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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Program helps residents live well with chronic disease

  • Six-week series of free workshops starts in Lethbridge next month

Local residents living with chronic disease have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) program designed to help them take control of their health and improve their quality of life.

Better Choices, Better Health is a six-week series of workshops designed to support Albertans living with ongoing health conditions, such asdiabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac’s disease, mental health concerns and others.

The Better Choices, Better Health workshops are led by AHS health care professionals or trained volunteers, many of whom live with a chronic disease. This approach ensures a supportive, welcoming environment and an understanding of the challenges participants face.

Because those living with chronic conditions often face the same day-to-day challenges, the program teaches tools and techniques common to all chronic conditions rather than any one specific disease or condition.

Topics include:
  • Solving problems and setting goals.
  • Handling pain and fatigue.
  • Managing medication.
  • Dealing with difficult emotions.
  • Eating healthy and increasing activity.
  • Communicating with health-care providers.
Workshops will be held Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., starting Sept. 21, at the Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, in the Southview Meeting Room, 1904 13 Ave. N. (There will not be a workshop on Oct. 12; sessions will resume the following week). Please phone403-388-6654 or toll-free 1-866-506-6654 to register.

For those unable to physically attend a workshop, Better Choices, Better Health-Online workshops are available. Participants can join from any computer with an internet connection, logging in at their convenience for a total of up to two hours per week. To register, please visit: https://betterchoicesbetterhealth.ca/online/.

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