In the normally quiet Niagara Region, emotions are running high with proposed changes planned for Niagara Health System’s $370 million hospital system. Ironically called the “Hospital Improvement Plan” (or HIP for short), the very wheels of progress developed by the health authorities threaten to balkanize the very region of some 500,000 people it was set up to benefit.
In Ontario, health care services are planned by 14 Local Health Integration Networks (or LHINs) that are composed of health experts and ordinary citizens appointed by the province to consult and develop the most effective health care services for the population base they serve. Niagara Region is served by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN.
After the Niagara Health System (NHS), which is the centralized administration of several local hospitals across the region, reported a looming $17 million deficit, the LHIN asked it to come up with a plan to not only become more efficient in the delivery of its services, but to provide for “centres of excellence” which would allow Niagara residents to obtain most of their health care services within the region, as opposed to having to travel to Hamilton or Toronto for specialized services.
The proposed HIP was the result of internal consultation between executives of the NHS and its major stakeholders, including senior physicians, nurses and other health care teams. However, when the HIP was released to the public in early summer, sparks began to fly across the Region, particularly in the southern most parts of Niagara, where …
A complete and professional massage can play a vital role in healing a large number of health problems, such as back pains and inflammations. However, as you cannot go to a massage specialist all the time, you can think about buying a massager that would make the exact same thing.
Having a massage in the intimacy of your home with the comfort and efficiency of a professional are the main reasons for which some people buy electric massage chairs and renounce their weekly session with a massage specialist.
Studies show three principal benefits in using such massagers:
Muscular massage improves the nervous and lymphatic circulation, increasing the blood flow and facilitating the absorption of nutrients by your body. Massage eliminates toxins from the treated areas and revives the external tissues. Massage therapy reduces tensions and improves flexibility, allowing your body and mind to fully relax.
These benefits work both physically and psychically to reduce the common symptoms of back pains. By studying the human body and the feedback from users, it was possible to develop many types of massage for health chairs, suited for different clients and having numerous benefits.
Rules to follow when buying a massager for health:
Most of the chairs can automatically take the shape of the body, while others have to be adjusted manually or with a remote. This is a necessity as it guarantees your whole body will benefit of the effects. In case the chair is incorrectly calibrated, it will not offer …
Many people choose organic food as a healthier choice for foods. With an increased concern about sprays and pesticides and their effects on health, people believe organic foods are a wiser choice. Research indicates a concern about commercially produced foods and the effects of products used on them to produce beautiful and perfect fruits, vegetables and other products.
A concern exists that many additives used in processed foods affects our health in adverse ways. People are concerned these toxins and additives remain in our bodies after consumption, and over time trigger other medical concerns or conditions. Parents with children choose organics to treat food and additive allergies. People with food sensitivities also choose organics to avoid some of the triggers for allergic reactions. Some people are concerned about maintaining optimal health and choose organics to help them in this quest.
I am one of those people who choose to purchase and eat organic foods. About 97% of what I eat and drink is organic from my dairy to my grains, fruits and vegetables. Yes, my food is probably at least 30-40% higher in cost, and perhaps my organics are my choice of to believe I am doing something healthier for me.
A few years ago, I turned fifty. My health has been good compared to most people. I do not have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or any other medical concerns or conditions. I studied people my age and older and realized those IF I wished to continue to …
Purchasing the Best Temporary Health Insurance plan
In most cases, people opt for temporary insurance in one (or more) of three circumstances:
Job Transition. Most jobs offer health insurance through their companies, and employees save a significant amount by using the company insurance as their provider, since this feature is part of the employment package. But if you’re in the middle of changing jobs, you’re still going to need insurance in case you need to visit the doctor for any reason.
Job Search. If you’re job-hunting, you still want health insurance, since you never know how long it could take for you to land a job with all the benefits you want. In the meantime, you still need to know you’re taken care of whenever you have to visit a doctor.
Recent Graduate. If you’ve just graduated from college, chances are you’ve been on your parent’s health insurance all your life, and really didn’t have a need for an individual insurance plan. You can use temporary health insurance to ‘hold you over’ until you land a full-time job with benefits.
Most temporary insurance plans last for up to a year, and if you need more time, most agencies will let you renew your policy. In most cases, you can also receive temporary insurance on your parent’s policy until you are up to 20 years old, or 24 if you’re a full time student. Sometimes, parents put their infant children on this type of insurance as well if the child is …
Long distance walkers should always have healthy snacks on hand before beginning their walk. This prevents walkers from countering their exercise with the temptation of candy and fatty foods when they get home. There are many nutritious and tasty snacks available for walkers.
Dried fruits are a great option for walkers. Try to find dried fruit with little or no sugar. Small fruits are an option as well. Apples can be cut into slices and stored in a sandwich bag. Berries are small enough to carry around as well, just be sure not to squish them along the way. On the up side, at least you’ll have freshly squeezed fruit juice.
Crackers are light and nutritious. They are also a great snack to make you feel fuller quicker. There are numerous varieties of crackers on the market. Some are made with dried vegetables, which are excellent for you. Try not to buy any that are too salty. Wheat, peanut butter, graham, and basic Ritz crackers are all wonderful, nutritious options for walkers.
Take a bag of healthy, dry cereal to munch on as you walk. Cereal is easy to store in a small bag or container and is good for you. Take some Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, or Grape Nuts with you to keep you full as you walk.
There are also cereal bars available. These are easy to carry and combine milk and cereal together. They are healthy for walkers and provide a good solution for cereal …