Programs to help northern Albertans manage health

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Albertans have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help people develop skills to live a healthy lifestyle.

Logan Clow with AHS Communications says the program is a six-week series of self-management workshops called Better Choices, Better Health.

Clow says the program will be open to anyone over the age of 18, the workshops will support Albertans living with chronic health challenges. He says attendees will learn how to make small changes to take control of their health.

Clow explains the program will take place in interactive and supportive environments, workshops will be weekly two-and-a-half-hour sessions ideal for anyone recovering from a stroke, heart attack, cancer, an addiction, or for anyone working to get healthy by changing old habits. He says the program will also support Albertans living with a chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or a lung condition.

It can also assist those experiencing ongoing health challenges that are difficult to manage, including fatigue, weight loss, anxiety or depression.

Clow adds the workshop will be one of many services provided by the AHS Alberta Healthy Living Program, which supports Albertans living with chronic diseases.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled to be held in Athabasca, Cold Lake, Valleyview, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Grande Cache, Mayerthorpe, Westlock, Bonnyville, Slave Lake and St. Paul.

Other workshop topics will include: handling pain and fatigue; managing medication; dealing with difficult emotions; eating healthy and getting more physical activity; and communicating with healthcare providers.

Slave Lake workshops will be held consecutive Wednesdays from November 7 to December 19, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Slave Lake Lakeland Centre (Room 305A, 101 Main Street Southeast).

Athabasca workshops will be held consecutive Mondays from September 10 to October 22, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Athabasca Community Health Services (Health Unit, 3401 48 Avenue).

Clow say AHS is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Anyone wanting to register to be a volunteer leader, take part in a workshop, or just want more information can call 1-877-349-5711.

The program can also be completed online by visiting betterchoicesbetterhealth.ca/online/hl/hlMain.

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