Be head smart!
Protect your head by wearing a helmet when
“Helmets prevent 85 percent of head injuries,” says
cycling, skateboarding or inline skating. Bike helmets
are the law for Albertans under 18 years old, including
children in bike trailers, and they protect riders of any age,
says Dr. Daphne L. Anderson, a sports and exercise medicine
physician at Calgary Sports Therapy. “Parents set a good
example when they wear a helmet,” Anderson says.
Diane Jaeger, a provincial injury prevention coordinator
with Alberta Health Services.
Make sure your helmet fits properly and you have
the right helmet for your activity, by taking
the bike helmet “Yes” test posted with
this story on applemag.ca.
Indulge in saving money—it can feel so good.
“Saving money is like exercising: everyone knows
they need to do it,” says Brad Moore, portfolio manager
at SAGE Investment Advisors of Raymond James in
Calgary. “The whole objective is to spend less than
you make. What’s left over, dedicate that to savings.”
The secret is to save consistently, which adds up
and pays off over time. Give yourself an incentive
to reach your goal, like going on a vacation or
being debt-free. Moore suggests making
a plan, taking baby steps and measuring
46. Learn something. Do somethingyou’ve always wanted to try: playan instrument, dance, speakanother language.
47. Turn off. Tune out. Unplugfrom your technology for an houra day. Live in the moment.
48. Me time. Take a few minutes foryou: have a relaxing bath, cup oftea, or nap—whatever you need.
49. Know your options. Visitalbertahealthservices.ca/optionsto find the health-care options thatare right for you and your family.
Nurture your creativity. Painta picture, write a poem, join atheatre group, visit an art gallery.
Join in. Sign up for our
summer health challenge at
Play safe. Take the “Yes” testfor playground safety postedwith this story on applemag.ca.
Save smart. Save a little, saveconsistently, and watch it add up.
41. Stand/sit straight! Practisegood posture, especially if youspend a lot of time in front ofa screen.
42. Really good shoe. A good pairof well-fitting shoes with supportwill take you far (or farther).
Wear the gear. From helmetsand elbow pads to safety glassesand shin guards, the right equipment protects against injury.
45. Stretch. Flexibility buildsstrength and balance at any age(and it feels pretty good too).
— With files from Terry Bullick andAmy Sawchenko