The Temagami Family Health Team is launching a 3-week campaign for employees called Paint Your Plate, a workplace project aimed at increased vegetable and fruit consumption. This campaign fits in well with this year’s Nutrition Month theme of Eating Well 9 to 5 – encouraging Canadians to make healthy choices throughout the workday. Paint Your Plate provides employees with strategies and tips to increase their daily vegetable and fruit consumption, and encourages them to be adventurous by introducing new foods into meals. The goal is to raise employees’ awareness of their vegetables and fruit intake, and inspire them to make improvements by providing resources and support. The Family Health Team is coordinating the campaign with support from the Timiskaming Health Unit (THU).
Staff at the Family Health Team hope to inspire members of the community to make healthy changes to their lifestyle as well. To help encourage our patients to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables they eat, we are opening the contest up to members of the community. Drop in to the clinic the week of March 30th to pick up your scorecard and great resources. Once you return your fruit and vegetable scorecard, your name will be entered for a chance to win a great prize!
Only 33% of Timiskaming residents eat at least 7 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit a day as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Research has shown that eating seven or more servings of vegetables and fruit a day could reduce cancer rates by 20%, decrease the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
The Temagami Medical Centre and Family Health Team...
working together to keep you as healthy as possible!
March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day
Tuberculosis (TB), which is curable and preventable, is caused by bacteria that most often affects the lungs.
TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they push the TB germs into the air. It only takes a few of these germs for someone to become infected.
When a person develops active TB, the symptoms may be mild for many months. This can lead to a delay in seeking medical care and results in transmission of the bacteria to others.
DID YOU KNOW…
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF ACTIVE LUNG TB:
Diagnosing active tuberculosis based merely on signs and symptoms is difficult. A diagnosis of TB should, however, be considered in people with signs of lung disease or a group of symptoms lasting longer than two weeks. A chest X-ray and multiple sputum cultures are typically part of the initial assessment.
Contact your health care provider if you have any concerns.
The Temagami Medical Centre and Family Health Team
is committed to keeping you as healthy as possible!
Most Canadians don’t like to talk about colorectal cancer but the month of March is a great time to change that.
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. Some of the screening tests designed to help diagnose colorectal cancer include colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. The benefits and risks of these screening methods vary. Discuss with your health care provider which test is best for you.
Since every patient has a unique medical history, it is extremely important to talk with your health care provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with colorectal cancer. By talking regularly and openly with your provider, you can take an active role in your health care.
Questions to ask your health care provider about colorectal cancer screening:
Preventative Health Care – the Easiest Way to Protect Your Future!
March is Nutrition Month
A lot of people struggle with making healthy food choices outside of the home. That’s why Nutrition Month 2015 is dedicated to helping Canadians learn how to eat well all day long – whether at work, at school or at play.
With the right recipes, tips and a little planning, anyone can prepare nutritious meals and snacks for anytime and anywhere. Make it and take it, wherever the day takes you.
Stock Up for Success
Top three suggestions for stocking in cupboard, fridge and freezer:
Nutrition Month is presented by Dietitians of Canada, as well as thousands of dietitians across the country. For some great recipes, visit their website at http://www.nutritionmonth.ca/recipes
The Temagami Medical Centre and Family Health Team…
committed to keeping you as healthy as possible!