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The research is in – dogs are really good for us

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras, wildlife photographer and animal preservationist

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Growing up, my family always had a dog and I developed a profound appreciation and deep love for our canine companions. For the last eight years I’ve lived with an affectionate, 130-pound Newfoundland dog named Tessie and despite the piles of hair she leaves behind on the carpet, my children wouldn’t have it any other way. Our furry family members not only offer companionship and a friendly wagging tail when you walk in the door, research confirms what most dog owners already know – dogs are really good for us. Continue reading The research is in – dogs are really good for us

Take good care of those feet

“When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” – Socrates

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Even Socrates, the father of western philosophy who spent his days espousing the virtue of knowledge, took the time to comment on sore feet. Foot pain affects about one in four older adults, and it can become chronic and debilitating. By the time we reach age 80, the average person has walked over 100,000 miles, so it’s no surprise that these hard-working, mechanical marvels start to wear and tear over time. And while some age-related changes to your feet are inevitable, there are some steps you can take to maintain healthy, happy feet. Continue reading Take good care of those feet

Transformed cancer solarium boosts patients’ spirits

A space at Victoria General Hospital’s Buhler Cancer Centre has recently been transformed to help women face cancer with confidence.

Women living with cancer suffer the effects of the disease and the treatment, which may include appearance-related changes such as hair loss, bruising and skin conditions. Research shows that understanding and effectively dealing with these changes helps women to better cope with their disease. Continue reading Transformed cancer solarium boosts patients’ spirits

For her heart’s sake – How to recognize a woman’s heart attack

By Karen Taraska-Alcock

Gail Loewen, chair, For Her Heart’s Sake community fundraising campaign, throws the first punch in the fight against women’s heart disease with her own $10,000 gift.
Gail Loewen, chair, For Her Heart’s Sake community fundraising campaign, throws the first punch in the fight against women’s heart disease with her own $10,000 gift.

On Jan. 21, 2000, Susan Barbara Lemmerick died prematurely. Like millions of women in Manitoba and around the world, her obituary read that she “passed away suddenly” at home. Her family would later learn that Susan died of women’s heart disease. Continue reading For her heart’s sake – How to recognize a woman’s heart attack

Give fibre a place in your diet

The soluble type works on cholesterol and sugar levels in your blood. Insoluble fibre helps move digested food through your body. Canada’s Food Guide will coach you on good food sources.

If you're looking to tune up your diet, Canada's Food Guide (below)is a handy information source to get you started.
If you’re looking to tune up your diet, Canada’s Food Guide (below)is a handy information source to get you started.

Continue reading Give fibre a place in your diet