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Wellness information for Canadians

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter blues have you down? Canadians are reminded every year just how far north we live when the winter months start getting colder and darker. While the days are finally starting to get a little bit longer now, many of us are still feeling pretty sluggish. It can be...

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The True North and Extreme Winter Weather Conditions

The True North and Extreme Winter Weather Conditions

Extreme conditions don’t have to get in the way of enjoying all that a Canadian winter has to offer, but some precautions are needed to make sure that everyone stays safe outdoors. Hypothermia and Frostbite: Frostbite and hypothermia are two health risks of extreme...

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Mental Health in Canada

Mental Health in Canada

Studies have found that two thirds of Canadians have experience with depression or anxiety, either themselves or through someone close to them1. Statistics Canada found in 2013 that 3 million adult Canadians reported that they had a mood or anxiety disorder. These 3...

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Staying Safe Abroad

Staying Safe Abroad

  Canada’s climate, healthcare, and sanitation practices provide the opportunity for Canadian residents to live lives that are free from many diseases and illnesses. Traveling to parts of the world for a vacation or to visit family can put you at a higher risk of...

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Handwashing Essentials

Handwashing Essentials

One of the most effective measures to protect yourself from infectious diseases such as the flu is hand washing, which aids in the removal of germs from your hands.    The skin protects the body against harmful things in the environment like chemicals and germs. While...

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Diabetes Epidemic in Canada

Diabetes Epidemic in Canada

Diabetes in Canada There are 11 million Canadians living with diabetes conditions right now, meaning approximately 1 in 3 people are affected by this. Diabetes is a chronic illness that influences everyday life. It can become debilitating, cause severe injury, or even...

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2017 Flu Season

2017 Flu Season

As the days start to get colder and darker, the annual flu season also starts to gain momentum. Flu season in Canada starts  in November and continues until approximately March, with significant peaks in December and late January/early February. While flu season...

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Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s

"Alzheimer’s caregivers ride the world’s biggest, fastest, scariest, emotional roller coaster every day." - Bob DeMarco   Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. There are 50 million people living with it today, and that will almost double in 20...

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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

Managing Stress The high-paced western culture has brought with it a culture of stress, something many people have felt building as the new school year gets underway. Stress is a natural reaction that can range from useful to a dangerous health threat. As stress...

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Top 3 Back-to-School Illnesses and How to Spot Them

Top 3 Back-to-School Illnesses and How to Spot Them

"Looking after a very sick child is the Olympics of parenting" - Chris Cleave   A new school year means a potential new crop of childhood ailments. With their immature immune systems and tendency to forget about hand-washing, our kiddos are magnets for a host of...

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