April 2022 News & Updates
You are receiving this email newsletter because you have utilized Bow Valley PCN service(s) &/or have subscribed to our newsletter specifically. The monthly newsletter will keep you up to date with what is going on at the Bow Valley PCN
(and a few other healthcare-related tid-bits).

Starts Thursday, April 7
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

It's the perfect time to reset your health routine! Get on track with a 4-week lifestyle program for people who want to feel better in every way. 

Learn simple strategies to become more active, think more positively and improve their eating. A waiver needs to be completed before the start of the course.

Course dates: Thursdays, Apr 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Led by Zarifa Monson, PCN Registered Dietitian and
Shayla Roberts, PCN Active Living Consultant
Canmore Walking Together
Weekly Meet-up Group
Spring is here! If you are looking to get outside, be social and enjoy low-impact exercise join one of our Canmore Walking Together groups. This is an in-person outdoor weekly activity.

Registration is required.

Starts Tuesday, April 5 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Starts Thursday, April 7 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Doctor Shortage in the Bow Valley
Recently we have seen a crunch on our physicians in the Bow Valley. With some doctors leaving the community we are now in the unique position of having no physicians accepting new patients. This creates a challenge for all of us as we try to keep our community and ourselves in optimal health.

At the Bow Valley PCN, with the support of our physician members, we are doing what we can to hasten recruitment of healthcare professionals. In the meantime, we are very grateful for our excellent doctors currently living and working in the valley. Listen to Dr. Barrick on Mountain FM with Rob Murray to find out more.

For those who do not have a family doctor, walk-in appointments can be booked with a physician at Alpine Medical Clinic in Banff (please call ahead 403-762-3155) or Ridgeview Medical Clinic in Canmore (please call ahead 403-609-8333). Please note that these clinics are not accepting new patients but they do offer appointments for single-issue visits (e.g. urinary tract infections, injuries, STI’s).

For those who do have a family doctor read How to Make the Most of your Doctor Appointment.

And finally, if you know a doctor who would be interested in relocating and working in the Bow Valley please share our Physician Career Postings page.
Happy Earth Day 2022!
Keeping our planet healthy is one way we can keep ourselves healthy.

In honour of Earth Day 2022 we are sharing some small ways you can help the planet and challenge you to do one or all of them this month... read more

And don't forget to share your Earth Day activities with us on facebook.com/bowvalleypcn or instagram.com/bowvalleypcn with the tag #bowvalleyearthday2022
Order by: Monday, April 4, 2022 @ 9am
Pick-up: Monday, April 11, 2021

The Bow Valley Good Food Box (GFB) is a monthly assortment of fresh produce representing local, seasonal and organic when possible.

The content varies each month based on seasonal availability and pricing. Please note there are no choices/replacement items.

Join us on facebook for Good Food Box updates, recipes and more.

This program is accessible to all Bow Valley residents. Subsidized prices are available to low income individuals and individuals financially affected by COVID-19.
Current Information
The most current and accurate general information for Albertans
can be found at ahs.ca/covid19

Find out what the current isolation requirements are if you are experiencing COVID-19 core symptoms

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Book online with Alberta Health Services.
Feeding Your Baby & Mealtime Struggles Classes

Mealtime Struggles to Mealtime Success
A free online nutrition class for parents and caregivers of 1 to 5 year olds. Join Registered Dietitians to learn how to create a positive mealtime environment, introduce new foods and cope with mealtime struggles. Various dates.

Feeding Your Baby
Registered Dietitians will share information and answer your questions on starting solids and first foods, textures, finger foods and more! Various dates.

Child, Youth and Family Addictions and Mental Health FREE online programming for Parents and Caregivers

Visit www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca for resources and online programming for parents and caregivers to support mental wellness in children and youth.
Seniors' Centre Without Walls Phone-Based Programming

Open to older adults aged 55+ living anywhere in Alberta who find it difficult to leave their homes and are not tech-savvy. Programs are free of charge and accessible by phone via a toll-free number.

View the SCWW calendar of events. To register, call the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network at 780-395-2626.
Wellspring Calgary

Wellspring Calgary is a registered charity offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social and practical needs of people living with cancer – those diagnosed, caregivers and kids. If you or a loved one has cancer, Wellspring is here for you, visit wellspringcalgary.ca to find out more.
The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley

The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley offers a few group support programs, visit their facebook page to find out what is offered throughout the month or see below:

For more information, contact Bill at bill.harder@pcsbv.ca
Parkinson Association of Alberta Canmore Support Group

Everyone is welcome! This Support Group is open to individuals with Parkinson's Disease, spouses, care partners, family members and friends.

The group provides opportunities to learn up-to-date information on Parkinson’s, shares tips and resources, promotes connections to the Parkinson's community and provides support.

2nd Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 pm

If you’re interested in joining, please contact Emma or Jordan at
403-243-9901 for information and registration.
Bow Valley Stroke Support Group Meeting

This group is for those who have experienced a stroke and is an opportunity to join in a virtual monthly meeting in a safe supportive environment with other survivors who can identify with how all aspects of our lives have been affected from experiencing a stroke. This support group offers fellowship, encouragement and conversation.

NEXT Zoom meeting: Thursday, April 21 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Call or email for more info: 403-763-8418 or  beginning2c@gmail.com.

The Bow Valley Primary Care Network is now on Instagram!
Please follow us at instagram.com/bowvalleypcn!

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.