When my kids were little, our home was
their haven—it was safe and full of love.
It was where they grew up, learned to
climb stairs, cook their own meals and
Now that my children are adults, our
home is where we gather to reconnect.
And when we do, it reminds me that the
heart of our family, and our health, will
always be tied to our home.
In this issue of Apple, we look
at how our physical and emotional
wellbeing is linked to the health of
From checking the furnace to cleaning
the ducts, our story A Healthy Home
(page 42) offers practical tips for a
healthier home. And The Upside of an
Organized Home (page 20) offers ideas
The heart of our health
WRITTEN BY PATTI RESTOULE
to reclaim order from cluttered chaos.
A safe and healthy home is more than
a structure with bedrooms, bathrooms
and family possessions. It’s also a loving
and supportive place for families to
grow and develop, learn from their
mistakes and make smart decisions. In
Safe at Home (page 48), we look at how
nurturing and supportive relationships
form the foundation of an emotionally
Every family’s home and home life is
unique, but every healthy home shares
a common trait: it supports and protects
your health. |a
Patti Restoule is a director of Healthy
Environments and Injury Prevention at
Alberta Health Services.