Slave Lake Interagency Council Notebook

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Chronic disease management
Lisa Gall of Alberta Health Services (AHS) Chronic Disease Management told attending agencies about two upcoming programs happening this summer and fall.
‘Better Choices Better Health’ starts on July 11th and runs until August 15th. Gall said that this session will be held during the evening after many requests from clients.
Classes will be held once a week on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will touch on various topics, including good sleeping patterns, anger management, pain and fatigue management, healthy eating choices, problem solving and goal setting.
‘Weight Wise’ starts on September 12th and will be running until November 14th. This program will also be on Tuesdays (except last class) from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Gall said each session focuses on educating attendees about managing ones weight and managing stress. Both of these programs are free of charge and require pre-registration which can be done by calling 1-877-349-5711.

Newer, better exercise program
Andrew Holosney and Susan McGhee from the AHS Healthy Living Program announced that a new ‘more inclusive’ exercise program is coming to Slave Lake. It’s catered for adults that can’t attend the usual free exercise program because of childcare issues.
McGhee said that two sessions will be running this summer, first from July 17th – August 28th and then again from July 19th – August 23rd.
It will be held at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre and depending on the weather at the C.J. Schurter playground. You’re able to register by calling 780-849-5101 ext. 553 or 780-849-5101 ext. 551.

Library programs through the summer
Lana Gutowski, manager of the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, touched on July events and programs happening at the library.
“We will be hosting another story walk from July 1st to August 18th.”

Looking for volunteers to spend time with seniors
Tammy Kendall, seniors’ co-ordinator for the Town of Slave Lake, told agencies about a new program starting up in Slave Lake.
“It’s called ‘Buddies for Seniors’ and is a general interest program – we’re trying something different with this,” she said.
The gist of it, as Kendall put, is that she’s looking for people who are willing to spend a minimum of an hour a week with a senior in need of some company.
“This program is volunteer based program to help those seniors who are in need of some friendship to participate in community activities,” she said. “It’s first come first serve and each senior and volunteer will be matched based on what is available at the time.”
Volunteer applications and handbooks can be filled out by contacting Kendall tammy@slavelake.ca or FCSS co-ordinator Haylie Millard at haylie.millard@slavelake.ca.

Tammy Kendall

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