February is Heart Month

Health Tips presented by Telliers Guardian Pharmacy: February 8th, 2017

February is Heart Health Month and it is a time to think about how our everyday choices contribute to the health of our hearts. 

Speak to your friendly neighbourhood pharmacists about heart healthy recommendations such as how to stop smoking, and reaching your ideal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Keep your ticker healthy with these lifestyle strategies.

  1. Stop Smoking

Using tobacco products or being exposed to second hand smoke increase your chances of developing heart disease.  The #1 thing you can do to improve your overall health is to quit smoking!

  1. Be Active

Get a move on to protect your ticker. “Regular activity helps prevent and control risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity,” says Carol Dombrow, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Canada’s Physical Activity Guide for Active Living recommends 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-paced exercise a day.

  1. Eat Right

To care for your heart, incorporate a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and sardines. Just two servings a week of fatty fish can help lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.

  1. Reduce Stress

Know your stressors and get expert strategies to manage them effectively.

For more info on risk and prevention visit:  http://www.heartandstroke.ca/heart/risk-and-prevention

Feeling the Winter Blues?   Try adding Vitamin D into your daily routine.  It can play a key role in the overall maintenance of good health.  Vitamin D is known as the “sunlight hormone” because humans are designed to fulfill Vitamin D needs by producing it in response to exposure of their bare skin to the sun’s ultraviolet light. When exposure to sunlight is limited, levels of Vitamin D are naturally lowered, eventually resulting in deficiency.  Click here for more info!


Project Heal

Does your child have a fever? Earache? Cough? Bump on the head? Not sure what to do? The new AHS HEAL website provides information on common childhood illnesses and injuries, including symptoms.  The HEAL (Health Education and Learning) program, a resource aimed at providing families across Alberta easily accessible, reliable information about common minor illness and injuries in children. The content provided in the HEAL program comes directly from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine experts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital.

While children with coughs, fever, ear pain, vomiting, diarrhea, minor head injuries or nosebleeds can feel very uncomfortable, they are most often safely and best cared for in their own home; the majority of these illnesses and injuries do not require a visit to the Emergency Department.

Here you will find general information about the causes, symptoms and home management options for common minor illnesses and injuries, and when to seek medical care, what you can do at home to care for your child and when you should seek medical attention.   Click here for more  www.ahs.ca/heal

Mental Health in the Lakeland 

A FREE mental health program is being offered at the Bonnyville Chamber of Commerce February 13th at 9 a.m.   It’s called

“Tough Enough To Talk About It”

The goal is to raise awareness of common problems of stress and depression on the job, reduce injury and provide healthy ways of coping with problems.  For more info call 780-826-2150.

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