For decades, we have been told that diet and exercise are essential to our overall health and wellbeing yet there are still significant underlying health problems in North America. Nearly 11 million Canadians have diabetes and more than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. These statistics show that despite the variety of diet and fitness fads there continues to be a major global obesity problem.
If you asked Canadians why life expectancy in our country continues to rise -- now 79 years for men and 83 for women -- many might attribute the increase to advances in medicine, such as new pharmaceutical research and surgical interventions. Scientists working in labs, in other words. It's not so simple.
One of the buzzwords in the medical profession is something called "patient activation." That's the challenge of enlisting regular people in health maintenance. To state it more plainly, it's all about trying to get people interested in saving their own lives. Which seems like it should be pretty easy, doesn't it?
Fortunately, not all smoothies are unhealthy or dangerous -- in fact, green smoothies, when made with the correct vegetable to fruit ratio, along with healthy fats and plant proteins, not only provide greater nutrition than many common sit-down meals, but also serve as an easy, real-food alternative to many dubious prescription medicines.
The winter semester has just ended, and instead of feeling relaxed and elated, I feel tense, exhausted and utterly tortured. The last few months of university had proven to be extremely challenging for me. I could barely manage to stay afloat. The pressure felt overwhelming, and the cracks in my life were becoming fissures.
With the change of pace September brings, shopping for school supplies isn't the only way to get ready for the new season. The return to a busy routine and communal environment can take a serious toll on the health and wellness of everyone in the family. To avoid getting sick and to minimize stress, making simple lifestyle changes during the month of September will help you and your kids ease into the back to school routine.
We all hurt, we all struggle, we all suffer, so why should someone with a mental illness be shamed into a silent closet because they are "weak" or need "toughen up". Is the pain of a broken limb more credible than the pain of a broken upbringing? I was raised believing that physical pain is real and emotional pain is temporary and shouldn't last longer than the time it takes to "shake it off" and "focus on the positive". This wasn't my parents fault, nor was it my friends fault, or my teachers fault, or anyone's fault. It was simply the way things were.
When I was a child, doctors still made house calls. I'm not nostalgic about the "good old days." They had their downsides, too. But being a health counsellor myself, I do know first hand that conversing with patients about their concerns can make a real difference in their healing process. Being listened to and taken seriously is something we all want in our everyday lives.
What's the first thing you think when you hear "resilience"? I bet it goes something along the lines of being able to bounce back from a trying or traumatic experience. I would also say you probably assume the person goes back to the same state of being as before the event. You're not wrong, but you're not exactly right.
As an elite athlete, I'm hyper attuned to my body and what it's trying to tell me. One of the privileges of being a high-profile athlete is that I have the opportunity to speak to many organizations, school groups, and fitness classes. I'm often asked what motivates me to sacrifice so much in order to train at the level I do.
Epidemics of obesity, diabetes, infectious diseases and suicide that plague First Nation children across Canada are complex and multi-faceted. Yet government solutions often focus on simplistic bio-medical approaches -- when they address the crises at all -- and too often ignore the cultural strategies proposed by indigenous leaders.