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Men and women between the ages of 50 to 74 should get screened for colorectal cancer with a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) every two years.
Men and women over 75 should continue to get regular check-ups and discuss with their family doctor or nurse practitioner whether they should continue to be screened for colorectal cancer.
If a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) had colorectal cancer you are at increased risk. Talk to your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer when you are 10 years younger than your relative was at the disease onset.
All women who have ever had any sexual skin-to-skin contact need to have regular Pap tests starting at age 21. This includes intercourse, intimate touching or oral sexual contact with partners of either sex.
The current recommendation in Ontario is a Pap test every three years unless you are following up an abnormal result or are immunocompromised.
Make the Pap test part of your regular health checkup until you are 70 years old. Pap tests can stop at age 70 if you have had three or more normal tests in the past 10 years.
If you have had a hysterectomy, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner to see if you still need a Pap test.
Women 50 – 74 years of age should get regular breast cancer screening with mammography every two years.
Women 75 and over should continue to get regular checkups and discuss with their family doctor or nurse practitioner whether they should continue to be screened for breast cancer.
Women between the ages of 30 and 69 and identified by a physician as high risk for breast cancer, should have yearly screening using both a mammogram and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Immunization is widely recognized as one of the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century. Vaccines save lives, prevent the spread of diseases and reduce health care costs. Immunization programs are an important foundation of Ontario’s health system. We provide expertise in immunization and vaccine-preventable disease control.
See Ontario's publicly funded immunization schedule.
The vaccine debate continues for some people, despite the overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and don't cause autism. Refer to the literature below.
Your Child’s Best Shot: A parent’s guide to vaccination, 4th edition (2015) By Dr. Dorothy L. Moore Published by Canadian Pediatric Society.
For more information on vaccine safety:
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
Measurements such as blood pressure, weight, BMI, waist circumference.
Review of family history, personal history, and current problems.
Assessment for screening such as pap smear, mammogram, stool testing, colonoscopy, etc.
An examination appropriate for your age, sex, and medical issues particular to you.
A discussion of your risk factors, such as smoking, alcohol intake, diet, exercise and immunization needs.
WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE
Living with type 2 Diabetes: What it is and how to get the help you need.
Call to speak with live diabetes educators: 1-800 BANTING (226-8464)
Healthy Living Resources: How to live well with diabetes, from eating and exercise to heart health and foot care.
Recipes: Find healthy recipes by keyword, category or main ingredient
Taking Charge of Your Diabetes: New tools from Diabetes Canada to help you take charge of your health.
Complications: The risks of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and other problems resulting from poorly or untreated diabetes
Programs and Support Services: Locate support groups and other resources in your area.
Health benefits begin soon after you smoke your last cigarette:
• Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure drops.
• Within 8 hours, carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop to normal.
• At 24 hours, your risk of a heart attack begins to fall.
• At 2 weeks to 9 months, you can breathe easier as you can get more air into your lungs.
• At 1 year, your risk of heart disease and stroke from smoking drops by 50%.
• At 5 years, your risk of stroke is the same as a non-smoker.
• At 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer reduces significantly.
• At 15 years, your risk of heart disease equals that of a non-smoker.
Visit the Canadian Cancer Society's Smokers Helpline
Why Quitting Smoking is Hard
Step-by-Step Guide to Help you Quit
How Smoking Cessation Medications Work
Make an appointment to stop now.
POSITIVE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
View the link below for information on what and how much exercise you should do
MOVE STRONG AT HOME Program
offered through the University of Waterloo for individuals over 60 yrs of age.
The study takes place over 12 weeks. You do not need to leave your house to participate in the study. You can choose to communicate with us via telephone, or online using your computer.
We will complete assessments of your health, physical activity, physical function and nutrition over the phone or computer at the beginning of the study, after the 8-week intervention, and one month later (12-weeks).
Canada's Food Guide is a good place start!
Mediterranean Diet and Whole Food Plant Based Diets
Reduce the risk of developing and improve the following conditions:
• Help achieve ideal body weight
• Treat constipation
• Increase energy
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
Recipes for Plant Based Nutrition:
Low FODMAP Diet for irritable bowel syndrome
Heart and Stroke Foundation
provides information on
Each of the following decreases your risk of heart disease and stroke by about 1/3 (30%)
1) Mediterranean diet https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/aa98646
2) Exercise (aim for 150 min/week of brisk walking or higher exertion)
3) Medication (ex. statins like Crestor)
Discuss with your family physician whether you require blood work to check your cholesterol so that you can calculate your cardiovascular risk today:
Fatty Liver Disease
Causes and Treatments
Mindfulness means to live in the present rather than worrying about the past or anticipating the future.
To be mindful is to realize thoughts and feelings in your body in an objective manner.
We can use mindfulness as a tool to avoid self-criticism and judgment while identifying and managing difficult emotions.
Try these apps
Ten percent happier
For more information consult your family physician.
Breastfeeding Buddies new website is up and ready to support families in reaching their breastfeeding goals. Our goal is to provide peer focused, accessible, and evidence-based breastfeeding support during these challenging times. Please visit the website and share it with families you work with. All registration for our NEW virtual programs can also be found on the website.
The interactive workshop runs every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 via ZOOM meetings. Registration is required.
New Virtual Breastfeeding Support - LATCH AND LEARN - Tuesday and Thursday 10-11am
Waterloo Region Public Health Breastfeeding Support
For information on circumcision look under the handout tab.
Resource for Contraception Options
20 DIFFERENT BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS
Waterloo Region Public Health's sexual health clinic
Sexual Health Options, Resources and Education Center
Book an appointment with your family physician to discuss the best option for you.
Concussion Guides for Athletes
Concussion Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Return to Sport Strategy
Return to School Strategy
Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)
An excellent resource for services and support- free of charge.
(1) Headache Diary - for severity use colours or 1 = Green, 2 = Yellow, 3 = Red; record duration
(2) Headache Management Pamphlet - www.neuroloaycentretoronto.com (under Patient Resources - Headache & Migraine)
(3) Headache Severity Scale (GREEN, YELLOW, RED) www.neurologycentretoronto.com (under Patient Resources - Headache & Migraine)»
(4) Improve Sleep & How to Take Melatonin www.neurologycentretoronto.com (under Patient Resources - Sleep - Sleep Hygiene 101)
(5) Active Rehabilitation Educational Video www.neurologycentretoronto.com (under Patient Resources - Concussion - "Active Rehabilitation - Why it Works") (6) Keep Your Head Up is an emerging local non-profit organization that supports individuals impacted by traumatic brain injury, including concussion. The organization was founded in 2020 by two young women from Waterloo Region who sustained sports-related concussions while in high school. Keep Your Head Up offers free virtual programs to provide individuals with TBI with hands-on opportunities to learn about and practice mental wellness strategies that can support their well-being during their recovery process. Activities include gentle yoga, meditation, breathing, mindful movement, therapeutic art and more. To register: www.keepyourheadup.ca/register
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bone loss, this can lead to a fracture.
The disease has already progressed by the time a fracture occurs.
Prevention is your best defense against this disease.
Osteoporosis Canada has more information on:
Talk to your physician about your need for a bone mineral density test.
Please see the following websites for information on Chronic Kidney Disease, including causes and management of your condition.
For a great resource on high and low potassium foods, see:
Smartphone apps can be used to monitor your health and help you stay on track with your health goals.
Smart ways to Use Your Smartphone
Apps To Keep You on Track
How Your iWatch can Make You Healthier
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of joints and ligaments. Currently, 1 in 5 Canadians are affected by this chronic disease. The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
New Vision FHT Fall Virtual Workshops
New Vision Family Health Team would like to extend an invitation to your patients to register for our fall VIRTUAL (online) wellness workshops! These sessions are led by our interdisciplinary healthcare professionals and aim to help participants manage their health, enhance coping strategies, and meet with others who may be having similar concerns/experiences. No referral is needed.
All our wellness workshops are open to non-FHT patients. Our sessions are facilitated through ZOOM, so participants will need access to a computer, tablet or smart phone and the internet, but do not need a camera. Participants will also need an email address for registration and to access the workshop online.
*New Virtual Workshop* How to Feed a Picky Eater: A workshop to offer parents/guardians practical strategies to help their children become competent eaters and make mealtime a positive experience for all! Open to parents/guardians with children of all ages.
Click here for more information and registration for upcoming virtual wellness workshops.
If you have any further questions, please contact Desirée Leslie, Health Outcomes Assessor, at email@example.com.