Thursday, 17 January 2019

Beat the seasonal blues

We are in the thick of the winter blahs in Alberta. Check out this great article from Apple Magazine on how to beat the seasonal blues: 

What is SAD?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

Read more about SAD, it's symptoms and risk factors at the Mayo Clinic website

Friday, 4 January 2019

New Year, Healthy You!

Join the Edmonton and area Primary Care Networks for a Health & Wellness Challenge, starting January 7, 2019. 
Each day has a different challenge for you to complete and post a picture on social media, with the hashtag #PCNCHALLENGE. If posting on Twitter or Facebook, tag us and we will be sure to share your posts!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Diabetes and the Effectiveness of Regular Physical Activity

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes and the Effectiveness of Regular Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is very beneficial to those living with diabetes. The short-term benefits of increasing physical activity are: 
  • Lowers your blood glucose within one hour.
  • Increases your energy and strength during the day
  • Decreases stress, anxiety and fatigue
  • Improves relaxation and sleep
  • Improves overall well being    

The long-term benefits if activity is sustained: 
  •  Improved blood glucose (sugar) control
  •  Helps with maintaining weight management when healthy eating is involved.
  •  Lowered blood pressure
  •  Stronger bones and muscles
  •  Lower risk of diabetes complications such as eye, heart, and kidney disease
  •  Improved quality of life

One of the most effective aerobic activities with the lowest dropout rate is walking. It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk in your neighborhood.  Here is an example of a walking plan if you are just starting out:   

Sample Walking Plan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Both aerobic and resistance exercises are important when it comes to decreasing the risk of developing or advancing Type 2 Diabetes as both help to improve the body’s insulin sensitivity. 

Make sure to interrupt sitting at least every 30 minutes by getting up and walking, standing or stretching.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a very effective form of exercise at a higher intensity for shorter durations, as an option for those who are able to tolerate. 

Tracking your activity/steps throughout the day is another way of monitoring the amount of time you are active and for some it is a strategy for reducing sitting time by staying accountable.

Canadian Diabetes Association information: 
  • Low physical fitness is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking.
  • Higher levels of physical activity and fitness level is one of the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality in people with diabetes.
  • Physical activity can be as powerful as glucose-lowering medication… with fewer side effects.
  • Regular physical activity, in conjunction with healthy eating and weight control, can reduce type 2 diabetes incidence by 60 per cent.

If you require help with getting started on an exercise or physical activity plan, ask your family doctor for a referral to the Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.  

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

It's National Kinesiology Week!

November 12-18 is National Kinesiology Week

Kinesiologists have a background in movement science and are considered human movement specialists. Depending on their credentials, they may also have titles as Exercise Physiologist or Exercise Therapist. Kinesiologists can work independently or part of allied health teams to help improve the health of their patients. Our PCN is fortunate to have an Exercise Specialist on staff; Corinne provides exceptional care to our patients. Happy Kinesiology Week!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Influenza Immunization Clinics

Alberta Health Services has released it's clinic dates for people to be immunized from influenza.

Influenza immunization clinics in our area are listed below. For other locations, please visit the AHS Influenza Clinic Schedule.

Leduc Public Health Centre
4219 50 Street
Leduc, AB  T9E8C9

Friday, Oct. 19                                                          9am – 4:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 20                                                      9am – 4:30pm
Monday, Oct. 22                                                       12:15pm – 8pm
Wednesday, Oct. 24                                                 12:15pm – 8pm
Monday, Oct. 29                                                       12:15pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Nov. 6                                                        12:15pm – 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 17                                                      9am – 430pm

Beaumont Community Centre
5204 50 Ave.
Beaumont, AB  T4X 1E3

Monday, Oct. 15                                                        9am – 8pm

Beaumont Public Health Centre
4918 50 Ave
Beaumont, AB  T4X 1J9

Friday, Oct. 26                                                           9am – 4:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 27                                                       9am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 1                                                       12:15pm – 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 3                                                        9am – 4:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 13                                                       12:15pm – 8pm

Devon General Hospital
101 Erie Street S.
Devon, AB  T9G 2B9

Tuesday, Oct. 30                                                        12:15pm – 8pm
Tuesday, Nov. 13                                                       12:15pm – 8pm

Devon Community Centre
20 Haven Avenue
Devon, AB  T9G 2B9

Wednesday, Oct. 17                                                   9am – 8pm
Thursday, Oct. 25                                                      12:15pm – 8pm

Calmar & District Senior Citizens Club
4916 50 Avenue
Calmar, AB  T0C 0V0

Thursday, Nov. 15                                                     1pm – 7pm

Thorsby Public Health Centre
4825 Hankin Street
Thorsby, AB  T0C 2P0

Thursday, Nov. 8                                                       3:30pm – 8pm

Thorsby & District Regional Recreation Centre
4901 48 Avenue
Thorsby, AB T0C 2P0

Wednesday, Oct. 24                                                   12:30pm – 7:45pm

Warburg Cloverleaf Manor
5204 53 Avenue
Warburg, AB  T0C 2T0

Tuesday, Oct. 16                                                        1pm – 4pm

New Sarepta Agriplx
5088 1 Avenue
New Sarepta, AB  T0B 3M0

Thursday, Oct. 18                                                      2pm – 6pm