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Improving Health

With Canadian childhood obesity rates tripling over the last 30 years, and Canada’s youth suicide rate being the third highest in the industrialized world, there’s clearly something amiss with our kids’ health, and we know that the repercussions will echo well into their adulthood.


Today we live in the age of information. More and more data is available to help us make good decisions, about the best places to live, the best places to visit, the best careers to follow, and perhaps most importantly, how to live better, longer. This is especially true when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in Canada.


It goes without saying that we all want to have healthy kids. We want them to be full of energy, curious about the world, eager to make new friends and experience new things. This is a great reason to make sure that your children have a balanced diet that gives them the right amount of the right nutrients, and not too much of some others. But here’s an even better reason: Children who get proper nutrition usually are healthier, happier, more successful adults. Yup. It’s true.


With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions in recent years, the issue of drug overdose is very much on the radar for discussion. We know the tragic results when opioid addiction and abuse end in death or lifelong disability, but what can we do about it.

Our greatest tool is education. The first hour after an overdose is critical in determining the long-term outcome for the victims. Will this be wake-up call seek treatment, or will it be the end of the line?


As parents we tend to think we know what’s good for our kids, but our knowledge is mostly of the general variety. We know they need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and try to avoid excessive amounts of unhealthy fats, salt and sugar. But, do you know the specifics? How many calories a day does a child need? Do you know which nutrients your child is not likely getting in sufficient quantities? How would you know if there was a problem with your child's development?



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