Healthier You Northern Health Spring 2016

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and other healthy living lessons from a busy northerner HOW DOES A BUSY NORTHERN WOMAN STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE? WE ASKED MINISTER SHIRLEY BOND (MLA, PRINCE GEORGE-VALEMOUNT) TO SHARE HER INSIGHTS AND EXPERIENCES! Making a profound difference in health “As a former Health Minister, one of the things that I learned that became so profound for me was the fact that some form of regular exercise – 30 minutes a day – and eating fruits and vegetables really does make a difference! It’s a way for us to take personal control of our lifestyles. It helps reduce chronic disease, improves quality of life, and reduces costs to

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the health care system. I think those are pretty important outcomes! It really is about making that decision to take some degree of control over your personal health outcomes. I am the first to tell you that it is not easy and I am not nearly as consistent as I would like to be but it’s certainly something that I think about in my schedule – to try and sort out how and when I can make that effort.”