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.
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:
Above all, you should visit the dentist regularly. Check-ups can detect early signs of oral health problems, helping you address concerns as they arise.
If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, you need nothing more than your own two feet. Walking is an ideal form of exercise—it’s free, and you can do it almost anytime and anywhere. Walking is also a great way to maintain a healthy weight.
Experts advise beginners to start with a 15- or 30-minute walk daily, adding five or 10 minutes to the walking session a few times per week. More specifically:
After walking, gentle stretching can help keep your muscles from being sore. It is also wise to warm up before walking fast or going a long distance.
Once you get started, you will want to stay motivated. Consider finding a walking friend, joining a walking club or registering for a challenging walking event. Remember that you will not notice immediate physical changes to your body, but by adding walking and a healthy diet to your daily routine, it won’t be long before you look and feel better.
Before beginning any walking program, consider discussing your exercise plans with your doctor, particularly if you have health issues such as diabetes.
Makes: 6 servings
Source: Government of Canada
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