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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…
 
Woman speaks with her doctor

Find a Doctor in Calgary

WHEN Linda Sayers began her search for a family doctor, her son’s pediatrician recommended she register on the Find a Doctor website. “I’ve never really had a family doctor,” says Linda. “I’ve just gone to walk-in clinics. It (has been hard) to find a family doctor in this city, so I was thankful for the website. It was easy to find and registering didn’t take long." The Find a Doctor Website The Find a Doctor registry is an online service that connects residents of Cal…
 

Wellness role strives to educate, empower

FORMER Stampeder Fred James wanted to find out whether making lifestyle changes could help lower his cholesterol levels when they spiked last year. So family physician Dr. Lindsay Jantzie referred him to health management nurse Neelam Shah to discuss strategies that could make a significant difference. “I wanted to see if I could get my cholesterol levels down by consciously doing the things I needed to do—eating better and exercising,” Fred says. “I wasn’t ready to start taking [pre…
 
Elaine Lewis

Get happy: workshops show you how

Happiness Basics is a workshop offered by Primary Care Networks in the Calgary area to help people learn skills that make them happier Take a deep breath. Reflect on it. Do you feel happy? It’s easy to think happiness—and the swirl of emotions that help it grow—are beyond your personal control. Research, however, shows the way happy people behave links directly to the positive way they feel. Those behaviours are skills each of us can learn and use to feel happier and improve our he…

Hockey star finds best medicine for life after hockey

Hayley Wickenheiser has spent the past two decades blazing a trail in the sport of hockey. A five-time Olympic medallist who has been in the spotlight since she made her world championship debut for Canada at the age of 15, she has become the face of the women’s game. Dominant on the ice and influential off it, the Calgary resident made history in 2003 when she became the first woman to score a goal in a men’s professional hockey league. DREAMS OF BECOMING A DOCTOR At the age of 36, Wic…

New website helps Calgary patients Find A Doctor

For immediate release New website helps Calgary patients Find a Doctor More than 230 family doctors taking patients in Calgary area CALGARY (Monday, June 29, 2015) – Patients looking for a family doctor in the Calgary area can now find one at the click of a mouse, thanks to the launch of an interactive new website. Developed by seven local Primary Care Networks and doctors in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), www.calgaryareadocs.com allows patients to search which physici…
 

Win the pain game

Watching Jen walk down the street, you’d never know she is bracing against the pain with each step. The 31-year old says that is part of the problem. “I look good on the outside. It would be easy for someone to think I am faking it,” she says. “On the inside I can be crying with pain.” Jen was 18 when she first experienced pain from endometriosis. In years gone by, there have been times when the dark clouds of pain hanging over Jen left her feeling down. By 26, the pain wa…
 
Patient with registered dietitian

Food choices fuel new outlook on life

AFTER learning he was overweight during a visit to his doctor, John-David Malta embarked on a 10-month battle to trim down. Eight months later, after not losing weight, John-David asked to be referred to a dietitian at his doctor’s clinic. Together, they discussed a range of food-related health issues, including how John-David could make healthier food choices and limit portion sizes. Gaining valuable health information: Two months after speaking with registered dietitian Kari Derbyshire, …