Home front — December 17

Albertans trying to quit smoking can now access online resources through a new Alberta Health Services website. Tobacco use kills around 3,000 Albertans each year. The website, www.albertaquits.ca, features a live Ask an Expert forum, a tool to calculate your savings, electronic newsletters, a resource library and secure forms to share personal stories, experiences and successes with tobacco cessation or reduction.

Albertans trying to quit smoking can now access online resources through a new Alberta Health Services website. Tobacco use kills around 3,000 Albertans each year. The website, www.albertaquits.ca, features a live Ask an Expert forum, a tool to calculate your savings, electronic newsletters, a resource library and secure forms to share personal stories, experiences and successes with tobacco cessation or reduction. The website helps support the goals of the most recent provincial tobacco reduction strategy, which was released last month. There are additional resources available through AHS, such as support groups, a 24-hour telephone support line, individual counselling and free nicotine replacement therapy for inpatients at all AHS facilities. All Albertans seeking tobacco reduction or cessation support are encouraged to visit www.albertaquits.ca to register for the free services.


Families who want to get outside for some pre-Christmas fun will get the chance. The Waskasoo Environmental Education Society invites you to a Family Snow Day at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre on Saturday. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and features snowshoeing, a bonfire, crafts, activities and refreshments. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 per person or $10 per family. For more information, call 403-346-2010.


Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer is holding a gift wrapping event on Christmas Eve. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in exchange for donating blood, Darcy Stingel from Sunny 94 will wrap your presents for you. Canadian Blood Services in Red Deer is hoping to raise 960 units of blood this December. The event will be held at Canadian Blood Services at No. 5 5020 68th St. Call 1-888-236-6283 for more information or email Kaelyn Smith at kaelyn.smith@blood.ca.


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