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Improving Health

International Women’s Day (March 8) is the perfect day to take action on women’s health. We know, for example, that many working women struggle to juggle a home, family and life in general. This constant struggle means that they end up putting their health and wellbeing on the backburner. So how can women find a balance and make better decisions that will result in healthier outcomes?

March 7, 2016

It’s February, time for that once-a-year opportunity to celebrate love with chocolate, cinnamon hearts, greeting cards and flowers. But this year, we hope you’ll also take a moment to celebrate your heart, the miraculous fist-sized organ that keeps you breathing, moving and… well, loving.


Did you make a resolution to begin a new diet or exercise program this year? If so, congratulations! Research shows that people who make a resolution are more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. If you have made it this far, you are part of the 15% who reach the one-week hurdle, and you are well on your way to being one of the 52% who are going strong after one month.


From a cost perspective, private employer drug plans are under siege. New treatments have been introduced in the Canadian market at alarming prices, such as a staggering $71,000 for a new treatment for hepatitis C. At the same time, high-cost claimants – those whose prescription costs ranged from $6,900 to $755,000 in 2014 – are taking an increasingly large slice of the benefit pie: the top 1% of all claimants comprised 28% of total spending in 2014.


Its official arrival may be December 21, but for Canadians, winter will be here any moment – along with peak cold and flu season.



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