If you are in crisis, emotional distress, or at risk of suicide call 9-1-1, go to the local hospital emergency room, or call the mental health crisis line at 613-544-4229 or if you are a KHSC staff member, contact Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142. Someone is there to help.

Healthy Lifestyles

By choosing healthy lifestyle practices and addressing the risk factors you have the ability to influence, you improve your health and reduce the chance of developing certain illnesses including chronic diseases. It's never too late to start making healthier choices- whether its increasing vegetables in your diet, adding physical activity to your day, building relaxation time into your schedule, or developing a plan to quit smoking or reduce your consumption of alcohol - these are all steps toward improving your health and reducing your risk of illness.

Conduct a personal health assessment today to find out about your own specific risk factors and what steps you can do to improve your health, wellness and longevity. Be sure to check out the numerous online resources and counselling services available through Homewood Health Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

Healthy Living

Reduce Your Stress

While a certain level of stress is healthy and causes us to feel motivated, challenged, and productive, ongoing high levels of stress can have negative effects on our emotional and physical well-being. Take the stress index assessment now to find out how well you're managing your stress. Read Manage Your Stress and Managing Stress at Work to find out what steps you can take to keep your stress in check.

Dr. Mike EvansWatch The single most important thing you can do for your stress by Dr. Mike Evans. Renowned for his compelling videos on preventative medicine, Dr. Mike Evans will show you the most simple and practical things you can do now that will have the greatest impact on your health.

Silent Meditation at KGH

Meditation clears the mind by reconnecting you with your self so that you can live in the moment. The Chapel at the KGH site is open for individual silent meditation practice 24/7. Click here to learn more...

Sleep & Shift Work

Despite the importance of sleep to our overall health, many of us don't get the recommended 7 to 9 hours each day. Working shiftwork adds further challenges by interfering with your circadian rhythm (internal clock). Shiftwork not only increases your risk of developing heart and gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, obesity and depression, but increases the chances of having a workplace injury or accident. Learning how to get quality sleep is key, particularly if you work shiftwork.

Find out about how you can improve you sleep and minimize common sleep disruptors, how to successfully manage shiftwork, and when to seek medical attention for a sleep problem.

Disease Prevention & Management

Managing Blood Pressure

Is your blood pressure within normal limits? As we age, it's important to periodically monitor it since elevated pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and significant risk factor for heart disease. If you've been diagnosed with borderline or high blood pressure, speak to your Occupational Health Nurse about regular monitoring, Track your Blood Pressure Readings, and follow the DASH Diet. For more information see Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Managing DiabetesManaging Diabetes

With an aging population, increased obesity, and sedentary lifestyle, the incidence of Diabetes is on the rise. Find out if you are at risk for developing Pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes by viewing are you at risk or you can view the PDF

Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association for more information.

Cancer Prevention

Sun Safety & UV Exposure

Protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun and those from tanning beds is important for the prevention of skin cancer. Are you at risk for developing skin cancer? Take the Sun Sensitivity Test to find out. Get the Facts on Sun and UV Exposure, find out the Hidden Truth about tanning beds, and test your Sun Smarts. Learn more about possible signs of skin cancer so that you can proactively address any skin concerns with your health care provider.

Quitting SmokingQuitting Smoking

Although quitting smoking isn't easy it is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Get the facts about the health effect of tobacco, and calculate your cigarette savings. To develop your personalized quit plan, receive text or phone support, daily inspirational e-tips, and much more, visit My Quit Centre. Make an appointment with a KHSC Occupational Health Nurse x4389 to find out more about KHSC's Employee Smoking Cessation Program.

Contact a KHSC Occupational Health Nurse today at x4389 to see if you are eligible for up to $300 worth of nicotine replacement therapy or medication to help make your quit attempt successful. Find out more about this program here.

Time To ScreenCancer Screening

There's no doubt... cancer screening saves lives. Screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer can be helpful in detecting cancer even before the onset of symptoms. Find out more about recommended Cancer Screening Guidelines and use the Time To Screen Tool to find out if you are due for screening today. While regular screening is effective in detecting certain pre-cancerous changes and early cancer, by modifying certain lifestyle behaviours, like eating a healthy diet, living an active lifestyle, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding UV sun exposure, we can reduce are risks for cancer. To learn more about preventing cancer, visit Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, or take a personal health risk assessment today (see below).

Take action against cancer with the new cancer screening tool, My Cancer IQ. Learn your risk by completing a cancer risk assessment and get your personalized actionplan now.

Personal Health Risk Appraisal Tool

For All Staff MembersAs a KHSC employee, you have free access to the Health & Wellness Companion, the EFAP secure and comprehensive health risk assessment. Based on your responses to a variety of questions on such factors as your nutrition, blood pressure, family history, height and weight, sleep, activity level, and stress, the tool will show you what your greatest opportunities are for reduced risk to your health. And it doesn't end here- the tool will also help you create a specific plan to reduce your risk and track your progress along the way. Conduct a health risk assessment today by registering here or contacting Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142.

For Manulife Benefit Plan MembersFor Manulife Benefit Plan Members

Another health risk assessment option for employees with Manulife Benefits is to access Health eLinks. Not only will you get a personalized summary report to use in setting your health improvement goals, but you can browse through the Health eLinks Library for information on medical conditions, medications, tests and procedures, and more. If you are a plan member, click here to find out how to register and gain access. Visit Manulife Benefits for more information or click here to get an overview of plan member services. Assessing your financial wellness has never been easier- take 5 minutes to complete an online questionnaire and get your overall score and a personalized plan for improving your financial situation. Learn more here.

Chronic Pain - Support Group of Kingston

Chronic pain supportThe YMCA hosts information sessions on the 3rd Monday of every month on Chronic Pain. At each meeting you learn strategies & pain management skills in a positive social environment. Guest speakers bring the latest medical knowledge, alternative therapies, and new ideas to assist our members in their daily lives.

Meetings start at 7pm at 114 Wright Cresent, Kingston Ontario (beside central YMCA).

Space is limited. To reserve your free spot or receive information on the topic or find out who the guest speaker is, please contact them at chronicpainkingston@gmail.com

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