Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve or maintain your health. It reduces your chances of developing over 25 medical illnesses including heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, depression, and falls / hip fractures. If you are already physically active congratulations and keep up the good work (150 min of dedicated physical activity per week will provide optimum health benefits). If you are not yet physically active just by increasing activity level by a small amount each week will improve your health.
Once medically cleared you are ready to start your exercise program. There are many ways to increase your physical activity: walking, bicycling, swimming, with a friend, or at the local gym to name a few. The Kelowna Family Y in Rutland provides a variety of activities at reasonable cost. They even have fitness trainers available. For most people at the start of an exercise program start low and build up your activity level slowly. For more information or to get your exercise prescription visit your family doctor.
Cigarette smoking is one of the most important modifiable risk factors that negatively affects our health. Quitting smoking will reduce your risk of developing many medical illnesses, including heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, and COPD.
For information on quitting smoking visit your family doctor or visit quitnow.ca
The available information regarding diet is endless, but not always helpful. For people with specific medical conditions dietary advice may require the assistance of a dietitian.
For general dietary advice the BC provincial government provides access to nutrition services through their web site healthlinkbc.
Immunizations are one of the most important ways to protect your health and your child’s health. Many illnesses have been dramatically reduced or eliminated altogether by immunizations. Every major medical organization in western society supports immunizations.
For information on childhood vaccinations visit the Canadian Pediatric Society
For information on adult and childhood vaccinations visit Immunize BC