Bell Let’s Talk Day

In 2010 Bell started a program in order to change the conversation about mental health in Canada. Now every 30th of January, Bell has pledged to increase their donations based on the activity of Canadians. Bell will donate 5 cents for every text, call, tweet, social media video view and Facebook frame or Snapchat filter sent on the 30th.  The Let’s Talk program is designed to create and promote an open discussion about mental health. The program achieves this by accentuating four key aspects: anti-stigma, care & access, research, and workplace health. In the past certain language and behaviours about…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the  international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental…

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Mammogram Bus

One in eight women in Alberta will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, and the chances increase with age. Due to this, if you are between 50 and 74 you should get mammograms regularly. In order to make this goal more achievable Alberta Health Service’s mobile mammography unit will be visiting the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital from January 24th-29th. To book an appointment at the mobile screening unit, or at either the full-sized clinics located in Edmonton and Calgary, visit screeningforlife.ca/book-a-screening/ or call Screen Test at 1-800-667-0604. This mobile screening service is meant to bring breast cancer screening tests directly into communities…

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Artificial Trans-Fats Ban

It is no secret that poor diet is directly linked to chronic heart disease. It is also widely known that cardiovascular disease is one of the most prevalent health concerns in Canada, and the federal government has decided to take action. Monday, September 17th was the last day that food which contains artificial trans-fat could be manufactured.  This change has come due to the rise in heart disease in Canada. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor explained that “Health Canada’s ban on partially hydrogenated oils in the food supply is part of the government of Canada’s action to help protect Canadians…

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The Opioid Crisis

In Alberta, opioid abuse is becoming an increasingly devastating problem. Statistics put out by the Alberta government show that this year’s fatal fentanyl overdose toll is already on pace to pass last year’s mark, and any year’s before it. This steady increase has resulted in Alberta Health Services to take steps to raise awareness, as well making opioid dependency treatment more available. AHS has started an ad campaign that includes posters in restaurants, post-secondary institutions, and in transit services. As well, ads on FM radio stations, music streaming services such as Spotify, and on various social media platforms. The aim…

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Keys to a Successful Flu Season

With the flu season right around the corner it is crucial to remember AHS’ four keys to a safe and healthy autumn: get immunized, cover your cough, clean your hands, and stay home when you’re sick. Getting immunized is the best way for an individual to protect themselves against the flu, it is also one of the best ways to protect loved ones through what is call “herd immunity,” which is a resistance to a contagious disease in a population, by most of the individuals being immune to it. Every flu season, anyone over the age of six months old…

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Harvest Ball Tickets Available Online!

Event Info: Harvest Ball 9th Annual Recognition Dinner, Saturday October 13th, 2018 Semi Formal Dress CashBar Tickets 75$ per person Location – Royal Canadian Legion #27 Normandy Room, 9964 – 93 Ave The 9th annual harvest ball recognition dinner is booked for 2018, back in the Royal Canadian Legion! Join us at 6:00 pm October 13th for an evening of food, dancing and an exciting show by Zandra Bell. Ticket sales are now open, see you at the event! Purchase Now

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Advances in Training Procedures at FSCH

Since 2017 the simulation lab at FSCH has been operational and responsible for the training of many of our healthcare professionals. Simulation labs like this are becoming more and more standard when it comes to medical training, being implemented not only in hospitals for practicing healthcare professionals, but in universities for students as well.  These labs use state-of-the-art equipment, which includes life-like mannequins that are capable of recreating nearly any situation that can arise, including high-risk situations such as “CPR, ACLS, malignant hypothermia, any situation that doesn’t happen very often,” as described by the manager of site operations at FSCH,…

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