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Jordy Smith for Red Deer City Council

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Red Deer has been my home from birth. I grew up here – riding bikes through Morrisroe and Eastview, playing at Rotary Park, and learning to swim at the Michener Centre. I graduated from Lindsay Thurber High School, then spent the next two years helping at my church in Riverside Meadows. In a twist of fate, I moved to Texas for three years to study – where I fell in love with a Texan redhead named Chrissy. After graduation, I moved back to Red Deer to work at Impact Life Church. In May 2016, I married that Texan girl, and she moved up here to join me in Red Deer. Chrissy and I love this city – the beautiful parks, the sense of community, the local Mom-and-Pop shops and farmers market. But most of all, we love how friendly and kind Red Deerians are. It’s what makes this city a great place to live!

Our city has grown and developed in amazing ways over the decades. But more recently, I’ve seen crime and drug addiction increase. North Red Deer has noticeably fallen behind the rest of the city, and tax dollars are being used on projects that do little to grow the economy and help the citizens prosper. Homelessness is pervasive and on the rise, with no real solutions on the table. With the economy down, families are underemployed and struggling to make ends meet. I want to address these issues and more, with the goal of empowering Red Deer to succeed!

Check out my website and see what solutions I bring to the council table
https://www.jordysmithreddeer.com/issues

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain, September 16th

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
Red Deer Public Library Facebook Live

Come learn more about persistent (chronic) pain from our team at Red Deer PCN. You will learn about different types of pain, medication to manage ongoing pain, the effects and benefits of opioids, and the importance of non-medication strategies to help manage your pain.

Presented by Red Deer PCN’s Dr. Myburgh G.P, Jennifer Howe, Pharmacist & Jennifer Wallin, Psychologist.

Tune into Facebook Live at Red Deer Public Library Facebook page for this program.

This is one of a series of health-related programs co-sponsored by the Red Deer PCN and the Red Deer Library.
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Getting My Blood Glucose Back in the Normal Range Gave Me Tears of Joy

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Diabetes runs in my family; my mom has it and my grandma did too. Well before Christmas 2019, at a routine physical my doctor told me that I have diabetes. I tried to bring it down for the next 3 months, but I was not successful, in fact it got worse. At this time, the doctor referred me to the PCN Family Nurse. I started seeing her and we made plans for how I could get through the Christmas season. However, I did very poorly as I love sweets. Getting poor readings, feeling exhausted and worrying who would look after my daughter if something were to happen to me left me very lethargic and depressed.

The nurse was patient and very encouraging. She helped me to change my mindset. I decided to take up the challenge to improve my blood glucose. The nurse and I talked about the rice in my diet and portion sizes of rice. I am from an island nation and rice is our staple. I did some testing of my blood glucose after consuming some of my favorite foods and I notice that amount of rice I was consuming did increase my blood glucose significantly. I thought I could never have a meal without it being mostly rice but I have learned now that I can do this quite easily. Even though I have a puppy, I would only walk her for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Since my mindset change, I worked to build up my activity. I started with 5-minute stints and pushed myself forward until now I am at one-hour stints. I take the dog for nice long walks and we both enjoy it. People comment on how good I look and how much more energetic I am. I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. The nurse helped to give me the confidence to tackle diabetes. I had tears of joy when I learned my blood glucose is back to the normal range.

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

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