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Alberta Healthy Living Program - Calgary Zone

The Alberta Healthy Living Program offers health education classes, self-management workshops, nutrition counselling and supervised group exercise programming for those with chronic conditions. All of our services are offered via Zoom or by phone. Services are open to adults living in the community who are at risk of or live with a chronic health condition. All patients must have at least one chronic condition to be eligible for our exercise program.

Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) offers individual and group programs.

Health Education:

Our interactive health education classes are open to all Albertans over the age of 18 and their support persons.

General Health Topics:

  • Nutrition (For example, The 4 P's for Meal Planning, Celiac Disease - Going Gluten-free, Heart Healthy Eating and Tips for Eating: Prediabetes and Diabetes), Staying Active, Managing Emotional Eating, Emotional Wellness (Self-Kindness, Stress, Grief), Pacing, Sleep, Creating a Personal Directive and more
  • The 4 P’s for Meal Planning: Cooking Demo classes include a cooking demonstration
  • Nutrition classes on Heart Health, Tips for Eating: Prediabetes and Diabetes, and Eating Well for Good Health are now offered in Mandarin and Cantonese languages
  • Nutrition classes on Heart Health, Tips for Eating: Prediabetes and Diabetes are now offered in Punjabi language

Topics on the following chronic conditions:

  • Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Cholesterol / Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, COPD, Diabetes / Pre-diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney Health, Osteoporosis / Bone Health, Parkinson's Disease, Weight Management and Post Covid-19. For more information please visit our website

Self-Management Workshops:

The Better Choices, Better Health® - Chronic Pain and Better Choices, Better Health® - Chronic Disease workshops are for adults living with a chronic condition and / or chronic pain and their support people. These 6-week workshops offer participants the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • Working with healthcare professionals
  • Healthy eating and weight management
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Managing pain and fatigue
  • Better breathing
  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Getting a good night's sleep
  • Action planning and goal setting

Health and Exercise Wellness Journey:

Do you have questions about how exercise can help you manage your chronic health condition? The Health and Exercise Wellness Journey will help you better understand the positive impact of exercise on managing your condition(s) and how to begin or modify an exercise program based on your symptoms and abilities. A healthcare professional will guide you through the program and help you develop strategies to overcome barriers to being physically active. You will be provided with opportunities to attend educational sessions, exercise in a supervised group setting and work on an action plan to continue exercising at home or in the community. For more information or to register, call 403-943-2584. Your physician or healthcare provider can also refer you to this program.

Nutrition Counselling:

Adults living with a nutrition-related health condition are eligible for nutrition counselling with a registered dietitian. Participants will be asked to attend a relevant Health Education class, if available, before booking a nutrition counselling appointment. We will accept Health Care Provider referrals as well as patient self-referrals.

Access
Service Providers May Include
dietitians, kinesiologists, occupational therapists (OTs), physiotherapists (PTs), respiratory therapists (RTs), social workers
Eligibility

Adults 18 years and older. Our Group Health Education Classes, Self-Management Workshops and Nutrition Counseling appointments are open to anyone. Patients must be able to participate in a group environment. Family members and / or caregivers are welcome to attend our Group Health Education Classes, Self-Management Workshops and Nutritional Counseling appointments.

Patients referred to our Health and Exercise Wellness Journey must have a chronic condition, must have a basic understanding of English, be cognitively capable of applying the self-management principles shared in class, and be able to ambulate with or without a walking aid approximately 50 meters. All patients referred to exercise must be evaluated for risk of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic disease and be medically stable to proceed with exercise.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

For more information or to register for all program types, call 403-943-2584

Register online for health education classes and self-management workshops: https://app.bookking.ca/ahlpcalgarypub/index.asp.

Visit our website for health education class descriptions: www.ahs.ca/ahlp, Calgary Zone.


Service Locations
Also Known As
Acronym
AHLP, BCBH(R)
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Living Well with a Chronic Condition
Other
Better Choice, Better Health(R), Health Coaching, Health Education, Self Management, Supervised Exercise Program