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