What Matters to You? Day

Health Tips presented by Tellier Guardian Pharmacy: June 1, 2017

What Matters To You? 

It’s a simple question that can have a huge impact. That’s why Alberta Health Services is joining the What Matters to You? Day campaign on June 6th.

Patients and families are part of the care team, and having a conversation about what matters most when it comes to care is essential to determine what the patient’s healthcare journey should look like.

This day encourages meaningful conversations between patients, families and their healthcare providers. It’s part of an international movement to keep the patient and family voice at the centre of care.  You can help to improve the care delivered to Albertans.

If you are a patient or have a loved one in care, AHS wants to hear what matters most to you when it comes to care.

If you are a healthcare provider, ask your patients and clients the simple question, “What matters to you?” and share what you heard.

There are many ways to participate:

  • Join the link below on June 6th on a live blog and share what matters to you with AHS clinicians, staff, partners, patients and other health leaders. They want to hear from patients and families.
  • If you are a health provider, you can simply ask your patients and their families what matters to them. Join the movement on June 6th!
  • On social media: Share what matters to you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #WMTY17.


Learn About Teen Health 

Acne. Bullying. Depression. Being a teenager can be tough. Whether you’re a teen or a parent, it’s smart to learn all you can about teen health issues.  Check out the link below to find how-to tips in topics such as:

  • Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
  • Quitting Smoking.
  • Headaches: Managing Headaches.
  • Acne: Should I See My Doctor?

Parents can find information about common concerns in topics such as:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years.
  • Talking With Your Child About Sex.
  • Substance Use Problems: How to Help Your Teen.


Mental Health is another crucial topic to address with your teen.  For inquiries, please contact:  Bonnyville Mental Health Services.  New Park Place Located in the Bonnyville Remax Building (New Park Place) 5201 44 Street.  Contact number 780-826-2404.

Staying Hydrated 

With the hot days upon us, how can you tell if you are drinking enough water?

The easiest way to know if you’re drinking enough fluid is to look at the colour of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow. A darker yellow means you aren’t drinking enough water.  People who drink enough water also usually have soft bowel movements. Hard bowel movements or constipation can be signs that you aren’t getting enough water.

If you have any health problems, always talk to your doctor before increasing the amount of water you drink. You may need to limit your fluids if you have certain health concerns, such as kidney problems or heart failure.

It can be dangerous to drink too much water. But it’s rare that anyone drinks too much water. The risk is highest for people who do endurance sports, such as running marathons.  Too much water is dangerous because it would dilute the amount of sodium in your body. This imbalance could cause serious problems, such as confusion, seizures, and coma.

Experts advise athletes who do intense activity to drink a sports drink that contains sodium, other electrolytes, and some sugar. Most people don’t need sports drinks if they are exercising for less than an hour in moderate temperatures. Plain water is fine.

What are some easy ways to get more water during the day?

  • Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning, before you have coffee or tea.
  • Keep a cup or water bottle by your desk at work. Take several sips of water each hour. If you don’t have a desk job, carry a container of water with you, and take sips throughout the day.
  • Take a sip whenever you pass a drinking fountain.
  • If you get tired of drinking plain water, add a packet of sugarless flavouring to your water. Or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain or sparkling water.


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