AHS provides education and support with health workshops

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced that it will be conducting a series of workshops beginning this month

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced that it will be conducting a series of workshops beginning this month and lasting through December in an effort to help Albertans make positive adjustments to their lifestyles.

The workshops are offered as part of the Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP), an AHS initiative designed to promote healthy living and provide easy access to helpful information.

A statement from AHS described the workshops as covering a range of information, including heart health, weight management, nutrition, diabetes care, chronic illness management and more.

According to the schedule made available, upcoming workshops in Ponoka area include:

  • Better Choices, Better Health (Six sessions)

A self-management workshop to gain confidence and develop skills to overcome the physical and emotional challenges of living with a long-term health condition.

Nov. 14, 21, 28 & Dec. 5, 12, 19 (1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Ponoka Community Health Centre (Conference Room) – 5900 2A Highway

  • Craving Change (Three sessions)

Uncover triggers for problematic eating – emotions, events, situations, cravings and strategies for change.

Sept. 24, Oct. 1 & 8 (1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Ponoka Community Health Centre (Conference Room) – 5900 2A Highway

  • Diabetes The Basics (One session)

Learn how to better manage Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. For those newly diagnosed or wanting an update.

Oct. 9 & Dec. 4 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Ponoka Community Health Centre (Conference Room) – 5900 2A Highway

  • Heart Wise (One session)

Learn about high blood pressure, cholesterol and heart healthy nutrition.

Dec. 5 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Ponoka Community Health Centre (Chapel) – 5900 2A Highway

  • Respiratory Education

Learn what Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is along with helpful breathing tips and a review of common respiratory medications.

Oct. 7 (1 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Ponoka Community Health Centre (via videoconference -Telehealth Room ) – 5900 2A Highway

According to the AHS statement, all sessions will be led by AHS professionals who share their expertise in group discussions and provide support and encouragement to participants.  Participation in workshops are free of charge.

For more information, or to register for a workshop, please call 1-877-314-6997.

To access the full schedule of upcoming AHLP sessions throughout Central Alberta please visit

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ev/ne-ev-cdm-calendar-2014-fall.pdf.