Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Outdoor activity for the holiday season

The holidays is always a busy time of year. With all the shopping, baking, decorating and wrapping, there are so many things that need to be done. It’s a time of year for getting together with loved ones and celebrating with lots of great food and treats and perhaps a few yuletide beverages. With so much to get done sometimes we get lost in the strain and the stress of making sure everything is perfect. 

This year make time for yourself and your family by participating in some outdoor fun and physical activity; not only will getting some fresh air and increased activity make you feel better, it is a great way to have some fun with the family. 

Here in Leduc there are so many options for outdoor fun and activity. A fantastic options is right down the highway at Leduc Country Lights. Walk around the property and take in the light display at this Leduc County acreage that will make the holidays even more special. See this segment on the local news about Leduc Country Lights

Another outdoor option in Leduc are the many outdoor skating surfaces that are available for those who want to tie up the blades for some outdoor fun. There is a new outdoor skating surface at Telford Lake that even has a Christmas light display to enjoy. For all the other outdoor skating check out The City of Leduc website of where they all are:

Cross country skiing would be another challenging and fun activity option for enjoying the great outdoors and again this is available right here in your own backyard:

These are just some of the many outdoor opportunities for increasing your physical activity during the busy holiday schedule. By staying more active you will help keep your energy level up and it will even help manage some of the added stress that tends to build over the holiday season.

May you all have a very merry and physically active holiday season. 

Corinne Cutler is an Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Holiday Eating

Ask the Intern- Holiday Eating

Let’s be honest. The holidays are a great time to enjoy family, friends and good food. However, this is also a time where lifestyle goals may be put to the test. Having a plan going into this season can relieve some of the stress. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making your plan for the holidays:

1.    Plan to keep journalling. Thinking about ditching your journal for the holidays? The temptation can be great, especially when your regular routine is changed. This might be a good time to reflect on the reasons you are journalling. Recording intake, activity or emotions makes us aware of our behavior. Journalling in and of itself can be enough to improve what we eating or increase activity. Journalling during the holidays can be great learning experiences allowing us to recognize differences in behavior during these times. If you do one thing and one thing only during the holidays, consider journalling. Download a copy of our 3 Day Food Journal by clicking here.

2.    Plan to enjoy your favorites. Special events and family gatherings tend to center around food. Planning to resist all of the high calorie goodies offered may be an unrealistic goal. On the other hand, planning to eat everything you want may make it difficult to pick up where you left off before the holidays. Try to find a compromise. When going to family gatherings or dinners, take some time to look at everything offered before you dish up. Choose one or two of your high calorie favorites and fill the rest of your plate with healthy food from the 4 food groups.

3.    Plan to have regular meals. The holidays can be a busy time when meals may be skipped. Skipping meals makes it hard to stay on track with lifestyle goals. It is also a difficult habit to get out of after the holidays. Instead of “saving” calories for big meals, eating regularly before the meal can help keep you full and prevent you from overeating. Whether you are at home, on the road or staying with relatives, plan to have regular meals and snacks during the day. Download a copy of our Meal Plan template, here.

4.    Plan to say no (thank you). It is likely not everyone you see this holiday season will know about your lifestyle goals. People tend to be more generous during the holidays which leads to more offering of food and drinks. Do not underestimate the power of the phrase “No thank you, I’m full”. If you find you need more support during the holidays, talk to your family or friends about the things you are working on.

Having a plan can give you more confidence going into the holidays. Use these tips or create your own to stay on track with your lifestyle goals during this time. Most importantly, find out what works for you and enjoy the season.


~ Sara Knodel is a Dietetic Intern at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Free diabetes related webinars!

The Canadian Diabetes Association is hosting 3 webinars in the next few weeks. Click the buttons below to register:

November 25 - Tax Tips & Diabetes: All You Need to Know
Learn about your eligibility for tax benefits as an individual living with diabetes.
Click here to register for the 2pm or 8pm ET webinars

December 2 - Strength in Numbers: Building Your Diabetes Team
Get tips and tools to take charge of your diabetes and build the best possible support team.
Click here to register for the 2pm or 8pm ET webinars

December 8 - Exercise Tips that Help You & Your Diabetes
Learn how physical activity affects blood sugar and strategies to stay motivated in your day-to-day life.
Click here to register for the 2pm or 8pm ET webinars

Monday, 16 November 2015

National Addictions Awareness Week

November 15-21st marks National Addictions Awareness Week and is an opportunity to learn more about substance abuse and addictions. See what activities are taking place around your community.

Alberta Health Services is offering the following information sessions:

AHS also offers an open house and resource fair on Thursday, November 19th between 1-4pm at the Youth Addictions Services Edmonton building, 12325 140 Street. If you have any questions, please call 780-422-7383

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse website.

Friday, 13 November 2015

World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

Diabetes has no borders – an estimated 346 million people across the world have – this figure is expected to double by 2030.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. 
For more information, please visit the Alberta Diabetes Foundation website.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Family Doctor Week

The College of Family Physicians of Canada proudly acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Canadian Family Doctors for their dedication to their patients and the delivery of high-quality health care. 

During this week, the Alberta College of Family Physicians asks patients to share why their Family Docs Rock. Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network member physician, Dr. Robert Simard, was recognized by one of his patients with these kind words:

Truly Lucky

We are truly lucky to have Dr. Robert Simard as our family physician. He is a knowledgeable, perceptive gentleman who is always open to new research, and a wonderful listener who never makes us feel rushed during appointments.

Dr. Simard has become a trusted, vital support to our family!

Wendy, Leduc

Read more stories on why Albertans think their Family Doc Rocks, here

Monday, 9 November 2015

Diabetes and the Mediterranean Diet: Is it right for you?

The Canadian Diabetes Association is hosting a webinar on the Mediterranean Diet and supportive relationships. This webinar is FREE and open to the public.

When: November 10th, 2015 at 2pm ET and 8pm ET (12:00pm MT and 6:00 pm MT)

To register for the 2pm webinar, click here.

To register for the 9pm webinar, click here.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

November 4th is Diabetes Educator Day!

Celebrate Diabetes Educator Day 2015 on November 4th! Has your health been impacted from a diabetes educator? On November 4th, tweet about your educator using #DiabetesEducator and follow the Canadian Diabetes Association at @DiabetesAssoc or on Facebook at

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network has 3 certified diabetes educators that provide specialty services to our PCN patients. Thank you Andrea, Nandini and Sally for your dedication!

Andrea Shackel - Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Nandini Desai, Registered Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator

Sally Ho, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Monday, 26 October 2015

Finding Balance activity challenge


November 1-30, 2015
We want to help seniors keep active! Join us as we travel across Alberta. Choose where you want to go and then start your journey! Any physical activity will count towards the trip. Keep track of how many steps you take or how many minutes of physical activity you do each day. Add these into the UWALK website to see how far you go by the end of November. If you belong to a senior’s centre or recreation program, you join as a group to travel together. Groups can order a map to track your group’s progress.

The Seniors’ Keep Active Challenge is sponsored by UWALK. Register on the UWALK website and then join the Challenge. You can join the Challenge starting October 26, 2015.

Get your free Finding Balance pedometer at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (while supplies last).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Take 2 minutes

Are you at risk of pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes? Click this image to take a quick 2 minute test to find out.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

World Food Day

October 16th is World Food Day. World Food Day is a day of action against world hunger. Find out what you can do in support of this day at these websites:

FAO Information brochure
World Food Day USA

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Pole Walking – is it beneficial ?

It’s becoming a common sight to see people out for a walk using walking poles. This trend is becoming more popular not just in Alberta, but across the country as well. “Nordic Pole Walking” (pole walking) was originally created in Finland in the early 1990s as a way for cross-country skiers to train during the summer months.  It was introduced as a low-impact form of exercise that involves walking with a pair of customized poles, similar to ski poles. The activity exploded across Europe in the 1990s and has grown to the point where more than 20% of Finns and about 10-15 million Germans now regularly pole walk. It is a well known fact that Europeans, as a whole, tend to lead more active lifestyles overall than North Americans. They have the right idea when it comes to making activity part of the daily routine! 

Pole Walking is a low impact form of exercise that can offer benefits for improved health and wellness as well as improved overall condition for people of all different levels of fitness.  It is becoming popular in the senior population and even hospitals and rehabilitation clinics are promoting the use of walking poles as a way for people to not only improve their cardiovascular health but to also improve their balance, posture and core strength.  Walking, of course, has long been known to be an excellent form of aerobic exercise on its own with easy access for most of the population.  Now, with adding in the use of the poles, it engages even more muscles groups in the whole body and gives a sense of security for those who are concerned about balance and fall prevention.

There are different forms of walking poles that are suitable for different people and purposes.  There are walking poles specifically designed for those who want to improve their fitness level and increase endurance and overall strength.  By engaging more muscles in the body, more energy is required when using the poles and this can improve cardiovascular fitness and strength.  

There also are poles specifically designed for rehabilitation and balance improvement. These help to decrease the weight/load bearing on the hips, knees and ankle joints  which is beneficial for rehabilitation following hip or knee replacements or for those  recovering from surgeries or fractures in the lower extremities.

Overall, walking poles help to improve balance by engaging the core muscles, therefore improving core strength.  Using poles will assist with maintaining balance with support from the poles and with keeping in an upright posture, rather than flexing forward at the trunk as seen with other assistive devices. Using the poles will require more strength and endurance than walking without the poles.
For more detailed information and educational videos for using the poles please go to

If you are attached to the LBD PCN and want to get more information or even try out the walking poles, make an appointment with the Exercise Specialist at 780-986-6624.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Are you Craving Change in Beaumont?

Our Craving Change workshop is being offered in Beaumont this month! We have a few spots still available. Call now!

Monday, 5 October 2015

CDA Diabetes Expo!

Are you an adult living with or affected by diabetes?

Our very own Registered Pharmacist, Nandini Desai, will be a speaking at the CDA Diabetes Expo! Other guest speakers include Hal Johnson & Joanne McLeod and Dr. Michael Vallis.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

LBD PCN October Newsletter!

Our October 2015 newsletter has just been released! Learn about new classes and workshops, programs and services available to YOU!

Please subscribe to receive this newsletter right in your email inbox. We won't spam you, promise!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Friday, 18 September 2015

I eat healthy food and I am active but I still am not losing weight. Why?

Ask the Dietitian
Submitted by Andrea Shackel – LBD PCN Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

I eat healthy food and I am active but I still am not losing weight. Why?

We often hear people say “eat less, move more” in order to lose weight but this does not take into account many other issues that are just as important in reaching or maintaining a healthy weight. Consider these other factors:

Healthy Eating – Healthy eating is a complex term and does it not always equal weight loss. Healthy eating refers to what we eat and weight loss refers to eating foods that are providing a calorie decrease from our everyday diet.  Not all “healthy foods” are weight friendly.  For example: 1 tbsp oil a day is considered“healthy oil” however could add up to over 12 pounds a year!

If weight loss is the goal, it’s important to use a lifestyle journal.  Lifestyle journaling is the cornerstone for determining what’s going on as well as help problem solve. It is the #1 tool for long term behaviour change and weight management.  You can journal everything from food, calories, exercise, sleep, mood, stress on a variety of online, phone apps and handwritten journals. 

Activity – Activity has many great health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of chronic diseases and it can play a role in weight maintenance; however it does not play a large role in weight loss.  The majority of the population does not meet the requirements for physical activity of 150 minutes per week – the amount needed to achieve health benefits.  In order to make an impact on weight, a person would need to be doing 250 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity per week.  The majority of the population does not “work off” what they eat. One can of pop has 140 calories which equates to 1 hour of walking to burn off. Is it really worth it?

Medical –Certain health conditions such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure and diabetes can make it difficult to lose or maintain weight. Many medications can also impact your weigh loss efforts.  It is important to follow up with your family physician or health care team should you have any of these concerns with managing your health conditions.

Psychological - Mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD or stress can make it more challenging to loose weight and make it more difficult to maintain lifelong changes.  Often, people tend to go for “comfort food” to help deal with the issues above.

Environment –Access to fast food, eating on the run (or while driving), working at a desk or sitting all day, access to 24 hour screen time and messages from the media all play a factor into our personal weight loss or maintenance goals.

It’s overwhelming to take all aspects into our lives into account when working on weight loss or maintenance goals. Identifying the issues that may be impacting efforts and working on them is very important. 

Check out our new PCN class called “Getting Started: Your Best Weight”. This class will address all of these factors, how they impact weight and what to do about it.

Our website offers resources and support for your use. Our PCN also offers classes on dealing with emotional eating and a series of other weight, nutrition, activity and stress management classes. Visit our website to see the calendar of classes; all are open to the public!

To access any of the healthcare team members, please talk to your PCN family doctor or call 780-986-6624.

Have a question for our healthcare team? Please send it to
For more information on the PCN’s programs and services, please visit

Ask the Healthcare Team offers trusted, evidence-based healthcare information to our patients and the public. This information is provided to you by the multidisciplinary team at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. This monthly column will answer common questions our team members hear from patients. 

This article was printed in the Leduc Representative and Beaumont News on September 18, 2015.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Our PCN year in review

Take a look at the great work our PCN has done in this past fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. 

Click here for a larger view.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New FREE class offered at the PCN!

A new class is now being offered - Getting Started: your Best Weight. This 2 part class will focus on identifying the medical, psychological, social and lifestyle factors that contribute to weight. Participants will learn essential tools and skills for making lifestyle changes. Participants will also discuss the role of motivation, thoughts and emotions in long term behaviour change and will learn how to problem solve and develop a personalized plan for change. 

Getting Started: Your Best Weight (2 part class)

September 16 & 23, 1:00 - 3:30
October 2 & 9, 1:00 - 3:30
November 6 & 13, 1:00 - 3:30

To register, participants can call the PCN office at 780-986-6624.

**All PCN classes and workshops are now open to the public; a referral from the family doctor is no longer required. All classes have been added to the public calendar on our website. Our website will soon be updated to a new template and this template will allow the public to reserve a spot at any of these classes and workshops with a click of the mouse. We will keep you updated on the progress of this update.**

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Canadian Diabetes Association webinars

Register for the Canadian Diabetes Association National Webinar Fall Series 2015

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Diabetes Association’s national webinar fall series begins in September! Join us for all new topics to help you manage your diabetes, advocate for your rights and live a happy and healthy life.
Topics and speakers in this series include:

• September 15: Joanne Lewis, “Carbohydrate Counting – Ready, Set, Go!”
• September 22: Dr. Michael Vallis, “Don’t Let Diabetes Get You Down”
• October 1: Shawn Shepheard, “Stand Up for Your Diabetes Rights”
• October 8: Elaine Cook, “Diabetes Medications – What You Need to Know”
• October 15: Dr. Jeremy Gilbert, “Making Diabetes Complications Not So Complicated”

Each webinar will be held twice, at 2 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET.
Registration is required, please click here for more information and to register.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Alberta Open Farm Days

A unique event will be held this weekend - Alberta Open Farm Days runs Saturday, August 22nd and Sunday, August 23rd. 

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations and learn more about the farmers who grow their food. This event is a collaborative, province-wide occasion that gives Albertans an opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food comes from. It is a backstage pass to meet the farmer, experience Ag-tourism in Alberta and taste local foods direct from the producer.

On August 22, some of Alberta’s most talented chefs and rural communities will be hosting a memorable series of farm to table culinary events that will be held around the province, using Alberta farm products.

More than 70 farms will open their gates on August 23 for farm tours. 

For more information, please visit the Alberta Farm Days website.

Click here for a printable guide of all participating farms and the activities taking place at each.

Participating farms maps:

Friday, 7 August 2015

Ask the Healthcare Team - monthly column

Ask the Healthcare Team offers trusted, evidence-based healthcare information to our patients and the public. This information is provided to you by the multidisciplinary team at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. This monthly column will answer common questions our team members hear from patients and will appear in the local newspapers Leduc Representative, Beaumont News and Devon Dispatch.

What is the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network?
The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (PCN) offers support to the patients of our member physicians. This collaborative team approach allows for better access to healthcare resources. Our PCN healthcare team is made up of nurses, dietitians, an exercise specialist, registered pharmacist, registered psychologist, mental health clinicians, referral coordinators and support staff. In addition to the care you receive from your family doctor, programs and services offered at the PCN include:

  • ·         Diabetes management
  • ·         Smoking cessation
  • ·         Weight management
  • ·         Mental health
  • ·         Geriatric consultation
  • ·         Referral coordination
  • ·         Exercise prescriptions
  • ·         Cardiac rehabilitation program
  • ·         Specialist clinics
  • ·         After-hours clinics (Leduc and Beaumont)

To access any of these programs and services, please talk to your PCN family doctor.

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network SMILE Healthcare Team (L-R): 

Dr. Sheila Gothjelpsen - Registered Psychologist
Sally Ho - Registered Dietitian 
Penny Garton - Administrative Assistant 
Corinne Cutler - Exercise Specialist 
Cherie DeBoer - Registered Nurse 
Nandini Desai - Registered Pharmacist 
Lori Briggs - Manager, Chronic Disease
Andrea Shackel - Registered Dietitian 

Have a question for our healthcare team? Please send it to

For more information on the PCN’s programs and services, please visit

Monday, 20 July 2015

Type 2 Diabetes Research Study - participants needed!

Are you an older adult living with type 2 diabetes?

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network and the Faculty of Nursing PRIDE Research group at the University of Alberta would like to invite you to participate in a research study. 

Why are we doing this research?

In older adults, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a common and serious disease that often occurs alongside other chronic conditions.

Research has shown that management of diabetes and other chronic conditions leads to improved health and quality of life. New approaches are needed to better support older adults and their family members to manage chronic conditions at home.

Who can participate?
You may be eligible to participate if you are:
- at least 65 years of age
- diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes
- have at least two chronic conditions in addition to diabetes. Some examples are, but are not limited to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Previous heart attack
  • Previous stroke
  • Poor kidney function
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma or COPD

What do I need to do to participate?

All participants will take part in two interviews.  One will be completed at the start of the study and the other at the end of the study (6 months later).  Each interview will take about 2 hours and will focus on your health and use of health services.  A research assistant from the University of Alberta will come to your home for both interviews.

What will I receive?

You will have a one in two chance of receiving a community-based intervention in addition to your usual diabetes services.

Usual Care Group

Other than the interviews at the beginning and end of the study, you do not need to do anything else to participate.

Intervention Group

Participants will  be invited to take part in a monthly 2-hour Diabetes Wellness Day group program offered by their local Diabetes Education Centre and a partnering community organization over 6 months.

Participants in the intervention group will also receive up to 3 in-home visits by a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Dietitian from their local Diabetes Education Centre over 6 months.

What will I get for participating?

Every participant will receive a $25.00 gift card in appreciation of their time.
Your participation in the study will make an important contribution to health research in the care of older adults with type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

If I am interested in participating, who should I contact for more information?

Please contact the LBD PCN Manager, Chronic Disease:
Lori Briggs

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

You are attached to our PCN!

Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network member physicians include all doctors from these clinics:


Corinthia Park Clinic
Griffiths Medical Clinic
Leduc Medical Arts Clinic
Rimrock Medical Clinic
Smyth Associate Clinic
LA Medical


Stewart Medical


Devon Medical Clinic
Associated Medical Clinic
Hospital Medical Clinic


Calmar Medical Clinic

If your doctor works at one of these clinics, he or she is a member of the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (PCN). This means you are part of the Leduc Beaumont Devon PCN, where a team of doctors, nurses and other professionals will help you improve your health.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

What is it like to have a stroke?

Check out this video, created by the Heart & Stroke Foundation, on what it's like to experience a stroke through the eyes of the victim or through the eyes of the witness.

Learn the signs of a stroke by experiencing one video.

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Grand prize winner announced!

The challenge is complete!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years GOGA challenge! In total, there were 930 participants who participated in 10 groups this year and we are thrilled to announce that the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network group finished the challenge in 2nd place! Collectively, our group took over 9.5 million steps during the 6 week challenge!

Congratulations to BILL ADAIR, an LBD PCN group member. He is the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! Bill has won:

a. Four (4) tickets from Ticketmaster to: Disney Presents The Lion King at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
b. One (1) night at the Fantasyland Hotel – Edmonton, AB, African Theme Room for 2 adults, 2 children. Check in: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 4 p.m. and Check out: Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 11 a.m.
c. Edmonton Queen Riverboat – Gift Card for two adults and two children, dinner cruise. Winner to select day.
d. Four (4) passes to Edmonton Valley Zoo

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Preventing stroke through regular physical activity

One of the many benefits of regular physical activity is helping to manage blood pressure and to help improve circulation and blood flow. When it comes to preventing strokes and cardiovascular issues, these are two key factors in promoting prevention. 

If blood pressure remains elevated for any length of time there is more damage done to the blood vessels and increased build up of plaque and increased possibility of clots forming the blood vessels. 

Helping to keep the blood vessels healthy and avoiding plaque build up is an important component of preventing the onset of a stroke from a blockage or from lack of blood and oxygen getting to where it needs to be.  As this is Stroke Awareness Month, please help spread the word about the importance of staying active!

Heart & Stroke Foundation brochure: Taking Control - Lower your risk of heart disease and stroke

Corinne Cutler is an Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

Thank you for participating in GOGA!

The challenge is now complete!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years GOGA challenge! In total, there were 930 participants who participated in 10 groups this year and we are thrilled to announce that the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network group finished the challenge in 2nd place! Collectively, our group took over 9.5 million steps during the 6 week challenge!

Congratulations to Janet Stamper, an LBD PCN group member. She won a weekly prize consisting of an ATCO Blue Flame cookbook, a GOGA t-shirt, GOGA water bottle as well as an LBD PCN shopping bag and pen!

The grand prize winner will be announced later this week. We will update our website as soon as the winner has been confirmed. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Canadian Diabetes Association webinar

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to offer an all-new series of webinars that will be offered across Canada.
Join us this year for a variety of engaging and exciting webinar sessions, from the comfort of your own home!
“This was my first webinar with the CDA and I definitely look forward to participating in more in the future!”
“I like to have my knowledge refreshed as I tend to slide in my diabetes care, this refresher helps me to stay on the right track.”
  • Each session is free!
  • Register online for as many sessions as you would like
  • Gain knowledge on numerous diabetes-related topics from the comfort of your own home
  • Ask health-care professionals questions and connect with other participants
  • Informative for those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, caregivers and health-care professionals
If you have any questions about our webinars, please email

Register online for an upcoming webinar

The structure of each webinar includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15 to 30-minute Q&A session.
Registration is easy! Click on the name of each webinar to learn more and sign up online for the time that is convenient for you.
Missed a webinar? Please check back soon to access recordings of past sessions. - See more at:

New exercise session opens in Leduc

Exercise Session for the the Leduc Obesity Clinic

This 8-week program is offered to those patients that are referred by Dr. Siva from her obesity clinic. The program is once per week on Tuesday afternoon for a session consisting of mat work, dumbbell exercises, foam roller work, stability ball exercises and strength exercises with resistance bands.  

The class is designed to offer exercising in a group setting starting at a beginner level, using small equipment. 

The program is progressive in nature and can be a good basis for people to transition to a home program as the small equipment is easy to store at home and not so taxing on the wallet to purchase. 

It is led by the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network Exercise Specialist and offered as a way for people to get comfortable with exercising at a gradual pace. 

Corinne Cutler, Exercise Specialist
Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network

To inquire about this program, please call our office at 780-986-6624 and ask for Corinne.

Seniors Week

It's Seniors Week in Alberta! Attend one of the many events being held across the province in support of Seniors Week!

Click this link to see Seniors Week events all week at Telford House in Leduc.

Hosting a Seniors Week event? Register your event at the Government of Alberta website.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
For World No Tobacco Day 2015, we are calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products.
From many angles, the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.
Read the entire article, here: WHO World No Tobacco Day.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Do you belong to our PCN?

Your doctor is a member of this PCN 

Your doctor a member of the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (LBD PCN). This means you are part of the LBD PCN, where a team of doctors, nurses and other professionals will help you improve your health.

There are 42 PCNs providing coordinated health services throughout Alberta. Through a partnership between family physicians and Alberta Health Services, each PCN is uniquely designed to meet the needs of its patients.

In addition to the care you receive from your family doctor, programs and services at your PCN include:

• diabetes management
• weight management
• mental health
• eldercare consultation team
• referral coordination
• Prescription To Get Active
• cardiac rehabilitation program
• specialists clinics
• after-hours clinics (Leduc & Beaumont)

Ask your doctor or health team member to connect you with the PCN services that are right for you.

Click here for a list of doctors that belongs to the LBD PCN.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Get Out Get Active challenge - half way there!

The GOGA challenge is half-way done! Are you tracking your steps and activity and recording them on the website? Those who are recording their activity have the chance to win weekly prizes and will be eligible for our fantastic grand prize!

Make sure you are connected to our Leduc Beaumont Devon PCN Group and see our progress on the map! We are competing against 9 other PCNs; help us push to the finish line by recording your steps!

Join in on our weekly LBD PCN activities to help you get more active!

Move It Mondays
Kick start your week by joining the staff of the LBD PCN for a quick 30 minute walk around the neighbourhood. Meet us in front of the PCN at 12 p.m. each Monday.

Stepping Out!
Join us for a supervised walk on the various paths outside the Leduc Recreation Centre. Each Wednesday at 11 a.m., meet in the foyer of the east entrance for a 45 minute guided walk that included stretches at the end. If it is raining, we will walk on the track inside the Leduc Recreation Centre.

Check out the GOGA website to see other GOGA activities across the region: Upcoming Events

Monday, 11 May 2015

National Nursing Week!

May 11-17th marks National Nursing Week and May 12th is International Nursing Day. Thank you to our Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network nurses Carla and Cherie for your invaluable contributions to our PCN and it's patients!


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health is important not only to you as an individual, but also with your family, friends, and at your place of work. Mental Health AwarenessWeek is May 4-10, 2015. Use this time to talk amongst your family, friends and co-workers about issues related to mental health. Each and every one of us encounters struggles within our daily lives.  A person can struggle with changes in mood, energy, sleep, appetite, weight, concentration, attention and self-worth. Talking amongst our natural supports help us to recognize we are not alone. It also helps us to gain support in accessing counselors, social workers, therapists and psychologists when our mental health is significantly impacting our daily function.  

Terri Ward is a Mental Health Therapist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Canadian Diabetes Webinar

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to offer an all-new series of webinars that will be offered across Canada.
Upcoming webinars
The structure of each webinar includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15 to 30-minute Q&A session. Click on the name of each webinar to register and learn more.

For more information and to register, please visit the CDA website by clicking this link.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

GOGA starting next week!

The Get Out Get Active challenge begins Monday!

Registration is now open at When you sign up, you will receive a coupon good for 6 free visits at one of our partner facilities!

Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) is a six-week physical activity challenge, which is organized by 10 Edmonton and Central Zone Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

The challenge will start April 27 – June 7, 2015 and is open to anyone who wants to add more activity into their lives. Join your PCN as you walk, run, swim, dance and much more to log steps. Every bit of activity counts.

Go to to join our challenge - select the Leduc Beaumont Devon PCN group and help us compete against other PCNs throughout the challenge. By registering and logging your activity, you will be eligible for weekly prizes along the way. If you consistently log your activity, you will be eligible for the grand prize! 

If someone you know would like to join the challenge but does not have access to a computer to enter their activity, the LBD PCN has activity log sheets for use. Simply fill out the sheet with the activity performed each day and at the end of the week, drop by our office where we will be happy to enter the activity into the website on that person's behalf. That way, everyone is eligible for prizes and the activity will be logged along the virtual map. 

We will also have a map posted in our office so that everyone can see our progress along the way.