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Canadian Malnutrition Awareness Week 2023 – October 2 – 6

This year’s Canadian #MalnutritionAwarenessWeek theme is ‘Stronger Together’
Malnutrition is widespread in Canada and affects everyone from seniors to young kids.
Malnutrition Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about the importance of good nutrition and how to achieve it.
We want to help our community members stay healthy and strong, so they can continue living life to the fullest.
Consider eating nutrient dense food when you can:
– Whole Grains
– Fruits and Vegetables
– Non-Fat and Low-Fat Dairy
– Fish and Seafood
– Unprocessed Lean Meat
– Skinless Poultry
– Nuts and Legumes
Further information regarding nutrient dense food:…/how-can-i-eat-more-nutrient….


From frappuccinos to energy drinks, kids encounter caffeine everywhere. ⚡
It’s important not to forget that the amount of caffeine in each beverage varies extensively, especially in popular energy drinks.
Health Canada’s recommendations on caffeine intake for women of childbearing age and children is no more than 300mg & healthy adults no more than 400 mg.
Check the label when you are purchasing products and monitor how much you (and those in your care) are consuming so you can cut back if necessary. It’s important to educate your child about caffeine and offer them non-caffeinated alternatives to help them develop healthy habits.
More information regarding caffeine awareness can be found on the following links:
MyHealth Alberta website:


You may have come across news and discussions surrounding Ozempic, a medication originally designed to enhance glycemic control in those with type 2 diabetes.
However, there is growing interest in its off-label potential for weight loss.
Explore the potential risks of using Ozempic off-label, suitable candidates, side effects and important considerations shared by experts. 🔗
Read more here:


Set aside time each week to plan and prep meals — even snacks — will save you time, money, stress and keep your health on track. 📅
Here’s how:
⌚ Save time: Shave off hours from your workweek, and make more time for extracurriculars, by planning and preparing meals and snacks on the weekend. In exchange, you’ll gain some extra free time after work or school.
💰 Save money: When you plan ahead with a grocery list, you’re less likely to make impulsive and unhealthy purchases — you’ll also less likely to waste food.
🎨 Inspire variety in your diet: Meal planning can ensure you’re eating a varied and nutritious diet that meets your daily requirements — it can also inspire creativity in the kitchen!
🧘🏻‍♂️ Reduce stress: Making decisions ahead of time gives you one less thing to worry about — and that’s a win for your mental health.
Canada Food Guide – recipes:


As temperatures rise over the summer, it is crucial for your health and well-being to stay hydrated.
Here are some tips to keep refreshed and hydrated for the rest of summer:
💧 Keep it in reach: Make water your go-to beverage when you’re out or carry your favorite reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated on the go.
☕ Brew your favorite tea and serve over ice.
🥥 Try coconut water: Quench your thirst with coconut water! Packed with natural electrolytes, coconut water is a great alternative to sugary sports drinks.
🍹 Be creative with water add-ins: add slices of fruit, herbs, veggies, water flavoring or a combination to stay hydrated. 
🍉Eat water-rich foods: Snack on juicy watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries or celery. Foods with a naturally high-water content will help boost your hydration levels.
Further information can be found in the websites below:
#summer #hydration #findingbalance #myhealth #abhealth #summeractivities

Beat the heat! ☀

Make sure to exercise caution during the hot summer months to avoid heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. If you notice feelings of confusion, profuse sweating, trouble breathing or skin that is red, hot and dry – you may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
When recognized in the early stages, mild heat exhaustion can be treated at home.
Take action:
🌡 Stop activity
🌡 Get out of direct sunlight
🌡 Drink water, juice or rehydration liquids
🌡 Cool down by applying cool compresses
🌡 Rest until you feel better
For more information on protecting yourself from the heat visit the heat-related links below:
#summer #heat #summeractivities #ahs #alberta #primarycare


Big Country Primary Care Networks (PCNs) offer a variety of online and in-person workshops to support your health journey.
It’s fast and easy to sign up for nutrition related PCN workshops where you can:
• learn how to lower your risk or manage Type 2 diabetes through healthy eating
• understand how to menu plan and read nutrition labels properly
• gain strategies to help you maintain or lose weight through nutrition
• explore the connection between your emotions and food cravings
• ask trusted nutrition experts the questions that matter most to you
• and more
💻 Find a workshop that aligns with your personal health and nutrition goals:


Attending a summer festival or stampede is a great way to get outside, escape day-to-day responsibilities and create lasting memories! ✨
If you’re of legal age, you might choose to savour the day with a few alcoholic beverages — just remember to stay safe, smart and responsible with these tips:
👉 Keep track of how many drinks you have — try to limit yourself to two or fewer.
👉 For every alcoholic drink, have one non-alcoholic drink — preferably water.
👉 Choose alcohol-free or low-alcohol beverages — there are lots of delicious options out there!
👉 Eat before and while you’re drinking.
👉 Plan a safe and sober way home.
Remember drinking alcohol can affect your coordination, reaction time, judgment and ability to make safe and healthy decisions for you and others. For more advice and information, visit the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction’s website:
If you have concerns about your drinking habits or need help cutting back, talk to your family doctor or visit…/get-help-with-substance-use.html for resources available.

Learn how to Fuel your Body

With so much information out there about food and nutrition, it can be confusing to know if you’re on the right track.
Start your nutrition journey off right — talk with your family doctor about getting referred to a registered dietitian.

Reducing Risk During Air Quality Events

😷 Take these proactive steps to reduce your exposure associated with poor air quality:
– Close all outside windows and doors
– Clean your air conditioner filter
– Drink plenty of water
– Turn down thermostats and furnace fans
– Reduce levels of physical activity
– Run car fans on recirculate mode
Keep yourself and family safe by staying informed and prioritizing your well-being:
– If you think you are having a heart attack, stroke or otherwise in need of immediate medical attention, dial 911
– Health Link is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll free. Dial 811 to speak with a registered nurse
– If you are experiencing symptoms related to poor air quality conditions and have concerns, talk to your family doctor
For more tips and information on navigating an air quality event, refer to the Alberta Health Services website:
Protecting your health during an #airqualityevent is priority number one.
Use the resources you need to effectively manage your health during this time. Together, we can stay safe and healthy ♥