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Almond, oat, coconut – which is the best alternative to cow’s milk?

When you get a craving for a tall, ice-cold glass of milk, but have a dairy milk allergy, intolerance or diet restriction, what do you do? Many people face this problem. Thanks to the rising popularity of plant-based beverages, there are endless options to choose from at the grocery store. To help navigate the growing options, a team of registered dietitians at Calgary Foothills PCN recently rose to the challenge, setting out to find the most delicious and nutritionally balanced, plant-based …

Calgary Foothills PCN to run both in-person and virtual workshops

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Calgary Foothills PCN moved to offer our free workshops online to support your health needs. With health restrictions now lifted, the PCN is preparing to offer in-person workshops again as well as virtual. Each workshop will rotate between the two formats to accommodate various learning preferences and patient locations. Upcoming in-person workshops This fall, several in-person workshops are being re-introduced. See dates and times below: Happiness Bas…

Foothills Primary Care Centre changes

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network has given the Foothills Primary Care Centre — the PCN’s only family practice operation — notice that it will no longer manage the clinic as of March 31, 2023. It is a difficult decision, but the PCN is focusing on its mission to provide team-based health care to patients. This change will ensure more patients can access team care such as PCN nurses, dietitians, social workers, mental health supports and various programs and workshops. We are wor…
 

Stretch at your office desk

If you have a desk job, you know it is easy to spend six or more hours sitting per workday – and yes, your commute counts as sitting time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a sedentary lifestyle can lead to poor health outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and death from those or other causes. Carving out time for exercise and movement is the best defence against sitting’s negative impacts. While not everyone can squeeze in a midday exercis…
 

Top tips for healthy eating

Try these tips to start or maintain a healthy approach to eating. 1. Plan ahead. Think about your meals and snacks in advance to avoid multiple trips to the grocery store. Try using a Weekly Menu Planner. These plans can be kept for future use. For helpful meal planning tips, see "Meal Planning." Create balanced meals: 1/2 plate vegetables and fruit, 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate whole grains. Balanced snacks include fibre and protein, such as apple and peanut butter or whole grain cr…

Looking for a new way of eating?

New year’s resolutions often include weight loss and diet goals. While lots of diets and supplements claim rapid and prolonged weight loss, “quick” and “easy” don’t really work. Instead, goals for making healthy lifestyle changes are often more sustainable. Instead of restrictions, they add items in. We encourage you to make healthy eating choices to help achieve your goals – and sustain them. Take this quick quiz to learn more:   Want to learn …
 

Have COVID-19? These resources can help

Testing positive for COVID-19 can be scary.   Alberta College of Family Physicians, Alberta Medical Association and Primary Care Networks have created a guide to help navigate next steps. Some COVID-19 symptoms can be managed at home and others need medical assistance. This simple red-amber-green chart helps you understand when you can care for yourself or family member at home and when you need to seek further medical attention from your doctor or emergency.   There…

Learn how to process grief with the new PCN workshop

Grief can often feel overwhelming and can have a huge impact on your mental health, so it’s important to learn how to navigate the process in a healthy way. To help, Calgary Foothills PCN is now offering the Alberta Journeying Through Grief workshop, which addresses all types of grief from loss of a loved one to the different forms of grief brought on by the pandemic such as mourning a former way of life, loss of a job or losses due to health conditions. “The Journeying Through Grief W…

More options for patients to communicate to family doctors as secure-email project expands

Patients looking for more flexibility in how they connect with their family doctor have another tool at their disposal as the Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network is rolling out a network-wide secure email program for its member physicians. Privacy legislation protects confidential health information. As conventional email doesn’t meet regulations, patients, doctors and clinic staff are left to rely on phone calls and snail mail. With support from Alberta Innovates and its ImplementAB.di…
 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Workshop

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month which recognizes the 13 - 20% of Canadians (approximately 5 - 7.5 million individuals) who are living with IBS. To meet a need identified within the PCN's patient population, we have expanded the virtual workshops to now include a session focused on managing irritable bowel syndrome. This free two-hour long session, which starts in May, will focus on: Understanding personal and common triggers The brain-gut connection How IBS is diagn…
 

Answering your COVID-19 vaccine questions

With the COVID-19 vaccination programs underway in Alberta, it’s important to stay informed and ask questions. There is a lot of communication out there about the COVID-19 vaccines – some good and some bad. It’s critical to have the correct information about the vaccines so you can make an informed choice when it comes to getting vaccinated. Here are fact-based answers to some of the questions being circulated about the COVID-19 vaccines: Question: Does the COVID vaccine causes infe…
 

March is nutrition month

Nutrition Month is a good time to remember eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. The COVID-19 pandemic had made good nutrition more challenging to many because of reduced income or changes in routines due to physical distancing. Here are some resources to help: Top tips for eating healthy during the COVID pandemic Buying groceries on a budget Making food last longer by using leftovers Top five tips for planning your meals Calgary Foothills PC…
 

Simple changes for a healthier 2021

After a difficult year, making positive changes in 2021 may feel overwhelming. But if improving your health and wellness is on your mind, consider some smaller steps to start down the path to a healthier lifestyle this year. Increase your activity Many of us have often thought about adding ‘being more active’ to our New Year’s resolutions list. It may sound easy enough, but we can struggle to achieve it. Here are some tips that can make your resolution more sustainable. Start Sma…

Safely delivering during COVID-19

The safety of our patients is of utmost importance to Riley Park Maternity Clinic and all of Calgary Foothills PCN. Our maternity patients deliver at Foothills Medical Centre (hospital). Some patients have asked questions about delivering their babies at the hospital as they have heard there are units with COVID-19 outbreaks. Physicians and staff at Riley Park Maternity Clinic are taking every precaution to ensure your safety both at the clinic and the hospital. We have been very proactiv…
 

Help for anxiety

For many people, 2020 hasn’t been an easy year and for some, the result has been a rise in anxiety. The PCN is here to help. We have a variety of free resources including two new virtual workshops: Anxiety 101 Anxiety 101 is a free, two-hour workshop facilitated by a mental health professional that will help adults understand their experience of anxiety and teach participants some basic skills to help manage it. Topics include: What is anxiety? What does it feel like? What mak…