January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. An estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. By 2031 this figure is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66%. Women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease. Experts believe this is because women, on average, live longer than men and age is the biggest risk factor. Other risk factors include smoking , high blood preassure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of physical activity, age and genetics.
Do you get more worked up about BTSE (Back to School Eve) than New Year's Eve? Approximately two thirds of Canadian parents say the first day of school is the time of year when their family's routine and schedule changes the most, according to the recent Centrum Small Steps Survey. And for parents with children under 18 at home, back to school trumps the New Year as the biggest period of change. But don't let September changes sideline your family's health goals. Leading nutrition expert Theresa Albert says there are small steps parents can take to support their health during the hectic fall season.
Despite its recognized health benefits, most Canadians only get half the recommended daily fibre intake. One of this year's hottest food trends, fibre keeps our digestive systems running smoothly. But what most don't know is it has also been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, assist with weight management and mitigates the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by improving blood sugar levels. For men, the recommended daily fibre intake is 38 grams and for women, 25 grams. Getting your daily dose is easy with these creative hacks to incorporate fibre into foods you love.
You've heard the saying that it takes 21 days to develop a healthy habit, but this length of time can seem daunting when you're committing to cooking from scratch or going on a daily run. Even the most time-crunched can get one small step closer to being heathier though – try these 15 health hacks that take only 15 seconds to implement in your daily routine.
Digestive health is essential to your overall well-being. Poor digestion can affect your energy, mood, and concentration, as well as compromise your immune function. Regular exercise, as well as maintaining a healthy weight and diet, are just some of the ways to nurture a healthy gut. However, proper food choice is important as certain foods can cause discomfort like bloating, gas, or constipation. Fortunately, foods can also be a weapon for improving your digestive system.
Heading out on the open road to your favourite destination is both relaxing and exciting. But depending on the distance, the drive can also mean cramped legs, a sore back from sitting so long and not-so-healthy snacks at stops along the way. If this sounds like you on your last road trip, don't be too hard on yourself because you're not alone. It turns out 40 per cent of Canadians fall out of step with their healthy routine during vacations, according to the Centrum Small Steps Survey. But this doesn't have to be the case. Try these health hacks for your next long drive, whether it's to the cottage or across the country.