Health advice now as easyas 811
Trusted health advice is now simpler withthe new 811 phone number for HealthLink, Alberta Health Services’ 24/7 healthinformation line. The move to 811 makes theHealth Link number easy to remember andeasy to reach for all Albertans.
Health Link is a vital part of the healthsystem, helping more than one millionAlbertans in the past year. This free servicegives callers at-home treatment options andinformation on the health-care services theyneed, often avoiding an unneeded emergencydepartment visit.
— Tara Grindle
for more information, visit MyHealth.
walk this way
Walk your way to better health this summerwith help from UWALK, a new onlinetool created by the University of Alberta.Synchronize your pedometer or fitness monitorwith the UWALK website (available on mobiledevices) to track your daily fitness and activityprogress.
Sign up for challenges such as walking theprovince border-to-border or climbing Alberta’stallest mountains. The site also offers:motivation and support; tips for organizing agroup 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 newsmoking. Canadian adults spend almost 70 percent of their day sitting, increasing their risk oftype 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis,arthritis , injury and even cancer. But movingfor 10 minutes at a time throughout the daycan help offset sitting.
These four tips will get out of your officechair:
1. Drink water—you’ll get up to fill yourglass and again to use the bathroom
2. Try the 20-20 rule—stand up every 20minutes and walk 20 steps away fromyour desk
3. Stretch or do low-impact exercises suchas squats
3. Use an adjustable sit-to-stand desk4. Host a standing or walking meeting.
visit straightenupalberta.com fordesk-friendly stretches.