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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Mammogram Bus

One in eight women in Alberta will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, and the chances increase with age. Due to this, if you are between 50 and 74 you should get mammograms regularly. In order to make this goal more achievable Alberta Health Service’s mobile mammography unit will be visiting the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital from January 24th-29th. To book an appointment at the mobile screening unit, or at either the full-sized clinics located in Edmonton and Calgary, visit screeningforlife.ca/book-a-screening/ or call Screen Test at 1-800-667-0604. This mobile screening service is meant to bring breast cancer screening tests directly into communities…

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