site Manager. “He will be a welcome addition to the team which will allow us to broaden our services that are free of charge and tailored to the needs of the community of Limoges and the surrounding area.”

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Limoges
Telephone: 613-557-2210 | Fax: 613-557-2084

July 3, 2019 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Limoges is pleased to announce its new partnership with Dr. Milena Garofalo, obstetrician-gynecologist from the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH).

Starting July 15, 2019, Dr. Garofalo will provide services once a month at the CSCE in Limoges (601 Limoges Road, Unit 201).

For gynecological services, referrals are accepted for general benign gynecology including:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain, endometriosis, dyspareunia
  • PCOS
  • Pelvic/adnexal mass
  • Contraception counselling, IUD insertion/removal
  • Menopause
  • Vulvar or vaginal complaints (dermatoses, recurrent infections)
  • Urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse

In addition, please note that Dr. Garofalo has completed specialized training in Family Planning (including complex contraception cases) as well as in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

Pregnancy follow-ups

For obstetrics, women can be followed at the Limoges CSCE up to 28 to 30 weeks’ gestation, then will be referred to the group at the HGH. The patient needs to be willing to be transferred and ultimately deliver at the HGH.

Both medical and self-referrals will be accepted. Women interested in receiving these services are invited to call 613-557-2210. Medical referrals can be sent via fax to 613-557-2084.

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie – Limoges
Telephone: 613-557-2210 | Fax: 613-557-2084

Last Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, was the first Bike Rodeo in Crysler, organized by the Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) and the Crysler Citizens Committee (CCC).

Around fifteen participants between the ages of 4 to 12 years old first attended a fun and free basic training on bike safety. As the weather was good, they were able to decorate their bikes and enjoy a great bike ride on the Crysler bike path.

Thank you to our partners for their valuable contribution to the success of this activity:

April 29, 2019 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) in Embrun is pleased to announce its new partnership with Dr. Nicolas A. Bégin, gynecologist/obstetrician from the Montfort Hospital, who will provide pregnancy follow-up services at the CSCE in Embrun.

Starting May 27, 2019, Dr. Bégin will provide pregnancy follow-up services every Monday at the CSCE in Embrun (649 Notre-Dame Street).

Pregnant women interested in receiving these services are invited to call the following number: 613-443-3888.

Both medical and self-referrals will be accepted.

Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie, Embrun
613 443-3888

Dietitians are key in helping Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food this Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month and this year builds on the 2018 campaign that saw dietitians help Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food, highlighting how food can not only nourish you, but also fuel active lives, inspire children, help to heal, prevent chronic diseases – and most importantly – bring people together. For 2019, Nutrition Month will put the focus on the important role dietitians play when it comes to food and nutrition.

“Food is nourishment, but it is so much more,” says Adrianna Smallwood, dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson based in Newfoundland. “As a dietitian, I help guide my patients and clients as they navigate a life-long journey with food; from childhood through adulthood when they are healthy and when they are ill. Food has the potential to enhance lives and improve health, and as dietitians, our goal is to help you unlock that potential.”


Canadians have a passionate, personal relationship with food – as do dietitians

Playing a key role in supporting the health of Canadians, dietitians collaborate with other healthcare professionals, undertake scientific research, drive innovation, inform public policy and work with patients and communities. Like all regulated health professionals, dietitians undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in universities.

“As dietitians, we want to help Canadians understand the diversity of what a dietitian can offer, and the role we can play in your life,” says Whitney Hussain, dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson based in British Columbia. “Some dietitians support critically ill patients while others support families to overcome barriers to eating together. There are dietitians working in many different roles and places and during Nutrition Month, we will share how we can help you unlock the potential of food – no matter what challenges you may be facing.”

The 2019 Nutrition Month campaign will explore five topics that help Unlock the Potential of Food: 

  1. Potential to fuel: Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day
  2. Potential to discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook
  3. Potential to prevent: Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  4. Potential to heal: Learn how food can promote healing and how dietitians work with health care teams to make a difference
  5. Potential to bring us together: Enjoy the benefits of bringing families and friends together with food

Throughout March, dietitians in communities and workplaces across the country will be talking about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health to support Nutrition Month 2019.  Healthy living tips, nutritious (and delicious) recipes and helpful links are available at

Nutrition at the CSCE

The dietitians at the CSCE offer free individual consultations in nutrition and provide personalized advice on healthy eating for gradual and sustainable changes in eating habits and behaviours. The dietitians also carry out health promotion activities aimed at improving or maintaining the health of individuals and the general population. In addition they encourage healthy eating habits while respecting each person’s needs and lifestyle.

To learn more about our nutrition services, click here.

Information about the new Canada’s Food Guide (article in French)

December 13th, 2018 – The Centre de santé communautaire de l’Estrie’s (CSCE) 2019 winter schedule is now available on our web calendar. The calendar features a handy search tool which enables you to find groups, events and community activities offered in all CSCE locations (Alexandria, Bourget, Cornwall, Crysler, Embrun and Limoges) by conducting a keyword search, a search by location or by category.

Register today!

Fall groups and activities include exercise groups, nutrition workshops, therapeutic groups like anxiety management and many more.

To see our new web calendar, visit us at and select the “CALENDAR” tab from the main menu. You can also view the calendar directly by clicking on this link:

Once you have completed your search, just click on the title of the event that interests you to obtain more information about the event.

Please note that events and groups offered solely in French will not appear in the English version of the calendar.