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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…
 

Cost-saving tips for healthy eating

According to Statistics Canada, the food inflation rate rose 8.7% in the last year. Skyrocketing food costs make it tough to shop for groceries and budget healthy food into our diets. Calgary Foothills PCN dietitians can teach you how to stretch your meals – from spending less on nutritious food to getting creative with leftovers. Try their money-saving tips to plan nutritious meals and snacks without breaking the bank. 1) Create a grocery list and set a budget Buying only what is on …
 

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…
 

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…
 

Have a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day usually brings to mind chocolates, champagne, flowers and romantic meals. It's also a good reminder to think about your heart health. Your heart works hard for you and looking after it is important to maintaining your overall health. Some simple ways to improve your heart health include: Staying active - even something as simple as going for a walk each day Quitting smoking Limiting your consumption of red meat, sugar and unhealthy fats Reducing stress "Qui…
 

Frequently asked questions about opioids

What are opioids? Opioids are drugs used primarily to treat pain. They can be prescribed medications including codeine, morphine and oxycodone. Like fentanyl and heroin, they can also be produced or obtained illegally. What is opioid use disorder? Long-term opioid use can result in an increased tolerance, meaning an increased dose is needed to achieve the same effect. Increasing doses can lead to an increased dependence. Opioid use disorder (OUD) affects people’s ability to function in ev…

Call your family doc first

When you’re not feeling well, you just want to get better. So going to a walk-in clinic seems like a quick fix. But doctors at walk-in clinics cannot access your medical history. On the other hand, your family doctor knows more about you and can more thoroughly assess your condition.   And they can add it to your primary health record. Information from visits to walk-in clinics or emergency rooms is not automatically sent to your family doctor. Your family doctor only knows ab…

PCN pain programs and services

Calgary-area PCNs offer a variety of resources for pain management. Many are free. If you experience pain or would like information about accessing any of these resources, please talk to your doctor. With the right tools, you have the power to get back in the driver’s seat and control your health Calgary Foothills PCN Extended Health Team Provides care for patients with complex health needs, using a multidisciplinary approach to better manage chronic health concerns, including pain.…
 

Who’s Who in your medical home

Your family doctor’s clinic is your medical home — a place of care that you turn to first for health support. It’s where your doctor connects you to the care you need, when you need it. Through Primary Care Networks, your medical home is backed by a team of healthcare professionals. Depending on the support you need, your doctor can provide access to a dietitian, social worker, kinesiologist and other healthcare providers. Speaking with your doctor is the best way to find out what suppo…

Diabetes: understanding the disease

Diabetes is common in Canada, yet few of us know much about it. This chronic disease robs the body of its ability to control blood sugar (glucose) levels, either because it cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used as energy. Over time, this damages organs, blood vessels and nerves. A report by Diabetes Canada in 2015 found the number of people with diabetes more than doubled between 2000 and 2015…
 

Signs and symptoms of diabetes

Clues your body gives about diabetes By Colleen Seto More than one million Canadians have diabetes and don’t know it. That’s because, for many, diabetes gives no clues or symptoms. If you’re 40 or over, the best way to detect diabetes is to discuss your health and possible risk factors with your healthcare provider. Together, you may also consider getting screened for diabetes even if you display none of the signs of the disease. These include: Unusual thirst Frequent urinati…

Diabetes support through your Primary Care Network

Each Primary Care Network (PCN) in the Calgary Zone offers help for adults living with or at risk for diabetes. Your medical home team PCN clinicians work with you long-term to help you best reach your health goals. Clinicians answer your questions one-on-one, and connect you with other people who can help you, such as: Family physicians Certified diabetes educators Health management nurses (including weight and chronic disease management) Dietitians Clinical pharmacists …
 

8 things to keep in mind when checking your blood pressure

For a variety of reasons, your doctor or health team may recommend that you regularly check your blood pressure. One in five Canadian adults live with high blood pressure — also referred to as hypertension — so it’s handy to know how to properly check it. When checking your blood pressure, always measure your resting heart rate, which is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at complete rest. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most accurate reading possible, so you …
 
Prescription To Get Active Patient

Prescription to Get Active

People across Calgary have been filling prescriptions to get active. On the advice of a healthcare professional, they can try a number of fitness facilities around the city for free. “This is a good option for our clients that really want to try something out before they get into it,” says Katie Elgie, kinesiologist at the South Calgary Primary Care Network. “Some people can find the gym intimidating and this lets them get a feel for it before they sign up for anything.” Patients can …
 

Everything under the sun for summer safety

Advice for enjoying the season's sunny rays   LIMIT SUN: Avoid too much time in the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunburn can happen in as little as 15 minutes. WATCH REFLECTIONS: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can reflect off water, concrete and other surfaces. WEAR A HAT: Protect your eyes, ears, face and neck with a wide brim hat. PROTECT YOUR EYES: Wear sunglasses and prescription glasses with 99 per cent to 100 per cent UV-A/B protection. DRESS UP: Wear loose-fitting clothes over as muc…
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