Six-week se­ries of free work­shops helps res­i­dents live well with chronic dis­ease

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FALL AUCTION GUIDE - Cour­tesy AHS

South­ern Al­berta 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 sixweek se­ries of work­shops de­signed to sup­port Al­ber­tans liv­ing with on­go­ing health con­di­tions, such as di­a­betes, heart dis­ease, arthri­tis, high blood pres­sure, obe­sity, fi­bromyal­gia, Crohn’s dis­ease, col­i­tis, celiac dis­ease, men­tal health con­cerns and oth­ers.

The Bet­ter Choices, Bet­ter Health work­shops are led by AHS health­care 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-to­day 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 discomfort and fa­tigue.

•Man­ag­ing medication.

•Deal­ing with dif­fi­cult emo­tions.

•Eat­ing healthy and in­creas­ing ac­tiv­ity.

•Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with health­care providers.

Work­shops will be held Wed­nes­days from 1 to 3:30 p.m., start­ing Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, at Al­berta Healthy Liv­ing, 424 5 St. S. in Leth­bridge. Please 403-388-6654 or toll-free 1-866-506-6654 to regis­ter.

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