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Twenty Steps for a Healthier Heart

Twenty Steps for a Healthier Heart

1.   Eat a balanced breakfast every day with equal amounts of protein and carbohydrates in the form of veggies or fruit. This creates slow releasing calories to minimize weight gain and maximize your blood sugar regulation, which reduces stress to the heart

2.   Eat 3 meals per day and eliminate snacks between meals. This will require the body to go looking for extra storage calories, so, helps to maintain the proper weight.

Fire rescue crews to carry naloxone for drug overdose patients

Firefighters in Surrey and Vancouver will be the first in B.C. to carry and administer a potentially life-saving treatment, naloxone.

Firefighters in Surrey and Vancouver will be the first in B.C. to carry and administer a potentially life-saving treatment, naloxone, for patients suffering opioid drug overdoses. All paramedics also now will be able to give naloxone.

“An overdose can happen to anyone. The lives at risk may be your neighbours, friends or family members,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

Charge in Lemon Creek fuel spill stayed as federal lawyers, fisheries take up investigation of case

Federal ministries will continue the investigation into a 2013 tanker truck accident that saw 33,000 litres of jet fuel spilled into the Lemon Creek.

A further investigation into the Lemon Creek fuel spill will be undertaken by federal ministries as the Fisheries Act charge brought forward by a Slocan Valley resident has been stayed.

Federal lawyers from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Monday outside of BC Supreme Court in Nelson that Marilyn Burgoon’s charge against the Province of B.C. and Executive Flight Fuel Services Ltd. for their alleged roles in the 2013 jet fuel spill into the waters of Lemon Creek and the Slocan Valley has been discontinued.

Big smiles from West Kootenay Community TEETH after winning $50,000 from Pacific Blue Cross

Some of the board members tasked with spending the $50,000 grand prize, from left, Mara Sand, Debby Zeeben, Eric Ramsden and Pegasis McGauley. Missing, Barry Nelson and Christine Chore. — Submitted photo

If anyone sees the people associated with the West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic today, don’t be alarmed if they’re grinning from ear to ear.

The West Kootenay Community Teeth Clinic in Nelson made it to the top of the podium, winning the grand prize of $50,000 in a province-wide Pacific Blue Cross contest for local charities.

Pacific Blue Cross made the announcement Thursday morning in its Share The Care project, part of the not-for-profit health insurer's plan to celebrate its 75th anniversary by giving away $75,000.

Paving the way: telehealth clinics for post-transplant follow up

Paula Smith (R), standing with renal nurse Georgi Winger and the telehealth unit in Cranbrook, no longer has to drive to Trail for her appointments. — Photo courtesy IHA

Transplant patients living in rural communities can be faced with a number of challenges when travelling long distances to attend an appointment. But for Paula Smith, a new telehealth service for post-kidney transplant patients has eliminated all of these.
 
Paula’s kidney function first started to decline more than 10 years ago. Then, in 2010, while Paula’s kidney was functioning at only 15 per cent, the worst happened – her husband passed away.
 

The state of the reserve: regional health board to debate future of growing reserve fund

The state of the reserve: regional health board to debate future of growing reserve fund

A reserve fund once set up to purchase and finance capital projects is creating an embarrassment of riches for the region’s health board.

The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Health District board (WKBRHD) will be deliberating this month on what to do with a reserve fund that has grown to $9.3 million, nearly exceeding the $10 million cap put in place four years ago on the reserve fund.

The board will have two options in these cash-crunched times for health care dollars in its decision: keep the cap; or lift it and continue building the reserve for a major project.

Changes at Victorian Community Health Centre a step in right direction

Interior Health decision certainly a step in the right direction for Kasloites.

It's been a long time coming, but changes are in store for the Victorian Community Health Centre (VCHC) in Kaslo, with plans to increase primary care services to seven days a week.

Beginning in April, the changes will give residents the option to see a physician on Saturday and Sunday, statutory holidays however will remain unavailable.

Aside from those looking to schedule appointments, blocks will be left open for people who have non-urgent, but unforeseen medical needs on those days as well.

Avalanche Awareness Day at Red

avalanche training

Avalanche Awareness Day is planned for Saturday, January 16, 10 AM to 3 PM, outside the Base Lodge at Red Mountain Resort. This free event, hosted by Rossland & District Search and Rescue, offers hands-on avalanche safety gear clinics, competitions for kids, demonstrations, races, and prizes. Those interested should dress for the weather and wear warm boots. If access to the chair is required, lift tickets must be purchased. Those who have their own avalanche rescue gear should bring it.

REGIONAL: Keremeos and Okanagan Falls get age-friendly grants

REGIONAL: Keremeos and Okanagan Falls get age-friendly grants

Keremeos and Okanagan Falls are among 28 B.C. communities that have been awarded 2016 Age-friendly Community Planning and Project grants, to support strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

COLUMN: The 'I Ate Too Much' Holiday Rescue

Dr. Brenda Gill

          Being at a Christmas party this weekend  reminded me of how rich the foods tend to be.   It’s that time of year when all of us tend to indulge.  This will give you some strategies for the holiday season when we all tend to eat mixtures of foods, rich combinations and sometimes just darn too much!

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