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Why you should drink less

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect and it can be addictive. Short term effects of alcohol include intoxication, dehydration, and poisoning if consumed in enough quantity. In excessive quantities, alcohol is capable of damaging many organs and important body systems. Long term effects include changes to liver metabolism, addiction, damage to the […]

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Re-Inspire Your Resolutions

For many of us, this time of year marks both the start and the end of our New Year’s resolutions. Often just the word “resolutions” conjures up images of past challenges so we prefer to use the word “decisions”. Once we have made our decisions, how do we set ourselves up for success? The following […]

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Overcoming 6 common barriers to healthy lifestyle change

It is now April and January 1st has come and gone. If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolutions came and went with it. Our best intentions to quit smoking, lose weight, or exercise often fall by the wayside by the time February hits. If resolutions about our health are the most important changes we could […]

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Achieving Healthy Self-Esteem

  • January 22, 2015
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  • Mental Wellness

    Richelle Mottosky is a Registered Clinical Psychologist practicing at Copeman
    Healthcare Centre, part of the Medisys group, in Calgary. Richelle has over 14years of experience in the helping profession. She provides counselling to individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including life transition, life stage issues, grief, stress, anxiety and depression.

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In a culture obsessed with brands, aesthetics, image and general perfection, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feel good about ourselves. Perhaps that’s why our internal chatter, or the way in which we speak to ourselves, often includes such harsh self criticism. Genetically speaking, we can’t do much to change our height, body type, or skin conditions.While we can make healthy food choices, work out, […]

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10 bedtime tips to get your child to sleep

  • December 23, 2014
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  • Mental Wellness

    Trish Stolle is a graduate of the Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program at UBC. She is passionate about her profession and enjoys working collaboratively within Copeman Healthcare’s, a member of Medisys. As a family nurse practitioner, Trish sees patients of all ages but has a particular passion for children. You will see Trish’s friendly smile when you visit the West Vancouver clinic.

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10 bedtime tips to get your child to sleep Sleep is an essential part of daily life for people of all ages. For children, sleep helps them grow, combat illness, and recover from action-filled days of new experiences. Children grow rapidly and are learning a wealth of information on a daily basis; they need downtime […]

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Why you should be sleeping like an athlete

  • December 23, 2014
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  • Mental Wellness

    Stephanie Schlaak is a Certified Exercise Specialist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta in 2008. She obtained her ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification the same year. Stephanie started her career in cardiac rehabilitation, performing fitness tests and counseling patients to minimize their risk factors, improve their level of fitness, and help achieve a healthy lifestyle. She has experience working with clients in group settings and one-on-one to counsel and educate them on exercise programs, adherence to exercise, and progression through their program.

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Whether you’re training for a competition or involved with recreational sports, you can expect to see a decrease in exercise performance if you are selling yourself short on sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends sleeping an average of seven to nine hours a night, but statistics show that adults get less than seven hours, on […]

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Your pathway to a better night’s sleep: Treatment options for insomnia in Canada

  • December 23, 2014
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  • Mental Wellness

    Dr. Amy Zwicker is a registered psychologist who completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia and her clinical residency in neuropsychology at Vancouver Coastal Health. Although she is skilled in assessment and treatment of a broad range of psychological conditions, her primary interests lie in providing assessment and interventions for adults and older adults with cognitive changes. Further to her clinical experience, Dr. Zwicker has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to cognitive and clinical psychology.

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Most adults will experience an episode of poor sleep at some point in life, which is often triggered by a stressor. For many adults, sleep difficulties naturally subside as the triggering circumstances resolve – but for others, this is the onset of insomnia. The amount of sleep you need varies widely based on multiple factors […]

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