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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Public Service Announcement (Originally Aired in 2003)

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This is a public service announcement I did for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For more information about health, please check out my books Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet and Natural Beauty on my online store at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Need help? Just give me a call with tobacco

In Business, Culture, Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Tobacco - Photo: MorgueFile.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Tobacco - Photo: MorgueFile.com

By: Rachel Muenz

Before I climbed to the third floor of the North Borden Building on Spadina, I thought tobacco was bad. But now I know that it can be good, depending on how you use it. Tobacco can help students like me get the confidence they need to make their dreams soar.

It is here at the University of Toronto’s First Nations House where I meet Grafton Antone, one of two Aboriginal elders there, to talk about the work he does with students at U of T. In exchange for that information, I must give him a tiny packet of tobacco wrapped in yellow cloth.

Antone explains tobacco is sacred in Aboriginal culture because it is how natives communicate with Creator, their supreme being, when they need guidance.

“The smoke carries our prayers up to Creator and Creator said, ‘if you want anything, just give me a call and here’s my telephone,’ says Antone, holding up a piece of dried tobacco and laughing. This is why elders are given tobacco in exchange for information and counselling. It’s a way of asking for help.
Students can also bring the elders other gifts. Antone shows me the large block of pink salt stone he got from a student earlier that day who told him it came from Pakistan. He turns it in his hands so I can see the hole in the top where a candle can be put inside and lit to make the stone glow.

Just like lighting the salt stone, Antone helps feed the fires of students’ dreams with his booming laugh and encouraging words so they can shine with success.

“I work with people’s dreams and make them happen,” says Antone, who’s been an elder at First Nations House since about the year 2000.

Antone shows me how he does this by asking students questions and learning what their dreams are. Knowing a bit more about students, he can then bounce ideas off them for how they can go about achieving those dreams.

“That’s where we build; we build on our relationship,” Antone says. “We build on our conversations and that’s what I do. I dialogue with you and in dialoguing with you I’m able to work with you.”

But there’s only so much Antone can do to help a student. Overall, the student needs to have a goal and has to want to achieve that goal in order for Antone to give them guidance.
“A bird needs to have a dream to fly,” he says.

Kathy Marsden agrees. She’s been the native counsellor at the Aboriginal Resource Centre at Georgian College in Barrie for the past 12 years.

“If they’re [the students] not internally motivated, nobody can motivate them to change,” Marsden says. “The support services are about empowering, helping them to work things through themselves, not doing things for them.”

Like Antone, Marsden also uses Aboriginal teachings to help native students at the college. Her main way of helping students is by using what she calls “the medicine wheel approach.”

The medicine wheel is another important symbol of most First Nations, though it differs from group to group. It is a wheel divided into four sections: red, black, white, and yellow. The wheel stands for many different things, but Marsden’s counselling methods focus on the four parts of the self the wheel symbolizes: spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental.
Marsden mostly deals with the emotional part in her counselling but she says the four areas overlap.

“If someone’s under emotional stress, it’s affecting them in all those other areas,” she says. “It’s affecting them mentally, so they can’t concentrate on their academics. It’s affecting them physically; oftentimes they can’t sleep, so I don’t just deal with the emotional part.”

Balance is the aim of Marsden’s approach. She has students fill out a medicine wheel chart to show which of the four areas they need to work on. Eating well and getting enough exercise are some of the things she might help a student with in the physical part, while self-confidence issues could be a part of both the emotional and spiritual sections of the wheel.
“Depending on how lengthy the sessions are we may just deal with one specific aspect,” Marsden says. “But that’s OK. If it helps them get on with their lives, then that’s great.”

Helping students with those emotional problems can be hard.
Antone says that every single student that comes to see him is a difficult case in its own way, but it’s especially hard when the student is angry. Surprisingly, to help students get past their anger, he eggs them on to make them angrier.

“Sometimes when people are angry, it sometimes requires you to get a little bit more angry ‘til you realize that maybe that’s not really the right thing,” he says. “They catch themselves, they calm down and then I’m able to talk to them and maybe bring them down the good path.” The good path can mean forgiving people and treating them better instead of being mad, Antone adds.

Marsden agrees that anger shouldn’t be ignored even though most people see it as a negative emotion.

“The way we look at it is, all our emotions are given to us by Creator so we have to honour all those emotions and it’s how we deal with them that counts,” she says.

Smudging ceremonies are also a way that elders and native counsellors might help students deal with stress and other problems.

In his tiny office at First Nations House with the window open a crack, Antone shows me how smudging is done.

He takes a large shell from a table at the back of the room and sprinkles some grey-white sage leaves into it. He lights them on fire and smoke begins to curl up to the ceiling. I sweep the smoke over myself with my hands three or four times as Antone says for me to do. It has a spicy sweet smell and, as Antone says, “it makes you want to start cooking turkey.”

Aboriginals believe everyone has an energy surrounding them. The smoke from the sage or other plants First Nations use in smudging, such as sweetgrass, works like a shower to wash away negative energy, Antone says.

“What it does is it works with the thinking. It’s good for people and it’s supposed to bring understanding and it’s supposed to clear your mind,” he says. “And in the clearing of the mind it gives a new space, a new time, a new beginning for you to be able to walk the future.”

I feel calmer after bathing myself in the sage smoke and wish I had known about smudging during my last set of assignments.
But smudging doesn’t work for everybody.

“You only get out of it what you put into it,” Antone says.
He adds that postsecondary education is a kind of smudging, because by gaining knowledge, the energy around people changes too.

Learning about the Aboriginal worldview helps students with their personal growth, says Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, an Aboriginal studies professor at the University of Toronto.
Unlike mainstream society, the native viewpoint focuses on the success of everyone as a group rather than the success of one person, Wesley-Esquimaux says.

“When it’s all about you and all you’re concerned about is getting to the top of the game, then you don’t care who you step on,” she says. “Whereas with the Aboriginal worldview it’s not like that, it’s not competitive, it’s about trying to help each other get to a good place.”

By thinking of helping other people instead of just themselves, students not only become better people, they also become part of a community, Wesley-Esquimaux adds. Because of this, they avoid the loneliness and homesickness students often experience when they first get to university or college. Taking part in native community activities like potlucks and feasts means that students gain the support of many people and aren’t left on their own to deal with the transition to university or college.

“They [the students] seem to enjoy the inclusive nature of it. They like being involved in putting together feasts and spending a lot of time with each other,” she says. “They like that part. They don’t feel so isolated.”

Marsden says this idea of community and getting students involved is important at Georgian College as well. Though her counselling services are just for native students, the Aboriginal Resource Centre, like First Nations House, also has events and activities for all students and they have an elder on campus who everyone can visit for help.

“We’re not exclusive, we’re inclusive and that’s a huge factor,” Marsden says.

Changing students’ ways of thinking either through seeing an elder or learning more about Aboriginal culture can help them overcome seemingly impossible challenges at school, Antone says.

“It is not impossible, it’s only the space that you’re sitting in or the environment that you’re engulfed in . . . if we move you over just that much,” he says, holding his hands about an inch apart, “All of a sudden you say, ‘Oh I can see it, I understand it now.”

With a bit of nudging, students see solutions to problems that they were blind to before.

Talking with students and hearing their stories is what Antone enjoys most about working at First Nations House.
“I like to listen to people and I hear their stories. That’s how I can get a story.”

But it also makes him happy when he sees students carrying on what he’s taught them by performing various First Nations ceremonies themselves.

Passing on knowledge is what he really seems to love.
“I changed you,” he says with a laugh. “I smudged you. You’re no longer the same person as you were when you came in here.

You now have an access to the Aboriginal understanding.”
It’s true.

When I first climbed to the third floor of the North Borden Building on Spadina, I was nervous and scared. I didn’t know what First Nations culture was, though I’d read a lot about it.
Now I know a little something, and as I walk away from First Nations House, up the dreary wet street, I’m happy and confident. I know more about who I am.

All because of a little bundle of tobacco wrapped in yellow cloth.

Vitality-Boosting Pasta Salad

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Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

Vitality-Boosting Pasta Salad

This pasta salad – developed by leading nutrition expert Rose Reisman – is a powerhouse when it comes to vitality-boosting ingredients, including whole grains, edamame beans, berries, orange veggies and Greek yogurt. Read the rest of this entry »

Menopause a Hot Topic Among Canadian Women, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40 Years Old

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Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable

Toronto, Ontario – Summer 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

This reality has opened a new market of opportunity for Canadian businesses, which are coming up with creative solutions to this centuries-old problem as more Generation Xers edge towards middle-age. Read the rest of this entry »

Now I Know Why I Didn’t Seem Right for Me to Lose 20 More Pounds

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And if you are any woman of colour, this may be true for you too.

Expanding Life-Saving Care for Stroke Victims

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Expanding Life-Saving Care for Stroke Victims

February 4, 2014

Ontario Using Technology to Improve Patient Care and Value for Health Dollars

Stroke victims across Ontario can now benefit from life-saving, emergency care through eHealth Ontario’s Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System.Through a partnership between the Ontario Telemedicine Network and eHealth Ontario, the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System — currently used for head trauma victims — is expanding to provide 24/7 access to expert care for stroke patients.

Doctors in acute care hospitals across the province, regardless of size or location, now have the capability to hold virtual consultations and get expert advice from the Ontario Telemedicine Network’s neuro-specialists. The system allows them to electronically share brain images, such as MRIs and CT scans, to determine the best course of treatment.

This enhancement will help doctors make faster diagnosis, such as determining whether a patient is a candidate for the clot-busting drug t-PA, which is effective if administered shortly after a stroke. It will also help physicians determine if patient transfers to specialized urban hospitals are necessary, which will help to get better value for health dollars.

Improving access to life-saving emergency care for stroke victims is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This supports the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System has been used since 2009 for head trauma victims, and has already proven to help provide more accurate and faster patient care.
  • Sixteen thousand people will experience a stroke in Ontario each year, at a cost of nearly $1 billion to the economy in medical and indirect costs.
  • All 97 acute care hospitals in Ontario are live with the Emergency Neuro Image Transfer System.
  • Today, two out of three Ontarians are covered by an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and seven out of 10 family physicians use an EHRs in their practice.

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QUOTES

“Early diagnosis and treatment for stroke victims is crucial. That’s why getting stroke patients faster access to neurologists through this system is a major milestone for improving patient care in Ontario. This is another example of how we are providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to have worked with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) CritiCall Ontario, and eHealth Ontario, to expand ENITS to include stroke consultation. By connecting physicians through ENTIS, scans can now be reviewed remotely by neuro specialists and stroke patients will ultimately be provided with timely access to a neurologist consultation regardless of where they are physically located.”
— Murray Glendining, Acting President and CEO, London Health Sciences Centre
“At the Ontario Telemedicine Network, we are proud to work with our health system partners and health care providers to deliver faster and better access to critical care. Telestroke is a dramatic example of how providers can use telemedicine to improve outcomes and save lives.”
— Ed Brown, CEO Ontario Telemedicine Network
“This partnership provides immediate care in stroke intervention where timing is critical. Patients will no longer have to incur the stress or the province the expense of land or air ambulance travel. And with t-PA drug therapy patients can avoid costly rehabilitation.”
— Sime Pavlovic, V-P Clinical Data Management Services, eHealth Ontario

CONTACTS

David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division
416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

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1-866-532-3161
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Samantha Grant
Minister’s Office
416-326-4905

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
http://ontario.ca/health

 


 

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Improving Access to Routine Health Procedures

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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Improving Access to Routine Health Procedures

December 17, 2013

Ontario Establishing Non-Profit Community-Based Specialty Clinics

Ontario is increasing access to routine health procedures by establishing non-profit community-based specialty clinics in communities across the province.

These specialty clinics will provide OHIP- insured services, starting with cataract and colonoscopy procedures. Other procedures will be considered for this new model of care, including dialysis, out-patient orthopaedic and other specialized services that do not require overnight stays in a hospital.

The new clinics will:

 

  • Focus on better patient outcomes, including a better patient experience.
  • Adhere to high quality standards of care to ensure patient and staff safety.
  • Provide OHIP-insured services with no additional fees charged for these services.
  • Work with local LHINs and hospitals to ensure continuity and stability of services for patients in the community.
  • Provide better value for Ontario taxpayers by allowing hospitals to focus on more complex procedures.

 

Health care providers can apply to provide services under the new model starting in early 2014. A new policy guide outlining eligibility criteria and standards for the new clinics is now available atwww.ontario.ca/specialtyclinics.

Improving access to low-risk procedures in community specialty clinics  provides the right care, at the right time and in the right place and is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care. This is part of the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Examples of existing non-profit specialty clinics operating in the province include Kensington Eye Institute, Ottawa Hospital’s Riverside Campus and the new Ottawa and Toronto Birth Centres.
  • Applications to open new non-profit community-based speciality clinics must be supported by a local hospital and the Local Health Integration Network.
  • British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan have already shifted some low-risk procedures into specialty clinics, including hip and knee surgery, diagnostic imaging, urology and maternity services.

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QUOTES

“If a routine, low-risk procedure can be done outside of a hospital, it’s good for patients, the health care system and taxpayers. We want to build on the success of existing specialty clinics like the Kensington Eye Institute to improve the patient experience while at the same time providing better value for Ontario taxpayers.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

CONTACTS

David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division
416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline
1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)

Media Line
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GTA: 416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

Samantha Grant
Minister’s Office
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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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This Week is Mental Health Week

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Make a Pledge to Support Mental Health:

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Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active‏

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Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active

September 4, 2013

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre, will make an announcement about increasing opportunities for children and youth to stay healthy and active.

Date:               Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Time:               4 p.m.

Location:         Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

101 Spruce St.

Toronto

 

Closest major intersection Gerard Street East and Parliament Street.

 

Parking available – Street Parking on both Sumach and Spruce Streets with

limited onsite parking.

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office
416-325-1759

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416 325-8391

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
http://www.ontario.ca/mtcs


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Ontarians Getting Faster Access to Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures

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Ontarians Getting Faster Access to Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures

August 14, 2013

Ontario Government Continues to Improve Wait Times

Wait times for surgeries and diagnostic procedures are getting shorter across Ontario, resulting in patients spending less time waiting and accessing treatment sooner.

Great progress has been made in reducing wait times for key procedures. In June 2013:

  • 94 per cent of cataract surgeries were performed within the 182 day target
  • 89 per cent of hip replacements were performed within the 182 day target
  • 85 per cent of knee replacements were performed within the 182 day target
  • 61 per cent of non-urgent MRIs were performed within the 28 day target
  • 87 per cent of CT scans performed were within the 28 day target
  • 98 per cent of general surgeries were performed within the 182 day target
  • 98 per cent of cancer surgeries were performed within the 84 day target
  • 92 per cent of paediatric surgeries were performed within the 182 day target

This year, the government is investing $75.8 million across the province to support health care providers in continuing to reduce wait times and to provide more than 6,800 additional surgical procedures and more than 220,000 hours for MRI and CT scans.

Ensuring people across the province have faster access to surgical and diagnostic procedures is part of the government’s Action Plan for Health Care helping deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2005, Ontario has publicly reported on wait times for surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures.
  • Ontario currently reports on wait times for over 190 different surgical and diagnostic procedures.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $1.7 billion for approximately three million additional procedures to help reduce wait times.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, Ontario received straight A’s from the Canada-wide Wait Time Alliance for meeting performance targets in reducing wait times in five priority health service areas — hip replacements, knee replacements, cataract surgery, radiation oncology and cardiac services.
  • Ontario’s Wait Time website was rated as one of the best in Canada (grade of A) by the Wait Time Alliance.

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QUOTES

“Since 2005, our government has dedicated funding to reduce wait times for surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures. Thanks to these investments and the consistent year-over-year efforts at the local level, we have increased access to timely procedures and will continue to do so to ensure better health outcomes for patients across Ontario. ”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

CONTACTS

David Jensen
Communications and Marketing Division
416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

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1-866-532-3161
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Media Line
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GTA: 416-314-6197
media.moh@ontario.ca

Samantha Grant
Minister’s Office
416-326-4905

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
http://ontario.ca/health


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Montréal’s Director of Public Health Calls for a Stronger Tobacco Act

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – During the hearings of the Commission de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Assemblée nationale concerning the report on the implementation of the Tobacco Act, Dr. Richard Massé, the director of public health of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, is calling for the Tobacco Act to be strengthened as quickly as possible to hasten the decrease in prevalence of smoking in the city’s population. He is making 10 recommendations to update the Act, which has not been revised in 8 years even though the tobacco market has changed significantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Major milestone for the Athletes’ Village

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Major milestone for the Athletes’ Village

May 22, 2013

The Ontario Government will be announcing a significant milestone at the  CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletes’ Village.  Michael Chan, Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan Am Games, and representatives from the Village partners will be on site to answer questions from media.

Date:         May 23, 2013

Time:         2 p.m.

Location:   Wheel and Foundry Building (map attached)
185 Eastern Ave.
Toronto, ON

Access:      Due to construction around the facility parking is limited. Parking
attendants will be on site to direct media and other guests who require
a place to park.  If taking public transit or taxi, drop off point is where
River St. intersects with the Bayview extension.

 


 

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Ontario Honours Top Athletes‏

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Ontario Honours Top Athletes

April 19, 2013

New Ontario Government Recognizes Achievements in Amateur Sport

Ontario honoured some of the province’s top athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate supporters for their outstanding achievements to amateur sport in 2012. Of the finalists for this year’s Ontario Sport Awards, the following athletes received the top honours at the April 18 ceremony:

  • Patrick Chan – Male Athlete of the Year (Figure Skating)
  • Rossanagh MacLennan – Female Athlete of the Year (Gymnastics)
  • Patrick Anderson – Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • Summer Mortimer – Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year (Para-Swimming)
  • Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – Team of the Year (Figure Skating)
  • Reg Chappel – Male Coach of the Year (Swimming)
  • Jennifer Lee – Female Coach of the Year (Badminton)

Ontarians will be represented by some of these honoured coaches and athletes as members of Team Canada in a number of upcoming national and international competitions, including the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Recognizing outstanding athletes and celebrating their achievements supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a stronger province where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

QUICK FACTS

  • Established in 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards is the highest recognition for excellence in amateur sport in the province.
  • Finalists are nominated by their Provincial/Multi Sport Organization. Winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group comprised of former athletes and sport administrators from Ontario.
  • Of the 27 Ontario athletes who reached the podium at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, 24 received support through the province’s Quest for Gold program.
  • 15 Ontario athletes (and 1 guide runner) earned 12 event medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. Of these, 13 (plus the guide runner) received support through the province’s Quest for Gold Program.
  • The 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will create 15,000 jobs, build new and improve sport infrastructure, attract 250,000 visitors and welcome 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials.

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QUOTES

“Congratulations to all of the talented athletes recognized at this year’s Ontario Sport Awards. We are proud to celebrate the motivation, determination and passion of Ontario’s finest amateur athletes and the dedicated coaches, volunteers and sponsors who support them. Our government is committed to achieving excellence in athletics across the province through programs that support our aspiring athletes from the playground to the podium.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games
“I want to congratulate all the recipients and finalists of the Ontario Sport Awards. We are thrilled to be able to recognize the amazing athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors, who work so hard in their respective sports year after year. It was great to see that so many finalists were Olympic and Paralympic medalists, which demonstrates excellence in the Ontario sport system.”
— Holly Abraham, Chair, Sport Alliance Ontario
“It is an honour to be recognized by the Province of Ontario in front of the sporting community at the Ontario Sport Awards. As an athlete I am grateful for the support I receive from my Provincial Sport Organization and the Province of Ontario.”
— Summer Mortimer, 2012 Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office
416-325-1759

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
416-212-3928

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
http://www.ontario.ca/mtcs

 


 

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Public Health Renewal: The Next Step‏

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Public Health Renewal: The Next Step

April 3, 2013

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, along with Dr. Vivek Goel, Public Health Ontario’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Charles Gardner, representing the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, will make an important announcement about strategic new directions for the province’s public health sector.

Date:                Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time:                10:30-11:15 a.m.

Location:          Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel,

Sheraton Hall A, Lower Concourse

123 Queen Street West

Toronto, Ontario

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PRESS RELEASE March 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EDT Education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Americans quit smoking

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ATLANTA, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Campaign to expose tragic health impact of smoking

Continuing with the success of last year’s national education ad campaign, “Tips from Former Smokers,” a second series of ads was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ads, funded by the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, feature compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Beginning Monday, ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Invite – McGill University Health Centre employees will demonstrate Wednesday at noon at the Montreal General Hospital

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MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Members of three union organizations representing close to 10,000 employees at the McGill University Health Centre will gather in front of the Montreal General Hospital at noon May 15for a demonstration against the reduction in medical services offered to the public and the poor management practices responsible for brutal budget cuts at the anglophone hospital network. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Matthews Statement on Mammography in Ontario‏

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Minister Matthews Statement on Mammography in Ontario

May 14, 2013

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, made the following statement regarding the release of a new study on mammography screening technology: A new peer-reviewed study by Cancer Care Ontario senior scientist Dr. Anna Chiarelli,   published today in the journal Radiology, shows that direct radiography (DR) mammograms and screen-film mammograms are better at detecting breast cancer than computed radiography (CR) mammograms. CR mammography is used for approximately 20 per cent of mammograms in Ontario.

Ontario is committed to being a world leader in cancer care, which is why our government is making changes based on this new information and the advice of our experts. With the support of health care providers, Ontario will phase out CR devices across Ontario over the coming months.

To support this transition, our government is making a $25 million investment to replace all CR devices with new DR devices to ensure women continue to get the most effective screening for breast cancer using the best technology available. Cancer Care Ontario has issued a request for proposals to procure new DR devices and clinics will also be able to choose to purchase replacements on their own. We will work with health care providers to ensure the best possible care for women over the transition period, and co-ordinate the replacement of CR devices to ensure that care needs are met.

I want women to know that regular mammograms remain the best way to detect breast cancer, and that the chance of having an undiagnosed cancer using CR technology is extremely low. Women with questions about how the changes affect them are encouraged to contact the site where they were last screened, their primary health care provider, or Cancer Care Ontario.”

QUICK FACTS

  • In Ontario, 88 per cent of women are alive and well five years after the diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • A list of all sites that offer breast mammography is available at www.cancercare.on.ca/mammogram.
  • Women can also contact Cancer Care Ontario at 1-800-668-9304 for more information.

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My First Marathon – Big Deal For Me at 40 ;-), 41 Coming Up This Year ;-)

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Strengthening Safe, Regulated Traditional Chinese Medicine‏

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Strengthening Safe, Regulated Traditional Chinese Medicine

March 22, 2013

New Ontario Government Regulating Health Care Options

Ontario is making traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture services safer by ensuring that only regulated and qualified practitioners deliver these services.
 

Starting April 1, 2013, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioners need to be registered with and accountable to the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. The college will oversee and regulate the profession to ensure patients receive safe, high quality health care services.

Traditional Chinese medicine originated several thousand years ago and includes the use of herbal therapy, acupuncture, tuina massage, and therapeutic exercise.

Ensuring access to safe quality health care for the people of Ontario is part of the province’s Action Plan for Health Care.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • There are approximately 2,000 traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists in Ontario.
  • Ontario is the second province (after British Columbia) to regulate traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Legislation to regulate traditional Chinese medicine received Royal Assent on Dec. 20, 2006.
  • Several other regulated health professions are permitted to perform acupuncture, including chiropody, chiropractic, dentistry, massage therapy, nursing, occupation therapy, physiotherapy and naturopathy.

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QUOTES

“Traditional Chinese medicine plays an important and valuable role in the health and well-being of many Ontarians. This legislation ensures the public has the choice of regulated and qualified practitioners who are accountable to a regulatory body.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The new College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario is committed to putting public safety first in regulating the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. The college will ensure Ontarians receive quality health care services by practitioners who possess the knowledge, skill and judgment required for safe practice.”
— Emily Cheung, Registrar, College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario

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Celebrating Completion of New Wing at Markham Stouffville Hospital‏

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Celebrating Completion of New Wing at Markham Stouffville Hospital

March 12, 2013

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, along with Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan and Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, will join hospital officials and health care partners to celebrate the completion of the new patient care tower. Read the rest of this entry »

Young Mother from Ontario Is First in North America to Receive MRI-friendly Defibrillator Implant

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Life-altering device, implanted by Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre,

opens doors for thousands of cardiac patients currently denied MRIs

 

Newmarket, Ontario – January 29, 2013 – Every year an estimated 1.5 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed in Canada and the number is growing at a rate of about 10 per cent per year. At the same time, a soaring number of Canadians who rely on implanted defibrillators to keep their hearts beating are denied this valuable, life-saving diagnostic test despite a 50 to 75 per cent probability that they will require one over the lifetime of their defibrillator. Read the rest of this entry »

Donna Kakonge on “Liquid Lunch” with ThatChannel.com

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Fiesta Fit Soup

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By Liz Pearson

Fiesta Fit Soup

This delicious soup is a one-pot meal containing ingredients that are linked to reducing belly fat, including whole grains, fibre, healthy fats, peppers and flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables. What’s more, it’s easy to make, taking only 25 minutes from stove-top to table. Read the rest of this entry »

Belly Fat, Not Scale is Best Measure of Health

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM

This New Year, resolve to get the skinny on five fat-burning foods,

 including whole grains, soluble fibres and plant compounds

 

Toronto, Ontario – January 3, 2013 – When resolving to lose weight this year, don’t rely on the scale. Measuring belly fat, rather than weight, is often a better indicator of a healthy body.

So says leading Canadian dietitian Liz Pearson, emphasizing that excess abdominal fat significantly increases the risk of health problems – such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer – as well as death. It may also speed up the aging process and the onset of dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review on “How to Talk to a Crazy People”

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By Kathy Milton-Tapley

Donna Kakonge’s new book on “How to Talk to a Crazy People” gives a rare and honest account of

mania, depression and psychosis.  She depicts a revolving-door syndrome of being admitted to psychiatric  hospitals, when she refuses to take her medication.  Donna searches for relief from bipolar mood disorder in dreams, mediums, channelling, many boyfriends, frequently changing jobs, and travel to Uganda.  Read the rest of this entry »

There is still time to help kids with disabilities this holiday season‏

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Dear Friend of Holland Bloorview,

 

With December 31st quickly approaching, this is a little note letting you know that if you were intending on making a gift before the end of this calendar year, there’s still time.

 

You can easily donate online – simply click here before the end of the year and your 2012 tax receipt will be automatically issued.

 

If you are sending in your donation by mail, please ensure the envelope is postmarked by December 31st to receive a 2012 tax receipt.  You can also call our Foundation phone line at 416-424-3809.

 

Season’s Greetings and all the best for a wonderful new year!

 

Holland Bloorview Foundation

Last Day To Get How To Talk To Crazy People Before the 24th – ENTER CODE FELICITAS

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Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Congratulating 2012 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM
  • OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ – As Canadians celebrate the Week of Excellence, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the 2012 inductees into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame: Read the rest of this entry »

Migraines – Could a Simple Change in Diet Be Your Solution? – I Have Found Homeopathy Works Like a Charm!!!

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Migraines – Could a Simple Change in Diet Be Your Solution?
Migraine headaches have many triggers and food is a big one of those triggers. All foods don’t trigger migraines in people the same way or affect them in the same way. As well, a food that triggers a migraine headache may trigger it one day and not another time you eat that food. Making a list of the foods you eat daily so you can look at what food may have triggered your migraine when it comes on can be a good way to identify the changes you need to make in your diet to avoid migraines.
Below are some of the foods that have been known to cause migraine headaches. Changing your diet to have less of these foods will help lessen the chances of a migraine headache coming on.

Tyramine

Foods that have a high level of tyramine can cause migraines. The level of tyramine in foods will increase as that specific food ages or when it has been stored for a long period of time. Some of these tyramine-containing foods are cheese, cured meats, yeast (including fresh bread), and beer. The less you have of these foods the less your chances of getting a migraine.

Food Additives

Specific additives that are put in foods such as nitrates and nitrites that are added for the purposes of preventing food poisoning or to add flavor can bring on migraines. Nitrites are found in foods like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. Usually, if you are going to be affected by migraines from these additives it will happen within a few minutes after you eat that food. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is often the trigger for migraines. Usually, if you eat something with MSG a migraine can come on within 30 minutes. This is found in meat tenderizers and packed and prepared foods.

Alcohol and Caffeine

Red wine has often been noted to be a migraine trigger as well as alcohol. Caffeine as well has been known to trigger migraines. This can be found in energy drinks, sodas, coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods. Caffeine goes to the brain pretty fast and it can help the body absorb medicines.

Chocolate

Chocolate has been known to trigger migraines in people. Although it has a low amount of caffeine it does tend to be a trigger. It could be that people crave caffeine when they are getting a migraine and could be coincidental. Keeping a log of what you eat may help to define if chocolate is triggering your migraines.

Skipping Meals

Believe it or not, when you don’t eat a migraine can be triggered. Even though some foods cause the migraines, not eating foods are going to cause you to have a low blood sugar count which will trigger a migraine. Eating regular small meals and a snack in between the meals will help lessen the chance of migraines.

If you have migraines regularly, monitoring your diet and making note of what you had before a migraine came on will allow you to see what dietary changes need to be made to lessen the chances of having migraines.

Alex Dawson enjoys writing about food and health. He is a contributing author at http://grouphealthinsurance.org.

5 Exercises That Could Change Your Body Forever‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on August 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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5 Exercises That Could Change Your Body Forever
We all want to have a body that looks fantastic and is perfectly toned. We want to be able to stroll down the beach knowing our body looks great. Being in shape is very different from wearing a size 2 just because you are so slim. Getting in shape requires much more than burning calories. However, some very specific exercises can really tone your body like never before.

For instance, the next 5 exercises could seriously change your body forever. You could see a big change in the way your body is toned within two weeks.No one ever said looking great is going to be easy, buttoning your body can change it forever and with some strong determination and hard work, you can do it! Along with the five exercises mentioned below, changing your diet will help. Cut back a good bit on the sugars and processed foods, such as white bread and rice. Candy and soda drinks need to become a thing of the past, and instead, start eating more whole wheat and fiber-rich foods. Once you get your foods squared away, incorporate these five exercises and change that body forever!

Push Ups
One of the old time best exercises is still one of the best. Push-ups can tone the arms and body in more ways than you know. To do a push-up properly, lie face down on the floor and raise yourself up off the floor with your hands. Then lower yourself back down to the floor and rise back up again. Do this as many times as you can in one minute.

Sit Ups
Following the push-ups, sit-ups are great for changing your body tone. To do sit-ups, start off by lying on the ground with your knees bent up and the feet are on the floor flat. Hands should be behind the head and with your stomach muscles, raise your shoulders up off the ground and move them up towards the knees and then back down again. You want to do this at least one minute, as many as you can possible.

Squats
Start your squats from a standing position. With your back straight, squat down and back up again. Repeating this for two minutes at least is suggested.

Tricep Dips
To do tricep dips correctly you will need a chair or bench. Sitting on the chair, your hands will be next to the hips and then you lift them in a forward motion. Bend the elbows so that you are dipping the hips lower than the bench before you come back up again. Try this for about 45 seconds. You will get tired fast with this because the triceps tend to be the weaker of the muscles.

Leg Lifts
On all fours (resembling a dog) lift one leg until it becomes level with your body. Stay in that position for about five seconds and then repeat it with the other leg. Do this for about 45 seconds.

Jack Schipper writes about fitness, finance & cheap life insurance.


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Christine’s Fitness in Toronto

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Hello Everybody!
 
Some of you have been asking for summer programs for students. (It would give them something to do and keep them out of trouble. lol.)
 
Let’s face it, there are a lot of students that are pretty out of shape. I see them walking on the street in front of the club all the time.
 
So I’m offering a membership from now until Labour Day for $149. That will include the No BS Group Training too so we won’t be able to take too many.
 
If you or your friends have someone that would like to come let us know right away. Yonge St call 416-969-9912, Richmond 416-603-0004. Let us send the girls back to school in the fall looking good!
 
Best of health,
Christine!

QVA149 Phase III COPD Studies Met Primary Endpoints

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Efficacy, safety and exercise endurance primary endpoints all met

TOKYO, April 2, 2012, /CNW/ – Sosei Group Corporation (“Sosei”; TSE Mothers Index: 4565), confirms the information released today by Novartis that the first three QVA149 Phase III studies in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) all met their primary endpoints. The SHINE, BRIGHT and ENLIGHTEN studies, which are part of the IGNITE program demonstrate the potential of QVA149 in the treatment of COPD.

The results of SHINE, with an enrollment of more than 2,100 patients, met the primary endpoint by demonstrating the superiority in trough FEV1 (p<0.001) of once-daily QVA149 compared to once-daily indacaterol or once-daily NVA237 in patients with moderate to severe COPD. In addition, QVA149 showed superiority in trough FEV1 (p<0.001) compared to placebo and open-label tiotropium (18 mcg).

The results of BRIGHT demonstrated that patients experienced significantly better exercise endurance versus placebo (p=0.006). ENLIGHTEN demonstrated that QVA149 was well tolerated with a safety and tolerability profile similar to placebo.

Mr. Shinichi Tamura, CEO of Sosei, commented:

“Achieving the primary endpoints in all three of the Phase III studies gives us confidence that QVA149 could be the first LAMA/LABA combination product to provide benefit to patients with COPD in a multi-billion dollar market that is still growing.”

QVA149 (indacaterol 110 mcg/glycopyrronium bromide 50 mcg) is an investigational inhaled, once-daily, fixed-dose combination of the long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) indacaterol, and the long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) glycopyrronium bromide (NVA237). Data from the IGNITE clinical trial program will be submitted for presentation to a major medical congress later this year.

IGNITE is one of the largest international patient registration programs in COPD comprising 10 studies in total. The first seven studies (ENLIGHTEN, BRIGHT, SHINE, ILLUMINATE, SPARK, BLAZE, ARISE) are expected to complete in 2012 and include more than 5,700 patients across 42 countries and support planned filings in the EU and Japan. Included in a program is a head-to-head trial vs Seretide®[1] (ILLUMINATE), which is also expected to complete during the second quarter of 2012 and will be incorporated into the regulatory filings. These studies are designed to investigate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability, lung function, exercise endurance, exacerbations, dyspnea and quality of life.

SHINE is a 26-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo and active-controlled pivotal trial of 2,144 patients with moderate to severe COPD to assess efficacy in terms of trough FEV1.

BRIGHT is a three-week, randomized, blinded, double-dummy, multi-center, placebo-controlled, three-period crossover pivotal trial of 85 patients with moderate or severe COPD to assess the effect on exercise tolerance of QVA149.

ENLIGHTEN is a 52-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo controlled pivotal trial of 339 patients with moderate or severe COPD to assess the safety and tolerability of QVA149.

Notes for editors:

NVA237 (glycopyrronium bromide. Seebri® Breezhaler®) is an investigational long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) developed as a once-daily inhaled maintenance therapy for the treatment of COPD. Phase III data from the GLOW 1, 2 and 3 studies demonstrated that NVA237 increased patients’ lung function over a 24-hour period compared to placebo with a fast onset of action at first dose, as well as improving exercise endurance. It was submitted for regulatory approval in Europe in Q3 2011 and Japan in Q4 2011.

Indacaterol (Onbrez® Breezhaler®) is Novartis’ once daily long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA). Novartis received European regulatory approval for 150 mcg and 300 mcg once-daily doses, under the brand name Onbrez® Breezhaler® in November 2009. In July 2011, Novartis announced approval of the 75 mcg once-daily dose in the US under the brand name Arcapta™ Neohaler™, and of the 150 mcg once-daily dose in Japan under the brand name Onbrez® Inhalation Capsules.

About COPD

COPD is a progressive disease associated mainly with tobacco smoking, air pollution or occupational exposure, which can cause obstruction of airflow in the lungs resulting in debilitating bouts of breathlessness. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide[2]and is predicted to be the third leading cause of death by 2020[3]. Although COPD is often thought of as a disease of the elderly, 50% of patients are estimated to be within the ages of 50 and 65, which means that half of the COPD population are likely to be impacted at the peak of their earning power and family responsibilities[4].

About Sosei

Sosei is an international biopharmaceutical company anchored in Japan with a global reach. It practises a reduced risk business model by acquiring compounds from and bringing compounds into, Japan through the exploitation of its unique position within global markets.

For further information about Sosei, please visit http://www.sosei.com.

References

Seratide® is a registered trademark of GSK.
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Updated 2011. http://www.goldcopd.org/uploads/users/files/GOLD_Report_2011_Feb21.pdf Last accessed 23 March 2012.
Global Alliance for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD). Global surveillance, prevention, and control of chronic respiratory diseases: a comprehensive approach. Available at: http://www.who.int/gard/publications/GARD%20Book%202007.pdf Last accessed 23 March 2012.
Fletcher, M, et al. COPD Uncovered: An International survey on the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a working age population. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:612.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the discovery, development, and commercialisation of products. Various risks may cause Sosei’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including adverse results in clinical development programmes; failure to obtain patent protection for inventions; commercial limitations imposed by patents owned or controlled by third parties; dependence upon strategic alliance partners to develop and commercialise products and services; difficulties or delays in obtaining regulatory approvals to market products and services resulting from development efforts; the requirement for substantial funding to conduct research and development and to expand commercialisation activities; and product initiatives by competitors. As a result of these factors, prospective investors are cautioned not to rely on any forward-looking statements. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For further information:

Enquiries: Sosei Group Corporation Tokyo Office: Milica STOJKOVIC, Investor Relations, +81-(0)3-5210-3399, mstojkovic@sosei.com; London Office: Kathryn LYDON, PA to CEO & Corporate Communication, +44-(0)20-7691-0983, klydon@sosei.com.

Holland Bloorview at the Centre Of World-Leading Brain Research

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 16, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Measha Brueggergosman Asks Canadians to Take Care of Their Hearts for the Ones They Love

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Internationally-acclaimed Canadian soprano shares her heart health wake-up call and helps Becel®, founding sponsor of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, raise awareness of women’s heart health

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – As mothers, wives, daughters, friends, and pillars of their communities, many Canadian women are quick to put their own needs aside for the benefit of others. Whether it’s caring for an aging parent, dropping everything for a sick child, or inspiring those around them to be and do their best, women are no strangers to self-sacrifice. Yet while their hearts are in the right place, their heart health may not be – and as a result, one in three Canadian women die each year from heart disease and stroke.

That’s why Becel®, the founding sponsor of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, has partnered with award-winning Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman to spread a potentially lifesaving message to help empower Canadian women to protect their heart health. Measha underwent emergency open-heart surgery in 2009 after a near brush with death due to a dissected aorta.

“Even though I spent a lot of time in my 20s trying to get and stay ‘healthy’ by losing weight, I completely neglected factors like blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a result, I ended up in a scary emergency situation and now need to keep a close eye on my heart health for the rest of my life,” said Brueggergosman. “So many women don’t realize that if they don’t look after their own hearts first, they might not be there to take care of the people they love. I hope my story reminds Canadian women to protect and cherish their heart health.”

The facts are heartbreaking but true: heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women in Canada – and in 2008 alone, there were seven times more deaths among Canadian women from heart disease and stroke than from breast cancer2.

Know Your Number, Know Your Risk
A survey conducted by Becel® found that almost 70 percent of Canadians – about 20 million people – don’t know their own cholesterol number3. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 10 million Canadian adults have a cholesterol level that is higher than the recommended target4.

“Knowing their cholesterol number is one easy step that all Canadians can take to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke since high blood cholesterol is a key risk factor for the disease,” said Maria Ricupero, registered dietitian. “In fact, women can proactively reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent by making lifestyle changes and taking action to improve their health.”

To help address this issue, Becel®, in its role as founding sponsor of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, is offering free cholesterol screening tests at eight malls and in more than 200 stores across the country during the month of February. Visit http://www.becel.ca for more information about testing locations and to learn more about heart-healthy living, or speak with a doctor about getting a cholesterol test.

Get pro.activ about Heart Health
Brueggergosman’s family has also seen its share of heart issues. In fact, her father had to undergo a quadruple bypass a few years ago, and there is a history of heart problems and diabetes in her family. Her mother, Ann Gosman, is also now acutely aware of how lifestyle choices can impact heart health.

“My family has seen so much heartache – literally – over the past few years, and I can truly say from experience that the time is now for a wake-up call for Canadian women to start taking care of their heart health,” said Gosman. “I want women to know that they should feel empowered when it comes to their heart health because it is possible to help control this disease. Proper diet and exercise are priorities in my life, and I make sure to get my cholesterol checked on a regular basis.”

Diet plays a critical role in heart health, and a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating foods with plant sterols can also help significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

“Plant sterols can help lower blood cholesterol by partially blocking cholesterol absorption into the bloodstream,” said Ricupero. “They’re found naturally in vegetables, fruits, and nuts, but it’s challenging to get the amount recommended to lower cholesterol from these foods alone – so that’s why foods with plant sterols can help.”

One serving (two teaspoons) of Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols provides 40 percent of the daily amount of plant sterols shown to help lower cholesterol in adults.

For more information, visit http://www.becel.ca.

About The Heart Truth™ campaign
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth campaign is calling on women to put their own health first, make heart-healthy lifestyle changes, recognize heart attack and stroke symptoms and seek prompt treatment. Heart disease and stroke is the # 1 killer of women in Canada, but most don’t know it. Heart disease is not a “man’s disease”: women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke. But by taking care of themselves and making incremental heart-healthy lifestyle changes, women can add more years to their life and more life to their years. In fact, women can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent by making lifestyle changes. The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign. It represents women’s courage, passion and their power for change as they share the truth with others and raise awareness about the importance of heart health. To find out more, visit http://www.thehearttruth.ca.

About Becel®
Becel® has always believed in the importance of caring for your heart. It’s why Becel® margarine was created, and why the brand remains dedicated to educating Canadians about the importance of heart-healthy living. Through its development of educational resources to help Canadians manage their heart health, its founding sponsorship of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, and in the development of products such as Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols, the first food with plant sterols in Canada, Becel® maintains its commitment to heart health innovation and education. For more information, visit http://www.becel.ca.

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Nexxus, Noxzema, Popsicle, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, St. Ives, TIGI, TRESemmé, and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever Canada employs more than 1,600 people generating approximately $1.4 billion in sales in 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.unilever.ca.

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1 Statistics Canada. Mortality Summary list of Causes, 2008.
2Statistics Canada. CVD – 34,909; Breast cancer – 4,955. 34,909 divided by 4,955 = 7.046. Per Stats Canada, November 2011.
3 A total of 1,521 Canadians over the age of 18 answered an online survey between December 6th and December 9th, 2010. The survey was conducted by Leger Marketing. For a copy of the survey results, please contact Edelman.
4 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483991/k.34A8/Statistics.htm Accessed October 11, 2011.)

Ontario Coalition supports action on smoking in youth-rated movies

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“The more YOUTH see SMOKING in movies, the more likely they are to start smoking”

May 31, 2011 @ 10:30AM

Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies presented compelling new public survey results on World No Tobacco Day and cited the growing body of evidence and support from leading health organizations which include: the U.S. Centres for Disease Control, the U.S. National Cancer Institute, and the World Health Organization. According to the survey, nearly three out of four (73 percent) Ontarians said they would support a policy initiative to get smoking out of youth-rated movies.

“Research shows the more youth see smoking in movies, the more likely they are to start,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, medical officer of health, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, one of the many organizations endorsing policy recommendations to remove smoking from youth-rated movies. “The public agrees that smoking in movies is a serious public health issue, especially as it relates to youth. As tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Ontario, this issue needs to be addressed.”

The survey was commissioned by the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies, a group of significant health organizations from across the province that has come together to counter the harmful impact of smoking in movies, particularly as it targets and influences Ontario’s youth. The March 2011 survey was conducted by Ipsos Reid and is based on online interviews with a stratified random sampling of 812 Ontarians, 18 years of age or older.

Ontarians were asked, “To what extent would you support the following policy initiative aimed to reduce the impact of smoking in movies?” – Not allowing smoking in movies that are rated G, PG or 14A. Their responses:

Strongly support

45%

Somewhat support

28%

Somewhat oppose

16%

Strongly oppose

11%

“It is clear that the majority of Ontarians support getting tobacco out of films rated for youth audiences,” said Andrea Kita, co-chair, Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies and project manager, Central West Tobacco Control Area Network. “We need a change in Ontario to reflect what the public wants – no tobacco use or product placement in movies rated G, PG or 14A.”

Youth exposure to smoking by youth-rated movies is actually far more prevalent in Canada than in the United States because Canadian film review boards give movies a youth rating more often. For example, between June and December 2010, the Ontario Film Review Board granted youth ratings to 90 percent of top-grossing films, compared to just 69 percent of films receiving similar ratings from the Motion Picture Association of America.

These movies, rated G, PG or 14A in Ontario, delivered 293 million impressions to theatre audiences across the province, accounting for 87 percent of all in-theatre tobacco impressions. In theatres across the United States, youth-rated movies accounted for only 51 percent of tobacco impressions.

“There are more than 300,000 teen smokers in Canada today, and their unnecessary exposure to smoking on screen does influence their decision to smoke,” said George Habib, president and chief executive officer, Ontario Lung Association. “Preventing youth uptake of smoking is one of the most important things that we need to do for our young people and it is clear that removing on-screen smoking in youth-rated movies is a key way to do so.”

Throughout Ontario, youth groups are educating peers about how the tobacco industry has been targeting them through smoking in youth-rated movies.

“When Vince Vaughn or Keira Knightly smoke, it influences youth to do the same,” said Jordan Alexander, a 17-year-old youth ambassador for smoke-free movies. “These are our role models. The tobacco industry has had a history of paying actors to smoke and paying to place its products in movies. Whether we like it or not, this type of marketing is effective and we’re here to ensure youth aren’t recruited through the movies to be the next generation of smokers.”

For more information and access to tools to help Ontarians voice concerns about tobacco in youth-rated movies, visit http://www.smokefreemovies.ca.

Survey Results: These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies. A total of n=812 Ontarians 18+ were interviewed using Ipsos’ online omnibus March 25-30, 2011. Data were weighted by region, age, and gender to ensure the sample matched the actual adult population of Ontario. The margin of error for this study is +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

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About the Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies
The Ontario Coalition for Smoke-Free Movies is a group of leading health organizations taking collective action to counter the harmful impact of smoking in youth-rated movies. Members of the coalition include the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Non-Smokers’ Rights Association / Smoking and Health Action Foundation, Ontario Lung Association, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Ontario Tobacco Control Networks of Public Health Units. For more information, please visit http://www.smokefreemovies.ca.

STROKE IS URGENT: The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011 Stroke Report warns stroke awareness is dangerously low among women

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Foundation launches free Smartphone apps to help turn the tide for all Canadians

June 01, 2011 @ 12:01AM

Ottawa – The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011 Stroke Month Report warns that awareness levels of stroke warning signs and stroke prevention is dangerously low among all women, especially among women from Canada’s two largest visible minorities – people of Chinese and South Asian descent.

The Foundation polling found that women are not aware that stroke and heart disease is their leading cause of death:

For Canadian women overall, 53 percent are unable to identify that stroke and heart disease are their leading cause of death − and responsible for one in three deaths.1
For women of Chinese and South Asian origin, 84 percent are unable to identify that stroke and heart disease are their leading cause of death.2

Awareness has improved steadily thanks to the Foundation’s The Heart Truth campaign, which continues to inform and empower women to take action to reduce their risks. Before the campaign started three years ago, 68 percent of women didn’t know stroke and heart disease was their leading cause of death.3

“Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in women,” says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson, Dr. Frank Silver. “The real tragedy is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable, whether you’re a man or a woman.”

Stroke affects women and men of all ages. More than 50,000 strokes occur in Canada every year – one every 10 minutes. About 300,000 Canadians live with the effects of stroke. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, more women than men die from stroke annually. In Canada stroke kills 32 percent more women than men.

A previous analysis of Canadian deaths shows that stroke death rates are highest among women of Chinese origin, intermediate among women of South Asian origin, and lowest among women of European origin.

Women need better stroke detectors
Women’s awareness of stroke warning signs is poor. The Foundation poll found that only 53 percent of South Asian women were able to correctly identify at least two of the five warning signs – lower than the overall Canadian average for women of 62 percent.

When asked to identify at least three warning signs, only a third of all women polled could do so.

“Canadian women need to be better stroke detectors,” says Dr. Silver. “We need to do all we can to build awareness of the warning signs and help women reduce their risk from death or disability from stroke.”

HSF poll: women’s awareness of the stroke symptoms/warning signs

Stroke warning sign

Chinese women

*March 2011

South Asian women
*March 2011

All Canadian women
**December 2009

Sudden loss of strength/numbness in face/arm/leg, even if temporary

48

37

50

Sudden difficulty speaking/understanding/confusion, even if temporary

30

24

42

Sudden loss of balance, especially with other signs

27

27

35

Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary

18

16

28

Sudden severe/unusual headache

15

9

20

Don’t know/No answer

18

22

15

*Environics (March 2011)
** Environics (December 2009)

“Stroke is urgent. Knowing and reacting immediately to stroke warning signs is essential,” says Dr. Silver, who notes that there is a treatment for strokes caused by blood clots, the most common type of stroke. This treatment must be administered within the first few hours of warning signs to be effective. “Canadians must react urgently to the warning signs by calling 9-1-1 or their local emergency number,” says Dr. Silver.

Women underestimate their risk factors when it comes to stroke
Equally concerning, 23 percent of all women could not name even one risk factor for stroke. Only 29 percent of Chinese women and 22 percent of South Asian women identified high blood pressure, which is, in fact, the leading risk factor for stroke.

Women overall also had low awareness of stroke risk factors. For example, only 28 percent recognized high blood pressure as a risk factor and only 20 percent identified high cholesterol.

Following a lower-sodium diet and controlling high blood pressure, being physically active and smoke-free can significantly reduce stroke risk.

“The very face of our communities is changing. Heart disease and stroke are increasingly crossing age, gender, and ethnic lines,” says Dr. Silver. “It’s important that Canadians of all ethnic backgrounds be aware of how to prevent stroke.”

HSF poll: women’s awareness of the stroke risk factors

Stroke risk factor

Chinese women

*March 2011

South Asian women
*March 2011

All Canadian women
**December 2009

High blood pressure (hypertension)

29

22

28

Smoking

9

9

23

High cholesterol levels

24

19

20

Obesity

12

12

15

Stress

11

25

11

Family history

16

5

11

Physical inactivity

22

15

9

Age

7

1

6

Heart disease

4

5

5

Diabetes

7

8

4

Excessive alcohol consumption

4

6

4

Don’t know/No answer

16

20

23

*Environics (March 2011)
** Environics (December 2009)

There was even lower awareness of the other risk factors of stroke (gender, ethnicity, and personal history of stroke or TIA).

Foundation launches two-stroke apps to help Canadians lower their risk

To help all Canadians lower their risk for stroke, the Heart and Stroke Foundation created two new free Smartphone apps that will allow them to make simple lifestyle changes – wherever they are.

“The digital age has created a new avenue for healthcare – and the Foundation is embracing the technology to support the health of Canadians,” says Dr. Marco Di Buono, spokesperson for the Foundation. “With a continued focus on reducing all risks, we can stop strokes from robbing us of valuable, quality years of life.”

The My Heart&Stroke Health Check Recipe Helper Smartphone app

By eating a diet that is lower in sodium, Canadians can prevent and control high blood pressure, the number one cause of stroke. The new My Heart&Stroke Health Check Recipe Helper app provides Canadians with a quick and easy resource to help lower the amount of sodium (salt) in their diets. The app features dozens of heart-healthy, lower-sodium recipes that come with grocery lists, main ingredient searches, and comprehensive nutrition information. Health Check™ is one way the Foundation helps Canadians make healthy choices and is based on Canada’s Food Guide.

A 2007 Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Stroke Network study showed that reducing salt intake by half would eliminate high blood pressure in one million Canadians.

“Our Health Check registered dietitians selected these recipes based on strict criteria for the amount of sodium and fat content,” says Dr. Di Buono. “Canadians can trust that the recipes are healthy.” The recipes include a variety of options for salad, soup, vegetarian, meat, poultry, and seafood meals.

With the app, Canadians can create a grocery shopping list and rate their favourite recipes. It will be regularly updated with new recipes and features.

The My Heart&Stroke Blood Pressure Action Plan app

“High blood pressure − which is the leading cause of stroke − affects six million Canadians, and is known as the silent killer because of its lack of symptoms,” says Dr. Silver. “The good news is that with proper diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 percent.”

Developed by Foundation experts, the My Heart&Stroke Blood Pressure Action Plan app allows users to monitor and better manage their blood pressure. They will be able to assess their personal risk, track blood pressure readings over time, view graphs of blood pressure changes, share readings with their physicians, list their medications, set appointment reminders, and track their condition.

“The bottom line is that awareness of your risks, of the warning signs, and of prevention and treatment options are your best defences against stroke,” says Dr. Di Buono.

The free apps – which are available in English or French − can be downloaded at the Apple, Android, and BlackBerry app stores. Or Canadians can go to http://www.heartandstroke.ca/mobileapps.

Heart and Stroke Foundation helps Canadians turn the tide on stroke

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a committed leader in stroke research, health promotion, and advocacy. The Foundation works on many fronts to help all Canadians live longer, healthier lives:

The Heart Truth
The Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign educates women about identifying their risks and warning signs of heart disease and stroke. It provides women with the tools they need to take charge of their heart health: women can significantly reduce their risk — by as much as 80 percent — by making simple lifestyle changes. (thehearttruth.ca)

A Canadian vision for stroke care
The Canadian Stroke Strategy is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network designed to support an integrated approach to stroke awareness, prevention, access to treatment, rehabilitation, and community reintegration in every province and territory. The Canadian Stroke Network fosters collaboration between more than 100 of Canada’s leading scientists and clinicians from 24 universities. This strategy is already saving countless lives, while also having a remarkable influence on secondary stroke prevention and recovery.

Multicultural HSF resources
Chinese is now the number three language in Canada – right after English and French. The new HSF poll found that over 80 percent of Chinese and South Asian women were interested in stroke and heart disease information geared to them. Eighty-one percent of Chinese women and 78 percent of South Asian women said it would be useful to have this information their languages. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has health resources in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu to meet this need. Go to heartandstroke.ca/multicultural for more information.

A quivering heartbeat away from stroke
This year, the Foundation put the focus on a risk factor for stroke: atrial fibrillation. This condition causes an irregular heartbeat and increases the risk for ischemic stroke – stroke caused by a blood clot – by three to five times. It is estimated that up to 15 percent of all strokes are due to atrial fibrillation.

Focusing on stroke research
The research initiative Focus on Stroke encourages new researchers and health professionals to train in the field of stroke and supports newly established investigators. Celebrated as one of the country’s leading research partnerships, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Stroke Network received the first ever CIHR Partnership Award for this initiative in 2002.

Stroke knowledge saves lives
Recognizing stroke warning signs and getting immediate medical attention have a major impact on survival and recovery. The Foundation recently launched its Stroke is an Urgent awareness campaign to help Canadians recognize warning signs and how to react to this medical emergency.

1. This poll was conducted by Harris/Decima via teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus. A total of 1,013 Canadian women were surveyed from March 31st to April 10th, 2011. Results are accurate to within +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20.

2. This poll was conducted by Environics Research Group. This telephone poll was conducted between March 16-31, 2011. A total of 255 South Asian and 245 Chinese women were surveyed. The findings can be considered accurate to within plus or minus 6.3%, 19 times out of 20.

3. This poll was conducted by Harris/Decima via teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus. A total of 1,023 Canadian women were surveyed from December 6th to 17th, 2007. Results are accurate to within +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20.
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The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)

Destigmatizing Mental Illness: Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2-8, 2011

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Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health promotes mental illness awareness, announces recipients of Ninth Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards

September 30, 2011 @ 08:00AM

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is getting ready to kick-off Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011 on October 2rd – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada and reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.

“Although we have come a long way since this campaign started almost 20 years ago, the stigma of mental illness persists,” said CAMIMH Chair Dr. John Higenbottam. “Through this campaign, CAMIMH celebrates those with the courage to speak out about their experiences with mental illness and acknowledges the great work being done by individuals and organizations across the country to advance the cause.”

Each year during MIAW, CAMIMH hosts the Champions of Mental Health Awards. The awards will be presented to five distinguished leaders in the mental health field at a gala event held at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on October 5th. The theme of the 2011 event is sharing and collaboration. Champions have spoken openly about their own experiences, advocated for much-needed research, and supported programs encouraging diagnosis, treatment, and care for those affected by mental illness across Canada.

The 2011 Champions of Mental Health are:

Hon. Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
2011 Champion of Mental Health, Public Sector

George Cope
President and CEO, Bell Canada and BCE Inc.
2011 Champion of Mental Health, Private Sector

Dr. Martin Antony
Chair, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University
2011 Champion of Mental Health, Research

AMI-Quebec
2011 Champion of Mental Health, Community (Organization)

David Granirer
Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health
2011 Champion of Mental Health, Community (Individual)

CAMIMH’s year-long Face Mental Illness campaign shares inspirational stories of Canadians from coast-to-coast affected by mental illness. Campaign materials were distributed in English and French to thousands of organizations across Canada. These materials feature the five “Faces of Mental Illness”, selected to share their exceptional stories of recovery. They are:

Harmony Brown, a public speaker, mental health advocate and non-profit housing employee from Toronto, Ontario; Jeremy Bennett, an author, professional speaker and television personality from St. John’s, Newfoundland; Roberta Price, a mother, grandmother, and member of the Coast Salish Peoples in Richmond, British Columbia; Shana Calixte, who is completing her PhD in Women’s Studies at York University, is the leader of a community organization, and a loving partner and parent from Sudbury, Ontario; and Steeve Hurdle, a support worker at a homeless shelter in Sherbrooke, Québec.

“Our Faces demonstrate that it is possible to overcome the challenges associated with mental health issues and lead full, rewarding and productive lives”, said MIAW 2011 Chair, Dr. Pamela Forsythe. “These individuals are truly exceptional, and help spread the campaign’s message to all Canadians that Recovery is Possible.”
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About Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association to raise awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada, reduce the stigma attached to mental illness, and promote the positive effects of best practice in prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment. Since that time, participation has grown to include not only other professional associations but also community groups, primary care facilities, educational institutions, family support centres and individuals. For more information on MIAW, please visit http://www.miaw-ssmm.ca.

About MIAW Sponsors
Mental Illness Awareness Week and the Champions of Mental Health Awards cannot take place without the support of dedicated sponsors. They are Bell, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, Lundbeck Canada, Janssen, Lilly, Bristol-Myer Squibb and Rx&D.

Chi Junky Launches New Website and Wellness Retreats Specializing in Yoga, Nutrition Counseling and Deep Cellular Cleansing

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September 08, 2011 @ 09:30AM

NEW YORK – Chi Junky, the latest venture by wellness-expert Rachelle Wintzen, is excited to announce the launch of its new website ChiJunky.com. The new site showcases our menu of personalized wellness services designed to improve your quality of life through custom-tailored Yoga instruction, nutrition counseling and deep cellular cleansing. Chi Junky also hosts retreats in beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize, where visitors can indulge in a week of wellness and rejuvenation hosted by Chi Junky’s own Rachelle Wintzen.

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we created the Chi Junky Give-Away! For the next month, every 100th subscriber to the Chi Junky Newsletter will receive a custom “Chi Junky Yoga Kit” containing a Yoga mat, Yoga blocks, gluten-free energy bars and other essentials that will bring you one step closer to the Chi Junky Lifestyle. Along with the giveaway, we’ve planned special activities through our Twitter and Facebook profiles that aim to educate by showcasing key ingredients from the Chi Junky Recipes and pairing them with Yoga poses that provide similar wellness benefits.

Chi Junky was born from the idea that a better quality of life is always possible. Achieving your ideal body and wellbeing doesn’t have to be an impossible task. For founder Rachelle Wintzen, this is much more than just a catchphrase. She is living proof, and because of that, it is truly one of the underlying principles guiding everything we do at Chi Junky.Every human body is unique, which is why each service is customized to meet your goals and needs. Whether it’s through yoga, nutrition counseling, iridology or deep cellular cleansing, our services are designed to personally guide you throughout your transformation.

Need a jumpstart into the wellness lifestyle or maybe just a get-away? The Chi Junky Retreat is an all-inclusive, 7-night, 8-day life-changing excursion on the sandy beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Transform your body through a one-week detox of the body and mind; attend nutrition lectures and cooking classes throughout the retreat to learn how to eat and live healthier even after you’ve left. Allow the tranquility of the beach life to wash over you as you jumpstart your body into the cleansing lifestyle.

Here at Chi Junky, we hope to inspire you to live a cleaner, healthier, and happier life. Visit the all-new ChiJunky.com to read our full story and enter to win your very own Chi Junky Yoga Kit.

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“I hope to inspire you to live cleaner, healthier and happier. I teach by example and always practice what I preach. Every body is unique, and therefore each service is adapted to fit you.”

Rachelle Wintzen, Founder of Chi Junky

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Founded by Rachelle Wintzen, Chi Junky is a wellness company that specializes in nutrition counseling, yoga instruction, and wellness retreats. Rachelle Wintzen is a certified Iridologist, Yoga instructor and Nutrition counselor specializing in deep cellular cleansing. For more info visit www.ChiJunky.com

Christine’s Fitness

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Hello Members!

Green Instead is a new eco-friendly lifestyle/education centre and marketplace located upstairs at 200 Spadina Avenue. This coming Saturday (July 16) Green Instead will be conducting a seminar on living green using environmentally friendly products at 11am and 1pm. Also throughout the day, Healthy Bras will be showing you how to choose the right bra for you!

Additionally, Green Instead is a drop-off centre for the upcoming Swapsity.ca Mega Media Swap that takes place next Saturday at the Live Green Toronto Festival put on by the City at Yonge-Dundas Square?

If you have CDs and DVDs that you would like to exchange for something you haven’t seen, bring them in and receive a trade-in chit, or if you simply want to donate your old media, you can also drop off those off as well. Anything that is not traded will be donated to local women’s shelters.

Thank you, Christine!

*** Inspirit Yoga Lifestyle festival with Devamrita Swami & Badahari Dasa***

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Dear Friends,

How can one maintain sanity in a world overloaded with consumerism there are wars being waged at multiple levels. We invite you to join us this Monday, Jun 6th for a special evening with Vaisesika Dasa, a renowned Bhakti Yoga monk who will share with us the art of yoga for body and mind control. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2807/get-a-grip-yoga-for-body-and-mind-control-with-vaisesika-dasa/

Just 10 days from now begins a ten-day spiritual adventure, our Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Join us to hear from amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and Badahari Das who have been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 40 years, inspiring people around the world and will be joining us to make this festival an extraordinary learning experience. Soul stirring musical meditations, insightful presentations, and delicious cuisines await you this June :

16th: Reincarnation – Womb after Womb, Fact or Fiction?

17th: The Gita Unpacked – Crucial Wisdom for the Urban Mystic

18th: Why Life and Death – The story of Karma

20th: Longing for Love in the Land of Dreams

21st: Intelligent Life on Earth and Other Planets? What the Yoga Texts Say

23rd: The Vegan Revolution and Beyond – Consciousness Cooking

24th-26th: Bhakti retreat

Yoga Lifestyle Festival

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Urban Yoga is Having a Yoga Festival – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

*** Centre will be closed this Monday, May 23***

Dear Friends,

Join us for the Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Ten days of exciting spiritual adventure with amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and Badahari Das who will be visiting Toronto for this festival. This June, seven amazing events:

16th: Reincarnation – Womb after Womb, Fact or Fiction?

17th: The Gita Unpacked – Crucial Wisdom for the Urban Mystic

18th: Why Life and Death – The story of Karma

20th: Longing for Love in the Land of Dreams

21st: Intelligent Life on Earth and Other Planets? What the Yoga Texts Say

23rd: The Vegan Revolution and Beyond – Consciousness Cooking

24th-26th: Bhakti retreat

Join us this Sunday, May 29th @ 11 AM for a special Krishna Fest – ‘Hope against hope’. Often it is said, when all else fails, hope carries one on. Come experience mantra chants with vibrant world music and hear the stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super tasty vegan dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2761/krishna-fest-hope-against-hope/

Events for week of May 23rd

Wed 25th, Yoga, and Meditation, complete summer package: A 60-minute yoga class designed to stretch your muscles. Flow through a variety of postures starting with Sun Salutation. Rhythmic music of traditional Indian drums, cymbals, and tambourine in tune with the pace of the postures. Find details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2748/yoga-and-meditation-complete-summer-package/

Thu 26th, Vegan cooking classes-spring delights: Spring is the time to learn a variety of light and flavourful recipes. Learn in an interactive and participative environment so you can prepare quick meals for weekend and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2759/vegan-cooking-spring-delights-7/

Fri 27th, Bhagavad-Gita – an introduction: All New Bhagavad Gita workshops. Join us to explore the ancient yoga mysteries of the east. Secrets of meditation, reincarnation, nature of soul, karma and all the fun stuff. Books will be provided, check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2756/bhagavad-gita-exploring-the-yoga-mysteries/

Quote of the week: Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection. (Bhagavad Gita As it is)

Regards

Mangal-arti

Running Room launches Boomer focused Active-Aging online walking clinic

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Six Out of 10 Older Canadians Not Getting Enough Exercise – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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Nearly six out of 10 Canadians over the age of 65 are not getting enough exercise and may be at risk for cardiovascular disease

April 26, 2011 @ 11:00AM

Toronto, Ontario – With age and physical inactivity considered risks for developing cardiovascular disease, nearly six out of 10 Baby Boomers are in danger of dying from Canada’s second leading cause of death and disability – cardiovascular disease (CVD).1,2

Recognizing the risk to the Canadian Baby Boomer population, Running Room founder John Stanton is spearheading the launch of his new program – the Active-Aging online walking clinic. This easy-to-follow and convenient program is specifically aimed to Canadians over the age of fifty looking to add exercise into their lives – one step at a time.

“As we start to age, we need to realize that we can’t become inactive,” says John Stanton. “One of the reasons I wanted to start this online clinic was to help people age in a healthy way and walking is a great way to do so.” The Active-Aging online walking clinic can be found by visiting http://www.active-aging.ca. Its goal is to inspire people about the virtues of walking and provide information on how exercise and a healthy lifestyle are an important part of managing risk for cardiovascular disease.

“Thirty to 60 minutes of walking daily offers many of the same health benefits as running and is a great place to start for someone being introduced into a fitness regime. A lack of exercise can contribute to your risk for cardiovascular disease,” explains Dr. Robert Welsh, Associate Professor and Academic Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Alberta Hospital. “The good news is that by incorporating physical activity, this risk factor is modifiable.”

Inactivity, along with age, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, and diabetes, is considered a risk factor of cardiovascular disease.3 Nearly 60 percent of Canadians over the age of 65 are inactive,4 which can lead to a decline in bone strength, muscle strength, heart and lung fitness and flexibility.5 Since cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death and disability in Canada, accounting for 29.5 percent of all deaths nationally,6 incorporating exercise is one of many ways Canadians can begin to address this problem.

“We know that physical activity on a regular basis helps maintain strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help reduce the risk of falls, which is why it becomes more and more important as we age,” says Dr. Welsh. “Walking is a great way to ease into a new exercise routine, and if done properly, it can offer many of the same health benefits as other types of exercise. Be sure to speak with your doctor before starting a new fitness program.”

To learn more about the Active-Aging online walking clinic, or to view educational videos and heart-healthy content sponsored by AstraZeneca Canada, visit http://www.active-aging.ca.

1. Genest, Jacques et al. “Canadian Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the adult – 2009 recommendations,” Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Vol 25, No 10, October 2009, page 569.
2. Statistics Canada: Mortality, Summary list of cause Catalogue no. 84F0209X page 6
3. Genest, Jacques et al. “Canadian Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dyslipidemia and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the adult – 2009 recommendations,” Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Vol 25, No 10, October 2009, page 569.
4. Heart and Stroke Statistics http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483991/k.34A8/Statistics.htm accessed April 7, 2011.
5. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/publications/pro/healthy-sante/workshop-atelier/physical/physical2-eng.php
6. Statistics Canada: Mortality, Summary list of cause Catalogue no. 84F0209X page 12

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About the Running Room
The Running Room was founded in 1984 in one room of an old house shared with a hairdressing shop in Edmonton. Since 2004, the company has been opening Running Room/Walking Room combination stores to better meet the needs of a growing population of walkers. Today, the Edmonton-based company is one of North America’s most recognized names in running and walking.

About AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca is committed to the research, development, and manufacturing of valuable prescription medicines. We have an extensive product portfolio spanning six therapeutic areas: gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, infection, neuroscience, oncology and respiratory. AstraZeneca’s Canadian headquarters are located in Mississauga, Ontario, and a state-of-the-art drug discovery centre is based in Montreal, Quebec. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.astrazeneca.ca.

Upcoming Events at UrbanEdge Yoga

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Dear Friends,

Events for week of April 25th

Tue 26th, Yoga- spring into action: A 60-minute yoga class designed to stretch your muscles. Flow through a variety of postures starting with Sun Salutation. Rhythmic music of traditional Indian drums, cymbals, and tambourine in tune with the pace of the postures. Find details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2409/yoga-spring-into-action-4/

Wed 27th, Formula for world peace: World peace has occupied the thoughts and minds of politicians and people alike for millennia. Find out what ancient yoga texts have to share about a simple and easy formula for peace. Join us for an interactive discussion and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2412/world-peace-formula/

Thu 28th, Vegan cooking classes-spring delights: Spring is the time to learn a variety of light and flavourful recipes. Learn in an interactive and participative environment so you can prepare quick meals for weekend and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2424/vegan-cooking-spring-delights-4/

Fri 29th, Bhagavad-Gita – Bhakti yoga: A book of the Hindus or a mystery of the east, several myths surround this ancient text. Great mystics, thinkers, and philosophers ranging from Gandhi to Emerson and Thoreau have derived great inspiration from it. Join us for an interactive reading group and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2419/bhagavad-gita-uncommon-sense-4/

Sun May 1st, Krishna Fest: Krishnafest is a unique time out. Come experience mantra chants with vibrant world music and hear the stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super tasty vegan dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2698/krishna-fest-5/

Quote of the week: The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman, and his eternal nature is called adhyatma, the self. Action pertaining to the development of the material bodies of the living entities is called karma, or fruitive activities. (Bhagavad Gita as it is)

Regards

Mangal-arti

Upcoming Events at Urban Edge Yoga

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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Dear Friends,

Events for week of April 18th

Tue 19th, Yoga- spring into action: A 60-minute yoga class designed to stretch your muscles. Flow through a variety of postures starting with Sun Salutation. Rhythmic music of traditional Indian drums, cymbals, and tambourine in tune with the pace of the postures. Find details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2408/yoga-spring-into-action-3/

Wed 20th, Earth day special – making a difference: Scientists have coined the term Geophysical force to describe human beings. As the world prepares for ‘Earth Day’, it is important to consider our impact, as a species on our environments. Join us for an interactive discussion and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2591/world-peace-making-a-difference-for-the-planet/

Thu 21st, Vegan cooking classes-breads, and desserts: Join us so you can watch delicious bread being freshly baked with ease while mouth-watering desserts are being assembled by our in-house expert. Classes are very interactive and you will get a chance to make your own thing too. Join us for an interactive cooking class and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2422/vegan-cooking-spring-delights-3/

Fri 22nd, Bhagavad-Gita as it is – the uncommon sense: A book of the Hindus or a mystery of the east, several myths surround this ancient text. Great mystics, thinkers, and philosophers ranging from Gandhi to Emerson and Thoreau have derived great inspiration from it. Join us for an interactive reading group and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2590/bhagavad-gita-uncommon-sense-5/

Quote of the week: The living entity, because he is transcendental, has nothing to do with this material nature. Still, because he has become conditioned by the material world, he is acting under the spell of the three modes of material nature. Because living entities have different kinds of bodies, in terms of the different aspects of nature, they are induced to act according to that nature. This is the cause of the varieties of happiness and distress. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

Regards

Mangal-arti

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