Health Tips Edition 3: February 1st, 2017
If you’re one of the more than five million Canadian adults who have high blood pressure, you’re at risk of developing a life-threatening condition – High Blood Pressure.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and people who have abnormally high pressure in their arteries are far more likely than others to be affected by heart disease.
Your arteries carry the blood from your heart throughout your body. Blood pressure is the measure of how hard your blood is pushing against the inside of your arteries. Although a certain amount of pressure is needed to carry blood through your body, if that pressure is too great, you have high blood pressure, or hypertension.
If you’re looking for trusted information and a convenient way to track your progress. Look no further – Tellier Pharmacy can provide you with:
- Free blood pressure monitoring
- Information on controlling high blood pressure useful information on type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- One-on-one counselling with pharmacists
Flu shot and vaccines
There’s still time to get your flu shot!. It’s your best defense against the flu. Simply visit our Pharmacy and have your flu shot administered by one of our certified Pharmacists. Please bring your provincial health card.
You may also consider getting vaccinated for Shingles. Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. This virus is called the varicella zoster virus. Even after chicken pox blisters heal, the varicella zoster virus stays in the body for life. If it becomes active again, it causes shingles. Two out of every 10 people will get shingles in their lifetime. This risk increases as you get older, especially over 50 years of age. Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that can last several weeks and cause skin infections and scarring. It is very important for people with a weak immune system to see their healthcare providers right away if they think they have shingles.
Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional today to find out how to help protect yourself against shingles.
Did you know?
Hand hygiene is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy.
Research has shown that many people do not clean their hands as they should. Cleaning your hands properly is an effective way to reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza or other diseases and to reduce spreading viruses.
Did you know that 80% of common infections are spread by our hands?
Germs are a part of every day life. Some bacteria are beneficial and part of our body’s natural protection against disease. Other bacteria and viruses cause disease and are commonly introduced to the body when touching hands to the mouth, nose or eyes.
Next to immunization, keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to stop the spread of disease.
Many of us have made some sort of health resolution for 2017. Here are some ways to assist you and your family in reaching and maintaining staying active and healthy.
Physical activity – Active living
Benefits of being active
Physically active lifestyles have been linked to a decreased likelihood of health problems, including type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity and osteoporosis. Benefits of physical activity include:
- Better health
- Improved fitness
- Better health
- Improved fitness
- Better self-esteem
- Weight control
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Feeling more energetic
- Relaxation and reduced stress
- Continued independence in life
- Lower risk of chronic disease
- Improved sleeping habits
How to get active
- Get started with some gentle stretching.
- Explore what types of community activities are available.
- Rely on the support of others – ask a friend to participate with you so you can encourage each other.
- Don’t be overly ambitious, set realistic goals.
- Each day, pick a time that’s convenient for you and commit to participating in some type of physical activity.
- Mark your activity times on a calendar.
- Try shorter, more frequent sessions rather than the occasional prolonged session.
- Make use of everyday movement opportunities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Prepare yourself for a few lapses but don’t give up.
- You cannot just eat your way to good health – exercise must go hand-in-hand with good nutrition
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