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Alberta Healthy Living Program - Calgary Zone

The Alberta Healthy Living Program offers health education classes, self-management workshops, nutrition counselling for adults living in the community or living with a chronic health condition. All services are offered via Zoom or by phone. AHLP also offers in-person programming for Supervised Exercise classes at limited locations. 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:

Adults 18 years of age and older can learn how to manage chronic condition(s) or disease(s) with our health education classes. Some class topics include:

  • diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, obesity, chronic pain, COPD, celiac disease, osteoporosis, fatty liver disease, Parkinson disease, stroke, and more
  • weight management, healthy sleep habits, meal planning, stress, grief, better breathing, and more
  • grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations
  • how to manage long-COVID symptoms

Search our Find Workshops and Classes table for a full list of classes available provincially. View our Education Guide for classes hosted by Calgary Zone.

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

Supervised Exercise Program:

Do you have questions about how exercise can help you manage your chronic health condition? The Supervised Exercise Program 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, participate in health-coaching, and work on an action plan to continue exercising at home or in the community. Call for more information or to register. 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.

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

Patients referred to Supervised Exercise must have a chronic condition, reside in the Calgary Zone, be attached to a Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner, are able to manage their health condition independently and able to actively participate in sessions. We offer both group exercise classes and health coaching. Those interested in group exercise must be able to communicate in English, be able to apply the principles shared in class, be able to transfer out of a chair and walk independently (with or without a walking aid) and able to attend most sessions. All patients referred to exercise must be evaluated for risk of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic disease and be medically stable.

Service Access

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

Call for more information or to register for all program types.

Register online for health education classes and self-management workshops through our website.

Visit our website for health education class descriptions. Physician or health care provider and self-referral accepted.

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Also Known As
Living Well with a Chronic Condition
AHLP Calgary, Better Choice, Better Health(R), Health Coaching, Health Education, Self Management, Supervised Exercise Program, ahlp calgary