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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 →

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 →

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 →

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