Category Archives: Minister’s Message

Staying cool, healthy and safe this summer

Hon. Kelvn Goertzen
Minister’s Message

Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue with family and friends, getting active or attending one of our province’s many summer festivals, summer in Manitoba is hard to beat. We’re one of the sunniest provinces in Canada, so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors under clear, blue skies.

I hope your summer is filled with exciting outdoor fun, but while you’re enjoying the many summer festivities that Manitoba offers, please take care to protect yourself from heat and sun exposure. Continue reading Staying cool, healthy and safe this summer

Be on the alert for fraud and scams

Hon. Kelvn Goertzen
Minister’s Message

Fraud is the number one crime against older Canadians. Common types of fraud and scams include identity theft, credit or debit card fraud, online scams, and phone and door-to-door scams.

Though anyone can be a victim of fraud, older people are frequently targeted because they are perceived as financially stable, trusting, generous, and courteous. Older adults may also be home during the day to answer the door or phone and, depending on the circumstances, may not have family or friends close by to ask for a second opinion. Continue reading Be on the alert for fraud and scams

To a healthier, more active 2017

Regular physical activity, nutritious food are key to healthy living

Hon. Kelvn Goertzen Minister's Message
Hon. Kelvn Goertzen
Minister’s Message

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, it is a great time to take stock of ourselves and decide what we can do to improve our lives. Health-related goals, especially getting more physically active and eating right, are the most common resolutions, and for good reason.

It’s essential to stay active at any age. An active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies and minds in shape, it can prevent us from developing or help manage chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Continue reading To a healthier, more active 2017

It’s time for our annual flu shot

It’s time for our annual flu shot

Half the individuals hit last year by influenza A, the common virus, were over 70

Hon. Kelvin Goertzen
Hon. Kelvin Goertzen

Colder weather is just around the corner, and that means the start of influenza season. Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat and lungs. Not everyone who gets the flu develops symptoms, but you can still spread the virus to others around you, especially when you cough or sneeze. If you do get symptoms, they’ll usually appear suddenly and can include a cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain and exhaustion. Continue reading It’s time for our annual flu shot

It’s time for your annual influenza shot

Hon. Deanne Crothers Minister’s Message
Hon. Deanne Crothers
Minister’s Message

Winter has arrived in Manitoba and that means influenza season is well underway. Influenza is caused by viruses that infect your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms usually appear suddenly and can include a cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain and exhaustion. Contracting influenza can lead to potentially dangerous complications – particularly for older adults. Continue reading It’s time for your annual influenza shot