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Screening for health

Screening for Health PCNs are reminding patients when it’s time for regular tests to detect diseases earlier Life is busy and it can be easy to forget when it’s time for a regular screening test. That’s why Primary Care Networks are tracking your screening tests and giving you a call if you miss one. Screening for diseases, such as breast or colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes, may detect problems earlier. Earlier detection means you can get started on treatments sooner and can…
 
Dietitian Carmen Prion-Frank discusses nutrition with patient Cheryl Aitkens

Eating your way to good health

Eating your way to good health By Jennifer Allford Getting the right advice about food Cheryl Aitkens was trying to choose healthy foods and leave less healthy foods on the grocery store shelf. But it was tougher than she expected—what to do about fat-free yogurt that’s loaded with sugar? And some advice she read was confusing. “You read so much and everybody has an opinion,” she says. “I want to take better care of myself and I wanted the truth and I wanted someone to point me i…
 

5 tips to a healthy pregnancy weight, and food cravings

Start thinking about healthy eating and your weight well before you decide to have a baby. A healthy weight and eating well makes it easier for you to conceive and sets you up for good eating habits during your pregnancy. The tips and tricks below show you how to consume the ideal amount of food in pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy. Watch the video (3:08) to get started. 1.      Know Your BMI: The amount of weight you should gain during your pregnancy depends on …

Finding care when your family doctor’s office is closed

After hours By Mike Fisher It’s after hours and your doctor’s office is closed. You need care for yourself or a family member. What do you do? The first step is to call the 24/7 information line Health Link (dial 811) says Christopher Cameron, acting executive director of Clinical Services and Evaluation with Calgary West Central Primary Care Network. Health Link calls are answered by nurses who provide advice and general health information for Albertans, along with information…
 

’Tis the season to be jolly?

’Tis the season to be jolly? By Anne Georg Avoiding disappointment during the holidays No matter how many times someone says “Have a happy holiday!”—many of us just can’t. Psychology Today says almost half of North Americans surveyed dread the season. “The biggest problem we see is that people build big expectations around Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays at this time of the year,” says Cheryl Henschel, social worker and health promotion facilitator at Southport Hea…
 

Who’s your Health Hero?

Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016 and to help mark a decade of care, we asked for your help to showcase the work of those who deliver it. We asked you to share your stories of a doctor, nurse or health professional who made a big difference in your life, and wow, did you deliver! We heard from dozens of doctors, patients and other health professionals who wanted to thank their Health Hero for improving the lives of their patients, coworke…
 

Celebrating a decade of patient care

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Calgary and area are celebrating 10 years of care in the community, having helped hundreds of thousands of people through a variety of programs and access to clinics or health teams over the past decade. Most of the seven PCNs in the Calgary area were established in 2006 in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health to provide programs and services for patients through their family doctor or medical home. Each PCN's programs and services are un…

Hundreds of Calgary-area doctors accepting new patients

CALGARY (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) - More than 300 family doctors in the Calgary area and over 800 province-wide are now accepting new patients, as Albertans' access to physicians continues to improve. Research shows that patients who regularly visit a family doctor are healthier and live longer. There are currently 373 family doctors listed as accepting new patients on www.calgaryareadocs.com, a website developed by the seven Calgary-area Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to make it quicker and …
 

Thank your health hero!

Has a doctor, nurse or health professional made a big difference in your life? Here's your chance to thank your health hero and be entered into a free draw to win an iPod. Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network celebrates its 10th anniversary in the fall of 2016 and to help mark a decade of care, we're asking for your help to showcase the work of those who deliver it. We're celebrating health heroes who give excellent care and make a difference in the lives of their patients, coworkers and …

Choosing Wisely: Do more screening tests lead to better health?

When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more may not always be better. Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures can take away from the value of care by leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress for patients. Over-testing also puts a strain on the resources of our health care system. Hear more about this from Dr. Mike Evans: Screening tests It's tempting to ask for a slew of tests from your family doctor as a preventative measure. The…

7 essential steps to healthy eating in pregnancy

It helps to start thinking about healthy eating in pregnancy well before you decide to have a baby. In many ways, a pregnant woman’s daily dietary requirements are much the same as anyone else’s. But there are exceptions. These include special dietary requirements for folic acid, iron and calcium, and you need to be especially careful in handling and selecting your food. To help you meet your baby’s nutritional needs in pregnancy, Calgary Foothills PCN health professionals have …

6 tips to increase your iron intake in pregnancy

In many ways, a pregnant woman's daily dietary requirements are much the same as anyone else's. But there are exceptions and iron is an important one. Pregnant women need almost two times more iron than anyone who is not pregnant — up from about 18 to 27 milligrams a day. Over the course of your pregnancy you will produce an extra litre of blood. The extra iron produces red blood cells for the mother, the baby's blood cells and the placenta. A pregnant woman can only get enough iron by …

How to get enough calcium in pregnancy, and food safety

It is important for pregnant women to consume enough calcium each day to help their baby build strong bones and teeth, and grow a healthy heart and muscles. How you store, prepare and cook your food also becomes especially important in pregnancy because of the risks to your unborn child. Watch this video (3:03) by Calgary Foothills PCN health professionals to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_uCbwMrMFM Getting enough Calcium: Unfortunately a lot of women do not get enough…

6 tips for eating a healthy lunch and dinner in pregnancy

While healthy eating is important for everyone, it's especially important for pregnant women. Your body is solely responsible for growing a baby who needs a range of vitamins and minerals to develop in a healthy way — and healthy meals are key. Calgary Foothills PCN health professionals have put together a range of videos to help you do that successfully and with confidence. Watch this video (3:20) for practical suggestions on how to make your meals, particularly lunch and dinner, …

Tips on how much to eat in each trimester of your pregnancy

It is a common myth that you can eat whatever you want when you’re pregnant — bowls of ice cream, bags of chips — because you're eating for two. But that is not the case. Calgary Foothills PCN health professionals have put together some practical examples of what you can eat during pregnancy to ensure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible. Watch this video (3:04) for some healthy snack suggestions and to learn more about what you should be eating during pregnancy. htt…