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What Balance Means To Me

Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:38 AM

Looking at wellness through a different lens.... More

Extra Security Can Go a Long Way

Monday, September 18, 2017 12:14 PM

Nobody likes having to remember passwords, even those of us who work in information security. The good news is there are ways to add extra secur... More

We Heal Together

Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:35 PM

You can’t always prevent mental illness but you can build resilience, coping strategies and a variety of opportunities that can reduce crisis and... More

No One is Immune to Overdose

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:40 PM

Through my advocacy I have learned many things about the opioid crisis that I wish I was aware of seven years ago.... More

The Importance of Being Ready

Monday, May 8, 2017 11:30 AM

Are we ready? I wasn't. I'm paid to be. I'm expected to be. And on paper I was. But I wasn't. A year ago I had supplies ready for most possibl... More

#YESThisIsNursing: AHS celebrates unique nursing roles

Friday, May 5, 2017 9:39 AM

The theme for this year’s Nursing Week is #YESThisIsNursing... More

When in Doubt, Go for a Run

Monday, May 1, 2017 2:48 PM

Today, as I write about mental health, I think about how running has taught me ways to deal with different aspects of life.... More

One Year Later, the Healing Continues

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:22 AM

There is a photo that my wife took, just before she evacuated from the lower townsite with our two sons, Dylan and Ben, on May 3rd. She was stand... More

Comfort for the Soul

Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:24 AM

For Ruth Eastman, being a volunteer caregiver has always been a natural extension of who she is. ... More

Reflections on the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire

Monday, April 10, 2017 12:52 PM

I challenge you to think about this: recognizing the myriad of emotions and experiences of May 3, 2016 in Fort McMurray, how are you now, a year ... More

On the folly of planning and a happy ending anyways

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:52 PM

Helena was not supposed to be born on a Sunday morning in September. She was supposed to be born on a Monday in October but her sister Natalia, i... More

Find Answers at HealthyEatingStartsHere.ca

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:40 AM

March is Nutrition Month and this year we’re helping Albertans ‘Find Answers at HealthyEatingStartsHere.ca’... More

When Fatigue is More Than Just Being Tired

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:37 PM

It’s been three years since my husband and I learned fatigue can be more than being tired.... More

Glenrose Staff Chime In at Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2016 1:05 PM

Throughout our AHS sites, staff and volunteers bring the spirit of the season to patients and families.... More

Look After You During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:00 PM

So Christmas isn’t always that easy for me, as it’s not for many others. And this year, after the wildfire, we’re all up against a lot more than... More

Don't be Afraid to Reach Out for Help

Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:36 PM

I’m not going to lie – it’s been really hard since the wildfire. And it’s not always easy thinking about Christmas waiting around the corner... More

Cyber Monday Online Safety Tips

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:40 PM

In the medical field we often say 'prevention is better than the cure.' This applies to the online world as well... More

Take Influenza Seriously

Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:32 PM

Before I had influenza, I thought it was a serious cold that was only dangerous to older people and young people with compromised immune systems.... More

It Can Be Scary When Your Child Is Sick

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:01 PM

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Partnering for Better Health

Monday, October 17, 2016 10:10 AM

I am always up front and I tell people that I am not an expert on losing or managing weight. I have come to accept however, that I have become an... More

What Does Partnership in Health Care Mean to You?

Monday, October 3, 2016 4:06 PM

Partnerships are central to achieving AHS’ vision of Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Together. ... More

Talking to Kids About Drugs

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:48 PM

Back to school is an exciting and challenging time for both parents and children. Studying. Exams. Friendship issues. Projects. Teams. Concerts. ... More

Screen Test

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:23 AM

What do you think when you hear ‘Screen Test’? You might think actors auditioning for a movie. But this actually refers to the Alberta Breast Sc... More

Feeding Kids for Back to School

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 1:34 PM

It's school time again! Like me, you may feel excited but also a little sad that summer is over. As a parent to eight year old twins, I look for... More

Fort McMurray, Recovery Can Take Time

Thursday, September 1, 2016 4:55 PM

I am a psychiatrist, who has enjoyed living and bringing up my family in Fort McMurray for the past 20 years. During several summers here we have... More

Overdose Awareness Day: From Awareness to Action

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:46 PM

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day... More

Understanding Grief and Loss

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:09 PM

Grief is our response to the loss of anything we value.... More

Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, July 15, 2016 10:11 AM

What are you grateful for? Maybe you’ve got a new car, bought that big screen TV you’ve been saving for or scored the promotion you’ve been wanti... More

Paying it Forward

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 3:36 PM

There’s nothing quite like an act of kindness to leave us feeling uplifted about the good in the world.... More

Keep Safe This Summer with Cyber Sunscreen

Friday, July 8, 2016 1:54 PM

The Internet has enabled so many great things. With this great connectivity comes an increased level of risk that we have to manage. ... More

Don't Get Burned Online This Summer

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:22 PM

While you relax into summer, it’s important that you keep your guard up when it comes to online safety.... More

Bison Sliders

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:00 AM

Canada’s Food Guide suggests choosing lean meat and alternatives, like bison. This recipe also uses whole wheat pita bread which can increase you... More

Things I learned from the 2013 Flood

Thursday, June 2, 2016 4:30 PM

For Alberta Health Services Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Trish Dribnenki-Pennock, the northern Alberta fires reminded her of her own struggles a... More

Back from the brink: an EMS story of courage

Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:19 PM

All I ever wanted to do was work for Emergency Medical Services (EMS); as an emergency responder I felt important, I felt needed, more importantl... More

Passion for Health Events in Your Community

Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:53 AM

Every day, the Alberta Health Services team delivers high-quality health care to you and your family. You can help us do better.... More

Avocado Tomato Salsa

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:32 PM

Choose vegetables or fruit for a quick and healthy snack! ... More

Celebrating Our Nursing Teams

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:40 AM

During Nursing Week, I think about all the great teams I have worked with. This week gives me a chance to share how fabulous I think my fellow nu... More

Are you prepared? The importance of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:10 AM

In all my experience, I’ve learned that emergencies can come up anywhere, at any time and in several different forms. That’s why being prepared i... More

Get Loud About Your Mental Health

Friday, April 29, 2016 2:52 PM

Have you ever wondered whether someone’s opinion of you will change if they get to know the real you? Have you ever kept some piece of informatio... More

Mackenzy’s Gift of Life

Friday, April 15, 2016 1:48 PM

In May of 2012, at the age of 22 months, our daughter, Mackenzy Jane Woolfsmith, gave the gift of life. ... More

Volunteer Power

Friday, April 8, 2016 3:15 PM

This morning, I had the honour and privilege of holding a sweet elderly woman's hand and being a loving presence as she took her last breaths. ... More

Going the Extra Mile for Mental health

Friday, April 8, 2016 2:49 PM

May 2 to 8 this year marks the 65th anniversary of Mental Health Week, which is devoted to raising awareness of and reducing the stigma around me... More

Digital Spring Cleanup

Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:32 PM

Spring is often the time of year we clean junk out of our homes and offices; so why not do the same with computers?... More

Giving Back Through Art

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:38 PM

Art is one way for children to heal and thrive. It’s restorative and allows them the power to express and create. ... More

Nutrition Month - Making healthy choices with the family

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 3:43 PM

When everyone is going different directions, eating meals together allows us to check in with our kids. I depend on this time to relax and conne... More

911: How my child helped save my life

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:23 AM

I have no memory of December 27, 2015; but I can tell you this much... that was the day my five-year-old son, Dane, saved my life. ... More

From Heart Failure to Heart Transplant

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:16 AM

My son Dave just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his heart transplant. He was diagnosed with Heart Failure at the age of 20 and within months,... More

Supporting the Cancer Journey

Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:09 AM

Throughout my personal and professional journey I have been left with many powerful imprints about people’s resiliency, generosity, the ability t... More

Overdose Prevention

Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:31 AM

Naloxone saves lives. You’ve heard it in the news. You’ve heard parents, professionals and politicians saying it. But how does naloxone really sa... More

Alzheimer’s Awareness: Supporting Patient and Caregiver

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 1:09 PM

My own experience watching my mother as a caregiver of a spouse with Alzheimer’s has really opened my eyes to some of the day to day struggles ca... More

Ending Stigma: It's okay not to be okay

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:02 AM

My name is Kristine. I am a 24 year old student at the University of Alberta. When I was 22 my life was strongly impacted by being told that I ha... More


Monday, January 25, 2016 1:52 PM

Make this granola ahead of time and enjoy it with low fat milk and sliced fresh fruit for a quick weekday breakfast. ... More

Talking Turkey about Palliative and End of Life Care

Monday, December 21, 2015 2:29 PM

Whenever we get together, there is opportunity to have meaningful discussions about health care wishes and choices, and other plans such as where... More

A Perspective on Immunization in Tanzania

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 11:12 AM

Four of the five major causes of death among children under the age of five years are infectious diseases, at least two of which are vaccine prev... More

Holiday Safety

Monday, December 14, 2015 10:42 AM

It’s that time of year when we like to offer everyone a few tips on how to stay safe and avoid some Grinches who may come visiting during the hol... More

Two Dips and Five Dippers

Friday, December 11, 2015 11:11 AM

Looking for a quick and easy appetizer? Try making these two dips at home and serving them with a variety of vegetables and whole grain pitas. ... More

Drumming Up Wellness

Monday, November 30, 2015 8:38 AM

The Rhythm Project has a vision to connect people through Community Drumming Circles; a place where everyone can experience hope and healing thro... More

ADHD Awareness

Friday, November 27, 2015 3:45 PM

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental, likely genetic, condition that is found across all socio-economic and ethnic groups, slightly more common in boys t... More

Slow Cooker Stew

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 3:49 PM

This meatless stew is packed with a variety of colourful vegetables that are inexpensive and available all year. ... More

Cyber Monday Online Safety Tips

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 2:05 PM

Monday November, 30 is Cyber Monday. It’s a relatively new phenomenon in Canada but has become very popular.... More

Help Prevent Drug Use in Kids

Monday, November 16, 2015 9:50 AM

Twenty-six years ago, when I first started working in the field of youth addiction, we experienced the emergence of a new drug called Ecstasy, as... More

Child Abuse Awareness

Thursday, October 22, 2015 1:15 PM

October is Canada’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It offers a reminder to all Canadians to recognize the signs of child abuse and negle... More

Empowering Families at the Bedside

Friday, October 9, 2015 11:55 AM

Having a child in hospital can be a very stressful and emotional time for family members. Often families find it enormously helpful to speak with... More

Learning More to Improve Mental Health

Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:43 AM

1 in 5 people are directly affected by mental illness. No family is left untouched.... More

The Importance of Patient and Family Centred Care

Monday, October 5, 2015 2:39 PM

One minute I was speaking to my secretary at work about transportation, and the next she was speaking a different language. I was very confused. ... More

Natasha's Story of Childhood Cancer

Monday, September 28, 2015 2:48 PM

On Friday May 1st 2015 my mom had to take me to the hospital. I had been feeling weakness in my left arm and leg and seeing double vision. ... More

Cancer Living Library

Friday, September 25, 2015 1:52 PM

Cancer is a scary thing, but the journey through treatment doesn’t have to be. ... More

Environmental Health Officers at Work for Albertans

Friday, September 25, 2015 9:53 AM

When asked what I do for a living, I’m always proud of my answer... I am an Environmental Health Officer. ... More

Depression and how one man overcame it

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 2:55 PM

In March of 2005, I lost everything: our family farm to bankruptcy, my off-farm employment, and my marriage of 20 years. It all came to an end. E... More

Cardiac Pioneer's Legacy Saves One of His Own

Friday, September 4, 2015 12:22 PM

The word lucky isn’t something you would usually use to describe my situation. It is not lucky to have a child born with a heart defect that wou... More

Going the Extra Mile for Kids with Cancer

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:02 AM

As a paramedic, the toughest calls almost always involved a child. So when I had an incident during a race four years ago, I decided that I would... More

Campus Lunches

Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:16 PM

By the end of my degree, I was much better at packing healthy, balanced lunches while addressing the challenges of bringing them to campus. Here ... More

Zucchini Apple Carrot Muffins

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:01 AM

Eating foods with fibre is an important part of a healthy diet. This tasty recipe makes it easy to do that because it uses high fibre ingredients... More

Lifestyle refreshed with Better Choices, Better Health®

Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:49 PM

For all the Albertans out there who have to work hard every day to manage an ongoing health condition, this post is for you. There’s great suppor... More

One Bad Pill

Monday, August 10, 2015 9:38 AM

I recently became a member of an exclusive club. I do not know anyone who wants to be a member of this club. The club chooses you. There is only ... More

811: Help is Just a Call Away

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:11 PM

Health Link is a 24/7 telephone service provided to all Albertans by Alberta Health Services. It offers callers easy access to health information... More

Do You Know What Consent Looks Like?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 1:52 PM

When we are talking about consent the issue sometimes gets confused. Did they say no? Were they drunk? They accepted the ride home so surely that... More

A Hard lesson Learned

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:36 AM

If I had only known about the symptoms of stroke – that strokes happen at all ages- I could have gotten to the hospital sooner. Life might be ver... More

A Garden for Every Body

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:27 AM

Gardening is good for you, it’s a proven stress reliever, it provides mental clarity, it is an excellent source of fresh produce, and it can serv... More

Children's Festival Food and Fun

Friday, June 12, 2015 11:04 AM

The Central Alberta Children’s Festival offers the perfect venue for us to see what kids these days know about health and nutrition. ... More

Talking to Kids About Drugs

Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:47 AM

As an emergency room doctor and medical toxicologist, I come across the effects of drug and alcohol use every day at my workplace…the hospital... More

Reaching Out to Isolated Seniors

Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:14 PM

About a year ago, the Seniors Mental Health Outreach Team in Lethbridge set out to salvage valuable – but costly - seniors programs.... More

Social Determinants of Health

Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:44 AM

What makes and keeps us healthy? It’s not a simple answer. For instance, healthy eating is important, yet not everyone can afford healthy food i... More

A Passion for Running

Friday, May 29, 2015 8:29 AM

Passion for Health at Canmore's Rocky Mountain Soap Company Women's Run and Walk... More

Caring is in the Family

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:01 PM

My name is Christie Nicholson and I’m currently a paramedic in Okotoks, AB. While I’ve been working in EMS for 11 years, the truth is EMS has bee... More

Doctors Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:13 PM

People are often surprised when they hear that someone who maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly has had a heart attack - but your ris... More

Nursing Relationships

Monday, May 11, 2015 2:45 PM

Have you ever met someone, perhaps in a line-up at the supermarket or on a bus, and they ask you what you do? In my experience, if you say you a... More

Learn to Lighten the Load

Thursday, May 7, 2015 10:40 AM

Know that you are not alone in pulling a wagon along behind you and take action to reduce its weight.... More

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Monday, May 4, 2015 8:52 AM

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 3 – 9, 2015, and is a time to check our emergency kits and ensure we know what to do when disaster strikes. ... More

What helps you stay mentally healthy?

Friday, May 1, 2015 10:53 AM

Looking after our mental and physical health needs to be a priority if we are going to stay well and enjoy life.... More

The Winning Surgery That Put Me Back On Track

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:53 AM

For almost six years, I lived with a right leg that was shorter than my left; the result of a fracture sustained in a racing accident at age 14. ... More

Autism in the Community

Monday, April 27, 2015 9:47 AM

Autism Awareness Month is a time to celebrate the many contributions that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make in our community. ... More

How a Liver Transplant Gave One Woman Her Life Back

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:42 PM

In honour of National Organ and Tissue Awareness Week, this is one woman’s story of how her life was saved after receiving a liver transplant thr... More

Thank You for Being Our Heroes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:46 AM

I’m writing this blog to thank all EMS, firefighters, doctors, nurses and hospital staff who helped in so many ways on May 15, 2010. ... More

Wonton Soup

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:26 AM

The homemade form of this popular soup has about half as much salt as a restaurant version. ... More

EMS Palliative and End of Life Care

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 9:56 AM

A new provincewide EMS program is helping paramedics relieve stress on palliative care patients and their families as well reducing pressure on e... More

Making a Healthy Plate

Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:17 AM

Making healthy choices can actually be quite easy. A tool that you can use to make healthy choices quick and simple is called the Healthy Plate. ... More

Creating a Healthy Eating Environment

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 3:03 PM

You can find more success with your healthy eating habits when the things you are surrounded by support healthy eating, and you can help shift yo... More

Feeding "A-HAs" For New Moms

Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:46 AM

Introducing foods to new babies can be a nerve-wracking experience, and all parents just want to get it right. But there come moments during this... More

Tabbouleh with Barley and Chickpeas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:45 AM

This tasty and exotic recipe uses onion, herbs, spices and lemon juice for flavour instead of salt. ... More

Are You Sitting Too Much at Work?

Friday, March 13, 2015 9:37 AM

Canadians are spending up to 10 hours per day being sedentary. That, coupled with the fact that we aren’t nearly active enough creates a double w... More

Healthy Eating at Work

Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:44 PM

March is Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is Shift to Healthy Eating at Work!... More

Creamy Chicken Curry

Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:19 PM

This delicious recipe pairs well with many different kinds of whole grains. Try wild rice, or choose the whole grain versions of pasta, naan, bre... More

Tend to Your Mental Health

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 1:51 PM

Can you believe we’re into March already? Love them or hate them – almost half of us made a New Year’s resolution at the start of 2015.... More

Beef and Barley Chili

Monday, February 23, 2015 4:29 PM

Alberta Nutrition Guidelines suggest choosing foods with at least 2 grams of fibre per serving. One serving of this dish provides almost half of ... More

A powerful reminder why I do what I do

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:35 AM

I had a simple reason for wanting to pursue a career with Emergency Medical Services (EMS).... More

Walk like a Penguin

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:34 AM

When it comes to winter, we have two choices, one healthy and one not so much: head outdoors or hibernate.... More

Join us for Apple Talks

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:18 AM

Research tells us that what we experience in the first few years of life builds our brains. ... More

Kids in the Kitchen

Monday, February 9, 2015 8:58 AM

We’re all pressed for time and all too often eating a healthy diet is one of the first things to fly out the window when we’re juggling work, kid... More

Berry Spinach Salad

Friday, February 6, 2015 11:51 AM

Dark leafy greens such as spinach have many important nutrients for health, such as folate and iron. ... More

Getting to the heart of it – tips to combat stress

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 4:36 PM

Stress can lead to conditions such as raised blood pressure, higher heart rates, suppressed immunity levels, and an increased risk of heart attac... More

Influenza Vaccine: About Effectiveness

Monday, February 2, 2015 3:17 PM

The influenza vaccine is still effective at preventing the other two strains of influenza circulating in Alberta: Influenza A H1N1 and Influenza ... More

Heart to Vital Heart

Friday, January 23, 2015 11:52 AM

As a young graduate paramedic fresh out of school, working night shifts in Edmonton made me feel like the king of the night-time world. ... More

Inspiring Continuing Care Residents through Music

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 11:31 AM

Music, playing the guitar and singing have always been a part of my life. ... More

Tips for Staying Active This Winter

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 3:10 PM

You arrive at home after a lengthy day at work and are exhausted - we all know the feeling ...... More

January is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness Month

Friday, January 16, 2015 9:21 AM

January is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness month, and it was during this time last year my mental health hit rock bottom.... More

Community Paramedics - Bringing the right care at the right time in the right place

Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:04 PM

The thing I liked best when I worked as a paramedic on the ambulance was being at the right place at the right time to help patients. ... More

Serving by understanding spiritual beliefs

Monday, January 12, 2015 1:42 PM

Albertans often take their schools and health care for granted, but sometimes new Canadians are bowled over by our systems.... More

Hosting a healthy holiday gathering

Friday, December 19, 2014 2:23 PM

With a little planning you can provide a healthier holiday spread without breaking tradition.... More

Dress for the weather to enjoy the outdoors

Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:21 PM

Enjoying physical activity outside is one of the best things you can do for not only your physical health, but also your mental health. ... More

Protecting those who are most precious to us

Monday, December 8, 2014 10:41 AM

This year influenza vaccination is especially important to me – I have a grandson!... More

Delayed parenthood

Friday, December 5, 2014 1:57 PM

We’re living longer, working longer and waiting longer to find a partner and have babies.... More

Catalyst for change

Thursday, December 4, 2014 4:27 PM

Sports and exercise were always an important part of my life but two major life events changed the way I viewed their role in how I live.... More

Passion for nutrition

Thursday, December 4, 2014 1:11 PM

Not only does food play a major role in health, it also affects many people both physically and emotionally.... More

Medical Homes in Alberta’s Rural Communities

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:40 PM

As AHS encourages Albertans to pursue a passion for health, it is vitally important we all look to the future and take action early to maintain g... More