Workshops help participants maintain wellness

February 8, 2017

PORT ALBERNI—Island Health’s Community Health Services team is offering a series of wellness workshops in Port Alberni to support those who are managing chronic health conditions, senior/elder health concerns or caregiver stress.

There is no cost to participate.

“Maintaining health and wellness can seem like a full-time job, and sometimes that job feels overwhelming,” said Catherine Gislason, Community Health Services Nurse Leader. “These workshops support and empower our clients, and hopefully make their day-to-day experience a little easier.”

The workshops address mental and emotional wellness, staying well in winter and getting a good night’s sleep. There is also a regular walking group to help clients stay active and a grocery store tour to help participants develop healthy eating habits.

Workshops are offered at a variety of times and locations.

Some of the workshops are offered in collaboration with community partners, including Self-Management British Columbia, the Alberni Valley Hospice Society, the BC Lung Association (Central Island Smoking Intervention Clinic), the Canadian Cancer Society (Cancer, Thriving and Surviving), People in Pain, the Family Guidance Association, the UVic Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market Society and the City of Port Alberni Parks, Recreation and Heritage Department.

“With support from our partners, we have put together a range of sessions to help clients maintain and improve their wellness,” said Gislason. “The simple changes the workshops encourage can bring about great results.”

For more information about the various workshops, or for workshop dates and times, call (250) 731-1310.

Central/North Island media inquiries
Adrienne Breen
Communications & Engagement Officer