Stoney Health Fair 2022

Stoney Health Fair 2022

Stoney Health Service’s Health Fair | Mark your Calendars! 

Stoney Health Services is excited to bring back our community health fair Wednesday, September 14 
10 am – 4 pm 
Bearspaw Youth Centre

After the pandemic, it’s time to remind the community of all existing health and wellness programs, with an emphasis on mental health and addictions education, resources and support. This year’s theme is resiliency.

List of Exhibitors

Stoney Health Fair Program, subject to change

  • 8 am: Venue Open for Exhibit Set-up
  • 9 am: Pipe Ceremony
  • 10 am: Grand Entrance
  • 10:30 am: Opening Ceremony
  • 10 am: Exhibit Hall Open
  • 10 am – 2 pm: Button Making with Marigold Library (child and youth activity)
  • 11 am: Keynote address, Dr. Terry Poucette
  • 12: 10 pm: Wellness Workshops (sign-up onsite)
  • 1:00 pm: Opioid Antagonist Therapy (OAT) and Family Support
  • 1:20 pm: Mental Wellness and Grounding
  • 1:40 pm: Entertainment
  • 2:00 pm: Wellness Workshops (sign-up onsite)
  • 2:30 pm: Mindfulness/Coping with Anxiety (presenter: Trish Tutton)
  • 3:30 pm: Closing Ceremonies
  • 4:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes
Stoney Health Services will close all locations and there will be no appointments available on September 14.

2nd COVID booster now recommended for adults 18+

Eligibility of COVID-19 vaccinations expands for 18+

Anyone 18 years or older is now eligible and is recommended to receive a 2nd booster (4th dose of a COVID vaccine).

Vaccine clinics continue to run Monday to Friday at the Stoney Health Centre, 10 am – 3:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. No appointment required.

Note: Stoney Health Services is waiting for directions on COVID vaccinations for children 6 mos – 4 years, following Health Canada’s recent approval. Stoney Health Services will update our information and vaccine eligibility as soon as we can.

Lab appointments required July 1, 2022

Lab appointments required starting July 1, 2022

As of July 1, 2022 any Stoney Health Service’s client who requires lab work must book an appointment with Stoney Health Service’s reception, either in-person or by calling 403-881-3920. This includes clients who require any lab work following a same-day visit with a physician or other healthcare professional at the Stoney Health Centre. Stoney Health will assist clients in the order of their appointment booking time. Drop-ins, without appointments, are no longer accepted.

Following an appointment, clients will be escorted back to the main reception area and directed to reception staff to schedule a lab appointment. Same day appointments may be available and will be encouraged.

That’s a Wrap: #30DayHealthChallenge

Jan 2022 Health Challenge

#30DayHealthChallenge inspires healthier choices

Day 1 started out with a shopping list and by day 20 participants were heading out for a brisk 20-minute walk.  Every day the #30DayHealthChallenge invited the community to incorporate a few ‘new’ health and wellness activities into their daily routine.

Community members were encouraged to submit their daily ‘healthy selfie’. The person with the most submissions won a great prize. While only four people made regular submissions, the eventual winner accounted for over half of all submissions.

Check out photo highlights below and some of the comments (at right)  from #30DayHealthChallenge participants on how these challenges made them feel.

Keep it alive. Keep a copy of the 30-day Health Challenge close by and continue to make healthier choices every day. Small behavioural changes can make a difference. And challenge yourself throughout the year to Mel Bigstony’s 10-Minute Workout on YouTube.

"Pretty energized honestly. Not as sluggish as I usually feel throughout the day"
“I feel really good about this week. The food is giving me energy and getting things prepared and ready feels like an accomplishment. Overall I'm really liking paying more attention to what I'm eating. I enjoy it better that way”
“I was even doing little dances while filling up my water!”

Keep the spirit alive. Bookmark Mel Bigstony's 10-Minute Workout video when you need a break.

January 2022 Health Challenge

Jan 2022 Health Challenge

Join the 2022 Health Challenge

Jan 2022 Health Challenge

Happy New Year!

To kick off 2022, the Stoney Health Service’s Nutrition team developed a 30-day Health Challenge. Try and check off as many healthy activities you can this month!

Download your copy of the 30-day Health Challenge

Community members are encouraged to take pictures of themselves performing the health challenges each day and then submit via text to 403-803-7601. The person with the most submissions will win a $40 food market voucher.

Free food vouchers for mamas and moms-to-be

Attn: Mamas and Moms-to-be

If you have a baby 7 months or younger, you are eligible for food vouchers from the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program to provide your family with healthy, nutritious options.

Drop by the Stoney Health Centre monthly and speak to a Well-Baby team to receive four (4) food vouchers – each worth $25 – to use towards the community market on Thursday.

Call 403-881-2725 for details.

AHS screen testing coming to Morley

AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic

AHS mammography screen: Bringing good breast health to you

AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic returns to Morley 

December 6 & 7, 2021

Stoney Health Centre

Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit.

Appointments are required. Call 1-800-667-0604 to book. 

Read on for who should be screened and why mammograms are important. Go to for more details.

Who should be screened?

  • Women 50 to 74: This group is most commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, and should plan to have a mammogram every 2 years until they turn 75. This group can self-refer.
  • Women 40 to 49: Screening is optional and they should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their health care provider. A referral is needed for their first mammogram in Alberta, which is available online here.
  • Women 75 and over: Can continue screening and should discuss the risks and benefits with their health care provider.
  • Screening mammograms are not recommended for women under age 40: Women in this age group should discuss their breast cancer risk and mammography options with their health care provider. 

Why are mammograms important? Screening mammograms are routine tests used to find early signs of cancer in women who have no breast problems or symptoms. They can find changes in the breast that are too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor. Early detection with mammograms is one of the reasons that most women (90%) are now surviving breast cancer. To learn more about Screen Test, visit our website or call us at 1-800-667-0604.

Well-Baby Drop-In Clinics

Weekly Well-Baby Drop-In Clinics

Join our Well-Baby team on Wednesdays. Chat with a nurse or our family support assistants about you or your baby’s specific needs, get diapers, wipes and other resources and have your baby weighed.

Open to Stoney families with infants to children 5 years of age. 

12:00 – 3:00 pm
Family Resource Centre, Wesley Lodge

Refreshments are available.

May is also Physiotherapy Month

May is also Physiotherapy Month

PHYSIOTHERAPY – What is it? How does it help?

Physiotherapists have specialized training in physical function, movement, and mobility. They are the movement experts of the health field and can help people manage pain, injury, or disability.

A pediatric physiotherapist works with kids under the age of 21 (even infants!) and is capable of helping in a variety of situations:

  • Physical development concerns in newborns (ex. flat head, tight neck, not rolling or crawling on time, walking on tip toes). 
  • Disabilities that can have an impact on physical function (ex. Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, brain injury).
  • Equipment fitting such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches. 
  • Anatomical disorders that cause pain and/or loss of function (ex. hip dysplasia, scoliosis).
  • General pain and injury (ex. ankle sprain, back pain).
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion and getting kids active!

Like all health professionals, physiotherapists care about you and your well-being and will work together with other members of your health team to ensure that you are getting the best care possible. A good physiotherapist will make sure that you and your family understand your condition so that you are able to better help yourself and keep moving for life! 

Our local physio from Renfrew Educational Services, Trevor, is here to help support kids and families of the Stoney Nakoda Nation. All treatments are free of charge, and you do not need a doctor referral to see a physio! You can message us on Facebook with any questions you might have, or you can call/text our team cell phone at (403) 701-4181.

May is Speech and Language Month

May is Speech Therapy Month

To mark Speech Therapy Month, we introduce some of the faces behind our partners in health, Renfrew Educational Services Stoney Team. 

Meet the team. Shabnam is the speech-language pathologist and Erika, the resident speech-language pathology assistant. Together, they support families and children in developing their speech and language skills. 

What is speech and language therapy? How does it work, you ask? Great questions! A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is someone who works with all things communication! SLPs support the development of speech, language, and communication skills. In striving to create the best environment for a child’s health and well-being, they recognize no two children and families are alike. Speech-language pathologists collaborate with families, using a play-based approach, to provide services that are inclusive and meaningful. As a pediatric speech team, they work with kids up to 21 years old and offer all services free of charge and no referral is necessary. In fact, walk-ins are welcome! 

Pediatric SLP’s can support areas such as: 

  • Speech Sounds – Producing sounds clearly to help your child be understood when they communicate their message.
  •  Language and grammar skills – Increasing vocabulary, putting words together and using language in a socially appropriate way.
  • Understanding language – Helping children understand and process language in their environment. Learn skills like understanding basic concepts and following simple/complex direction.
  • Literacy Skills – foundational skills to encourage fluent reading.
  • Fluency/ Stuttering- Provide strategies and coaching to manage stuttering and disfluencies.
  • Speech and language assessments to help identify a child’s unique skills and abilities.
  • Provide support using alternative communication (communication devices, visuals)
  • Provide hearing screenings
  • Assist with feeding and swallowing concerns.
  • Developing play and social communication skills. 

The Renfrew team is available to support kids and families of the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Visit the 2nd floor of the Bearspaw Youth Centre, message them on Facebook, main line (403)-881-2775, or call/text the team cellphone at (403) 701-4181.