Health is so much more than
the absence of illness and disease.
As our cover story, “Sleep: the
foundation of health at any age,” on
page 32, notes, our health also depends
on night after night of good sleep.
Sleep is often taken for granted, but its
regenerative powers are amazing, and
the roughly one-third of our lives we
spend sleeping is essential to keeping
us alert, energized and engaged for the
Of course, sleep is only one of the
building blocks of health. Our health
and well-being also depend on security,
safety, trust and acceptance.
These elements are at the core of two
feature stories in this issue of Apple,
“Youth suicide: knowing the signs” on
page 38 and “Navigating your teen’s
sexuality” on page 42. As these stories
point out, teens especially can feel
alienated about their sexuality, their
feelings, their looks, their likes and their
lives in general.
Whatever age and stage we are in
our lives, we all need a supportive
environment where we can flourish
and be comfortable. Without that
environment, health can be fleeting
and wellness can be elusive.
The quest for health is the theme of
our fourth feature story, “ 15 Alberta
health + wellness innovations +
innovators” on page 46. Our editorial
teams gave writer Colleen Seto (who’s
contributed to all seven editions of
Apple) more than 35 ideas to pursue
for this story. Narrowing the list was
a tough task and even before we went
to press, we realized this is just the
first instalment in examining—and
celebrating—the advances Albertans
have made in all avenues of health.
As sweeping and as impressive as
these advances are, as a medical officer
of health I like to remind people that
some of the greatest changes in our
personal, family’s and community’s
health and wellness can come about
from simple, little actions you take
yourself. In Apple, you’ll find all kinds
of information to help you take those
actions. Read on…
Alberta Health services.