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Kevin Melnyk


Does it hurt to move? Most of us have experienced joint pain. Joint pain can be short-term due to injury, or chronic due to arthritis.  Causes may be different, but treatment is often similar with the common goal of reducing pain and inflammation to allow joint function.  Common causes of acute joint pain are due

Angela Zaharia

Getting Ahead of the Flu

Even if you are healthy, never get sick, or recover easily from illness, getting a flu shot can prevent the flu from harming the vulnerable people in our lives. It’s a win-win to protect yourself and those around you from contracting the flu or reduce the severity of its effects.   Flu season starts in

Chris Johnson

Lice Facts

Anyone can get head lice. The head louse cannot fly or hop, but can move really fast. Getting lice doesn’t mean you are not clean. The most common way to get lice is by head-to-head contact which is why children are most likely to get head lice. Lice can’t jump to another head,  but they

Darren Erbach back pain

Get Back to Fitness

Keeping your move on, even as it gets colder outside, is a worthwhile investment. To maintain good health we have to keep those wheels turning.   Did you know that regular physical activity will reduce stress, and give you more energy? You already know it can prevent many chronic diseases, but did you know it

Paul Lacombe


Sleep is essential for physical health and mental wellness. But did you know that 1 in 2 adults experience difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep?    Many myths regarding sleep still abound, but here are some that you should be wary of: Myth: you can train your body to require less sleep Myth: you

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