PCA 2020

Health & Wellness

For Fitness Sake: 12 Ways to Work Your Workout

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.

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You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers

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.

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Teach Your Children Well - Help Beyond ‘Just Say No!’

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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Allergy-Friendly Birthday Bashes

You are organizing your child’s birthday party. You’ve got the decorations, purchased your child’s gift, the invitations are sent out and the menu is planned. You have put a lot of thought and effort into the details when you get an RSVP saying one of your child’s friends is excited about coming, but has an allergy.

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