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Natural Foot and Back Pain Relief

Did you know that lack of stability and balance account for a large portion of foot and back pain issues? Today, wellness consumers want products to enhance their quality of life and are asking for natural, safe solutions for more energy, pain relief and enhanced mobility. VoxxLife socks and insoles with HPT optimize the user’s stability and balance at the nervous system level and provide relief from aches and pains with drug free proven technology. Voxx Human Performance Technology (HPT) is based on 45 Years of research in Neuromuscular Science, Chiropractic Neurology and Reflexology. Come see a balance demo at the Wellnessnews Women’s Expo on February 8th at the VI Conference Centre.

Gambling Support and Treatment Services

Many people opt for extra support when enrolling in the Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) Program. You can have a friend or family member, a GameSense Advisor, or your counsellor join you. Remember, you can access free support and treatment services any time before, during or after your VSE term through the BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program. If you wish to renew your exclusion, you can do so in person at any gaming facility in BC, via email at selfexclusion@bclc.com or by mailing a letter to: BC Lottery Corporation Manager, Casino Security and Surveillance 74 W. Seymour Street Kamloops, BC V2C 1E2

Keep Skin Hydrated This Winter

Winter weather can bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin all over your body. As soon as you turn on the heat inside your house, be it electric, wood or natural gas, your skin begins to dry out. During this time, it is very important to use skincare products that hydrate, nourish and pamper the skin. If not hydrated, skin can get so dry that it begins to flake or crack. Use skin products made with pure organic essential oils and natural ingredients to nourish and repair your skin – naturally.

CBD Oils

Navigating the information on CBD oil can be mind boggling. Is it hype or a miracle? The truth lays in the Endocannabinoid system which was discovered when scientists began exploring cannabis. They discovered a master regulator in our body for maintaining homeostasis and building resiliency. The Endocannabinoid system has multiple receptor sites. Understanding how these receptors are activated is your golden key to better health. Some of its major functions include: *Modulates brain function, *Regulation of hormone secretion, *Lipid synthesis, *Energy homeostasis and *Glucose metabolism. Find out more in an upcoming a class or webinar.

Indulge, Escape, Shop @ the Women’s Expo

The Women’s Expo is all about empowerment, nutrition, pampering, fashion, fun, friends and wellbeing. Lots of great things to explore at the Women’s Expo with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The third annual Women’s Expo features wellness seminars, shopping opportunities and a Fashion Show. Bring your girlfriends, your daughters, your neighbours and plan to spend the day. The Expo is FREE to attend. See you on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo.

Start the Conversation Now

Many of us visited elderly parents over the holidays and found out that mom and dad aren’t doing so well; perhaps dad’s memory is failing, and mom is having trouble getting around. We feel the responsibility and obligation of keeping them safe and healthy. Although it may be hard to initiate serious conversations about the future, it’s important to start the discussion. Make a New Year’s resolution to start that conversation and be sure to include your parents! Plan ahead now so you and your parents can be prepared for what the future may bring rather than waiting for the midnight crisis phone call.

Tips for Good Health in 2020

One of the top resolutions for the New Year is to be healthier. The whole process can feel like an impossible task so here are some tips: •GET MOVING: you don’t have to run marathons. Getting out for a brisk 30-minutes daily walk burns calories and is a free, easy way to be active. •FIND AN ACTIVITY YOU LOVE: Our Active Passes offer unlimited entry to all of our public swimming, skating, weight rooms and gymnasium activities. •BUDDY UP: invite a friend to join in your wellness journey. It’s more fun, and it holds you more accountable.

Role of a Pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs; and are trained on diseases, symptoms, treatment and signs that require an appointment with a doctor. Your pharmacist will ensure your prescribed medication is appropriate for your health issue, is the correct dose based on your weight and kidney health and does not interact with any medication you are already taking. As appropriate, you pharmacist may suggest a complementary treatment to prevent side effects and can help ensure that you aren’t taking drugs that are no longer needed. If you feel unwell, your pharmacist may recommend an OTC medication or refer you to a health care professional.

Time for a Retirement Community?

January means back to the regular routine after getting together with family over the holidays. Sometimes these holiday gatherings bring new worries. As our family member ages, concerns about how to manage health problems start to crop up. Most people would like to stay in their homes and have family members help them out. But this isn’t always possible. You may not have training to provide the care. Or it could be distance—family members may live far apart. This is where a retirement community with a long-term care option can provide a safe and structured environment for you or your loved one.

Tips to Shovel Snow Safely

With the return of snow shovelling as the full body seasonal workout, there is an increased risk of sprains and strains. Prevent injuries by employing a few tips: *Do a 5 minute full body warm up before shovelling. * Scoop and push small amounts of snow. *Lift and move weight with your legs. *Engage core muscles to assist in stability, balance and limb movement. *Check your posture. As we tire our posture tends to fail. This is the time for a break, sip hot cocoa and reset yourself. For instruction on effective posture and core awareness, ask your Physiotherapist!

When Is It Time for a Hearing Test?

Hearing loss develops gradually, making it hard to catch. Signs of hearing loss include: *Turning up the volume of the TV or radio, *Frequently asking other to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly, *Perceiving usual background noise as unnaturally loud and *Having to concentrate very hard during conversations. If you think you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to see a hearing care professional. It is recommended that you get your hearing tested every three years beginning at the age of 50, or earlier if you are experiencing hearing loss symptoms. Book your free hearing test with a hearing care professionals today!