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Jeff Fost

Back to School Preparations

Excited for back to school?  A return to routine requires considerable preparation and a list is your best friend.  You have a list for school supplies (check), a list for lunch kits (check), a list of medications (check?).   For those in the know, a pharmacy can cover much of your preparations. Nowadays it is

Christine Zagoruy


It’s dangerous to believe that addiction applies only to certain people. Underestimating addiction blinds us and prevents those we care about from getting help. Your gender, wealth, intelligence, or beliefs do not prevent you from addiction or problematic substance use.  Even ensuring that there is no access to drugs or alcohol in your home is

Phil Hudson

Oral Care

Keeping your teeth healthy means you can eat the foods you love and flash your beautiful smile often. Did you know that smiling can boost your mood and the mood of those around you?    Good oral hygiene is a habit you want to acquire for life. If you have children, help them develop the

Leslie Palmer

First Aid Kit – Be Prepared

A standard first aid kit is a great thing to have but may not suit all of your needs. Certainly, a general first aid kit is good for minor cuts and superficial wounds. Bandages, gauze, dressings, and tape are great to have handy to patch those nicks and scratches. Dressings do keep away dirt and

Janet Rastin


Do you only drink water when you feel thirsty? That may not be enough. Dehydration may or may not show symptoms, especially if we are an older adult. Often once we feel thirsty we are already in a dehydrated state. Symptoms of dehydration can differ by age but commonly include thirst, less frequent and darker

Deborah Ellis

Osteoporosis & Sunshine Myths

Sunshine provides essential benefits to our health. The warmth and brightness of sunlight certainly provide an overall feeling of wellness. What can be more wondrous than sunbathing to make all the vitamin D we need, and take advantage of summer to store up? You may also be aware that Vitamin D is often referred to

Jean Brisson

Eye Care in Summer

Our eyes are generally pretty good at taking care of themselves. However, eye care should be part of your regular routine. Vision will decline with age, but we can prevent damage and slow the decline. Take time to perform daily care for your eyes, and continue to take in the wonders that sight can bring.

Karim Atta

Skin Care

We often think of cleaning for proper skin care. It’s better to think of skin protection.   Skin protection goals are to maintain healthy skin and protect it from harmful elements. Your skin does try to protect itself. Skin secretions include sweat and sebum, which are vital for proper skin maintenance. Sebum provides a layer

Toyin Banjoko

Let’s Talk About Asthma

Asthma can affect you at any age and is the third most common chronic disease in Canada. Breathe easy, when properly managed, asthma is a mere nuisance for most, but if not managed it can be very severe. Asthma attacks can significantly affect your quality of life.   Symptoms of asthma can vary and may