Getting Healthy

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Making a Plan

If you're interested in helping yourself or helping someone you love get healthy (and stay healthy!) this is the place to start. These sites will help you think about your health goals and you can use them to keep you on track!

My Health eSupport  (Heart and Stroke)
My Menu Planner (EatRightOntario)
How to Get SMART About Goal Setting (a healthier Michigan)
Questions to ask your Doctor or Nurse about your medical care (See the links on the left side)
Self-Help Connection

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating can be a challenge – but it doesn't have to be. These sites can give you some information, skills and tools to eat better so you can live better.

Canada Food Guide- interactive tool and serving tracker (Health Canada)
How to read nutrition labels  (Heart and Stroke)
eaTracker.ca (Dietitians of Canada)
Healthy Eating on a Budget (City of Ottawa)

Healthy Weight

Struggling with your weight? Chances are good that you are.  According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about 60% of Nova Scotian adults are either overweight or obese. Losing weight can be a challenge, but it can be a little easier with help from these tools that can help you choose some goals and stick with them.

My Healthy Weight Action Plan™ (Heart and Stroke)
BMI calculator (Dietitians of Canada)
Waist to Hip Ratio calculators (University of Maryland Medical System)
Understanding Portion Sizes (webMD and Capital Health)
Serving Size Handout 

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also called 'Hypertension') is a risk factor for many diseases. Being overweight, eating a diet with too much salt, and stress are just some of the things that can cause high blood pressure. These websites give you let give you some insight into exactly what those blood pressure numbers mean, and how to track your blood pressure to help you keep it on the level.

My Bloodpressure- BP tracker card and education pamphlet (NS Dept. of Health)
Heart and Stroke – My Blood Pressure Action Plan  (Heart and Stroke)        
Blood pressure chart: What your reading means (Mayo Clinic)
Sodium – how to tame your salt habit now (Mayo Clinic)

Alcohol Use

We get a lot of conflicting messages about alcohol in our society. Separating fact from fiction isn't always easy. The truth is, you don't have to have an addiction to alcohol for it to affect your health. Take a look through these links to find out more.

Low risk drinking guidelines (Addiction Services, Department of Health and Wellness)
Evaluate Your Drinking
Alcohol Use and Health (Centers for Disease Control)
Changing the culture (Addiction Services, Department of Health and Wellness)
Women and Alcohol (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) 

Stress & Coping

Stressed out? Feeling stretched? Stress and depression are more common than you think. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 Canadians will have an issue with their mental health in their lifetime. Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. These links will give you some information and tools to help you with your sense of wellbeing.

Being Well: our mental health matters (South Shore Health)
Stress assessment: Rate your stress level (Mayo Clinic)
Staying on Top of Your Game™ Interactive Wheel (Psychology Foundation of Canada)
Understanding Depression – symptom checklist (Depression Hurts.ca)

Smoking

We all know that smoking is hard on your health. But if quitting was easy, you'd just do it. Nicotine is very addictive, but every year many people do quit and manage to quit for good. This could be your time! Below are tips and programs that can help you!

Smoker's Helpline (Canadian Cancer Society)
Quit4Life
Smoking & tobacco (The Lung Association)
Ten Tips to quit smoking (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) 

South Shore Health Stop Smoking Clinics

Physical Activity

Spending a little too much time in front of a screen? Most people don't get enough exercise, and that's too bad. Exercise is not only good at helping your body fight disease, it fights stress, helps you sleep better, keeps your bones and muscles strong, and generally makes you feel better. Sound like a good deal? Check out these sites that can help get you motivated to move.

Tips on getting active (Health Canada)
U Alberta Physical Activity Tool kit (University of Alberta)
Participaction
Info sheets how Physical Activity for children, youth, adults and older adults (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology)

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