Heart classes to educate residents

Alberta Health Services and their Alberta Healthy Living programs are providing people with the knowledge and tools to wisely look after

Alberta Health Services and their Alberta Healthy Living programs are providing people with the knowledge and tools to wisely look after their hearts and bodies.

The Heart Wise program will be coming to Rimbey Feb. 13 and continue on every second Wednesday of every second month.

“These programs have been running for a while,” said Reneé Nuttall, client health educator with Alberta Healthy Living programs. “(They’re) very beneficial. They’ll learn about what is blood pressure and what is cholesterol.”

Those who attend the workshop will also learn what their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers should be, as well as risk factors.

The free, three hour presentation begins at 9 a.m. in the Rimbey Hospital conference room. Half will be conducted by Nuttall and the other half by a registered dietician.

“We also talk about healthy lifestyle choices and how people can manage their heart health,” said Nuttall.

The end of the workshop will include a goal-setting session.

Although each workshop will provide the same information Nuttall encourages people to attend more than one to learn and retain as much information as they can. “Every time they come back they’ll get another gold nugget of information.”

On Feb. 19 there will also be a Better Choices Better Lifestyle class at the FCSS conference room, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., which is part of a six week program.

Also on Feb. 19 in the Rimbey Hospital conference room, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., is Craving Change. “That’s more around why we eat the way we do,” said Nuttall.

Every second Wednesday of the month during every alternate month to Heart Wise is classes teaching the basics of diabetes: learning to care for and manage pre diabetics and type 2 diabetes. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Health Centre.