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Stroke Prevention Tips | Live Well, Work Well – October 2017 Edition

Stroke Prevention Tips | Live Well, Work Well – October 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we discuss we discuss stroke prevention tips and how your job could put you at risk of a musculoskeletal disorder. Stroke Prevention Tips Also called a brain attack, a stroke can be as serious as a heart attack. It most often occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a clot. When this happens, brain cells begin to die because they cannot receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to function. Some stroke risk factors are genetically determined, while others are the result of lifestyle choices. Common risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, increasing age and obesity. To lower your risk of experiencing a stroke, it’s important to know the controllable risk factors and make any necessary lifestyle changes. Helpful preventive strategies include the following: Maintain a…read more →

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month | Live Well, Work Well – September 2017 Edition

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month | Live Well, Work Well – September 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, learn about prostate cancer awareness month and the signs of opioid addiction. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and an important time to learn the dangers of this deadly disease. Prostate cancer is the one of most common types of cancer in Canadian men. Prostate cancer develops from the cells of the prostate gland. While the exact cause of the disease is unknown, research has identified the following factors as contributors to prostate cancer: The risk of prostate cancer increases after age 50. A diet high in fat, especially animal fat, may increase prostate cancer risk. Conversely, a diet high in vegetables, fruits and legumes may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. The chance of getting the disease is more than doubled if a close relative has had prostate…read more →

Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we show you how to find recent recall and safety alerts issued by the Government of Canada. As well, tips on how to safely use, store and dispose of household chemicals. Get Recall and Safety Alerts to Ensure Your Health and Well-being The Government of Canada provides access to timely information on safety concerns that could impact the health of the general public. Using the Recalls and Safety Alerts database, Canadians have easy access to a comprehensive list of recalls, advisories and safety alerts. This database includes recalls from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Transport Canada, and it is incredibly useful in protecting you and your loved ones from faulty products. Users can search the database by keyword or category. The database is segmented by consumer products, vehicles, food…read more →

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 →

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