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World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day is May 17, a day devoted to raising awareness and the prevention of hypertension.  The theme this year is What's Your Number. 

Facts about hypertension:

5 tips for easy summer sun safety

(NC) Summertime brings longer days, warmer weather and the need for a sun safety refresher. Keeping your entire family sun safe while outdoors is the key to making this summer your best one yet.

Follow these five tips to make sure you stay protected all season long:

1. The sun doesn't discriminate. Sunscreen should be applied even when you're not in direct sunlight. Whether you're driving in the car, sitting outside on a cloudy day or spending time in the water, your skin is still susceptible to sunburns.

Spring cleaning checklist for a healthy home

(NC) Welcome the season with this handy checklist for making sure your home is in top shape.

Ventilate your home. Take advantage of warmer temperatures to make sure you have enough fresh air coming in. Open your windows when using products that may release chemicals into the air, including cleaning products, paints or varnishes. Remember to follow the manufacturer's directions for safe use. Reduce moisture, odours and pollutants by installing exhaust fans in bathrooms and above the stove. Remember to turn them on when showering and cooking.

Tips for maintaining a healthy home for seniors

(NC) As we age, our immune systems become less effective at fighting disease, which can increase our risk of developing health complications. Older people are more likely to develop heart or respiratory illnesses and are more susceptible to the potential health impacts from a variety of exposures in our day-to-day lives.

The following simple steps can help you stay healthy as you age:

Tips to Help You Remember Your Medication

Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? Reached for your wallet and realized you've left it at home? Misplaced your car keys? Congratulations, you're human and it is very human to forget. But forgetting your prescription medication can have very serious consequences. Your prescription is designed to help you recover and stay healthy in the future, it's important that you take it according to the directions given. 

Here are some tips to help you keep your meds on track:

Heart Healthy Habits

Heart disease and stroke are responsible for 27 per cent of deaths in Canada every year. It's therefore crucial for us to take action to foster heart healthy habits. Up to 80 per cent of early heart disease and stroke can be prevented by adopting healthy behaviours including eating a healthy diet and exercising.