We all know that maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly are good ways to prevent chronic health problems. Yet, according to Health Canada and the World Health Organization, more than 50 per cent of Canadian adults are overweight or obese, and studies suggest a majority do not engage in enough physical activity. In addition, many who start an exercise routine do not stick with it. Clearly, there’s a disconnect between what we know is good for us and what we actually do.
Q: When do baby (primary) teeth start to develop? A: The primary teeth begin to form around the seventh week of your pregnancy. Q: How can I protect my baby’s teeth? A: Protection begins while you are pregnant. Studies have shown that expectant moms who themselves have dental diseases, especially gum (periodontal) disease, have an increased risk of having a pre-term, low birth weight baby. So, ensuring that your own dental/oral health is maintained is the first step to helping your baby’s teeth.
Surgery is the last thing most new parents expect to encounter during their baby’s first year, yet many do. Anthony and Kimberly Pope’s seven-year-old son Braylon had surgery at four days old for intestinal blockage. Robert and Jessica Cordova took son Wesley in for hernia surgery at seven weeks old. Colin Smith and Emma Lantz’s son Arlo, now three, had fundoplication surgery for reflux at five months old, along with seven other surgical procedures during his first year of life.
Substance abuse amongst Calgary youth is a concern. Yet there are many actions family, friends and community members can do to help. Substance abuse has pain at the core of its motivation. For example, teenagers struggling with drug or alcohol use may be experiencing depression, anxiety, loneliness, conflict, etc. Drugs and alcohol serve to provide distraction from suffering, as well as relief. This mechanism of coping has an inevitable negative effect on the individual, their family and their community.
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