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AHS Weekly Wellness News: Managing Chronic Health Conditions

 

Live well and feel better

Do you live with a health conditions that requires ongoing management? These are called chronic health conditions and include things like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and even some cancers.

Approximately 30 per cent of Albertans report having at least one chronic health condition and for those over 65 years of age, that number more than doubles to over 75 per cent. It’s projected that by 2031, one in five Albertans will be a senior which will increase the demand on our health care system to manage more chronic disease.

These stats highlight the importance of providing support and education around chronic disease management to Albertans across the province.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) along with community partners and family doctors offer a wide range of resources to help those living with chronic conditions live a long, happy and healthy life.

Through the Alberta Healthy Living Program, AHS offers:

  • disease specific and healthy lifestyle education classes
  • supervised exercise programs
  • self-management workshops, typically offered as the Better Choices, Better Health® program which teaches people with a wide range of health conditions to take control of their own health and feel better.

The majority of the Alberta Health Living Program classes and resources are available free of charge and has been customized to meet local needs including targeted programming for diverse and vulnerable populations.

To find out the classes and resources offered in your community and those available online to help manage chronic conditions visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/10356.asp. More information on chronic disease management is also available on www.myhealth.alberta.ca or by calling Health Link at 811.

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