Health & Wellness
We hear all the time that exercise has many health benefits, and researchers work continually to measure and explain how physical activity benefits our bodies and our minds.
But, as a population, we just can’t seem to get in the activity groove. Almost one-quarter of Canadians–adults and children–are overweight or obese and the number continues to rise every year.
The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is gearing up for the official launch of its “Together We Can” campaign, to purchase a new digital mammography unit, next Tuesday (Sept. 11) with a bike ride across the district.
Committee members yesterday were busy decorating the four bikes in pink for the 36 participants to ride during the 91-km journey.
Ontario is helping workers stay safe on the job by launching four targeted safety blitzes at workplaces across the province this fall.
Between September and December, blitzes will focus on:
•supervision at construction sites (September-October);
•machine guarding hazards and repetitive strain injuries in manufacturing and industrial workplaces (October-November);
The Northwestern Health Unit has released its second-annual public health report card.
“The report card tells the community and our funders about the work of the health unit in the past year,” noted board chairman John Albanese.
Sign up now for the “Healthy You” weight management program being offered by clinical dietitian Rooksana Randeree this fall at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances and the Emo and Rainy River Health Centres via telehealth.
The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is launching “Your Region, Your Health Care, Your Voice!”—an online survey to gather valuable feedback, input, and opinions on health-care priorities in the region.
Rainy River District residents are encouraged to book an appointment for the Canadian Blood Services’ first summer blood donor clinic in Fort Frances.
The overall goal of the CBS is to get 380 blood donors over the course of the two-day clinic, and so far it needs another 270 to book appointments to help reach that.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) maintains a commitment to providing information to rural, remote, Francophone, and aboriginal youth about health careers.
Summer Health Sciences Camps at NOSM provide students with a unique opportunity to learn about professions in the health-care sector.
Oshki Aa-yaa’aag Mino Bimaadiziiwin (Good Life For Young Peoples) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to bring to life the dreams and aspirations of aboriginal youth across Ontario.
A regional obesity activist is encouraged by the provincial government’s announcement last month that it is bringing together a group of experts to help tackle the challenge of reducing childhood obesity by 20 percent over five years.
“I think any discussions represent hope,” said Paul Murphy, founder of Obesity Thunder Bay (www.obesitythunderbay.ning.com).