Wellness Articles

Alberta Health Services provides weekly health and wellness articles as a way to help all Albertans live a healthy life.

We welcome and encourage weekly newspapers, community newsletters and other publications to reproduce this information free of charge. Credit to Alberta Health Services or the identified content provider would be appreciated.

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You will receive a monthly email containing articles for the upcoming four weeks.

2022

December

  • December 5 - Swallowing button batteries is dangerous (doc | pdf)
  • December 5 - Share your thoughts about childhood immunizations (doc | pdf)
  • December 12 - Tips on reducing the salt in your diet (docpdf)
  • December 19 - Keep your family safe from food-borne illness (doc | pdf)
  • December 26 - Encourage kids to drive safely (doc | pdf)

November

  • November 7 – Protect yourself and your community against influenza this season (doc | pdf)
  • November 14 – Eating healthy in winter and on a budget (doc | pdf)
  • November 21 – Overcaffeinated? (doc | pdf)
  • November 28 – Why is sleep so important for kids? (doc | pdf)

October

  • October 3  – Reach out if you need help (doc | pdf)
  • October 10 – Teach children about fire safety (doc | pdf)
  • October 17 – What is monkeypox? (doc | pdf)
  • October 24 – Screen time: Finding a balance (doc | pdf)
  • October 31 – Orange vegetables are healthy, delicious (doc | pdf)

September

  • September 5 – World suicide prevention day (doc | pdf)
  • September 12 – Carrying backpacks safely (doc | pdf)
  • September 19 – Learn more about newborn screening in Alberta (doc | pdf)
  • September 26 – New info to be added to food labels (doc | pdf)

August

  • August 1 – Learn more about shingles (doc | pdf)
  • August 8 – Ouch! Tips on taking care of sunburned skin this summer (doc | pdf)
  • August 15 – You have a newborn! Tips on taking care of your baby’s skin (doc | pdf)
  • August 22 – How to navigate your toddler’s tantrums (doc | pdf)
  • August 29 – No microwave? No problem. Tips on making healthy school lunches (doc | pdf)

July

  • July 4  – Simple precautions reduce West Nile virus risk (doc | pdf)
  • ​July 11 – Remember sun and water safety this summer (docpdf)
  • July 18 – Remember safe food storage and safe drinking water this summer (doc | pdf)
  • July 25 – Beat the heat by staying hydrated this summer (doc | pdf)

June

  • June 6  – What is a stroke? (doc | pdf)
  • June 13 – Reducing food waste (doc | pdf)
  • June 20 – Preventing falls from windows & balconies (doc | pdf)
  • June 27 – Choosing the correct car seat for your child (doc | pdf)

May

  • May 2 - Watch for signs of skin cancer (doc | pdf)
  • May 9 - What is heart failure? (doc | pdf)
  • May 16 - Help your child develop empathy (doc | pdf)
  • May 23 - Parenting twins or triplets (doc | pdf)
  • May 30 - Adding plant-based proteins to your meals (doc | pdf)

April

  • April 4 - Reducing cancer risk with nutrition (doc | pdf)
  • April 11 -  Managing stress through meditation (doc | pdf)
  • April 18 - Why protein is important to eat (doc | pdf)
  • April 25 - Getting help for varicose veins (doc | pdf)

March

  • March 7 - What is glaucoma? (doc | pdf)
  • March 14 - Colorectal cancer screening saves lives (doc | pdf)
  • March 21 - Eat healthy for less (doc | pdf)
  • March 28 - Help your toddler learn language (doc | pdf)

February

  • February 7 - Take care of your heart with better nutrition (doc | pdf)
  • February 14 - COVID-19 self-care at home (doc | pdf)
  • February 21 - Signs of stress in youth and how to help (doc | pdf)
  • February 28 - Sit your way to a healthy back (doc | pdf)

January

  • January 3 - New year, new approach to healthy eating (doc | pdf)
  • January 10 - January is cervical health awareness month (doc | pdf)
  • January 17 - What is snoring? (doc | pdf)
  • January 24 - Unleash creativity and learning in the kitchen (doc | pdf)
  • January 31 - Know the risks involved in vaping (doc | pdf)

2021

December

  • December 6 - Get fully protected: Influenza immunization in your community (doc | pdf)
  • December 13 - Honouring loss during the holidays (doc | pdf)
  • December 20 - Simple connections can reduce loneliness and isolation (doc | pdf)
  • December 27 - Talking with your kids about alcohol (doc | pdf)

November

  • November 1 - How to help your bones stay healthy (doc | pdf)
  • November 8 - Living with osteoarthritis (doc | pdf)
  • November 15 - Creating awareness around addiction (doc | pdf)
  • November 22 - Ivermectin & COVID-19 (doc | pdf)
  • November 29 - Male fertility & the COVID-19 vaccine (doc | pdf)

October

  • October 4 - There is no health without mental health (doc | pdf)
  • October 11 - COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy (doc | pdf)
  • October 18 - Symptoms or not, get protected, get tested for syphilis (doc | pdf)
  • October 25 - Taking smart risks (doc | pdf)

September

  • September 6  – Newborn Screening Awareness (doc | pdf)
  • September 13 – What to Know about Ovarian Cancer (doc | pdf)
  • September 20 – Coping with Stress (doc | pdf)
  • September 27 – Rural and remote communities benefit from Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic (doc | pdf)

August

  • August 2 – Stay Safe in the Heat this Summer (doc | pdf)
  • August 9 – What is Blue-Green Algae and why Does it Matter? (doc | pdf)
  • August 16 – Choose the Right Backpack (doc | pdf)
  • August 23 – Healthy Workday Lunches (doc | pdf)
  • August 30 – Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast (doc | pdf)

July

  • July 5 – Stay safe in the sun this summer (doc | pdf)
  • July 12 – How to stay safe on the water this summer (doc | pdf)
  • July 19 – The mental health benefits of spending time outdoors (doc | pdf)
  • July 26 – What you need to know about edible cannabis (doc | pdf)

June

  • June 7 - Get active this summer (doc | pdf)
  • June 9 - Why get vaccinated (doc | pdf)
  • June 14 - Returning to work or school (doc | pdf)
  • June 21 - Are you facing bullying or stigma after Covid-19? (doc | pdf)
  • June 28 - Help is available for Albertans with long Covid (doc | pdf)

May

  • May 3 - Your mental health matters (doc | pdf)
  • May 10 - Learning more about pulmonary hypertension (doc | pdf)
  • May 17 - How to build resilience (doc | pdf)
  • May 24 -Breast density and screening mammograms (doc | pdf)
  • May 31 - Postpartum mental health (doc | pdf)

April

  • April 5 - Help for a common skin disease (doc | pdf)
  • April 12 -Tips to ensure a stress-free lab services appointment (doc | pdf)
  • April 19 - Update your immunizations (doc | pdf)
  • April 26 -Taking care of your teeth (doc | pdf)

March

  • March 1 - Improving your sleep (doc | pdf)
  • March 8 - Learn the symptoms for glaucoma (doc | pdf)
  • March 15 - Take care of your brain (doc | pdf)
  • March 22 - Keep on top of your child’s immunization schedule (doc | pdf)
  • March 29 - Stay safe on the ice this spring (doc | pdf)

February

  • February 1 - Moving past an eating disorder (doc | pdf)
  • February 8 - Moving toward a heart-healthy life (doc | pdf)
  • February 15 - Get outside – safely – this winter (doc | pdf)
  • February 22 - Explore the Mediterranean Diet for healthy living (doc | pdf)

January

  • January 4 - Recovering from Covid-19 (doc | pdf)
  • January 11 - Cervical cancer screening (doc | pdf)
  • January 18 - Using cannabis safely (doc | pdf)
  • January 25 - Relief for back pain (doc | pdf)
 

2020

December

  • December 7 - What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? (doc | pdf)
  • December 14 - Stay safe on ice this winter (doc | pdf)
  • December 21 - Help managing anxiety after loss (doc | pdf)
  • December 28 - Know your limits when it comes to alcohol (doc | pdf)

November

  • November 2 – Coping with Covid-19 (doc | pdf)
  • November 9 – Take steps to help prevent falls (doc | pdf)
  • November 16 – Seek help for the Baby Blues (doc | pdf)
  • November 23 – What is resilience? (doc | pdf)
  • November 30 – Mental Health in the workplace (doc | pdf)

October

  • October 5 - October is breast cancer awareness month (doc | pdf)
  • October 12 – What is autism spectrum disorder? (doc | pdf)
  • October 19 – Healthy tips for raising children (doc | pdf)
  • October 26 – Tips for treating psoriasis (doc | pdf)

September

  • September 1 – Talking with your children about COVID-19 (doc | pdf)
  • September 7 – The warning signs of suicide (doc | pdf)
  • September 14 – What is osteoarthritis (doc | pdf)
  • September 21 – Learn more about acne (doc | pdf)
  • September 28 – What is prostate cancer (doc | pdf)

August

  • August 10 – How to buy or make a mask (doc | pdf)
  • August 17 – Backyard safety for children (doc | pdf)
  • August 24 – How to care for someone with COVID-19 at home (doc | pdf)
  • August 31 – Physical activity improves health at any age (doc | pdf)

July

  • July 6 - Finding a new normal (doc | pdf)
  • July 13 - Cancer and fatigue (doc | pdf)
  • July 20 – Do you get heartburn (doc | pdf)
  • July 27 – The importance of reading to your child (doc | pdf)

March

  • March 2 – Diagnosis, treatment of a common eye disease (doc | pdf)
  • March 9 – Easy ways to eat more fruit and vegetables (doc | pdf)
  • March 16 – Being grateful promotes happiness, a positive outlook (doc | pdf)
  • March 23 – Share kindness to boost your happiness (doc | pdf)

February

  • February 3 – Start a smoke-free and vape-free life (doc | pdf)
  • February 10 – Eat healthy for your heart (doc | pdf)
  • February 17 – How to recognize and deal with anxiety (doc | pdf)
  • February 24 – Cannabis edibles aren’t risk free (doc | pdf)

January

  • January 6 – Making positive steps toward your health goals (doc | pdf)
  • January 13 – Swallowing button batteries is dangerous (doc | pdf)
  • January 20 – Advance care planning helps you document your healthcare wishes (doc | pdf)
  • January 27 – Supporting a friend with mental health issues (doc | pdf)

2019

December

  • December 2 – How to stay involved in your child’s education (doc | pdf)
  • December 9 – Coping with grief during the holiday season (doc | pdf)
  • December 16 – Spread joy, not germs: stay healthy this holiday season (doc | pdf)
  • December 23 – Tips to stay stress-free during the holiday season (doc | pdf)
  • December 30 – Know your limits this holiday season (doc | pdf)

November

  • November 4 – Soothe a crying baby (doc | pdf)
  • November 11 – November is fall prevention month (doc | pdf)
  • November 18 – Healthy Holiday Eating (doc | pdf)
  • November 25 – Helping your child deal with aggression (doc | pdf)

October

  • October 1 – National Seniors Day (doc | pdf)
  • October 7 – Fire Prevention Week (doc | pdf)
  • October 14 – Breast Cancer Screening (doc | pdf)
  • October 21 – Keep your kids safe at Halloween (doc | pdf)
  • October 28 – Healthy Drinks during the Holiday Season (doc | pdf)

September

  • September 3 – Alzheimer’s awareness month (doc | pdf)
  • September 9 – September is prostate cancer awareness month (doc | pdf)
  • September 16 – Healthy ideas for back-to-school snacks (doc | pdf)
  • September 23 – Look for ways to lower your stress (doc | pdf)
  • September 30 – Tips on avoiding peanuts and tree nuts (doc | pdf)

August

  • August 6 – Enjoy a meatless meal (doc | pdf)
  • August 12 – Healthy celebrations for young children (doc | pdf)
  • August 19 – Healthy ideas for back-to-school snacks (doc | pdf)
  • August 26 – Try trendy, healthy food in a bowl (doc | pdf)

July

  • July 2 – Online continuing care directory now live! (doc | pdf)
  • July 8 – Immunization protects against illness (doc | pdf)
  • July 15 – Preventing hepatitis B (doc | pdf)
  • July 22 – Eating healthy during barbecue season (doc | pdf)
  • July 29 – Are you vaping, or do you know someone that is? (doc | pdf)