Archive for January, 2013

Celebrate National Healthy Weight Week

Posted by on January 23rd, 2013

health_weight_weekCelebrate National Healthy Weight Week (January 20 to 26) by dropping the diet and picking up a few healthy habits instead. People who diet the first week of January binge the second and are ready for better living by the third week. Healthy Weight Week is this week. This is a week to promote healthy lifestyle habits that last a lifetime and prevent weight and eating problems.

The American Dietician Association uses this week to promote positive weight loss changes such as the ones below:

  • Start the day with breakfast. Breakfast eaters are more likely to be a healthy weight and less likely to re-gain lost weight. Include a source of protein (such as an egg or baked beans) and a low glycogenic index (GI) choice (like wholegrain toast or low-fat yoghurt). Protein-rich foods and lower GI carbohydrates provide important nutrients and also help keep you fuller for longer.
  • Choose low calorie, high nutrient foods. Wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables, lean meat, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, and lower fat dairy foods fit the bill.
  • Rediscover home cooking. By learning to cook at home using healthy ingredients you’ll boost your nutrient intake. And studies have shown that cooking stir-fries, roasts and casseroles including protein foods like beef and lamb means you’ll put more vegetables onto the plate as well. You only need 15 minutes to make a tasty, healthy meal.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables. Build up to the recommended five serves of vegetables (around three cups) and two serves of fruit every day. Fill half your dinner plate with vegetables(which is easy when you cook at home) and eat fruit as a snack.
  • Be portion aware. Over the past 30 years, the amount of food on our plates has increased –as have our waistlines. Shrinking portion sizes at every meal is a sure-fire way to lower calories.
  • Enjoy treats – in moderation. Many young women report sugary treats and take-aways as a weakness, making it more difficult to eat well. You don’t have to cut out any food, as long as you moderate your intake. Everyone’s different – so cutting back to a square or two of chocolate a day or a take-away once a week may be a step in the right direction for you.
  • Choose healthier drinks. Water is the best choice – so have a glass, bottle or jug of water close by at all times. Too much alcohol can lead to excess kilojoules and poorer food choices, both of which contribute to weight gain. If drinking, try a wine spritzer (wine diluted with plain mineral water) or a light beer, or ask for a smaller glass when drinking.
  • Write down everything you eat and drink. This will help you become more aware of what you’re eating and drinking, and where any problem areas are. Research suggests this is one of the best ways to change your eating habits and lose weight.
  • Be a mindful eater. Pay attention to hunger levels and how much you’re eating. Turn the television off and instead concentrate on the taste of food, as well as how full you feel.

Recruit a support team. Everyone needs support to maintain healthy habits. Find at least one person (friend, family member, work colleague, or health professional – such as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian) who will support and cheer you on.


Cold or Flu? How can you tell?

Posted by on January 16th, 2013

sickThe CDC has issued an alert that 2013 is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in over a decade. Not sure if you’re coming down with a cold, the flu or just one of those nasty 24-hour bugs that leaves you feeling nauseated and unable to get out bed?

There are few quick ways to help you tell the difference between a bug, cold or actual influenza.

The 24-bug isn’t the flu at all. If you’re stuck over the toilet, you probably have viral gastroenteritis — an infection caused by a variety of viruses that results in vomiting or diarrhea. Even though it’s commonly called the “stomach flu,” it has nothing to do with any strains of influenza. The best thing do to with a 24-bug is rest, drink a lot of fluids, and let it pass.

A cold or flu are tricky to tell apart, but they are caused by different viruses. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

This is a quick chart that helps you tell the difference between cold and flu symptoms:

 

Symptom

Cold

Flu

Fever Rarely Usually
Headache Rarely Usually
General aches, pains Slight Usually
Fatigue, weakness Sometimes Usually
Exhaustion Never Usually
Stuffy nose Usually Sometimes
Sneezing Usually Sometimes
Sore throat Usually Sometimes
Chest discomfort, cough Sometimes a hacking cough Usually, can be severe

 

If you have a cold, you might find relief in over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers. CanadaDrugs.com sells a full line of discount over-the-counter cold medication.

If you have the flu, you might need antiviral medication like Tamiflu. Tamiflu is best used within the first day or two of flu symptoms, so visit your personal doctor or a walk-in-clinic for this to be dispensed.


The 2013 US Flu Epidemic could be worst in a decade

Posted by on January 11th, 2013

fluHitting the U.S. unusually early and hard this year, the flu season has officially arrived and it won’t be departing any time soon with the Center for Disease Control warning that the 2013 flu season could be the worst in a decade.

The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Contact your doctor or visit the CDC’s flu resource site at www.flu.gov and use their Flu Vaccine Finder tool to find the closet place to you that is running a flu shot clinic. Remember, the flu shot can’t give you the flu. You might have a sore arm or a little fever after getting your shot, but it doesn’t contain live virus so you’re safe from getting sick. Also, just because you had a shot last year doesn’t mean your safe. The flu is virus that constantly changes and has different strains. To be protected you’ll need to have received a shot sometime in the last 6 months.

If you do still catch the flu remember:

•    If you have underlying medical problems, call your doctor early in the illness to see if they want to prescribe an antiviral drug.

•    Stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours. That will cut down on the number of people to whom you might give it.

•    Cover your coughs and sneezes.

•    Keep your hands clean — use soap and water or hand sanitizer frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.

•    Drink plenty of liquids!

ABC News ran a story last night Flu Fact and Fiction. Check it out here for some more great information.


Canada Drugs Patient Service Center Recognized for Excellence

Posted by on January 3rd, 2013

mecca_awardsIn 2012 the team behind the Patient Service Center at CanadaDrugs.com was recognized for excellence with the award for Performance Management from the Manitoba Customer Contact Association at its annual awards gala. The Manitoba Customer Contact Association (MCCA) is an industry association comprised of Manitoba companies and organizations associated with the customer contact sector.

We’re proud that the team behind our Patient Service Centre is a leader in our industry. CanadaDrugs.com sets itself apart by operating it’s own specialized 24-7 Patient Service Centre for all our inbound and outbound calls. By having our Patient Service staff under the same roof as our Canadian pharmacy, management team, and other staff, it allows us to provide the very best level of personal one-on-one service when you contact us.

It’s important for us to provide you the highest quality of care and service when you order from us. We know you have many options on where to order your medication, and we work hard to balance the best prices savings, while offering a level of service that is unmatched in the industry.

We look forward to serving you going forward in 2013