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Alberta Health Services

We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours!

With Thanksgiving upon us, Dr. Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services, offers some tips for a safe holiday.

“As a host for Thanksgiving, think about how many people are going to be part of your gathering. One of the most common ways COVID-19 is being transmitted is through contact with friends and family, so keeping that number small is really important.”

She says it’s also a good idea to set some ground rules for when people arrive.

“Make it clear that our desire to keep guests physically distant is for the sake of protecting them and for protecting the whole group that we love. If you do that from the start, it may ease awkwardness over the course of the dinner.”

McDougall notes that the highest risk and highest likelihood of COVID-19 transmission is when people are in close physical proximity. So she suggests seating members of your own household together and separate from members of other households.

As for serving dinner, McDougall says to make sure only one person puts food on people’s plates and brings the plated meal to the table. “Even in Alberta, there have been many instances where people sharing serving utensils has been a cause of a lot transmission of COVID.”
She adds that hygiene is particularly important.

“Always make sure you have hand sanitizer available as people arrive and to use over the course of the dinner. And single-use towels in your bathroom might be another option.”

However, a key thing is to monitor yourself for signs of illness.
“The best and most important thing for being a guest or a host is, if you’re not feeling well, to decline the invitation and stay home, self isolate, go online to and do the self-assessment, and find out whether you need a COVID test.

“Now, and in the weeks ahead, I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain physical distancing. And when you can’t maintain that distance, wear a mask. Hand hygiene is so important.

We’re all in this together and it’s up to all of us to keep each other safe. Happy Thanksgiving.”

World Health Organization (WHO)

It's World Heart Day!

People with cardiovascular disease are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Know the symptoms of heart attack & stroke. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical care immediately.

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is observed annually on September 10. This year, we find ourselves in particularly challenging times as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on individuals, families and communities around the world. Please know you are not alone. No matter what you're going through or what you're experiencing, we are here to help. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, reach out for help.

Call Health Link at 811 or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In case of emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. For more information, visit

Today (Aug 31) is International Overdose Awareness Day. This global annual event aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of overdose deaths in 2020, but there are resources and help available to prevent overdoses. Please check out the following links for more info. #IOAD2020 #OverdoseAware #EndOverdose

All Shoppers Drug Marts in Alberta to offer asymptomatic COVID testing

As of Sept 1, all Shoppers in AB will have asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. Call ahead to book. Note: all tests done here are the throat type. The Province of Alberta has announced plans to expand asymptomatic coronavirus testing at pharmacies throughout the province.

Gluten-Free Eating

Considering eating less gluten? Are you sensitive to gluten? Below is our blog about tips/general info on GF diets. GF diets exclude wheat, rye and barley generally. Many people are sensitive to or cannot eat gluten altogether. If you have a gluten sensitivity, eating gluten can make you feel uncomfortable and even damage your…

Nine tips for preparing children to return to school

Some great tips for children going back to school! Do not delay in setting the stage for success, advises Werklund School’s Cynthia Prasow

YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)

It's almost time for school to restart. Check out this video for info re: wearing a mask in schools.

With students headed back to school, now is a good time to learn how to wear a mask. All school staff and students in grades 4-12 must wear masks in shared areas where physical distancing isn’t possible such as on a bus or in hallways.

When activities inside the classroom involves close interactions between students or students and staff, masks should be used.

Here’s how to wear a mask:

+ Make sure your hands are clean – wash or sanitize before putting your mask on and after taking it off

+ When handling the mask, hold it by the ties or loops. Tighten the ties or loops to help reduce gaps

+ Keep nose, mouth and chin covered at all times; avoid touching your face under the mask

+ If you’re going to re-wear your mask after taking it off, make sure you keep it in a clean bag. This will help keep it from touching a contaminated surface. Indicate on the bag which side of the mask is the clean side.

+ Don’t wear a mask that is wet, torn or dirty.

+ Store cloth masks in a sealed bag or container, to be taken home for washing. Don’t reuse bags used to store dirty masks.

+ Wash re-usable masks in hot, soapy water. It can be machine-washed with other items using a hot cycle then dried thoroughly.

Exemptions will be made for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other needs. Two reusable masks will be provided by government for every student and staff. Additional single-use masks will be available at schools.

Some schools may have additional mask use practices beyond what is required by the province. Parents should contact their school for more information about mask use at their school.

Learn more:

Healthy Drinks for Summer

The weather has been sunny and hot lately, which means parks are packed with people. Remember to stay hydrated and follow COVID protocols. Below are some healthier drink alternatives to sugary drinks. :) Everyone loves a refreshing cold drink during on hot summer days, but many are packed with sugar and unhealthy ingredients. What are some alternatives to keep you hydrated and healthy? Below are some homdemade options…

Several pharmacies like The Medicine Shoppe now offer asymptomatic COVID-19 testing now!

Pictured above is Lauren, our well known wonderful pharmacist & licensee ready for day 1 of our asymptomatic COVID testing. ⁣
Call us today to book your same day appointment. ⁣📞⁣
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[08/14/20]   Local YYC events this weekend:

Paint in the Park at Confederation Park by MOSAIC Volunteers Association on Aug 16
Drive-In Calgary Flames Game 4 (Stampede grounds) on Aug 16
Studio Bell (FREE admission) from Aug 15 to Sept 6
Sunflowers at Calgary Farmyard from Aug 12 to 30
DIY Summer Camp at Pinnovate DIY Studio (Instagram: pinnovate)

Stay safe and enjoy the last few summer weeks! :)

- HealthQ

Alberta Health Services

With Alberta’s short summer season, some people are itching to get out and socialize on patios, at restaurants and at bars.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has not disappeared, so Dr. Grace Salvo, an Alberta Health Services Medical Officer of Health, has some tips for socializing.
“When you’re waiting in line, keep your mask on until you’re seated,” Salvo says. “Obviously, when you’re eating, you can’t have your mask on. So once they’ve seated you, take your bottle of hand sanitizer, clean your hands and remove your mask. Be sure to place it where it can’t get contaminated, such as in a clean plastic sandwich bag.”
Then, she says, enjoy. Eat and drink and get some ‘people time’ with those you love.
Once you’re done, it’s time to re-mask.
“Re-sanitize your hands and put your mask right back on.”

Going Back to School (COVID-19 edition)

New blog post: going back to school (COVID edition) #yyc How can students go back to school safely? Students in Alberta will be going back to in-person classes this fall, which has some parents worried. Here is some info based on the announcements made in…

[08/07/20]   Local YYC events this weekend:

YYCFoodTrucks Summer Sun Drive- Thru @ Grey Eagle Casino - Aug 8&9
Drive-in Movie's @ Wild Wild West Centre - Aug 7-8
Marda Loop Rooftop Pilates Club Pilates
Music in the Plaza Heritage Park
The Big Art Drive-In & Spark Science Summer Road Trips @ TELUS Spark - check dates online
BUMP Festival (Beltline Urban Murals Project) - month of Aug

#yyc #healthq #staysafe #weekend #supportlocal #calgaryevents

YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)

It’s within our control to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When out in public, stay 2 metres away from others when you can, and wear a mask when you can’t.

Stay informed with current information:

Healthier Alternatives to Everyday Foods

Looking for healthier alternatives to everyday foods? Check out our new blog post for ideas! :) Rice: try incorporating different types of rice instead of plain white rice. Brown rice and quinoa are great swaps. Vegetable oil: try replacing it with avocado oil (can be heated to high temperature), coconut oil…

[07/31/20]   Happy August long weekend! Here are some local events in YYC. Remember to stay safe and social distance :)

Heritage Day at Heritage Park (Aug 3)
Glenbow Museum (re-opening) (Aug 3)
Drive-in Movie at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino - FREE (Aug 2)

Reminder: Masks are mandatory in Calgary at indoor facilities Aug 1 onwards. If you haven't already, get into the habit of having a mask and hand sanitizer in your car/bag.

Going into the wilderness this long weekend? Check out AB Parks for advisories and be safe.

Happy Friday! Please check for advisories and trail reports before you head out this weekend.

There are a number of trail warnings and closures due to bear activity. While there are specific warnings and closures in place, bears can be encountered in bear country at any time:

✅ Make plenty of noise and travel in groups.
✅ Be aware of your surroundings. Look and listen for bears and their signs.
✅ Keep your pet on a leash.
✅ Carry bear spray where it's easily accessible and know how to use it.

Attending Summer Camps and Sports Clubs this Summer

New blog post! Considering enrolling your kids into a summer camp or joining a local sports league this summer? Here are some things to consider if you are planning to enroll. Bring all food and water. Most places…

YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)

It’s up to all of us to protect one another. All Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to keep 2 metres distance from others.

Follow these dos and don'ts when wearing a mask:
✔️ Wash or sanitize your hands before putting it on, before taking it off, and after taking it off
✔️ Tighten with ties or ear loops to reduce gaps
✔️ Keep nose, mouth and chin covered at all times
✔️ Remove if wet, torn or dirty and dispose in a lined garbage bin
✔️ Store cloth masks in a sealed bag until it can be washed in hot, soapy water
❌ Touch your face under the mask
❌ Touch the front of the mask – remove or adjust using the ties or ear loops
❌ Wear it under your nose or your chin
❌ Wear a wet, torn or dirty mask
❌ Wear the same mask for a long period of time – change when it becomes damp
❌ Share with another person

Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.

For more tips, visit

[07/27/20]   Masks are mandatory as of Aug 1 at indoor public spaces. Here are some local shops selling masks.

MEOW Foundation
Alberta Apparel
Moonstone Creation Native Gallery and Gift Shop (Indigenous owned)
ashabiwears (Black owned, kids options)
Whiteout Workshop (kids options)
Riyoko (kids options)
Kate Hewko (kids options)
Oke Apparel
Plainsbreaker Apparel

Etsy also has oodles of options!

[07/24/20]   Outdoor activities to do in YYC this weekend :)

Rotary [Drive-in] Movie Night @ McMahon Stadium - July 24-25

Great YYC Staycation (scavenger hunt) - Until Aug 24

Music in the Plaza (Heritage Park) - Until Aug 26 (tickets required)

*Note: masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces as of Aug 1. It's a good idea to bring them to any outdoor event in case social distancing is difficult. Don't forget hand sanitizer too. Next week, we will post a list of YYC makers that are selling masks! 😀

#yyc #staysafe #happyfriday #healthq #supportlocal #covid

YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)

Get more info about COVID-19 in your community. Our online status map shows case numbers and risk levels in each region and info about local health measures.

Sign up to be notified if there's a change to your region's COVID status.

Mental Health and Wellness During the Pandemic

Wondering about mental health and wellness during COVID-19? Check out our new blog for info and tips! #yyc #covid #health #wellness Maintaining your well-being and mental health is very important during tough times like now. The reality is that pandemics are stressful for everyone and we all experience it in different ways. Don’t forget we are…

TGIF! Check out the following events and markets this weekend in Calgary...

Marda Loop YYC MADE Outdoor Market (July 18) - Free
Black Owned Outdoor Market (July 18) - Free
Summer Market (Cardel Homes, 180 Quarry Park Blvd) (July 18-25) - Free
Block Party – ART ON THE BOULEVARD at Deerfoot City (July 15 to Sept 26)
Go golfing at one of YYC's courses

Stay safe and enjoy the weekend! :)

There has been an increase of cases in Calgary in recent weeks, especially amongst young people. Please stay vigilent and continue to follow COVID protocols! #staysafe #yyc #albertahealth

Going to Gyms During the Pandemic

Has your local gym reopened? Check out our new blog about going to the gym and staying safe during COVID-19.

#yyc #healthq #yychealth #covid #staysafe Have you gone back to your local gym/fitness centre? Gyms have reopened in some places with strict protocol measures in place. Below are some tips and ‘to knows’ about gyms. Restricted number of people at…

Happy Friday! It will be (finally) be sunny in Calgary this weekend. Here are some events happening around the city.

Friday, July 10:

Granery Road Food Bonaza: the market is turning into a midway w/ poutine, mini donuts, pickle on a stick, and other faves from the Stampede.

Saturday, July 11:

Stampede Mini Donut Drive-Thru
Stampede Food Truck Rally (various locations)
Inglewood BIA: Summer Programming (free, outdoors)
Outdoor Line Dancing (Visit Puddles of Mud Productions site for info)
Live Concerts at Inglewood Stage & Grill
*It will be 25+ degrees! Don't forget to wear sun protection and stay hydrated.

Sunday, July 12:

Bell fireworks spectacular (live on CTV Calgary too)
Stampede Food Truck Rally
Go hike off all those donuts!

#yyc #tgif #calgary #localevents #staysafe #stampede #friyay

Summer Activities During a Pandemic

New blog post! Now that it’s summer and people are getting outside more, it is still important to remain safe outdoors. Wondering how to do it? Here are some tips below and ideas for activities! Maintaining a safe…

July 6 is National Injury Prevention Day. Did you know that injury is the #1 cause of death of Canadians ages 1 to 34? Or that injury costs the Canadian economy $27 billion a year? Learn more about #ParachuteNIPD at
& spread the word about injury prevention. #TurnSafetyOn Several landmarks around Canada are lit up in green to support this!

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Tailored to the individual needs of you and your family, HealthQ offers a better platform for easy, personalized, and accessible health care management. HealthQ allows you to take charge of your health and not let another appointment, immunization, or medication dose slip by you again.

All the recommendations in this app are based on guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care, The Alberta Screening and Prevention Program, and Toward Optimized Practice. It is important to always discuss any recommendations outlined in this app with your primary health care provider.

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