January 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).

It's a new year... the best time for a fresh start of adopting healthy habits and taking care of YOU!
starts Mon., January 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A 4-week (one time per week) workshop guiding you through research-based strategies to enhance positive emotions.

Course dates are Jan 10, 17, 24 & 31. Held online via zoom. Participants need to complete a waiver before starting the course.

with Kiley Torti, PCN Active Living and Health Promotion Consultant and Kristin Jensen, PCN Nurse

starts Thurs., January 13 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A 4-week (one time per week) empowering lifestyle program for people who want to pursue healthy living and learn simple strategies to become more active, think more positively & improve their eating. 

Course dates are Jan 13, 20, 27 & Feb 3. Held online via zoom. Participants need to complete a waiver before starting the course.

with Zarifa Monson, PCN Registered Dietitian and
Shayla Roberts, PCN Active Living Consultant

Thurs., January 13 | 5:30 p.m. - 07:30 p.m.

Do you struggle with making your exercise goals stick? Kick off the new year with this motivational session to learn the science behind the joy of movement, why it can be hard to stay with it and effective strategies on how you can create a long-term habit to reap the benefits. This class will be held online via Zoom.

Kiley Torti, Active Living and Health Promotion Consultant
Walking Without Waste 2022
The Bow Valley Primary Care network invites you to join us for a week-long winter walking challenge this year!

Register for this year’s Walking Without Waste challenge and receive a daily photo scavenger hunt challenge to submit for a chance to win some great local prizes.

On Wednesday’s Winter Walk Day itself, have fun trying to track us down to receive a PCN prize. And whenever you’re out & about, we encourage you to pick up that energy bar wrapper your neighbour dropped to save a feathered or furry friend.

Reasons to REGISTER NOW!

  • Get outside and explore in your beautiful community
  • Help keep your neighbourhood clean of garbage
  • Visit safely with friends
  • Boost your mental health
  • Get FREE PCN gear - pedometers, toques, fanny packs & more!
  • Be entered to win excellent awards from local businesses including Valhalla Pure Outfitters!

Learn more & register below to join us for 5-days of fun challenges,
community clean-up and the chance to win
Mon., January 17 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Not sure if you're ready for the challenge?

Join Active Living Consultant, Kiley Torti on January 17th to learn about tools and techniques to navigate ice and snow, ideas for local trails, how to dress for the elements and tips for a proper warm-up and cool down. Held online via zoom. Registration is required.

Have you ever wanted to try Cross-Country Skiing?
Winter is here! Are you looking for a way to stay active this season and enjoy the mountain scenery? Nordic, or cross-country (XC) skiing is a fun and affordable activity that has great health benefits. What do all those Scandinavians know that we don’t?

Read our latest featured stories by PCN Active Living Consultant, Kiley Torti, to learn about the benefits and how to get started with Cross-Country skiing

And if you are already a skier, don't miss:

Tues., January 25 | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Calling all skiers! Whether you swoosh the slopes at the resort, cross-country on the nordic trails or head into the backcountry, this session is for you. Join Kiley to learn an effective flexibility and mobility program to help keep you in ski-shape all winter long. This is a practical session so dress in comfortable clothing and be ready to stretch. A detailed handout will be provided to all attendees.

Presented online via zoom, registration is required.
Order by: Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 9am
Pick-up: Monday, January 17, 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.
Province of Alberta Vaccination Rates
by the numbers (as of Dec. 28):

  • 7,736,808 doses administered
  • 89.4% of Albertans 12+ with at least 1 dose
  • 85.3% of Albertans 12+ fully vaccinated

The most current and accurate general information for Albertans can be found at ahs.ca/covid19

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children Aged 5 to 11
Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children ages five to 11. Read more about the COVID-19 Vaccine and children under 12. Contact your doctor if you have any further questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Book online with Alberta Health Services.

Bow Valley Pharmacies:
Over 1,300 Alberta-based pharmacies are providing COVID-19 immunization with either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. To find out where you can get vaccinated visit www.ab.bluecross.ca. Bow Valley pharmacies offering vaccines are listed on the PCN website.

Primary Care Clinics:
Alpine Medical Clinic is providing Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as supplies are available. Appointments must be booked in advance. Please check the clinic website for availability.

A COVID-19 infection can result in long lasting symptoms such as breathing difficulties or feeling short-of-breath, loss of smell and taste, brain fog and fatigue. These long lasting symptoms have been termed “long COVID-19” and can have an impact on your physical and mental well-being.

Recovery after COVID-19 can be challenging, but there are resources available to help manage your symptoms and get help when needed.

Mobile Mammography Screening is
coming to the Bow Valley!
Detecting Breast Cancer early can improve your treatment options that's why it's important for women aged 50 to 74 to book a screening every two years.

Mobile mammography screening is coming to the Bow Valley.
Call 1-800-667-0604 to book your appointment in Banff or Canmore.

Mobile Mammography Screen Testing in the Bow Valley in 2022
  • Banff: January 12-15, 2022
  • Canmore: January 17-20, 2022
Grief Support Walking Group

This no-cost, drop-in grief conversation group is open to all 18+ who are grieving. The group meets at the community mailboxes at Riverside Park (south of 8th on River Road) in Canmore.

The Grief Support Walking Group walks and chats for about 30 minutes and then stops for a guided conversation on the themes of loss and grief.

Every Wednesday: 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

For more information, contact Bill at [email protected]
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, connects with 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

Have you experienced a stroke? This is an opportunity to meet virtually with other stroke survivors: to find space for each of us to offer and receive inspiration, to share experience and support along the long journey of recovery. This meeting is one of fellowship, education, and sharing our rehabilitation action plans for encouragement.

NEXT Zoom meeting: Thursday, January 20 | 11 am - 12:30 pm.

Call 403-763-8418 or email [email protected] for more information.

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.