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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tracey’s healthy workplace month tips

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October is the one month that is “stuffed” with reasons to fall off the healthy wagon. From Thanksgiving feasts to Halloween treats (who hasn’t stolen a few goodies from their kids’ trick or treat bags?), it can prove to be difficult to keep up your healthy habits. So how have I stayed healthy at work throughout the month? I’ve shared some of my healthy workplace tips below; comment and share what your top tips are. Treat Swap In the spirit of October festivities, treats seem to make more appearances at the office.  Sticking to a healthy diet is almost impossible

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BC Lung Association Enlists BC Communities Support on Lung Cancer Prevention

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Towns across BC have joined the BC Lung Association in proclaiming November Radon Aware month – Prince George, Kamloops, Penticton, Princeton, Trail, Creston, Nakusp, the Village of Salmo, Fort. St. James and Keremeos. Radon gas exposure accounts for an average of 55 percent of a person’s lifetime radiation exposure – and for as many as 16 percent of all lung cancer deaths each year in Canada. “Radon is one of the most hazardous sources of indoor air pollution in Canada,” said Dr. Peter Paré, Chair of the BC Lung Association and Professor Emeritus of Respiratory Medicine at the University of

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Why I’m testing my home for radon

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Radon Aware sat down with the Queen of Green to ask why she is testing for radon this fall. Here’s what she had to say: “I’m David Suzuki’s Queen of Green. I’m also a homeowner, wife, mother and passionate advocate for health promotion and cancer prevention. Here are four reasons I’m testing my home for radon (a known carcinogen): Reason #1: I hate cancer Radon exposure is responsible for 16 per cent of all lung cancer deaths in Canada AND the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. No areas of our country are “radon-free”. Reason #2: It’s cheap A long-term

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Colleen’s Story: On January 1, 1992 I made the decision to quit

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I started smoking when I was 15 due to the stress I felt I was under. As I look back, I realize I had little support or education to help me cope with family changes, deaths in the family, plus the challenges of being a teenager. In the 1970’s smoking was the thing to do. I watched my older brothers and sisters smoke, so one day I tried a cigarette myself. My smoking continued throughout high school, where I smoked occasionally. However, it wasn’t until I started nursing school that I really started smoking – we smoked everywhere, even including

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