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Free six-week series of virtual workshops on chronic pain starts this month

Free online workshops for those dealing with chronic pain.
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Albertans living with chronic disease(s) and chronic pain have an opportunity to join a free Alberta Health Services (AHS) workshop designed to help them take control of their health.

Better Choices, Better Health® is a six-week series of workshops designed to support Albertans living with ongoing health conditions, including long COVID, and diabetes. These workshops are one of many services provided by the Alberta Healthy Living Program, which supports chronic disease management programming throughout the province.

The Better Choices, Better Health® workshops are led by trained volunteer leaders, many of whom live with a chronic health condition. This approach ensures an understanding of the challenges participants face and provides a supportive and welcoming environment.

Because those living with chronic pain and ongoing health conditions are often faced with the same day-to-day challenges, Better Choices, Better Health® focuses on teaching tools and techniques common to all chronic conditions.

Participants will learn:

  • Techniques to manage their pain and other symptoms. 
  • Tips for healthy eating and becoming more active. 
  • Strategies for talking with the healthcare team.
  • Methods for dealing with difficult emotions.
  • Options for making everyday tasks easier.
  • Ways to take care of themselves to enjoy a better quality of life.

Read what a past participant says: https://albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15425.aspx

Virtual workshops start this month using the online platform Zoom ( www.zoom.us) .  Interested participants should have access to a device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) that connects to the Internet, and has both a camera and microphone. Call 825-404-7460 (press 3) to register as spots are limited. Workshops are scheduled to accommodate a range of participant availabilities.