Community News
Do-It-Yourself Braces?

If you have crooked or gapped teeth, you may be tempted to try DIY orthodontics using videos on YouTube or at-home kits that are advertised on TV. These options are said to save people money by avoiding appointments with dental professionals. The truth is, DIY orthodontics are unsafe and could end up costing you more money later on. Complications can arise from placing DIY or mail-order dental appliances over decayed teeth or infected gums. Only a professional orthodontist can determine the presence of these problems and ensure they are fixed correctly. Options like Invisalign 5 offer people with mildly crooked or gapped teeth a way to straighten them with clear aligners instead of braces, in as little as six to eight weeks, at a cost comparable to those mail-order products. Bower Dental Centre, Invisalign5atCost.com

Pet Health

Gain peace of mind by having your pet microchipped. Microchipping is a permanent and safe way to identify your pet in case he or she gets lost. A microchip is a tiny device roughly the size and shape of a grain of rice. It’s placed just under the loose skin at the back of the neck. When a lost cat or dog without a collar tag is found, a veterinarian or veterinary technician will use a handheld microchip scanner to check for a chip. If a pet has one, it will transmit the ID number to the scanner using a low-frequency radio wave. Once they’ve obtained the ID number they’ll contact the chip manufacturer to retrieve the pet owner’s contact information. Dr. Dagmar Schouten, Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, CedarwoodVet.ca

Small Changes for Big Impact

“Walking is the single best thing you can do for your health” – Dr. Mike Evans
Getting out and moving everyday improves your:
• health by decreasing your risk of heart disease by 30%;
• mood by decreasing depression and anxiety; and
• lifespan by up to 3 years.
Did you know that you walk 1-2 more miles each day if you keep track of your steps? Joining the RDPCN Hawaiian Trek by yourself or as part of a team is an excellent way to challenge yourself to be more active for the next 6 weeks. Either way it’s a fun and free way to boost your activity this year, no matter where you are starting from!

Product Review: Avena Original’s Superfood

Hand-harvested and sun-dried, Avena’s Original’s Super Foods choose deliver outstanding nutrition. They combine dense greens and herbs with the nutrition your body needs to thrive. A scoop of Superfood contains 100% RAW living foods such as Cellulase Enzymes, Alpha-Amylase Enzymes, Beta Carotene, Pineapple Fruit, Celery Seed, Kelp, Beet Root, Broccoli Stem/Flower, Kale Leaf, Irish Moss, Artichoke, Echinacea Root, Siberian Ginseng, Horsetail, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Barley Grass, Catalase, Whole Mushroom, Acerola Cherry Fruit, Maltase, Alfalfa Herb Top, Dulse Whole Plant, Pea Protein, Protease Enzymes, Milk Thistle, Tomato Fruit, Spinach, Dandelion Root, Lipase, Wheat Grass, & Phytase Enzymes. Every serving is the equivalent of eating a fresh salad or green smoothie! AvenaOriginals.com

Connecting Children with Nature

Studies show that there are numerous benefits for connecting children with nature at an early age. It supports creativity and problem solving; enhances cognitive abilities; improves academic performance; reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms; increases physical activity; improves nutrition, eyesight, social relations, self-discipline and reduces stress. Frances Ming Kuo, a researcher documenting the positive link between nature and human health, and social and psychological functioning, uses the phrase “Vitamin G” (G for “green”) to capture nature’s role as a necessary ingredient for a healthy life. Kerry Wood Nature Centre, WaskasooPark.ca/nature-nursery

Community Event

Jan. 20. 10 am – 5 pm. The Healthy Living Expo showcases exhibitors and demonstrators that promote all aspects of wellness, sustainability, innovation and a healthy lifestyle. Join us at the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park. The Healthy Living Expo, TheExpo.ca

3 Steps to Kickstart Your Wellness

Feel stuck? Want to make some changes but don’t know where to start? 1. Decide you’re worth it. Take accountability to make better decisions. Self care is crucial; you can’t give from an empty bucket. 2. What’s your biggest challenge? List your challenges then narrow it down to your top three. Choose one to focus on that will provide the most value to you right now. 3: Plan and take action. Do 3 achievable things in the next 2 weeks to move you closer to solving this challenge. Repeat this process. Congratulations, you’ve kickstarted your wellness! Kendra Irvine, Certified Wellness Coach, Living Light, KendraIrvine.com

Community Event

Jan. 31. 2pm. “Mengagement” is a unique gathering of men to ponder how might the Red Deer community encourage healthier aging. Gentlemen start your brain, your engine of creativity. Let the race begin. Golden Circle for more information call 403-343-6074 GoldenCircle.ca

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Most commonly this occurs when a woman passes into menopause and also in women experiencing induced menopause. Recently, this condition has been renamed Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). While many painful symptoms are experienced by as many as 50% of postmenopausal women, many women who experience these symptoms feel that it is just a normal part of the aging process and nothing can be done about it. These issues affect a women’s quality of life both physically and psychologically. There is, however, a new treatment available for this very common disorder – The MonaLisa Touch® is a fast, safe, and simple treatment that provides lasting results. Women Imaging Center, WomenImagingCenter.ca