Alberta Healthy Living Program – Classes & Education

***Some group classes are now held in person, please contact the AHLP in your area or visit their website for more information.**

The Alberta Healthy Living Program provides services to those living with chronic conditions in communities throughout Alberta.

The Alberta Healthy Living Program (AHLP) services that are provided vary slightly from Zone to Zone. Some of the below services may be available via on-line or telehealth at some locations. Services may include information, education, techniques, and support to help improve your health and quality of life with a chronic condition.

Better Choices Better Health®
(2.5 hour for 6 weeks)
Through problem solving and goal setting, participants will increase their confidence and learn new skills to better manage their health and enjoy improved quality of life. It is a peer led program that offers strategies to handle pain, fatigue, and stress as well as discovering better nutrition and exercise choices. Other topics include medication management, dealing with difficult emotions, communicating with health care teams and getting the support needed.

Better Choices Better Health® Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop
(2.5 hours for 6 weeks)
Learn to better manage daily pain challenges. Includes information about nutrition, communication, exercise, how to manage chronic pain symptoms, medication management, balancing activity and rest, and finding resources.

Manage Emotional Eating
In these participants will learn more about emotional eating and what they can do to manage emotional eating. This small group session will use class discussion and materials to closely examine what influences food choices and eating behaviours. Participants will build skills and learn about tools to help you with your emotional eating, and reflect on their own emotional eating.

Energy Management 
In these classes, participants will learn strategies to manage their energy/fatigue to complete what they want and need to do within the limits of their conditions. This class is for information sharing, discussion, and support for group members who are having difficulty completing daily activities due to a lack of energy.

Weight Management – Getting Started
(Pre-requisite for the Weight Management series) 
This group visit is an introductory session that will help you to look at your weight and how it may affect your health. We will show you tools you can use to start making small changes in your life. We will talk about ways to measure your success beyond a scale. After this session, if you feel you are ready, you can sign up for a 10 week weight management series.

Weight Management Series
(Pre-requisite is Weight Management – Getting Started) 
This program is offered as a series of group visits. In these visits we will give you tools for managing your health and weight for the rest of your life. You can use these tools to stat making small changes in your eating, activity, sleep, time, and stress patterns.

Healthy Eating to Reduce your Risk 
This session will focus on healthy eating to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, including how to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol. Participants will learn how fats, sodium, fiber as well as choosing healthy food reduce risk and protect the heart. Participants will learn how to read food labels and make healthy choices at the grocery store. Participants will leave this session with the tools to improve food choices, protect their health and enjoy healthy eating.

Heart CHEC 
This interactive Cardiac Health Education Class (CHEC) is for participants who have experienced recent problems and treatment for heart disease. This class is intended to answer questions surrounding the treatment and managing of heart disease including the cardiac rehabilitation process, identifying cardiac warning signs and symptoms, medication and blood pressure management.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes 
Participants choose the topic for discussion during this interactive group learning session. These tips and tools will help individuals develop the confidence they need to live well with diabetes. Some topics covered are medications, blood sugar testing, management of high and low blood sugars, caring for your feet, nutrition, and travelling with diabetes.

Managing Stress for Better Health and Wellness
In these classes, participants will learn how stress is normal and important, how stress and health are linked, why it is important to manage stress in healthy ways, the importance of motivation, and strategies to control or turn down your stress response.

Moving You Towards Healthier Sleep 
This group highlights the importance of sleep and how it impacts our health and life. It focuses on lifestyle changes that a participant can make in order to improve quality and quantity of sleep despite the negative influences of modern life. In this class participants will reflect on their current sleep status and identify challenges to their sleep. They will then gain better understanding of sleep, and learn and create a tool box of realistic strategies they’re trying and further discuss individuals’ concerns with their sleep.

Explaining Pain
Do you struggle with Chronic or Long Term Pain? This class provides education and knowledge that will assist you to overcome pain and return to life.
The class focuses on:
•How the nervous systems works and can impact pain.
•How your brain perceives things and how to change the perception of pain.
•Is it possible to change the nervous system?
•Introduce tools & realistic expectations to help manage pain
•Provide additional resources to manage pain.

Supervised Exercise
Learn how to self-monitor and stay safe while exercising. Improve your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility with our 12 week program.

Please contact the Alberta Healthy Living Program in your area to receive more information or to register for any of the programs offered.

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