Healthy Living

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Hesquiaht Storm is once again expected to challenge for a prestigious basketball championship.

The girls’ under-17 squad will be competing at this year’s Junior All Native Tournament, which begins Monday and continues until March 24 in Kelowna.

The Storm had placed second at the 2013 tournament staged in New Aiyansh and followed that up with a fourth-place finish the following year when the event was held in Kamloops.

The Hesquiaht side enjoyed the experience of the championships in the last two years, but were in a rebuilding mode.

The Storm ended up placing seventh at the 2015 tourney, which it hosted in Nanaimo. And it finished eighth at last year’s tournament held in Williams Lake.

“Last year we rebuilt our roster after there were only two players left from the year before,” said Geno John, who is in his sixth season of coaching the Hesquiaht team. “Our oldest player turned 15 when we were at the tournament. We were competing against girls that were aging out, and some of them had turned 18 by the time the tournament started, which is allowed.”

John though is hoping his squad will be challenging for the title this year. "I am confident that our team will surpass last year's placing and excel to their top ability to compete for the championship game."

Storm has added veteran coach Tyson Touchie, who has championship experience, and “This year we’ve added a couple of new girls that will hopefully help us get past the Elite 8,” he said.

Those who have joined the Storm roster this season include cousins Destiny Hanson and Adrianne Michael. The pair are from the Ehattesaht First Nation but have an ancestral (grandmother) connection to Hesquiaht First Nation and are eligible to suit up for the Storm.

Hanson, who is 15, is a 5-foot-9 centre/forward, while Michael, 16, is a shooting guard.

“They’re going to be big contributors,” John said of these two newcomers to his squad. “They will add to our tenacity and drive.”

That would be 15-year-old point guard Memphis Dick. A year ago Dick was named to the tournament all-star team and also captured the Miss Hustle Award.

“If we had gotten to the Final Four or in the final last year she probably would have gotten the MVP and top scorer award as well,” John said.

For Dick, this will mark the fifth year that she has participated in the Junior All Native Tournament.

John’s daughter Dalainee, who recently became a teenager, is the only other player on the Storm roster who will be making her fifth appearance at this event.

“She’s been with our team since she was nine,” John said.

John’s niece, Jada Touchie, is also in the Hesquiaht lineup. Others on the team are Arianna Johnson-Sabbas and Shauntelle Dick.

All the players belong to their schools’ teams, and the Storm season starts when the school basketball season ends. "Our main focus is to ensure that their education comes first, then their extracurricular sports," said John.

About two dozen clubs are expected to participate in the girls’ under-17 division at the Junior All Native Tournament.

A boys’ under-17 division will also be held. And there will also be both girls’ and boys’ under-13 categories.

Members of the Storm are expected to start making their journey to Kelowna on Saturday morning. John is required to attend the coaches meeting which will be held on Sunday afternoon.

John said the Storm wouldn’t be able to get to the Jr. All-Natives without support from the Hesquiaht First Nation and corporate sponsors, including Cermaq Canada and Ratcliff & Co. The team also is fundraising.

All team members will then attend the tournament’s opening ceremonies set for Sunday night at Kelowna Secondary School.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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

Copyright 2010 Ha-Shilth-Sa. All Rights Reserved.

Developed by Alberni Design | Login