National Nursing Week

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1972 decided that the historic Florence Nightingale’s birthday (May 12th) be recognized as International Nurses Day. Today we in Canada recognize the whole second week in May to be National Nursing Week. Every day the hard work of nurses leaves a lasting impact on both individuals directly receiving care, and on communities as a whole. Which is why this week is so incredibly important, the nurses here at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital work hard to deliver the highest quality of care possible and deserve recognition for it.  This year’s theme for the…

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Cannabis Legalization

With the legalization of marijuana in full swing many are wondering what the effects on individuals will be now that the drug is readily accessible. AHS has a list of many resources outlining risks and recommendations for cannabis use that can be found on their website. They suggest that the most effective risk prevention strategy is to avoid cannabis use altogether. However, if an individual is going to use, one of the most important points professionals stress is to avoid early initiation of cannabis. The exact age that cannabis becomes “safer” to use is debated, some suggest 18 years old…

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Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

Since 2007 Canada’s food guide as remained untouched, which is not surprising due to the political implications of the guide. Various sectors of agriculture have stakes in what the food guide recommends so changing it is sure to make some waves. The full guide is not set to be released until late 2019. However, the “guiding principles” and some draft versions are out now. Judging from these early indications it appears the guide is going to undergo some drastic changes. One example is the guides shift away from meats and dairy products, instead promoting “a high proportion of plant-based foods…

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

In 2010 Bell started a program in order to change the conversation about mental health in Canada. Now every 30th of January, Bell has pledged to increase their donations based on the activity of Canadians. Bell will donate 5 cents for every text, call, tweet, social media video view and Facebook frame or Snapchat filter sent on the 30th.  The Let’s Talk program is designed to create and promote an open discussion about mental health. The program achieves this by accentuating four key aspects: anti-stigma, care & access, research, and workplace health. In the past certain language and behaviours about…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the  international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental…

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Artificial Trans-Fats Ban

It is no secret that poor diet is directly linked to chronic heart disease. It is also widely known that cardiovascular disease is one of the most prevalent health concerns in Canada, and the federal government has decided to take action. Monday, September 17th was the last day that food which contains artificial trans-fat could be manufactured.  This change has come due to the rise in heart disease in Canada. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor explained that “Health Canada’s ban on partially hydrogenated oils in the food supply is part of the government of Canada’s action to help protect Canadians…

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The Opioid Crisis

In Alberta, opioid abuse is becoming an increasingly devastating problem. Statistics put out by the Alberta government show that this year’s fatal fentanyl overdose toll is already on pace to pass last year’s mark, and any year’s before it. This steady increase has resulted in Alberta Health Services to take steps to raise awareness, as well making opioid dependency treatment more available. AHS has started an ad campaign that includes posters in restaurants, post-secondary institutions, and in transit services. As well, ads on FM radio stations, music streaming services such as Spotify, and on various social media platforms. The aim…

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Keys to a Successful Flu Season

With the flu season right around the corner it is crucial to remember AHS’ four keys to a safe and healthy autumn: get immunized, cover your cough, clean your hands, and stay home when you’re sick. Getting immunized is the best way for an individual to protect themselves against the flu, it is also one of the best ways to protect loved ones through what is call “herd immunity,” which is a resistance to a contagious disease in a population, by most of the individuals being immune to it. Every flu season, anyone over the age of six months old…

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