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State of mind effects health

Have you and your family had frequent colds and flu this winter?  This could be a sign of a weakened immune system and a chronic condition. Frequent colds and flu, coughs that do not resolve after two or three weeks, a flu that goes deep into the chest and even turns to pneumonia; repeated sore ... Read More »

Chronic conditions program starts March 5

“I want to make the beautiful meals I once made for my family.” Those are the words of a 38-year-old woman, one of the participants in a province-wide self-management program called Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. Her arm is paralyzed by stroke. “I set a goal to make one simple meal a week, ... Read More »

Sleep problems have many causes

Insomnia is the inability to sleep adequately and soundly and is a sign of an underlying imbalance, both in children and adults.  We live in a society that prides itself on being overworked, over-stimulated, overscheduled and fast paced.  The consequence of this lifestyle climate is sleep deprivation for adults and children. Sleep is the body’s ... Read More »

New Gibsons health unit opens

The new Gibsons Health Unit at 821 Gibsons Way – which opened to the public Jan. 17 –  was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting Jan.11. From the left:  Karen Inkpen, manager home, community and public health; Latash Maurice Nahanee, Squamish First Nation; Karin Olson, Vancouver Coastal Health chief operating officer, coastal; David Hawkins, chair, Sechelt ... Read More »

Auxiliary gets new appliance for Totem Lodge

A pizza comes out of the oven at Totem Lodge in Sechelt, a new combination convection/warming oven, replacing the 15-year-old stove. It was paid for by the Roberts Creek, Gibsons and Halfmoon Bay branches of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary. Pictured, left to right, Richard Nelles, of Sunshine Coast Appliance and Mattress, in Sechelt – ... Read More »

Take care for 2018, and always

If I could recommend one New Year’s resolution for 2018 it would be to practice self-care.  Our natural state is well-being, everyone can achieve it and maintain it.  When we practice self-care and make it a priority, everything falls into place for what we need to thrive physically and emotionally in our lives.  If we ... Read More »

Alzheimer awareness urged

Sunshine Coast residents are being asked to join a national awareness campaign to challenge public perceptions of what it means to live with dementia. January is national Alzheimer Awareness Month. The 2018 campaign aims to convert judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people with dementia feel supported in the local community. Dementia ... Read More »

A loan to help you get out of hospital

The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary Loan Cupboard is one important resource which isn’t a cupboard at all. It’s actually a service that provides hospital equipment for short-term loan free of charge to residents of the Coast. The Red Cross provides this type of service in other communities across BC. The Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary is ... Read More »

Flu season can bring another medical concern for kids

Flu season has arrived and for children with weak immune systems this can be a challenging time of the year.  “Otitis media”, inflammation of the middle ear, generally occurs in children with weakened immune systems.  It can flare up as an acute complication of the flu, tonsillitis, whooping cough, sinusitis or even a cold. For ... Read More »

Why you should get a flu shot

One shot could save your life when it comes to the flu, says a Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) doctor. “For healthy people, having the flu means a few days of feeling miserable, but for young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to a severe illness involving a ... Read More »

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