October 2010

Wellness Tip:

If you are concerned about your childs eating habits, consider providing a multivitamin for kids. Consult with your physician which one would be most suitable. Be a health conscious role model.  Your actions will effect their actions, teach them about good choices.

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Morrow, Crossdale & Associates Inc.
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E.G (Ted) Morrow:
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Paul Crossdale:
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Sean Ross:
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It’s fall and the back –to-school bell has sounded.

As a parent, you want to help your child get off to a good start for the school

year.  The place to begin is here, where you can find a selection of healthy tips for

boosting your pint-sized pupil’s  physical and emotional well-being.

Avoid heavily processed snacks like cereal bars and chips. Sure, it may be conven-

ient to pluck a package from the pantry, but these products are usually loaded with

sugar, salt, and saturated or trans fats—and their nutritional value is sometimes

negligible.

Serve up natural goodness. Whole-grain breads and crackers, fresh fruit and vegeta-

bles and cheese are all choice ingredients in a healthy lunch.  You can even divvy

them into snack-sized portions ahead of time to make for a quick morning grab.

Offer your child some fun with finger foods. Experiment with a variety of nutritious

dips and spreads for her veggies and crackers like yogurt, salsa or hummus.  Boil an

egg that she can peel herself at lunchtime.

Keep it petite.  Little people enjoy little portions, and children tend to snack through

the day, so consider substituting that double-decker hero sandwich for several smaller

items.

Skip the pop and sweetened juices. They’re hard on teeth and they take up tummy

space, leaving less room for healthier drinks like milk.

Consult your kid. There’s no better way to ensure he’ll eat his lunch than to get his

buy-in.  Find out what his favourite snacks are, or offer him a couple of choices in the

morning.  And at the end of the day, ask him what he liked best from his lunch bag.

Back To School: A Healthy StartPacking Healthy Lunches—Want to pack a school lunch that’s nourishing for your kids? Want to make sure your child actually eats it, instead of trading or trashing it? Use the following guidelines listed below to come up with winning fare. 

Detecting Back-To-School Stress –

Children don’t always take change in stride, and heading back to the books can take some getting used to. There are many sources of back-to-school stress, including adjustment to new teachers and classmates, an increase in homework, or just the transition to a different daily routine.  Sometimes stress has a more serious cause, such as bullying or a school-related phobia.

Being prepared to help your child means being on the lookout for any clues that your child might be stressed or anxious including changes.  If you notice emotional or behavioural changes, or changes in eating or sleeping patterns, talk to your child about coping techniques or solutions to what’s stressing him/him out.  Make sure your child is eating a well-balanced diet, and encourage physical activity, which is a great outlet for anxiety.

Be sure to build some down time into your child’s routine.  Involve the teacher or principal in problem solving if appropriate.  And check with your child’s doctor if the stress seems unmanageable or excessive. Above all, reassure your child that they are supported and loved, with lots of hugs, kisses and encouragement.

Student Exercise and Fitness

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend children and teens should be “physically active for at least 60 minutes per day”, although they stress that it doesn’t have to be 60 minutes of continuous activity. For example, if your eight-year old played soccer for 20 minutes during lunch recess and then played hockey afterschool, they would meet the AAP’s recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity for that day.

To get kids more active and more interested in exercise and fitness, try these tips:

1. Get the whole family involved in being more active, keeping in mind that most kids would rather be outside playing, instead of watching another “Sponge Bob” repeat— they just don’t want to be outside by themselves.  If you go outside with your child to play catch, tag, or simply go for a walk, you can usually be sure that your child will be quick to follow.

2. Have your kids use stairs at the mall instead of an escalator or elevator.

3. Encourage more unorganized outdoor free play.

4. Help you child find an organized sport that they like. This could be a team sport or an individual sport, as long as they are moving and strengthening their growing body that is most important.

5. Encourage your kids to play “active” video games, when they are using up their two hours of screen time, such as Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Sports and Wii Fit

It is important that you take the lead adding fitness and healthy eating habits into your daily lifestyle.

Your actions will speak louder than your words.

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Back To School— A Healthy Start


FYI—from MC&A

―A Snap Shot of Canadian Health Care Trends‖

Healthcare Systems Compared –

  • · Between 1967 (when Medicare was introduced) and 2009, the percentage of gross domestic product

(GDP) spent on healthcare increased from 7.0% to 11.9%. Over the same time span, the percentage of

GDP spent on drugs increased from 8.8% to 16.4%.

  • · When it comes to Universal Coverage in comparison of four countries, Canada spent the most, at 10.1 %

of its GDP in 2007, compared to between 6.0% and 8.7% of GDP in the other countries.  Each of the

three other countries had some form of universal catastrophic pharmaceutical coverage.  In Canada, more

than 62.0% of drug expenditures came from the private sector.  Some provinces have yet to implement

catastrophic pharmaceutical coverage,

Canadian Healthcare Wait Times –

  • · Comparing 2008 to 2009, wait times improved in at least one priority area for six of seven reporting

provinces.

  • · At least 75% of patients received radiation treatment and bypass surgery within the benchmarks (four

weeks and 26 respectively).

A Closer Look At Cancer –

  • · Cancer is set to surpass heart disease as the world’s leading killer by the end 2010, according to a report

released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • · It is forecasted that by 2030, 26.4 million people worldwide could be diagnosed with cancer and about

two-thirds of these individuals (17 million) could die for the disease

  • · According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 30% of new cancer cases  and 17% of cancer deaths in Can-

ada will occur in young and middle-aged adults aged 20-59, striking during their most productive em-

ployment years.

While the above noted projections may be shocking, it is important to know that according to the WHO, 30%

of cancers could be preventable.  You can take an active approach to your plan wellness.

A Closer Look At Obesity –

 

  • · Overweight men aged 18 to 34 are nearly four times more likely to miss work than healthy co-workers
  • · According to a Statistics Canada study, obese women aged 35 to 64 and obese men aged 55-64 have a

greater tendency towards “reduced work activities” due to long-term health problems.  Obese women in

this age category are “significantly more likely” to take a disability day compared to normal-weight col-

leagues.

When looking at how issues of obesity affect the work environment, both from an on-the-job performance and

disability perspective, it is important to understand how many of your plan members are in high-risk categories

and to consider the cost effective improvements that may be achieved through health promotion initiatives.

Drugs –

  • · According to a Canadian Cancer Society report, 1 in 12 Canadians faces catastrophic drug costs, defined

as more than 3% of a household’s net income

  • · All provinces are allowing more health practitioners, beyond physicians and dentists, to prescribe drugs.

This may take some of the stress off the physicians while improving access and health outcomes for pa-

tients

  • · Three provinces enforce lower generic pricing legislation (British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario).

Health and Wellness –

 

  • · Stress has been cited as the number one worldwide health risk that drives wellness programs
  • · Stress and related conditions are significant drivers of productivity loss, absenteeism and increased

health costs

  • · The 2009 sanofi-aventis Healthcare Survey found that 55% of plan members would be more likely to

change their behaviour, exercise more frequently or eat healthier foods if their employer offered work-

place wellness options

General Benefits –

  • · Highly engaged plan members are 80% more likely to be top performers and miss 20% fewer days of

work than plan members who are not as engaged

  • · 43% of plan members in a sanofi-aventis survey said they would be willing to pay higher premiums to

maintain their benefits at the current level of coverage

  • · The same sanofi-aventis survey found that plan members would be interested in purchasing new or addi-

tional coverage for a number of products and services

Excerpts provided by:  GWL, GroupNet Report 2010

 

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