BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT CAUCUS COLUMN By Norm Letnick MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country (504) words For immediate release August 17, 2011 HEALTHY LIV ING JUST A CLICK AWAY One of the provincial government’s most important mandates is to help improve and maintain the health of British Columbians. In recent years, a great deal of information on how to achieve healthier lifestyles has been released. The Province has streamlined this information and created a wide range of useful resources and programs to help people achieve their health goals. ActNowBC.cais one of the most comprehensive health resources available online. Physically active kids and adults tend to be healthier and happier. Physical activity is good for the body and builds self-esteem. When families are active together, it helps build relationships, too. ActNow has lots of information on how much exercise people need at different stagesof life, how to get it – and perhaps most importantly, how to have fun with it. Healthy eating is one of the simplest, most important things to improve health and reduce risk of future illness. In every stage of life, nutritional requirements change. It’s important to know what these changes mean and what adjustments need to be made to the diet. ActNow offers dietary information for people of all agesand lifestyles including special information for youth, adults, seniors, pregnant women and those with disabilities. You can find everything from recipes and tips to outside programs, even food budgeting support. As children grow, they undergo many changesthat kick their brains and bodies into overdrive. Adolescence is a crucial time, and it’s critical they make educated, healthy eating choices. Healthyeatingatschool.ca offers information and resources for all audiencesto help foster home and school environments that support good nutritional habits. For all diet questions, HealthLinkBCoffers a free nutrition health line where you can speak to a registered dietitian. Call 811 Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Smoking tobacco is the leading causeof premature death and diseasein B.C.It costs the average smoker a whopping $3,000per year – and tobacco use is estimated to cost the British Columbian economy over $2.3 billion each year. Quitting can be one of the hardest challenges people ever face. But it’s never too late to try. Even after decadesof smoking, your body repairs itself and, after a while, it’s almost like you never smoked at all.
In May, Premier Christy Clark announced that, starting September 30, smoking cessation therapies will be available at no cost to all British Columbians. Smokers will have the choice of free 12-week supplies of either nicotine gum or patches, or obtaining coverage of prescribed smoking cessation drugs through PharmaCare. Another useful tool for those wishing to quit smoking is Quitnow.ca. Also available free of charge to all British Columbians, Quitnow allows users to create a personalized program to help addressindividual needs. Quitnow is also available by phone at 1-877-455-2233. A free and confidential tobacco cessation helpline, Quitnow is open 24/7 so callers can accessthe service whenever they need it most. Thereâ€™s plenty of information and resources out there. The next step is up to you. Visit Norm's website at www.normletnickmla.bc.ca -30For more information, contact Maclean Kay, B.C.Liberal Government CaucusCommunications: Phone: 250-952-0778 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org