Thursday, 1 December 2016

December 2016 Newsletter now available

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December 2016 Newsletter


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Mission: Possible - 21 Day Challenge to help end diabetes

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to start a healthy habit over the next 21 days to raise awareness on diabetes, live healthier, and to help end diabetes.  

Mission Data:

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! 

11 million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes.  And that’s not even counting the family members whose lives are changed by supporting those living with diabetes.  So many lives are touched by this chronic disease, yet so few Canadians know they are at risk for developing diabetes.  Each November, the Canadian Diabetes Association runs a campaign to raise awareness on the risks of diabetes, and what you can do to lower your chances of developing diabetes.  This year, the CDA is promoting a 21 day health habit challenge.  All that’s involved is a commitment to making a healthy lifestyle change and raise funds to support diabetes research to find a cure!  More information on this challenge at the Canadian Diabetes Association website.

What is Diabetes?

It’s a chronic disease where the body cannot make enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly.  Insulin is a hormone that helps to control blood sugars.  A high amount of sugar in the blood over a long period of time can damage organs, blood vessels, and nerves.  

Find out more about diabetes at our PCN Diabetes 101 class: 

http://lbdpcn.com/Programs/Pages/Health-Education-Classes.aspx

Are you at risk?

Not much is known about definite risk factors for Type 1 Diabetes.  But there are quite a few risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Some we can have some control over, but some we cannot. 

Here’s a list of risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes:

• Have a parent, brother, or sister living with diabetes.

• Member of high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, Asian, African descent)

• Have given birth to a baby weighing more than 4kg or 9lb

• Have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)

• Prediabetes diagnosis

• Have high blood pressure

• Have high cholesterol  or high blood fats

• Have extra weight around abdomen, overweight

• Have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) diagnosis

• Have acanthosis nigricans diagnosis

• Have obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis

• Have diagnosed psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, depression

Ask your doctor to test if you have diabetes if you are over 40 years old or if you have several risk factors after taking this risk test: http://www.diabetes.ca/take-the-test/

Don’t have a doctor?  Find one here: www.edmontonareadocs.ca

Fight the Risk.  Accept the Mission Challenge.

Here are some healthy habit ideas you can try over the next 21 days. 

• Eat a high fibre breakfast everyday. For example, you can have oatmeal with fruit.

• Eat 1 cup of vegetables at each of your meals.

• Eat 2-3 servings of fruit each day (1 serving =0.5 cup or tennis ball size piece of fruit)  

• Go for a 10-15 minute walk at lunch everyday.    

• Try deep breathing or visualization technique to manage your stress.  Or check out other stress management techniques at https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/tests-treatments/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=rlxsk&

Find out other ways to eat healthier and live healthier at our Nutrition for Diabetes and Active Living class: http://lbdpcn.com/Programs/Pages/Health-Education-Classes.aspx

Start your 21 Day Challenge Now:  http://crm2.diabetes.ca/site/TR?fr_id=2463&pg=entry

Your Team

You have a team of Registered Dietitians, Exercise Specialist, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, and Registered Psychologist through the SMILE program at the PCN.  You can access this team for support by asking for a referral from your family doctor.  



More information about the SMILE program: http://lbdpcn.com/Programs/Pages/SMILE-Healthcare-Program.aspx

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Indoor Walking Group in Devon!

Join our PCN Exercise Specialist, Corinne Cutler, for a Walk & Learn session at the Devon Community Centre on Monday!


This is a FREE session, bring a friend!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

November is Diabetes Awareness Month - Exercise

Diabetes and the Effectiveness of Regular Physical Activity 

The short-term benefits of increasing physical activity for a person with diabetes:

• 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 to maintain or lose weight.
• 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.  Click here for an example of a walking plan if you are just starting out. Feel free to print it for your own use or share it with others.

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 bodies insulin sensitivity.    

The following facts were taken from the Canadian Diabetes Association website:

• Low physical fitness is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking.
• 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 activity plan, ask your PCN family doctor for a referral to the Exercise Specialist on the SMILE team.    

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

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Diabetes Educator Day

November 2, 2016

Our PCN is fortunate to have four of our healthcare professionals who are Certified Diabetes Educators.

Diabetes Educators are an integral part of the health-care team for a person living with diabetes. They help people with diabetes to effectively manage their disease by providing ongoing and up-to-date education and support. Certified Diabetes Educators teach specific skills in areas such as monitoring and managing blood glucose levels, physical activity and the best way to manage medications including insulin.

Diabetes Educator Day provides an opportunity for the healthcare system and Canadians living with diabetes to recognize the unique role educators play in delivering diabetes management and support to their lives.

Diabetes Educators help your patients get the best out of life!

Our PCN Diabetes Educators are:

Andrea Shackel - Registered Dietitian


















Sally Ho - Registered Dietitian


















Nandini Desai - Registered Pharmacist


















Cherie deBoer - Registered Nurse



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Walk with a Doc in Leduc

Last week, the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network, in partnership with the Leduc Recreation Centre and led by Dr. Trevor Byers of the Smyth Clinic, launched Walk with a Doc to a full room of participants.

The weekly event takes place each Thursday at 7pm at the Leduc Recreation Centre. Participants meet in the Vantage Room upstairs by the gym for a quick health-related presentation, then gather outside for a walk around the trails behind the LRC. Feel free to ask Dr. Byers any health-related questions, or just chit-chat!

This event is FREE and open to all; please bring a friend! Registration is not required, just show up and be prepared to walk outside. If the weather is terrible, we will walk on the indoor track at the LRC.

Here are a few pictures from our inaugural event!

Full house in the Vantage Room at the LRC - Dr. Byers gave a presentation titled "Physician, Heal Thyself" about his own past health concerns, what triggered him to change and how he did it.



Recipe for Change



Enjoy the ride!



Off we go for a quick walk around the trails behind the LRC. Dr. Byers brought flashlights for everyone - it was dark out there! But NO EXCUSES :)



Like, it was REALLY dark out there.




We look forward to see you this Thursday at the LRC!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

LBD PCN Launches Walk with a Doc Program in Leduc

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network (LBD PCN) is encouraging Leduc and area residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to get out and walk.

Walk with a Doc is an initiative whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

“This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities in both Canada and the US,” says Dr. Trevor Byers, a LBD PCN member physician. “I’m very pleased to bring this exciting and simple program to Leduc as it has shown such improved health results for countless people.”

Walk with a Doc is open to the community. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. The first Walk with a Doc event will take place on October 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Walkers will first listen to a short health-related presentation in the Vantage Room at the Leduc Recreation Centre and then enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk on the trails with Dr. Byers and other LBD PCN healthcare professionals, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the walk.



“Walk with a Doc is honoured to team up with the LBD PCN. By incorporating this program into the practice, Dr. Byers (pictured) and the PCN are demonstrating an exceptional level of care and commitment to their community,” said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Why walk?

“First, because it is fun and it feels good.  Also, an active lifestyle reduces the risk of many chronic medical illnesses, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety.” says Dr. Byers.



According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide the following benefits:

·         Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
·         Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
·         Enhance mental well-being
·         Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke

Leduc joins a growing list of communities in both Canada and the US that have started local Walk with a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist with Mount Carmel Health Systems in Columbus, OH.  He has walked with patients and community members every weekend since 2005.



Learn more about Walk with a Doc at www.walkwithadoc.org.

Friday, 7 October 2016

CALLING ALL COUCH POTATOES



Tell me this; are you happy with how you feel?  Are you satisfied with your health and feel you are getting the most out of life? Really? Then why are you reading a health blog?

I'm going to guess that, like me, you have had health challenges in your life. You would like to feel better, but don't know where to start. Maybe you feel isolated and alone. You have been to the doctor but he or she can't seem to help.

Let me tell you, I know exactly how you feel. Not only have I been there with my own health, but as a doctor I have spent 16 years trying to tell people how to be healthier, with little success. I see a constant parade of patients that have chronic illnesses for which medication does little to no good, but lifestyle changes seem to be impossible for people to follow. 

A few months ago, I read a CNN article on the Walk with a Doc program. This is a program started by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Ohio. He was also frustrated in his inability to change his patient's behavior. He invited them to go for a walk with him in the park and to his surprise, over 100 took him up on it. He has now been walking with his patients for 1 hour every week for 10 years. Each walk is accompanied by a short discussion of a health topic.

This program intrigued me. A one-hour walk a week may not seem like enough to make a major difference in health, and it probably isn't. But this program brings together people with similar challenges, and similar goals. It provides a community where people can learn about health and interact with health professionals as peers in a non-threatening, non-judgmental, and health-promoting way. It can help kick-start them adopting a healthy, active life.  If we all have the same goal of feeling better, we can encourage and mentor each other toward better health.

I have experienced this first hand. Twelve years ago, I was sedentary, overweight, stressed, and tired. Over the next number of years, I changed the way I lived life, choosing a more active lifestyle, to the great benefit of my physical and mental health. Along the way, friends who were making the same changes in their own lives were great support to me, as I probably was to them. The shared journey was fun and rewarding.

I am hoping that this is what the Walk with a Doc program can do for people in the Leduc area. Every Thursday evening, we will meet at the Leduc Recreation Center, for a brief (5-20 minutes) health discussion and then a 1-hour walk, where the conversation can continue. On good weather days, the walk will be outside. On bad weather days, the walk will start inside on the walking track and then anyone who is brave enough can continue outside with me, as I always prefer outside to inside, regardless of the weather. The program is free, has no age restrictions and is open to anyone who can walk (or wheelchair, or otherwise propel themselves forward) and wants better health.

The first date is set for October 20, at 7 p.m. Please meet me in the Vantage Room at the Leduc Recreation Centre were I will talk about my own personal journey to health. After that, we will go for a walk outside on the trails around the LRC. Please join me, invite your friends and family!  Let's get healthier and happier together. 


Dr. Trevor Byers  


Monday, 3 October 2016

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 2 - 8, 2016

The World Health Organization defines Mental Health as: “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”  On the other hand, “mental disorders comprise a broad range of problems, with different symptoms…they are generally characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behaviour and relationships with others”. 

During any given year, about one in five Canadian adults experience mental illness, and American research estimates that about half of all adults will be diagnosable with a mental illness at some point during their lifetime. 

Having good mental health can encompass a broad range of functions and activities, including:
  • The ability to think clearly and realistically about oneself, others, and the world around us;
  • The ability to cope with, and manage, stress or changes in our life;
  • The ability to feel, express, and manage a wide range of both positive and negative emotions;
  • The ability to make and maintain good relationships with others;
  • The ability to learn and problem-solve.

 Having a mental illness goes beyond just having a bad day and is often characterized as problems with thinking, mood, or behaviour that results in significant distress and impairment to one’s relationships, work, school, and/or social life.  Examples include, major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addiction-related disorders.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign intended to raise awareness and engage Canadians in a national conversation about mental illness.  The hope is that by raising awareness, the stigma of mental illness will be reduced and that people will have greater access to information around services and support available to those living with mental illness. 

The Canadian Psychiatric Association initiated the week-long campaign in 1992, and it is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).  The CAMIMH is a non-profit organization that includes health care providers and organizations that are committed to ensuring that mental health and the lived experience of those affected by mental illness (including caregivers and families) are represented on a national level. 



Through initiatives such as MIAW, the CAMIMH and partners work to promote a National Action Plan that upholds three principles.  They believe that:

(1) Mental illness and mental health issues must be considered within the framework of determinants of health, with recognition that mental health is inexorably linked to physical health;
(2) Mental illness contributes to a considerable cost to individuals, social services, health, education, the criminal justice system, as well as the economy.  As such, the CAMIMH believe it is imperative that Canadian governments and health planners consider ways to address mental health to reduce the burden on society; and
(3) Mental health promotion and the treatment of mental illness must be timely, continuous, interdisciplinary, culturally appropriate, and integrated across the full life cycle and the continuum of care (including primary care, home/community care, and tertiary care).

On September 2, 2016, the CAMIMH launched a comprehensive policy document, entitled Mental Health Now! That outlines a call to action for the government to improve the mental health of Canadians.  Click here to read more.

Check your mental health and reflect on your mental well-being with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Meter.  Click here to take the quiz. 

Where to find help: 

·         Phone Services:
o   Health Link: 811
o   Community social services information: 211
o   Mental Health Helpline (24/7): Call 1 (877) 303-2642 for confidential help, information on mental health services and referrals
o   Distress Line (24/7): (780) 483-HELP (4357)
·         Local Mental Health Resources:
o   Leduc Addictions and Mental Health: (780) 980-7580, or visit, alberta.health.ca for more information on Addictions and Mental Health Services.
§  Leduc: (780) 980-7109
§  Leduc County: (780) 979-2385
§  Beaumont: (780) 929-1369
§  Devon: (780) 987-8325

o   Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network Mental Health Program: Access is through a referral by your family physician.  Please talk to your family for more information.




Dr. Sheila Gothjelpsen is a Registered Psychologist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. 


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

IWALK, Why Not You?


Getting kids more active on a regular basis is very important for their overall health.  The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for children ages 5 up to 17 years says children should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily. This should include vigorous-intensity activities and strength activities at least 3 days per week. 

As a result of technological advances, activity in daily life is decreasing at a substantial rate. Modern conveniences such as drive thru’s, remote controls, video games and electronic devices are all contributing to increasing sedentary lifestyles. However, as parents we can set a good example for sustaining an activity lifelong. Help promote physical activity into your children’s lives by taking part in the IWALK international walk to school week in October 2016 with the International Walk To School Day on October 5, 2016.  



There are many resources available for researching safe routes and tips on dressing properly for our unpredictable weather. Seize the opportunity to increase your own physical activity by taking part in the IWALK challenge with your children and walk with them to school or play with them in the park after school, if that is available for you. For more information, check the IWALK website.

Join the Walk To School Week to help promote overall health and well being! Not only can it make a lasting effect on children’s future habits it can also help with reducing traffic congestion at schools therefore promote student safety. 


Getting your children to walk or bike to school can be a very important step in getting them into the habit of being active on a daily basis. Also, if the parents are able to take part it serves as setting good examples for healthier living. 




Corinne Cutler is an Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network. For a list of available classes, please see our website

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

PCN Provincial Awareness Campaign

Understand your health, don't just take it for granted.If you don't have a family physician, find one at www.pcnpmo.ca/findadoctor


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Exercise in the Park


Are you looking for opportunities to get more active outside? Did you know that Leduc has an outdoor gym with several pieces of equipment that is FREE to use? This equipment is located at Kinsmen Park (50 Corinthia Drive), west of Leduc Composite High School. If the equipment is not your thing, bring a yoga mat and an activity ball to your favourite outside location and do some gentle stretches and poses or try the tennis courts or walking track.

The LBD PCN also offers a free group walking session on Tuesdays at 4pm around Alexandra Park. Register online: http://lbdpcn.com/Pages/Events.aspx














Leduc Composite High School is located in the top right area of the picture. The walking track is the purple oval and the tennis courts can be seen in the lower left area beside the walking track. The outdoor equipment is located directly south of the tennis courts. Click here for a Google Map of Kinsmen Park.






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

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Our Summer 2016 Newsletter

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

June is Stroke Awareness Month

Exercise and Stroke Correlation

One of the main risk factors for having a stroke is having unmanaged high blood pressure. One of the benefits of being physically active (at least 150 minutes per week) on a regular basis is lowering blood pressure. There is a correlation between staying active and reducing your risk of  a stroke.

Regular exercise helps keep arteries elastic (flexible), even in older people. This, in turn, ensures good blood flow and normal blood pressure. Sedentary people (those who do not engage in regular physical activity) have a 35% greater risk of developing high blood pressure than those who are physically active.

When people suffer from a stroke, it is usually recommended to take part in a rehabilitation program involving regular exercise sessions. This helps in recovery and can help prevent another stroke from happening.

Activity such as walking, bending and stretching are forms of exercise that can help strengthen your body and keep it flexible. Mild exercise, which should be done every day, can take the form of a short walk or a simple activity like sweeping the floor. Stretching exercises, such as extending the arms or bending the torso, should be done regularly. Moving weakened or paralyzed body parts can be done while seated or lying down. Swimming is another beneficial exercise if the pool is accessible and a helper is available. 

Fatigue while exercising is to be expected. You can modify these programs to accommodate for fatigue or other conditions. Avoid overexertion and pain.

Simple stretching routines can be very effective in post stroke rehabilitation in order to improve range of motion. Regular strength and balance exercises help with bone strength and health are very beneficial.  Keeping a strong core is important in order to maintain balance and promote an upright posture.


If you are not exercising regularly you should consider getting started. Any amount of increased activity is a positive change  and will start providing health benefits immediately. 







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


Thursday, 2 June 2016

June is Stroke Awareness Month

When you or someone around you is experiencing these signs, call an ambulance to get help. Do not drive yourself to the hospital as the Paramedic has the skills and equipment to treat you. This is vitally important as the quicker you can get help, the better the outcome can be. 

What is the difference between a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) and a stroke?  Both are medical emergencies and require you to be seen by a medical professional. A TIA is caused by a small clot that briefly blocks an artery that leads to your brain. It is sometimes called a mini-stroke or warning stroke. TIA symptoms might last only a few minutes or hours. No lasting damage occurs, but TIAs are an important warning that a more serious stroke may occur soon. A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain. This interruption causes damage to the brain cells which cannot be repaired or replaced. The effects of your stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done.

For more information, please visit www.heartandstroke.ca





Cherie deBoer is a Registered Nurse at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

National Nursing Week

May 9-15 marks National Nursing Week in Canada.

National Nursing Week highlights nurses' contributions to quality patient care, including primary care, research and innovations and provides nurses with an opportunity to celebrate their profession. This is an opportunity to remind Albertans why they trust registered nurses and to demonstrate credibility.



The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network celebrates our nurses and we thank them for their dedication to our patients - thank you Carla and Cherie!


Carla Moore, Primary Care Nurse, Geriatrics


Cherie deBoer, PCN Registered Nurse

Primary health care support in Edmonton and area for evacuees from Fort McMurray and surrounding areas

EDMONTONMay 5, 2016 /CNW/ - The Edmonton area Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and their affiliated clinics are able to help those displaced by the fires in Northern Alberta with their primary health care needs.
For Immediate & Temporary Needs
  1. Prescription and Prescription Refills: The easiest step is to visit the closest community pharmacy for most prescriptions or refills. Those who may require narcotics, or controlled drugs containing opiates or benzodiazepines will need to consult with a doctor.
  2. Short term health care needs: Family doctors working out of hundreds of clinics throughout Edmonton are concerned and willing to help those impacted by the fire. Find a full list of PCN affiliated clinics near you at www.pcnpmo.ca/findadoctor. If you are experiencing difficulty finding a family doctor, please contact Health Link at 811.
Longer Term or More Complex NeedsFor those with a chronic health disease, require mental health support or end up permanently relocating, there are 292 family doctors in Edmonton and the surrounding area who are accepting new patients. To find a doctor, visit www.edmontonareadocs.ca where you can sort by postal code, or by language or gender of the doctor. If you are experiencing difficulties in finding a family doctor who will see you, please contact Health Link at 811.
"Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy in Fort McMurray and surrounding area," says Dr. Justin Balko, PCN Physician Leads Executive, Edmonton Zone. "We are here to help look after your health care needs."
Primary Care Networks are joint ventures between family doctors and Alberta Health Services and exist to provide better healthcare supports and programs for patients.
Edmonton Zone PCNs: Alberta Heartland PCN, Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton Southside PCN, Edmonton Oliver PCN, Edmonton West PCN, Leduc Beaumont Devon PCN, St. Albert and Sturgeon PCN, Sherwood Park and Strathcona County PCN, and Westview PCN.
SOURCE Primary Care Network Program Management Office
Image with caption: "Primary Care Network Program Management Office (CNW Group/Primary Care Network Program Management Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160505_C4543_PHOTO_EN_684140.jpg  
For further information: For media enquiries please contact: Alexis Caddy, Manager, Communications, Primary Care Networks Program Management Office, Telephone: 780.863.9481, Email: alexis.caddy@pcnpmo.ca

Friday, 22 April 2016

Get Out Get Active starts Monday!

It's time to Get Out (and) Get Active! Join our 6 week activity challenge and win awesome prizes just for tracking your activity! Activity can be walking, swimming, yoga, playing baseball - anything that keeps you active! Our website will convert activity into steps and you will virtually walk around Costa Rica between April 25 - June 5

Everyone who signs up will receive a 6 visit pass voucher to one of our partner facilities. Those who consistently track there activity will be eligible to win a weekly prize and those who complete the challenge will have the chance to win 1 of 3 grand prizes!

See the website for a list of all the prizes to be won.


Join our PCN on Monday, April 25th for a walk around Alexandra Park in Leduc. Meet at the steps of the Leduc Library at 12:15pm. All those who attend will have their name put in a draw and one lucky person will win a pair of urban walking poles! We will also be hosting two webinars next week on walking poles. Register for the webinars, here. (select the webinar you want to attend by clicking the drop down menu on the date shown.)



Using walking poles when walking not only offers support, but it increases the amount of calories you burn. See the Urban Poling page to read about health benefits of using walking poles.





Tuesday, 19 April 2016

New website design allows for online registration!

Have you check out our new website yet? Our template got a much needed upgrade recently.




You can book an appointment at either the Leduc or Beaumont After-Hours Clinics by clicking the circled link:




One of the coolest features is that you can now book online for any of our classes or workshops! 




Or scroll down to see the upcoming events on the Events Calendar:





We would love to hear what you think of our new website. Drop us a line at info@lbdpcn.com


Thursday, 14 April 2016

GOGA starts soon!

Just over a week left until GOGA starts! Get Out (and) Get Active with our PCN! Join our 6 week activity challenge, now! www.getoutgetactivepcn.com


Monday, 4 April 2016

Check out our April newsletter!

Our April Newsletter is now available! Please sign up online to have our quarterly newsletter delivered to your inbox. We promise we won't spam you!

LBD PCN April 2016 Newsletter


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

March 16th is Dietitians Day!

Once a year, a special day is dedicated to all dietitians across Canada. It celebrates dietitians as health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to improve the health of Canadians.

March 16, 2016 marks the 7th anniversary of Dietitians Day. It spotlights the profession and reminds us that dietitians are the smart choice for advice on proper eating, good nutrition and healthy living.

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network salutes our registered dietitians, Andrea, Sally and Lori and would like to recognize the outstanding work they and other registered dietitians do for their patients and the community.

Happy Dietitians Day!

Andrea Shackel
LBD PCN Registered Dietitian
















Sally Ho
LBD PCN Registered Dietitian

Lori Briggs
LBD PCN Manager, Chronic Disease
Registered Dietitian