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I am now focused on what is most important to me!

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Earlier this year, I had swelling in my legs and feet and was feeling very tired. Even though many services were limited due to Covid- my doctor saw me very soon after I called. He did a bunch of tests and then phoned me to say I have diabetes and high blood pressure. He prescribed 3 months of medications for each of these conditions and highly suggested I make some lifestyle changes. To help with these changes I was connected to a PCN Family Nurse by phone. She provides support, guidance and a whole lot of information. She is a very good listener and that encourages me to share my thoughts and plans.  We have monthly calls and it is a very big help to me.

I was in shock to get a diagnosis of diabetes. I now realize that my lifestyle was poor- not much activity, overweight and horrible eating habits. The shock of hearing Diabetes got me moving in the right direction.

I have made many diet changes, including eating 3 regular meals with smaller portions and healthy choices.  No more junk food for me. I thought that I didn’t like many of the healthy foods, but I have found out that I really enjoy them. I am now looking forward to me daily exercise. This is not a hardship; I feel so much better and enjoy the good food and regular activity. My weight is coming off, and my blood glucose is well into the normal range. Many people have commented that I look slimmer and healthier, an inspiration to hear. I want to be in a much better state of health the next time I see the doctor, 3 months from my last visit. I am hoping to get back to medication free at that time. My underlying drive to be healthier is that I want to live a lot longer and have many more years to enjoy my children. I feel that I am now focused on what is most important to me.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

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Ann’s story: having someone to talk to and guide me to be healthier really helped!

Red Deer Primary Care Network (RDPCN) is a partnership between Family Doctors and Alberta Health Services. Health professionals such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and pharmacists work in clinics alongside family doctors. In addition, programs and groups are offered at the RDPCN central location. This improves access to care, health promotion, chronic disease management and coordination of care. RDPCN is proud of the patient care offered, the effective programs it has designed and the work it does with partners in health care and the community. www.reddeerpcn.com

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The CACAC Breaks Ground on the Centre of Excellence

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Tuesday, June 21 marked a significant milestone for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre in the construction of the innovative Centre of Excellence.

With the building officially underway, CACAC and its dedicated partners can continue their efforts in creating a safer, healthier future for the children of Central Alberta. The new build is underway as of today, with construction beginning immediately. The projected 66,566 sq. ft. structure will be the new home of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Alberta Health Services: Red Deer Child and Youth Addiction and Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, and the Step Up Step Down youth live-in addiction and mental health program.

“Alberta Health Services is grateful for the CACAC project. This collaboration will offer many services under one roof for youth experiencing trauma, substance use disorder and mental health concerns. Front line teams can consult seamlessly and develop relationships that simply would not exist outside the shared space of the CACAC. The ability to offer multidisciplinary care will support positive outcomes for youth and families and a shared vision for the community,” says Amy Klimosko, Director, AHS Red Deer Child, Youth, & Family Addiction & Mental Health.

The Centre of Excellence, a one-of-a-kind building in Canada, is an industry leading, evidence-based model strategically located on the Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) Campus – built to strengthen integration for all partners involved. This is a proven model to reduce long-term impacts of abuse on children, youth and families, cut back on systemic costs of child abuse and, ultimately, save more lives. Thanks to the partnership with RDP, the location creates not only a safe place for children and families in Central Alberta to seek and receive support, but a place of innovation and research – to not only aid in the intervention of child abuse and mental health, but for prevention of these societal issues. Education is a key factor in the role of child abuse prevention, and the RDP partnership is a main component to building this foundation.

“On behalf of everyone at Red Deer Polytechnic, I am pleased to welcome the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre to our beautiful campus overlooking the forest reserve and next to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre,” says Jim Brinkhurst, Interim President. “We look forward to this collaboration that will serve Central Albertans and present tremendous learning and applied research opportunities for students and staff for years to come.”

The building, constructed by Eagle Builders, is projected to be completed by Summer 2023. The 3-story, contemporary design, will be built with intentional common and shared spaces to cultivate collaboration between allied partners, and create an environment that children, youths and families feel comfortable and safe in.

“Today has been a shared vision since day one by our coalition, and I am beyond grateful that, because of our community, we are able to stand here and break-ground on this critical building. We look forward to sharing space with our integrated partners who share the same purpose: helping our children and our families. Thank you to all who have helped us pave our path towards our new home.”  – Mark Jones, CACAC CEO

The CACAC looks forward to updating the community on the progress of the build and sharing more details on the Partners involvement and impact their commitment and programs will have on our community.

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Hundreds “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in Sylvan Lake

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Over $7000 raised for the programs and services offered to clients at The Outreach Centre

On June 2, students, staff and community members of all ages walked in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Sylvan Lake. Presented by the HJ Cody Interact Club, the fifth annual event raised funds for The Outreach Centre and brought attention and awareness to gender-based and domestic violence issues in the community.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events emphasize the necessity of speaking up and taking steps to end gender-based and domestic violence,” says Ian Wheeliker, Executive Director at The Outreach Centre. “These events start difficult yet necessary conversations about gender relations and violence against both women and men.”

Starting at H.J. Cody Highschool, participants walked one mile, some in a pair of high heeled shoes.

There was also a community-sponsored BBQ lunch, and a presentation with speakers and prizes. Author and town councillor Teresa Rilling told her own powerful story of overcoming emotional and sexual abuse, encouraging anyone who is suffering to reach out for help and support.

With about 600 people walking and over $7000 raised, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sylvan Lake was once again a huge success.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the H.J. Cody Interact Club and the entire school community,” says Wheeliker. “These students are truly making a difference and they should feel proud knowing that their efforts will go towards improving the lives of the clients we serve at The Outreach Centre.”

To stay up to date with The Outreach Centre, visit theoutreachcentre.org or go to our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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