Health advice now as easy
Trusted health advice is now simpler with
the new 811 phone number for Health
Link, Alberta Health Services’ 24/7 health
information line. The move to 811 makes the
Health Link number easy to remember and
easy to reach for all Albertans.
Health Link is a vital part of the health
system, helping more than one million
Albertans in the past year. This free service
gives callers at-home treatment options and
information on the health-care services they
need, often avoiding an unneeded emergency
— Tara Grindle
for more information, visit MyHealth.
walk this way
Walk your way to better health this summer
with help from UWALK, a new online
tool created by the University of Alberta.
Synchronize your pedometer or fitness monitor
with the UWALK website (available on mobile
devices) to track your daily fitness and activity
Sign up for challenges such as walking the
province border-to-border or climbing Alberta’s
tallest mountains. The site also offers:
motivation and support; tips for organizing a
group or workplace challenge; and free videos,
how-to-guides, posters, maps and more.
visit uwalk.ca for more information.
Get up, stand up
The newest truism is sitting is the new
smoking. Canadian adults spend almost 70 per
cent of their day sitting, increasing their risk of
type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis,
arthritis , injury and even cancer. But moving
for 10 minutes at a time throughout the day
can help offset sitting.
These four tips will get out of your office
1. Drink water—you’ll get up to fill your
glass and again to use the bathroom
2. Try the 20-20 rule—stand up every 20
minutes and walk 20 steps away from
3. Stretch or do low-impact exercises such
3. Use an adjustable sit-to-stand desk
4. Host a standing or walking meeting.
visit straightenupalberta.com for