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Live Well, Work Well – April 2019

Live Well, Work Well – April 2019

Alongside Health Canada, the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry dedicates the month of April to oral health awareness. Oral health problems are painful and costly, affecting millions of people each year. April is National Oral Health Month Alongside Health Canada, the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry dedicates the month of April to oral health awareness. Oral health problems are painful and costly, affecting millions of people each year. What many fail to realize is that poor oral health can lead to many seemingly unrelated medical conditions. In fact, oral bacteria and oral disease have been linked to a variety of serious illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and pregnancy complications. Keep your oral health in good shape by practising the following: Drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste. Take care of your teeth and gums. Thoroughly brushing and flossing…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – March 2019

Live Well, Work Well – March 2019

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about alleviating spring allergies. In addition, you’ll learn when you should give your body a break from exercising. Don’t Let Spring Allergies Bring You Down Millions of Canadians suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbours start to cut their grass more frequently, allergy sufferers nationwide start sniffling and sneezing. What’s more, mould growth blooms both indoors and outdoors, making it almost impossible to escape allergy triggers. Spring Allergy Alleviation Tips To reduce your allergies, be sure to take the following steps: Stay indoors on dry, windy days. Avoid chores—including lawn mowing, weed pulling and gardening—that could expose you to common allergens. Avoid hanging laundry outside to dry as pollen can stick to certain fabrics. Check pollen levels regularly….read more →

Benefit Connection – OHIP+ Is Changing April 1, 2019

Benefit Connection – OHIP+ Is Changing April 1, 2019

OHIP+ Is Changing April 1st, 2019 The changes affect OHIP-insured children and youth aged 24 and under, including those: without a private plan, who will remain eligible for OHIP+ without co-payments or deductibles with a private plan, who will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will access prescribed medicines through their private plan OHIP+ makes more than 4,400 drug products free for anyone age 24 years or younger. You don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription. Who is covered All babies, children and youth age 24 years and under who have OHIP coverage are automatically covered by OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. You do not have to enroll or register to access OHIP+ – coverage is automatic. OHIP+ coverage will stop on your 25th birthday, but you may qualify…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – February 2019

Live Well, Work Well – February 2019

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about improving your heart health by reducing your stress. In addition, you’ll learn how to   keep your heart healthy through exercise. Looking to Improve Your Heart Health? Reduce Your Stress Heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women over the age of 60. While there are risk factors that contribute to heart disease that you can’t control, there are many things you can do to maintain your heart health. One of those things is to reduce your stress. When stress is excessive, it can contribute to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure. If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can result in heart disease. Reducing Your Stress Taking steps to reduce your stress will improve your overall health. Try these tips: Plan and prioritize your…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – January 2019

Live Well, Work Well – January 2019

This month’s Live Well, Work Well issue discusses fad diets and winter illnesses. Beware: New Year = New Fad Diets Jan. 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Canadians, a “new year, new me” mentality. In fact, getting in shape is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. While making lifestyle changes, as approved by a doctor, is not a bad thing, turning to a fad diet to achieve a resolution of getting in shape is not ideal or healthy. What’s a fad diet? Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it: Claims to help you lose more than 1-2 pounds per week Promises that you’ll lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program…read more →

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