During your 45-minute one-on-one consultation, your London Drugs Patient Care Pharmacist will begin with a review of your usual eating habits and lifestyle and any concerns you may have. They will then perform a complete body composition analysis that helps you see beyond your weight. Your session will conclude with tips and resources, as well as a personalized eating and physical activity plan towards a healthier lifestyle.
Visit www.londondrugs.com/nutritionclinics to learn more.
For those who are resolving to make their health a priority in 2016, there are a wide variety of new trends plus a host of tried-and-true healthy behaviors that can help keep motivation high and goals on track.
London Drugs Pharmacist, Jason Chan-Remillard, points out some of the top wellness trends for 2016 and offers some tips for adopting healthy behaviors in the New Year.
1. Advanced Wearable Health Technologies
Wearable tech is everywhere right now and will gain even more traction in 2016 with new features and functionality. Everything from fitness trackers to smart watches and even heart rate monitors are being used to analyze physical wellness.
“These devices are changing the way we plan and manage our workouts, monitor our health and can help motivate us to achieve our wellness goals,” says Chan-Remillard.
London Drugs sees wearable tech as such a critical component of health that they specifically trained their Patient Care Pharmacists on wearable tech options and began hosting Health Tech demo days for customers in their stores. Pharmacists also lead by example in this area, wearing the Fitbit HR during London Drugs’ Nutrition & Healthy Weight Clinics.
“Understanding wearable technology helps us promote wellness. It is now an integrated component of monitoring health and it is a technology we know helps many of our patients,” says Chan-Remillard.
Fitbit earned the spot as the top app in the App Store over Christmas. The newest Fitbit, Fitbit Surge, can not only count steps, but also tracks pace, distance, elevation climbed, heart rate, calories burned and is even able to sync to the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Scale.
Other wearable tech products like iHealth track blood pressure.
“This is an important advancement because things like high blood pressure aren’t easily-detected, but if left untreated, over time can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack,” says Chan-Remillard.
The coming of the New Year is a time when many of us put the brakes on the holiday eating, and, try to remedy it with healthy eating. But what exactly is healthy eating? A healthy diet contains many different types of foods to provide essential nutrients to the body. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, and even antioxidants to name a few, as well as countless other components we may have yet to discover.
So what do these nutrients do? We are always told we need vitamins, but why? Let’s demystify the confusion by exploring what vitamins do in the body.
The following vitamins are known as “water-soluble” vitamins. They dissolve readily in water, and follow the flow of water into, as well as out of, our bodies. We drink and go to the washroom multiple times a day, so these vitamins don’t tend to linger. It is not easy to “store” them in our bodies for future use, so we must be regularly eating more vitamins to make up for our losses. This is why binging briefly on healthy foods doesn’t work.
Knowing the number of calories you burn when your body is at rest will help you determine how much physical activity you require, and better manage your nutritional input. Even a small change to your diet and lifestyle may help you reduce your risk for a number of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Difficulty losing fat pounds is not uncommon. Often, we attribute it to a slow metabolism, which may be correct, but how can you confirm this? Similarly, putting on weight can be challenging for some people. In this case, a fast metabolism is often blamed, but this is often a guess and other factors may be responsible.
The inability to maintain an appropriate weight is not as difficult as it may seem, once you have determined your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
Nothing strikes fear into the average person like the question “what’s for dinner?”
And isn’t it true that we have all found ourselves frantically scouring the grocery store for a quick answer to that question around 5:30pm on a weeknight?
Here’s a better way to handle that query: look on the meal plan!
A meal plan is your list of what you are going to cook for the week ahead, and on what day. This simple concept does so much more, however! It will keep you sane and organized while also helping you:
- save money on your grocery bill
- save time and frustration
- reduce waste and make better use of leftovers
- avoid trips to fast food restaurants
- enjoy cooking more
- eat more nutritiously
Meal planning isn’t a daunting task. You only need about 20 minutes each week to make a meal plan. A meal plan can include breakfasts and lunches but most people really only need to plan for their dinners. And since many of us are likely to eat out at least once during the week, that means we need only plan 5 or 6 evening meals.
Our pharmacists provide advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones…
Influenza (the flu) is a nasty winter illness that can make you very sick for a couple of weeks or more. While most people who have flu are often well enough to return to work in a week to 10 days, you may feel weak and fatigued for much longer.
The symptoms of influenza develop quickly and include fever, fatigue, body aches, shivering, and headache. Congestion and coughing are also common. Flu affects approximately one third of Canadians each year. Although flu viruses exist throughout the world year-round, in Canada the flu season usually runs from late November to April.
Flu vaccinations are available at all London Drugs pharmacies
As the most accessible health care professionals in Canada, Pharmacists now play a key role in achieving higher flu immunization rates in Canada. During this year’s immunization campaign, London Drugs pharmacists expect to administer more flu vaccinations than ever before. Longer hours, appointments, as well as flexibility for walk-in patients and customers has allowed pharmacists to significantly improve ease of access to the vaccine.
“It’s really about convenience. People can literally call the pharmacy and make an appointment or walk in, fill out the paperwork and get a shot right then. So by coming to the pharmacy they can avoid lineups or wait times at their doctor’s office or at the public flu clinics,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacy Manager at London Drugs.
Aside from providing in-store injections, London Drugs pharmacists are also venturing out into communities to administer flu shots at public events. Making the vaccine accessible through pharmacists has had a substantial impact on increasing public awareness and utilization of the flu vaccine.
“People want to protect themselves and their families against the flu but they want to get it done when it is close and convenient for them. The more accessible we can be, the more people we can vaccinate,” he says.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the H3N2 strain — along with H1N1 and influenza B. The vaccination is available at all London Drugs locations where it is administered by London Drugs’ Certified Injection Pharmacists. The public are invited to contact their local London Drugs pharmacy to inquire about getting a flu shot or visit http://www.londondrugs.com/flu for more information.
“Being proactive and prepared is the key to surviving the flu season,” says Chan-Remillard. “By getting the influenza vaccination early in the season, as well as taking some simple and healthy preventative actions, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others because you are less likely to spread the flu.”