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Healthy Minds

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Highlighting ‘what mental health really is’ during Mental Health Week

We often automatically say “fine” when someone at work asks how we are. Yet the same question can trigger a more meaningful exchange – one that acknowledges how we truly feel and whether we reach out when we need support. What are some of the conditions that are conducive to opening up at our place of work on days when we’re not feeling like ourselves?

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Looking ahead to affordable medicines for all Canadians

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The Canadian life and health insurance industry welcomes the renewed focus on finding a way to ensure that all Canadians can get access to affordable prescription drugs. We strongly support the need for comprehensive reform so that Canadians can have access to medicines and, equally importantly, Canada’s prescription drug system is put back on a secure financial footing for the foreseeable future.

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Aging

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Older adults at risk of experiencing harm related to substance use

When a 24-year-old person walks into a doctor’s office appearing confused, agitated or tired, the physician will know something is amiss and will explore the potential that this person has consumed drugs. But there is a good chance that the same symptoms will not raise red flags for a 74-year-old patient. In addition, an older adult’s dwindling social circle can increase the risk of challenges related to substance use going unnoticed.

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Vaccines

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Don’t risk losing your quality of life to a vaccine-preventable disease

As children, about 95 per cent of today’s North American adults endured the itch and misery of chickenpox. And while we may not even remember being sick, we’re still harbouring its cause – the dormant varicella zoster virus – in nerve structures near the spine called the dorsal root ganglia.  

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Vaccines

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There is less than a month to go before spring officially begins, yet people experiencing sniffles, coughs, fevers and chills are reminded that the flu season is far from over. True, these symptoms could also indicate a common cold, but it is the influenza virus that has captured international attention over the past month with its alarmingly high rates – and dramatic outcomes.

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Indigenous elders take hope and diabetes education to northern communities

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Evelyn Linklater sounds younger than her 70-something years when she talks about her early childhood near Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan. “We went out with my grandma to catch the fish we ate. My grandparents were old, but they were good paddlers, and we went fishing and camped. Those were awesome summers.”

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For a healthier population, make the healthy choice the easy choice

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With diabetes reaching epidemic scale, Diabetes Canada is advocating critical policy shifts it sees as essential to the health of Canadians. These include reducing the risks from sugar-sweetened beverages, implementing coherent policies for youth with type 1 diabetes in schools, ending marketing of food and drinks to kids, and more.

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A mentally healthy workforce

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How companies small, medium and large can support employee well-being

The workplace isn’t the place for personal problems – or so we used to think. Now, many realize that hiding issues at home is even worse for productivity. It’s why Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) developed a program that helps workplaces large and small to support a mentally healthy workforce.

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Earth Day

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Building a greener future for Earth Days to come requires commitment from individuals, businesses and governments on actions large and small. Mobilizing the power of our investments and introducing the next generation to the importance of the natural environment are just two of many initiatives gaining momentum in the effort to take action on climate change.

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Reach across generational divide and “own your age” to help end ageism

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At her installation as the chancellor of Sheridan College last year, renowned long-term former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion said, “I think 95 is a good age to start a new job.” And why not? In a time of octogenarian triathletes and nonagenarian marathoners, it’s worth asking why it’s still a surprise when an elder chooses an active, influential life.

‘I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today without Crohn’s disease’

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Anyone who watched Alyxandria Treasure clear a 1.94-metre crossbar to advance to the high jump finals at the Rio Olympics would have seen an extraordinarily fit and healthy young woman. Understanding more about the challenges she had to overcome along the path towards this performance only deepens the appreciation for the Canadian athlete’s accomplishments.

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