Healthy Living

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Mobile Life Screening  Company – Ultrasound Screening

This Company is a “Privately Operated” USA Owned Company from FARGO, North Dakota – it was created as a health option for clients who may feel they want to ensure they do not have a cardiovascular {Heart} disease or circulatory problem.

At this time this Ultrasound Screening {to our understanding} is not covered under BC Provincial MSP Care Card. 

The cost and associated documentation cost is nearly $600 which is payable direct to company by the client at source and “has no known reimbursement capability;” REPEAT “no known reimbursement capability”

Questions or concerns about this Mobile Life Screening USA Program may be addressed via their website www.mobilelifescreening.com or contact your community health representative or the NTC NIHB or Home Care Nursing Dept at 1-888-407-4888



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is held annually in late April. It’s an opportunity to focus the attention of Canadians on the importance of vaccinations for all ages. In Canada, immunizations have saved more lives than any other health intervention at this time. The vaccines which are used in Canada are developed with high standards and are continuously monitored on safety and effectiveness. Individuals may react differently to various immunizations; risks and benefits should both be considered through discussion with a health care provider.

For more information visit www.immunize.ca

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners. The emergency preparedness initiative is to prepare families to face a range of emergencies through three simple steps. Step 1: know the risks, Step 2: Make a plan and Step 3: Get an emergency kit.

Step 1: Know the Risks

It is important to know the risks in your region to help you and your family better prepare for these emergencies.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Making a plan is an important part of being prepared for different emergencies. Once a plan is complete, make copies and ensure that it is kept in a memorable and safe place. The plan should indicate emergency exits both in the house and around the neighborhood. A designated family meeting area is also important to have. The plan should also be mindful of school’s emergency policies and ensure help for people with disabilities. Along with updated contact information, each plan should also include an out of town contact. Once a plan is complete it is important to practice and review the plan at least once a year.

Step 3: Get an Emergency Kit

There are different options for having an emergency kit. An emergency kit can be made using recommended materials or can be ordered or purchased in stores. You must remember that there are different kits for first aid, cars, and emergency preparedness. Although kits differ most recommend supplies to last up to or over 72 hours. They also include items such as: water (2L per person/ per day), non-perishable food, flashlights, radio, batteries, can opener if needed,  first aid supplies and other items that will ensure you are kept warm (clothing and blankets). Other items could be cash and copies of important identification, including health cards. Emergency Preparedness Kits can be purchased at local retailers or online at www.sja.ca or www.redcross.ca

For more information on how to be prepared visit: www.getprepared.gc.ca


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Men ages 14 and up are invited to attend a fun and interactive workshop that promises to explore healthy masculinity and anti-violence leadership.

The In Safe hands (ISH) project will be facilitated by Dallas Hodge, a martial arts instructor and single father raising his daughter and son alone. The event is hosted by the Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society.

“There are so many ways of being a healthy man, to harness aggression without violence, to be strong in the right sense. I want to be a role model to my kids. I want my daughter to be proud of me, and to be honest in teaching my son how to be a real man,” said Hodge in a media release.

Participants in the workshop will hear from speakers, share ideas and experiences and see comedic performances by the Improv Army.

“This workshop is for men and boys who want to spend time talking honestly about the realities of being a guy in a supportive space and with humour,” said ISH coordinator Erin Ryding.

Despite the seriousness of the subject of anti-violence, the workshop promises to be light, humorous but at the same time, meaningful.

“It’s hard for a guy to be a partner, parent and friend in a healthy way,” said Ryding. Society, media and other influences seem to compartmentalize men. “We tell them that this is the way to be, but there are lots of ways to be a healthy man without violence,” Ryding said.

Men from the White Ribbon and Moose Hide movements will speak at the event.

The In Safe Hands Project is co-sponsored by North Island College and the White Ribbon Campaign. It is funded by the Status of Women Canada with a goal to reduce gender-based violence.

The workshop is free. Doors open May 1from 8:30 a.m. and the event will run until 4:15 p.m. at the Tseshaht Administration Building. There will be a free catered lunch.

Participants must call 250-735-7111 to reserve their seats.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Source:  Canadian Dental Association

Once your child has teeth, he is susceptible to tooth decay. Mother's milk, formula, cow's milk and fruit juice all contain sugars.

Babies may get early childhood tooth decay from going to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice. Unrestricted at-will breast-feeding at night may increase the risk of tooth decay, although the majority of breast-fed children do not experience this early childhood disease.

It can happen to children up to age four. Once your child has teeth, lift his or her lips once a month and check the teeth. Look for dull white spots or lines on the teeth. These may be on the necks of the teeth next to the gums. Dark teeth are also a sign of tooth decay.

If you see any signs, go to the dentist right away. Early childhood tooth decay must be treated quickly. If not, your child may have pain and infection.

Prevent Early Childhood Tooth Decay

  • Breastfeed
  • Brush baby teeth
  • Wipe gums daily from birth and then brush twice daily
  • Plain water only in bedtime bottle or sippy cup
  • Avoid constant sipping of sweet drinks between meals
  • Stop using bottle and sippy cup by 14 months
  • Take special care of your teeth during pregnancy
  • Severe early childhood tooth decay can affect your baby’s health

Submitted by Matilda Atleo, Sr. Community Health Development Worker

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Well, with Valentine’s Day on the way, and February Heart Month, it is a great time to consider your vascular health.

I know, you’ve heard it before; heart health is important, yada, yada. However, have you thought about other benefits to a heart healthy lifestyle? Think about it.

Heart disease and stroke is largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking, healthy food choices, physical activity and maintenance of a healthy weight.

About one-third of people are sensitive to sodium. Eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and kidney disease.

Over time, high blood pressure can damage blood vessel walls. It can also strain the heart and eventually weaken it.

High blood pressure is the leading preventable risk factor for death around the world. It is often called a “silent killer” because it has no warning signs or symptoms. You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, but the good news is that you can control it.

FAST FACT: 3 in 10 Canadians are diagnosed with high blood pressure from eating too much sodium (salt).

With this information in mind, the northern community of Tsaxana started the “Biggest Winner’s” group. A program designed to support community members wanting to live a healthy lifestyle.

Each participant started with a wellness check with the community health nurse, each getting their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels checked. There was a weigh in and measurements taken before heading up to the gym for an exercise class, also known as “Boot Camp.”

The group will learn basic nutrition, how to read and understand food labels, food journaling, self-care planning, goal setting, healthy behaviors to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, lifestyle changes to improve or prevent diabetes throughout the eight-week program.

With modern technology these days, they have created a facebook group to support and encourage one another. It’s a place where they can share health information, their ideas, goals, and set a meeting place for a walking group.

Pedometers were given to each participant. Each person will be weighed and measured bi-weekly to see their individual success!

The group meets once a week face to face for a “support group” to discuss their challenges as well as their success stories.

In the near future, the group will “challenge” other communities within Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council territory.  Our group also hopes to enter a marathon. In doing so, they will do various fundraising activities to cover travel costs.

This program will be ongoing for community members to register at any time they are willing and ready to live a healthy life.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Prior to contact between Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and Europeans, there was no Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  First Nations people did not make alcohol.

The effects of alcohol exposed infants are an intergenerational wellness issue which involves more than preventing pregnant women from consuming alcohol. Rather, it involves whole communities to gain control over their lives through the development of community-based initiatives in areas of culture, education, health, economies, and justice.

There is evidence that alcohol consumption in pregnancy can cause fetal harm. However, insufficient evidence exists regarding fetal safety or harm with low levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

There is insufficient evidence to define any threshold for low-level drinking in pregnancy.

Alcohol is a known Teratogen, causing cell death and impeding the development of the central nervous system.

Abstinence is the prudent choice for a woman who is or might be pregnant.  However risk reduction is critical for women who are problem drinkers and cannot achieve abstinence. FASD is more likely to occur following a continuous or heavy intake of alcohol during pregnancy although women who drink sparingly may have babies with alcohol-related damage.  Research continues and there is no definitive information regarding safe amounts of alcohol during pregnancy.  Women are advised that if they are or plan to become pregnant that they abstain from alcohol.  There is no “safe” amount or time to drink during pregnancy.

Problematic use of alcohol by women in their child bearing years can negatively affect maternal and child health.  There is good evidence that children and youth with FASD have significantly lower health and quality of life outcomes that children and youth from the general Canadian population.[i]  FASD is irreversible. Children with FASD struggle with depression and anxiety and experience difficulties in social interactions and relationships.[ii]

FASD affects 1% (1/100) or over 330,000 Canadians. Health Canada estimates the incidence of FAS is estimated at 1 to 2 per 1000 births.

There is currently no accepted standardized screening test for FASD in Canada. However, screening for FASD may facilitate diagnosis and hence management of these children.

FASD is widely perceived to be100% preventable because it is a birth outcome linked to behaviors.  It is important, however, to remember that many underlying social issues such as poverty, marginalization, domestic violence, and sexual abuse contribute to a woman drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

FASD is one of the leading causes of preventable birth defects and developmental delay in Canada and most countries in the world.  FASD is the most common cause of neurobehavioral handicap in North America.

FASD is found in all economic and racial groups.  FASD is not genetic or inherited. 

FASD is not just a women’s issue.  The role of paternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy is unclear. Research suggests that a father’s use of alcohol may cause damage to the sperm. Men are advised to abstain from alcohol if planning or risking a pregnancy.

[i]Stade, BC, Stevens, B Ungar WI, Beyene J, Koren G., Health-related quality of life of Canadian children and youth prenatally exposed to alcohol. Health Quality Life Outcomes 2006; 4(81): doc10.1186 1477-7525-4-81.

[ii]Square, D. Fetal alcohol syndrome epidemic on Manitoba reserve. CMAJ 1997l 157 (1): 59-60

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DENIAL - Prescription Drugs Client “Benefit Exception Process”

Prescription Drugs NOT normally approved can follow the {Exception Process} outlined below:

Step One……….Client gets prescription from doctor/specialist

Step Two……….Client takes prescription to their Pharmacy

Step Three……..Pharmacy {advocates} calls Drug Exception Centre – Ottawa

Step Four….Drug Exception Centre faxes a form to clients’ doctor for completion

Step Five….Family Doctor completes form and returns to Drug Exception Centre

Step Six……Drug Exception Centre informs Pharmacy of their Decision

Step Seven…..Pharmacy informs client of results

When this result is still “not approved” the client has the option of appealing the decision, guided by the appeal process. 

It is strongly encouraged client contact their home community [CHR-Community Health Representative for further information/assistance or the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council {NIHB- Non-Insured Health Benefits] Program Department regarding the written appeal process – at the toll free number 1-888-407-4888 or locally in Port Alberni at 250-724-5757. 

For urgent assistance on these matters contact either of the above numbers and ensure you inform your doctor immediately – when the “not approved decision” happens!

Pending client wishes to write the letter on their own accord, client must initiate and sign this letter - The letter must contain the following information:  {Assistance is highly encouraged}

  1. The condition for which the benefit is being requested
  2. The diagnosis and prognosis (including other alternatives have been tried)
  3. Relevant diagnostic test results
  4. Justification for the proposed treatment and any additional supporting documentation

The Appeal will be reviewed by a medical professional and the decision will be made based on your specific needs, accumulated research, the availability of alternatives and the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) policy.

Address:  The Director of the NIHB Drug Exception Centre – Medical Services Branch Health Canada – Address Locator 6103A – 3rd Floor – 1547 Merivale Road, Nepean, Ontario – K1A OL3

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

First Nations have always had a tradition of good health as a priority in their communities. The health of the land and mental, physical and spiritual health of the people comes as second nature.

This awareness comes from a deep knowledge and spiritual connection to the natural environment. The land was shared as a way to feed each other, to stay warm and happy, with respect for the earth and a trust in the laws of nature.

Being safe and avoiding injury was necessary for the continuance of traditional ways of living like collecting food, hunting, traveling and harvesting natural resources.

“First Nations people have always had an incredible understanding of themselves, their health and their place in the world. Living wisely with good health is something we have always done, and we are often reaching back into our ancestral knowledge – our traditional ways of being and knowing – to reaffirm how we can live healthier lives today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Evan Adams, the Aboriginal Physician Advisor to the BC Provincial Health Officer.

“The generation before us hardly interacted with the health care system–often only just near the end of life. If the entire health care system disappeared today, we would still be taking care of each other, and we are taking care of each other. It was said that all we have to do in life is to go out and help the people.” 

The statistics today show what many First Nations already know. Preventable accidents impact a high number of communities and families.

Rural and urban living both have unique challenges. Something as simple as crossing the street can be dangerous in the big city, whereas rural people deal with the issues related to remote and isolated living.

Many preventable injuries in 2012 are still related to traditional and respected cultural activities like hunting, boating, hiking and dealing with wildlife.

Today, First Nations people are also influenced by new risk factors that all community members need to be aware of. Some frequently noted preventable accidents include chemical safety, intoxication, motor vehicle safety and forms of violence.

It has been shown that up to90 per cent of injuries are predictable and preventable with a little bit of mindfulness. This can be as simple as wearing a seatbelt while traveling in a motor vehicle, boat or ATV.

“Injuries are one of the leading, preventable causes of death, hospitalization, and disability among Aboriginal peoples in BC. The leading cause being motor vehicle crashes,” said Dr. Adams.

“We need to develop a strategy to support better health and longevity for First Nations by enhancing surveillance, skills, knowledge, community capacity, and support the area of injury prevention.”

The interim First Nations Health Authority (iFNHA) is encouraging BC First Nations to take control of their health messaging. The ‘Safer Nations – Injury Prevention’ 2012 Video contest is offering up $10,000 in prizes as well as provincial recognition in creating video messages that create awareness on injury prevention. The deadline for entries is April 27, 2012 and videos will be judged by a panel at the Gathering Wisdom V forum in Vancouver in May 2012. The contest is encouraging all First Nations film-makers, from the pro’s to the amateur camera phone directors to enter. 

In line with BC First Nation communities taking control of their health needs, the iFNHA is continually working to elevate the health of their people in an organization created by and working for them. Over the last number of years the First Nations Health Society (FNHS) has been diligently working under the guidance of Chiefs, Health Directors and First Nations communities in collaboration with Provincial and Federal partners.

Many important developments have taken place including the establishment of the First Nations Health Council and Health Directors Association, as well as the achievement of a number of enabling agreements with BC and Canada. Along with other political and technical changes, the FNHS recently changed their name to the interim First Nations Health Authority.

The interim period gives the organization a chance to make necessary internal changes as well as to seek out the guidance of BC First Nations in the establishment of a permanent First Nations Health Authority, creating a unique and exciting opportunity for First Nations in BC.

As things progress during the interim phase, consultation, input and collective decision making is the path being pursued while regional First Nations meet and collaborate on the formation of their governance structure.

Through advice gained from other Aboriginal peoples in places like Alaska and New Zealand who have already progressed through their own health care self-governance, BC First Nations can set the stage for other aboriginal populations across Canada and even around the globe in operating a new innovative and successful health care service delivery operation.

For more information connect online: www.fnhc.ca

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