I was proud to join Express Scripts Canada in March of this year, and, truth be told, I feel like I was always part of this team.
With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions in recent years, the issue of drug overdose is very much on the radar for discussion. We know the tragic results when opioid addiction and abuse end in death or lifelong disability, but what can we do about it.
Our greatest tool is education. The first hour after an overdose is critical in determining the long-term outcome for the victims. Will this be wake-up call seek treatment, or will it be the end of the line?
As parents we tend to think we know what’s good for our kids, but our knowledge is mostly of the general variety. We know they need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and try to avoid excessive amounts of unhealthy fats, salt and sugar. But, do you know the specifics? How many calories a day does a child need? Do you know which nutrients your child is not likely getting in sufficient quantities? How would you know if there was a problem with your child's development?
A big decision new parents must make for the little one’s nutrition is whether to breastfeed or give formula. No matter what you decide, other people will surely have an opinion, but only one thing really matters: which choice is right for you and your baby?
International Self-Care Day is July 24th. It is celebrated not only in Canada, but around the world, and is an opportunity for all of us to be reminded that we are our own best health advocates. We might see doctors a few times a year or maybe even a few times a week, but they are not there with us as we live our lives. It’s an opportunity to take ownership over our own health and wellbeing.