AHS Wellness News: Better Choices, Better Health now available online


Free workshop for Albertans managing chronic conditions 

Do you live with a chronic health condition like diabetes, obesity, arthritis or chronic pain? Do you want to feel better and take control of your own health?

Making that happen is now just a mouse click away with the launch of the Better Choices, Better Health®-Online program. This free electronic workshop is helping remove barriers and improve access to important tools and support for those living with chronic disease.

In-person Better Choices, Better Health® workshops have been available throughout Alberta since 2011 and were offered in more than 100 communities last year. The online version of this program will help improve access to all Albertans, including those in rural and remote areas of the province, those with medical conditions that prevent them from getting out and people who can’t access transportation. The online workshop is also a good fit for those individuals who may be working and unable to find an in-person workshop to meet their schedule.

Better Choices, Better Health®-Online workshops are easy to follow and participants can join from any computer with an internet connection. With up to 25 people in each workshop group, interactive sessions are posted each week for six weeks.

Once signed up, individuals login at their convenience two or three times a week for a total of about two hours a week. All participants can remain anonymous and the workshop takes place on a dedicated, secure website.

Led by trained volunteers, many with health conditions themselves, Better Choices, Better Health®-Online helps participants set goals and make a step-by-step action plan towards feeling better.

Based on Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, the

Better Choices, Better Health®-Online workshop covers:

·         Practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue, and stress

·         Better nutrition and exercise choices

·         Ways to make informed treatment decisions

·         Better ways to talk with doctors and family about your health

·         Getting the support you need

To register for a Better Choices, Better Health®-Online workshop,

visit: https://betterchoicesbetterhealth.ca/online/

For information on both the online and in-person workshops visit: www.albertahealthservices.ca/bcbh.asp or call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465.

(Alberta Health Services)