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Health & Wellness

Students challenged to make schools healthier

Students are being encouraged to show how they can make their schools healthier.

Now in its fifth year, the Healthy Schools Recognition Program encourages school communities to pledge to do something healthy, such as:

•planting a vegetable garden on school grounds;

•establishing a daily running or walking club;

•starting a recycling or composting program; or

Alzheimer survey reveals alarming knowledge gap among ‘boomers’

An online survey of “baby boomers” across Canada conducted by the Alzheimer Society reveals a worrying lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Survey results show an astonishing 23 percent of “boomers” can’t name any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease—even though their risk doubles every five years after age 65.

Kids with autism to get more help

Starting late next spring, communities across the province will offer new services and supports for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Roughly 8,000 kids with ASD will benefit annually from new Applied Behaviour Analysis-based services, which will help them develop communication, social and daily living skills, and manage better in school.

Riverside tackling pressure ulcers

A pressure ulcer is an area of skin that breaks down when you stay in one position for too long without shifting your weight.

This often happens if you use a wheelchair or are bedridden—even for a short period of time (for example, after surgery or an injury).

The constant pressure against the skin reduces the blood supply to that area and the affected tissue dies.