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Tough Mudder Alberta gets  makeover for weekend event

Tough Mudder Alberta gets makeover for weekend event

The stage is set and the countdown is on for Tough Mudder Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Badlands.

This is the second year for the popular in...

Encana Science Camp experiences “excellent” season

Encana Science Camp experiences “excellent” season

    The opportunity to sleep where the dinosaurs use to roam is the “experience of a lifetime.”
    Each s...

Air Quality Advisory lifted for Central Zone of Alberta Health Services

Air Quality Advisory lifted for Central Zone of Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has lifted the air quality advisory August 24, 2015, for the Central Zone of AHS.

Air monitoring has shown that the ...

Google camera aimed at Horseshoe Canyon

Google camera aimed at Horseshoe Canyon

    Horseshoe Canyon is one of the most photographed places in Alberta, and now a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canad...

Motorcyclist taken to hospital following crash

Motorcyclist taken to hospital following crash


Drumheller RCMP, The Drumheller Fire Department and AHS Ambulance responded to a single motorcycle accident shortly after 4 p.m., Saturday. A group of...

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September 2 - Sepember 8 > Call 403-823-2580 to…

Sep 01, 2015
LOST AND FOUND LOST... Taken from the Drumheller Mail parking lot, a yellow wheeler. easily identifiable, so if you have found or purchased this wheeler ( or know if its whereabouts), call Ossie at 403-823-2580. LOST... White and gold coloured hoop earrings in Drumheller, August 23, call or text 403-548-1320. SERVICES FIREWOODDAVIS’S FIREWOOD...… Read More
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St Anthony’s staff prepare for new school year

Aug 28, 2015
It’s that time of year again. It’s time to pack school lunches and send the children back for another year of learning. St. Anthony’s school will begin classes on Monday August 31 and Principal JoAnne Akerboom expects a similar student population of about 420. The school will welcome two new teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Sarah Boyne,… Read More
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Calgary Stampede Gid'up

Jul 16, 2015
It doesn't take more than a few clicks through the official Calgary Stampede Photo Archives to see that there have been a few changes to Stampede fashion in the last 103 years. In fact, during the first decade of the event, the only people who wore 'old west' attire, were the cowboys who actaully competed in the rodeo, while the attendees simply… Read More
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New Obesity Medication - Liraglutide On The SCALE

Jul 05, 2015
Liraglutide, a medication that we currently use to treat type 2 diabetes, will soon become available in Canada as a treatment for obesity. Hot off the presses, the biggest clinical trial to study liraglutide as an obesity treatment has just been published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.This SCALE obesity trial enrolled just... Read More
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Preventing Childhood Obesity - Jamie Oliver on…

Jun 26, 2015
In a world where not only adult obesity, but also childhood obesity, is a common and serious health concern, strategies are urgently needed to help to combat this epidemic.Jamie Oliver, chef and advocate against childhood obesity, has provided a riveting TED talk about childhood obesity that is well worth watching. A few points that... Read More
Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All Year!
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Keeping Kids Active This Father's Day - And All…

Jun 20, 2015
In the fight against childhood obesity, it's important to promote an active lifestyle for kids. Studies show that family based interventions work best to prevent and treat childhood obesity. Recently, I participated in a fantastic family-oriented triathlon weekend, where kids raced one day and adults the next. What a great way to... Read More

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SCOTT, CHAD ROBERT

Sep 01, 2015
SCOTT, Chad Robert February 8, 1979 - August 24, 2015 Chad Robert Scott born February 8, 1979 to Bob and Janie Scott in Calgary, Alberta passed away suddenly on August 24, 2015. Chad grew up on the family farm near Michichi, Alberta and attended the Delia school until his graduation in 1997. Growing up Chad enjoyed hockey, volleyball and almost… Read More
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BROWNSCOMBE, ELEANOR ALBERTA

Aug 26, 2015
BROWNSCOMBE, Eleanor Alberta December 13, 1920 - August 20, 2015 Eleanor was born in Swalwell, Alberta on December 13, 1920 and passed away on August 20, 2015 at Strathmore, Alberta at the age of 94 years. She is survived by her children, Rose Mary (Curtis) Wells of Rockyford, AB., Linda (Ralph) Jones of Kimberly, B.C., Ross Brownscombe of… Read More
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ENGEN, CLARENCE

Aug 26, 2015
ENGEN, Clarence (Gus) April 25, 1938 - August 23, 2015 Clarence passed away peacefully with his family by his side August 23, 2015 in Red Deer General Hospital. Clarence was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, and we are lucky to have so many fond memories, and comforted to know that he will be remembered by so many. Clarence was… Read More
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CONNOR, ANDREW DAVID

Aug 26, 2015
CONNOR, Andrew “Andy” David September 13, 1946 - August 17, 2015 In Loving Memory of Andrew “Andy” David Connor. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Andy Connor from Big Valley, AB, at the age of 68 years, on August 17, 2015 at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton. Born on September 13, 1946, in Stettler, AB, Andy is… Read More
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CLEVELAND, WILLIAM ROBIE

Aug 19, 2015
CLEVELAND, William Robie August 7, 2015 Mr. William Robie Cleveland passed away August 7, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. in Red Deer. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, Lisa, Robie, Wendell, and Robie’s kin family. Our thoughts and wishes go out to the families and friends. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes were in care of the arrangements. Read More
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MUELLER, LORNA ANNE

Aug 18, 2015
MUELLER, Lorna Anne (nee Hoover) September 16, 1931 - August 16,2015 Lorna Anne Mueller (nee Hoover) passed away in her Drumheller home on Sunday, August 16 with her family present after living a full life of hard work and accomplishments. She was born September 16, 1931 to Arthur and Alma Hoover of Delia/Drumheller, Alberta. She was one of seven… Read More
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5th Ave East closed to remove rails Wednesday

Tomorrow’s commute to work may take a little longer. Please be on the lookout tomorrow (Sept 2nd) as crews will be removing the railway tracks on 5th Street East in Drumheller. This means that 5th street East will be closed from Railway Ave East at the 4 way stop up to the Highway 9/10 intersection. Construction is expected to begin early…
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Tough Mudder Alberta gets makeover for weekend…

The stage is set and the countdown is on for Tough Mudder Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Badlands. This is the second year for the popular international event and director of Tough Mudder Canada Nick Cogger tells The Mail that registration numbers are similar to last year. Part of the success is its partnership on marketing Tough Mudder…
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September 2 - Sepember 8 > Call 403-823-2580 to…

LOST AND FOUND LOST... Taken from the Drumheller Mail parking lot, a yellow wheeler. easily identifiable, so if you have found or purchased this wheeler ( or know if its whereabouts), call Ossie at 403-823-2580. LOST... White and gold coloured hoop earrings in Drumheller, August 23, call or text 403-548-1320. SERVICES FIREWOODDAVIS’S FIREWOOD...…
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Encana Science Camp experiences “excellent” season

The opportunity to sleep where the dinosaurs use to roam is the “experience of a lifetime.” Each summer children of all ages, come to Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum and experience the Encana Badlands Science Camp. The children get the opportunity to sleep in a real teepee, dig for dinosaur fossils and discover what went on millions of years ago…
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Air Quality Advisory lifted for Central Zone of…

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has lifted the air quality advisory August 24, 2015, for the Central Zone of AHS. Air monitoring has shown that the Central Zone is no longer being impacted by smoke from the fires burning in the northwestern areas of the United States, at this time. All Albertans are reminded that air quality can and will vary with…
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Google camera aimed at Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon is one of the most photographed places in Alberta, and now a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Google will be able to share spectacular views of the iconic landscape with the rest of the world. Horseshoe Canyon is one of five spectacular nature sites across Canada that will be captured in panoramic images…
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Motorcyclist taken to hospital following crash

Drumheller RCMP, The Drumheller Fire Department and AHS Ambulance responded to a single motorcycle accident shortly after 4 p.m., Saturday. A group of motorcyclists was traveling west on Highway 575 just passed the top of the Carbon Hill, when one rider appeared to lose control breaking. The bike was reported to have flipped a number of times…
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Skatepark officially opens

With the cutting of a ribbon and a kickflip, the Drumheller Skatepark was officially opened Saturday morning. The project, more than five years in the making, was unveiled to the community by the Drumheller Areas Skateboard Enthusiasts (DASE) who made the park a reality.“I remember how badly I wanted one of these when I was a kid,” said Brook…
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St Anthony’s staff prepare for new school year

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to pack school lunches and send the children back for another year of learning. St. Anthony’s school will begin classes on Monday August 31 and Principal JoAnne Akerboom expects a similar student population of about 420. The school will welcome two new teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Sarah Boyne,…

I came across this excellent article online yesterday on msnbc.com, which discusses the stigma often associated with having diabetes.  The personal stories made me sad, then made me mad, and then I decided to take matters into my own hands and discuss this very important topic as this week's blog.
Mary's story is one that I hear from my patients on a regular basis - there is often a feeling of shame associated with having type 2 diabetes.   Because type 2 diabetes is often seen in association with overweight, there is a stigma upheld by many members of the general public that people who have diabetes are lazy, eat too much, don't exercise, and are not interested in their health.
What people need to realize, is that it is not the fault of the individual that they have diabetes.   There is a very strong genetic basis for developing diabetes (as blogged previously), and a very strong genetic basis for obesity as well (read more here), which we are learning more about every day as new genes involved are continuously being discovered.  Furthermore, there are many people out there with type 2 diabetes who are not overweight or obese - this speaks to the very strong genetic tendency towards developing diabetes in these individuals.   While it is true that eating well and exercising are the cornerstones of the management of type 2 diabetes, and can certainly improve diabetes control, it is not possible for most people with diabetes to make it go away with these lifestyle changes.
When I am discussing optimization of diabetes control with my patients, they often tell me that they feel embarrassed to check their blood sugars in public, or to administer medications or insulin in front of other people.  As a result, they may choose to forgo checking sugars or administering medications at times like lunch, when they are often out in public.   It breaks my heart each time I hear this - how can our society be so cruel and judgemental?
It's high time that our society gets a grip on what it actually means to have type 2 diabetes.  This disease has a strong genetic predisposition; our extremely toxic, fast food, sedentary enviroment is conducive to bringing it out in many people who are genetically prone.
People with diabetes who are seen checking blood sugars or administering insulin in public are showing committment and motivation to watch their numbers, and to do everything they can to optimize their glycemic control and their health - they deserve a HIGH FIVE! from all of us!
And a High Five to msnbc.com for writing this fabulous article - I hope their far reach will do well to get this message out to many.  Feel free to pass on this article as well, to everyone you know!
Dr Sue Pedersen www.drsue.ca © 2011 drsuetalks@gmail.com

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