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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 →

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+

Ontario to Provide the First Universal Drug Program of its Kind in Canada in 2018 As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is giving children and youth a better start in life by moving to make prescription medications free. Premier Kathleen Wynne was joined today by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, at Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre in Toronto to announce the new OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Beginning January 1, 2018, all children and youth 24 years of age or younger will be able to get their prescription medications for free by simply showing their Ontario health card number and a prescription. Coverage will be automatic, with no upfront costs. The proposed new program will improve access to prescription medications for more than four million children and young people,…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

4 Tips for Preventing Oral Health Issues April is Oral Health Month in Canada, making it the perfect time to remind yourself of good oral hygiene practices. Oral health problems—like cavities and oral cancer—can be costly, and they impact Canadians of all backgrounds every year. Thankfully, almost all oral diseases can be prevented with proper knowledge and the following prevention techniques: Keep a clean mouth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing can reduce dental plaque and prevent gingivitis—the mildest form of gum disease. Check your mouth regularly. Every year, approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer. To prevent the disease, it’s critical to visit the dentist regularly. Checkups can detect early signs of oral health problems, and professionals can suggest treatments that will prevent further damage. Eat wisely. Teeth are sensitive to certain foods. Foods that are high in sugars and…read more →

The 2017 Federal Budget: What Does It Mean for Employers?

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 the Government of Canada released its 2017 Budget Plan. Many of the commitments, if passed into legislation, will have a significant impact on employers, most immediately those in the federal sector. Key proposed changes to the Employment Insurance Act and Canada Labour Code are outlined below. Employment Insurance Act A new caregiving benefit to assist Canadians caring for a critically ill or injured family member. An individual would be entitled to up to 15 weeks of employment insurance (“EI”) benefits where he or she is providing care to an adult family member requiring significant support to recover from a critical illness or injury. While this amendment would apply only to adult family members, an individual would continue to be entitled to collect up to 35 weeks of EI benefits if caring for a critically ill…read more →

Stronger Canada Pension Plan Now a Reality

Stronger Canada Pension Plan Now a Reality

Source: Department of Finance Canada The Government’s plan for a strong and growing middle class includes helping Canadians achieve their goal of a safer, secure and dignified retirement. Minister of Finance Bill Morneau marked the final step in implementing an improved Canada Pension Plan (CPP) today by announcing that the Governor General has signed the Order in Council to bring the CPP enhancements in Bill C-26 into force, meaning all necessary legislative requirements have been met by Canada’s governments to implement the agreed-upon enhancements. Minister Morneau was joined by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, and Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra at the event. The strengthened CPP will provide more money to Canadians when they retire, so that they can worry less about their savings and focus more on enjoying time with their families. As joint stewards of…read more →

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