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Health and Safety
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(NC) Research shows the positive connection between a person's socioeconomic status and their health. The idea that wealth is linked to health has been well-documented. Unfortunately, if you're one of the estimated 4.9 million Canadians living in poverty, you are more likely to develop a serious condition and less likely to access the necessary health services you need.
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(NC) Many of us are eager to take advantage of today's digital tools to manage our health. We want to book doctor appointments, check test results online, renew prescriptions electronically and access more telehealth services. Fortunately, health organizations are working towards making care more convenient and accessible.
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(NC) Young people today face enormous pressure to excel at school and secure a well-paying job. With our skyrocketing rental and housing prices, precarious employment and intense competition, the challenges to succeed are daunting. Not to mention the added stress caused by the fear of poverty, homelessness and addiction issues.
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(NC) Tech-savvy millennials live, work and study on their devices, and electronic messaging is the language they use and understand. So how can health care professionals best use technology to empower young people to take charge of their own health?
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(NC) The warm weather has many of us basking in the sunlight, but if you are among the many Canadians who suffer from common skin conditions like eczema or acne, you might think twice about showing any summer skin.
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(NC) You likely make fairly regular trips to your family doctor or a walk-in clinic for a host of health advice and services. But did you know that your local pharmacist may be able to help save you some time, with convenient and accessible services beyond just dispensing medication?
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(NC) Getting sick in the summertime is a nightmare, especially when you have travel plans or need to start back-to-school shopping. While falling sick will never be convenient, there's now a more convenient way to start feeling better.
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(NC) Hot summer days bring backyard get-togethers. If you want to impress your guests and attempt something different than burgers, give these colourful shrimp tacos a try. The salsa combines Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit and jalapeños for the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. The kiwifruit is rich in nutrients, including potassium and vitamin C, while using nonfat Greek yogurt cuts back on unwanted calories.
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(NC) You've heard the popular saying before — breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast helps boost your metabolism after it has slowed down during sleep and it provides you with the energy and nutrients you need to get you through your day.
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(NC) Getting healthy can sometimes feel like an impossible feat, and you don't always know where to start. It's important to begin with simple steps that will become habits. Before you know it, they will be a part of your everyday routine and you'll see benefits soon.
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(NC) Health care professionals like registered dietitians have an obligation to get your consent for any treatment they propose. Before you accept any nutrition treatment from a dietitian, make sure you understand why you need it. As a client of health services in Ontario, you have a right to participate in the decision-making about your health and nutrition.
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(NC) All regulated health professionals, like dietitians, must participate in a quality assurance program to make sure that you and your family receive safe nutrition advice. The College of Dietitians of Ontario regulates dietitians. It sets the practice standards and enforces them so that you and your family can receive superior care from qualified nutrition professionals. All dietitians must follow the college's quality assurance program to practice in Ontario.
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(NC) Having confidence in the nutrition care that your family receives from a qualified nutrition consultant is important. It can make all the difference to your peace of mind. Registered dietitians are a regulated health profession. They are held accountable to high practice standards for safe nutrition care.
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(NC) Did you know that sun-glare and insect-related car accidents, vandalism and flash flooding are common insurance incidents that occur in the summer?
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(NC) By the time summer finally arrives, most of us can't seem to spend enough time outside — doing everything from dining on patios to jogging in the fresh air. But if you're active in the heat, you're at risk for a number of heat illnesses like muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.
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(NC) Did you know that the way your community is designed could mean hotter temperatures for you? Known as the urban heat island effect, cities are often warmer than their rural surroundings because of less vegetation and a high percentage of dark surfaces like tar roofs, asphalt roads and parking lots. These dark surfaces absorb the sun's rays and radiate them out slowly, increasing the ambient air temperature, even at night.
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(NC) Canadian summers are hotter than ever before, with recent research showing a significant increase in the number of extreme heat events across the country. While we love spending time outdoors in the summer, a fun day under the sun can quickly turn dangerous if you don't take a few precautions.
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(NC) One of the best parts of summer is spending three-day weekends at the cottage. But Tuesdays often bring headlines of accidents or illnesses that could easily have been prevented by taking a few precautions. Here are some tips from Health Canada to help prevent heat illnesses during a long weekend at the cottage or outdoors.
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(NC) It can be hard to enjoy your stylishly decorated home or even get a good night's rest when it's scorching outside and your air conditioner or fan can't keep up. Beyond being uncomfortable, it can be dangerous for your health if it gets too hot indoors. This is especially true for older adults or young children, or if you have certain medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, heart problems, or a mental illness like depression.
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(NC) Sizzling summer days call for lounging at the cottage, entertaining in the backyard and adventures outdoors. When having fun under the sun, don't forget to drink plenty of cool liquids before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Here is a breakdown from Health Canada on the differences between popular thirst quenchers.