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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…

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 …

Do you have a nutrition question? Ask a Dietitian!

IF you have a question about nutrition and feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting dietary advice that exists online, why not ask an expert? Our FREE new Ask a Dietitian group appointments are designed to help you get the answers you need from a trained professional who has access to tried and tested tools and resources. We offer three different workshops, all led by a registered dietitian, for anyone keen to learn more about: Diabetes or pre-diabetes Weight, or High blood pr…
 
Girl battles emotional eating

How to control emotional and binge eating

Did you ever return home from school feeling sad as a child, only to be given a cookie to cheer you up? Do you feel angry with yourself when you binge on junk food in front of the television, night after night? While hundreds of diets and fads tell us what to eat and when, few help us grasp why we make poor food choices and what emotions and habits drive us there. Craving Change™, a program designed by two Calgarians, is the first to answer these questions and give us tools to build a he…
 

How toxic stress early in life harms the brain and future health

Day home mom Lindsay smiles warmly at the waiting three-year-old. "Did you want to ask a question, Jasper?" she asks. The mother-of-two, who also cares for four other small children, spends much of her day playing on the floor and thinking up fun activities to share. "They are so special," she says. 1.Early years affect how the brain is built New research shows that ages zero to six are even more crucial in the development of the human brain than first thought. Interactions during this stage…
 
Pulse and Barley Salad

Why pulses are good for you + Barley Salad Recipe

By Registered dietitian Andrea Kroeker I really like pulses, such as chickpeas, beans and lentils. They are an underrated food. In fact, if I could advertise the best foods out there, this would be one of them. 1.       Pulses are Healthy Pulses are rich in soluble fibre, which helps balance blood cholesterol levels and blood sugars, and they don’t need to taste bland to be healthy. 2.       Pulses are Inexpensive Pulses are also inexpensive and serve as a good meat alterna…
 
Dietitian discussing balanced plate

7 steps to eating well

A dietitian’s step-by-step guide to eating well It might be your favourite pair of jeans that suddenly feels tight or a gnawing awareness your energy levels are low. For each of us, realizing our eating habits are spiraling out of control can come in a myriad of ways. Calgary Foothills PCN registered dietitian Andrea Kroeker says these are perfect moments to take stock and review the basics of healthy eating. But first, a word of warning. “It is important to take things slowly and mak…
 
Prescription to Get Active helped patient improve health

How to Get Active-Prescription to Get Active

Active living is a pillar of healthy living. But simply knowing this mantra is not always enough to get people up and moving. That’s why the award-winning Prescription to Get Active program—a partnership between Calgary-area PCNs and recreation facilities—gives people free passes to fitness centres. The starting point Lyndsay Waymouth received her Prescription to Get Active in January 2015. She has become an inspiration for friends and family. She invites them on hikes; they join her for…
 
Patient Olena Badham with Dr. Alana Luft who she found through the Find a Doctor website.

Find a Doctor service: Patient finds success

Olena Badham’s growing baby bump added a sense of urgency to her search for a family doctor. But thanks to a new website that connects Calgary-area residents with doctors who are taking patients, the 27-year-old found one just in time—two months before her due date. “I wanted a doctor really close to where I live so that when the baby is born I can get there quickly,” says Olena, a first-time mom-to-be. Searching for a family doctor She spent months searching for a regular family docto…
 
Patient with morning sickness

5 tips to survive morning sickness

CALGARY realtor Rachel Vanderveen’s children were a true labour of love. Despite crippling morning sickness that lasted well into her second trimester, the Calgary realtor endured four pregnancies in five years. “At the time, my whole life was consumed by feeling sick and there were times I thought I couldn’t face tomorrow,” she said. Like so many moms - including the Duchess of Cambridge - who are battling to get through the day in a fog of morning sickness, Vanderveen strug…
 

Health Teams offer patients ‘one-stop shop’

DR. Jaco Kruger’s first experience with health teams came when he moved to Alberta. Having worked in 3 countries without that in-clinic support, Dr. Kruger says health teams vastly improve patient care. “It is such an asset to how we can practice,” he says. “It really channels your treatment approach into an evidence-based practice and offers more comprehensive care.” 1. Health Teams = better health care Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network has 54 health team members, including cl…
 
Patient of Calgary Foothills PCN

How your doctor’s clinic is your ‘health home’

"(Patients) feel empowered and so much more aware of what is happening with their health because of the resources devoted to them." — Clinical Pharmacist Noorani Ramji TO say Robert Ward is happy with the care he receives at his health home—his doctor’s office in Capitol Hill—would be an understatement. In fact, the retired exhibition designer is thrilled with the changes he sees in the health system. “Identifying problems earlier and encouraging people to play a role in looking…