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Preventative Health Awareness Month

February is Preventative Health Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness about how to promote and improve health for people of all ages.  Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and obesity can be prevented, delayed or improved by taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle. (McMaster University, 2023)

Take part in preventative health measures this month by:

-Eating a Healthy, Well Balanced Diet– Include plenty of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins and whole grains, reduce processed and high fat foods, cook meals at home, drink plenty of water and limit drinks high in sugar. (Alberta Health Services, 2024)

-Staying Physically Active– Aim for 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week. Find an activity that you enjoy such as walking, playing a sport, swimming, biking, yoga or home exercise videos. Increasing activity can also be as simple as taking the stairs or parking farther away from your destination.

-Avoid Smoking– If you use tobacco or nicotine and are interested in quitting, contact your family doctor and visit https://albertaquits.healthiertogether.ca/ for help finding online and community resources.

-Limit Alcohol Use– “Your risk of harm from alcohol is low if you have 2 drinks or less per week, moderate if you have 3 to 6 drinks per week, and high if you have 7 or more drinks per week.” (Government of Alberta, 2024)

-Get Immunized– Reduce your risk of infectious diseases and prevent the spread in our communities.

– Complete Routine Screenings– Attend regular doctor’s appointments as early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer can greatly improve treatment outcomes.

Small changes can have a significant impact on your overall health and quality of life. Be an advocate for your health by starting a new preventative health activity this month to start creating healthier habits for life.

Sources

  1. Healthier Together, Alberta Health Services, 2024, https://www.healthiertogether.ca/living-healthy/overview/
  2. Preventative health: A proactive approach, McMaster University, 2023, Preventative health: A proactive approach (mcmasteroptimalaging.org)
  3. A Healthy Lifestyle: Care Instructions, Government of Alberta, 2024, https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/AfterCareInformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=uz1720

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