make changes, such as learning how to eat healthier
foods, quit tobacco or be more active.
“They looked at my diet and my lifestyle and it’s been
a great success,” says Ron McLane, 76. He’s been
working with a dietitian and pharmacist at the Foothills
PCN to manage his diabetes more effectively. “It’s a
healthy lifestyle—exercise and a healthy eating—and it’s
accountability. I’ve got more energy than I used to and
my blood sugar levels have come down.”
In PCNs, the family doctor is like a head coach—the
person who calls the team’s plays.
“We’re an interdisciplinary team working together
to help a patient,” says Krista VanEgmond, a health
management nurse with the Calgary Foothills PCN.
“We are very accessible to patients. We help
people build their motivation and ability to manage their
Health teams also connect patients to community
resources such as health classes and workshops,
• Craving Change, for emotional eating
• Ask a Dietitian, for managing weight, diabetes, heart
health and other problems
• Happiness Basics, for becoming happier
• Tobacco Cessation, for quitting tobacco.
Classes vary by PCN and by clinic.
Whatever your health, your PCN team is here to help
you reach your “A” game and enjoy better health.
Left, Ron McLane has been working with a nutritionist and pharmacist at the Foothills PCN to manage his diabetes more effectively.
Right, Krista VanEgmond, a health management nurse with the Calgary Foothills PCN, says her team is “very accessible to patients.”
It’s a healthy lifestyle––exercise and healthy eating—and it’s accountability.
I’ve got more energy than I used to and my sugar levels have come down