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7 Pillars of Self-Care | Live Well, Work Well – July 2017 Edition

7 Pillars of Self-Care | Live Well, Work Well – July 2017 Edition

7 Pillars of Self-care That Can Help Improve Your Overall Health Self-care refers to anything you do for yourself that promotes healthy choices and helps prevent or deal with illness. International Self-care Day is July 24, and it’s a time for Canadians to focus on elements that influence wellness, like hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle choices, the environment, socio-economic factors and self-medication. There are a number of definitions of self-care produced by different authorities at different times – the World Health Organization for example has produced three much-cited definitions (in 1983, 1998 and 2009). The WHO 1998 definition is: ‘Self-Care is what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness. It is a broad concept encompassing hygiene (general and personal), nutrition (type and quality of food eaten), lifestyle (sporting activities, leisure etc), environmental factors…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – June 2017 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – June 2017 Edition

June Is ALS Awareness Month Around 3,000 Canadians are currently living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Usually progressing rapidly, ALS claims the lives of 80 per cent of its victims within two to five years of diagnosis. Many people were first made aware of ALS in 2015 during the “ice bucket challenge”—a social media phenomenon where people took videos of themselves pouring a bucket of ice over their heads to increase awareness of ALS. ALS is caused when the motor neurons responsible for muscle movement are destroyed. This disease initially paralyzes the muscles of the hands or legs before disabling other muscles in the body. From there, the illness often spreads, leading to organ failure and death. While it most often impacts those between the ages of 40 and 60, ALS can…read more →

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Wellness Initiatives to Promote Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person can cope with the normal stresses of life, be productive and contribute to the community. Good mental health is essential for functioning well as an individual and as part of a community. Addressing mental health and physical health together is key to overall health and wellness. The Cost of Mental Health Mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression are routinely listed as top concerns in employee health surveys, and are the second leading cause of workplace absenteeism. Even moderate depressive or anxiety symptoms can affect work performance and productivity. Most employees agree that their mental and personal problems spill over into their professional lives and have a direct impact on their job performance. It is in the employer’s best interest to address mental health as part of…read more →

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Breaking News: Potential Changes To The Patented Medicines Regulations

Statement by Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Vice-chairperson on consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Vice-chairperson Dr. Mitchell Levine today made the following statement on the launch of Health Canada’s consultation on potential changes to the Patented Medicines Regulations: “The PMPRB welcomes the Minister of Health’s action to strengthen and modernize its pricing framework to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. We look forward to the outcome of this consultation process.” Quick Facts The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial administrative agency with a regulatory mandate to protect Canadian consumers from excessively priced patented drugs. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board sets the maximum price at which a patented drug can be sold based on the price of the drug inCanada; the price of other drugs in the same therapeutic class…read more →

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Skin Cancer Awareness and Preventive Measures

Live Well, Work Well | May 2017 Edition About 1,200 Canadians die from skin cancer every year. This disease is caused by an overexposure of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sources like the sun and tanning beds. Fortunately, skin cancer is preventable and usually treatable if detected early. Prevent skin cancer by examining your skin at least once a month and by visiting a qualified dermatologist at least once a year. You should also revisit the dermatologist any time you discover a mole that features any of the following “ABCDE” warning signs: Asymmetry. The two halves of the mole do not match. Borders. The mole edges are uneven, scalloped or notched. Colours. The mole is a variety of shades, such as brown, red, white, blue or black. Diameter. The mole is the size of a pencil eraser or larger than 6 millimetres….read more →

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