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Health and Wellness

Managing a healthy body weight is a challenge for many Canadians. In fact, according to Statistics Canada approximately 60% of Canadians are either overweight or obese.

DID YOU KNOW? Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 15-40? Approximately 22% of all breast cancers occur in women under 50 years of age? Incidence of breast cancer begins to rise after age 25? The cumulative lifetime risk for developing breast cancer for Canadian women is 1 in 9?

According to Health Canada ’s research - physical inactivity is the cause of premature death, chronic disease and disability. The benefits of physical activity, no matter what your age, include an overall improvement in your health and well being.

By managing a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, and getting enough physical activity you can significantly reduce your chances of developing diabetes and even delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Bone Basics Did you know that bone is living tissue? Our skeletal system is constantly “remodeled” which means we are either building new bone tissue, or removing old bone tissue. Bones support our muscles, protect our organs and store most of the body’s calcium. Maintaining strong bones is important to keep you vibrant and healthy.

Did you know that 63% of Canadians are not getting enough physical activity for optimal health? 1How Much Physical Activity Do I Need? The Canada ’s Physical Activity Guide for adults recommends you get 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

What’s Eating You? Our emotions have a huge impact on our food choices. When we are stressed, angry, depressed, anxious, bored or lonely we can be triggered to eat. While this is normal for everyone, if it becomes an ongoing pattern, it can make it difficult to manage a healthy body weight and keep healthy.

Cancer is a disease that starts in the cells of your body. It occurs when your genes – which instruct your cells regarding growth – get mixed up and cause those cells to behave in an abnormal way, invading surrounding tissues and organs.

Cardiovascular disease is a term used to describe the diseases and injuries of the heart, blood vessels of the heart, and the veins & arteries of the body and within the brain. Statistics Canada reports that in 2004, cardiovascular disease was responsible for 32% of deaths in Canada.

Your baby is depending on you to make healthy food choices during your pregnancy. It is important that you eat nutritious foods, be aware of the key nutrients of concern and gain an appropriate amount of weight during your pregnancy. Eat Healthful Foods! Now is the time to get your diet in check!