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’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…

Fentanyl antidote available throughout Calgary

A free antidote for the deadly fentanyl drug is now available at scores of locations throughout the Calgary area as family doctors, pharmacists and others continue to expand access to these potentially life-saving kits. A total of 272 overdose deaths related to fentanyl were recorded in Alberta last year, more than double the number recorded in 2014. Alberta Health purchased 7,000 naloxone take-home kits for fentanyl users and their loved ones, which are now available at pharmacies, walk-in …
 

Building Strong Patient Relationships

Family doctor Heather La Borde says panel work is strengthening her relationship with her patients. “My patients actually tell me they feel more cared for,” Dr. La Borde said. “I’m not only providing a service when patients turn up. I’m taking care of them in the background, doing a little bit every day, and they appreciate it.” Panel work starts with a doctor asking patients to identify who their primary family doctor is, and then generating a list of patients currently—a panel…
 
Dietitian Carmen Prion-Frank discusses nutrition questions with patient Cheryl Aitkens

Supportive group setting offers healthy eating tips

How do I read a food label? Which foods have carbohydrates? How much weight should I lose? If you have similar questions, you’re not alone. As part of the Ask a Dietitian group nutrition appointments offered by Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network, you have the chance to ask a registered dietitian your own questions, and learn from others. You’ll learn about portion sizes, understanding food labels, and how to make good choices when grocery shopping. These free, small group appoint…
 

Add Flavour Without Fat: Soy Ginger Salmon Recipe

Good food can be easy to prepare. The key is finding healthy ways to creatively add flavour to your food—so you don’t get tired of eating the same foods over and over again. Garlic and onion are staples for adding flavour to food in many cultures, without adding salt or fat. Others you can try: Dry spices (curry, cumin, turmeric, oregano) Fresh spices (ginger) Fresh herbs (cilantro, Italian parsley, basil, dill) Juices (lemon juice, lime, orange juice) Chili flakes Pepper …