Wellness

Stay active this winter. There are safe places for country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, skating and outdoor walking in communities acrosss the Island.

A new year brings the opportunity for a fresh start. New Year's resolutions are declared and memberships to weight loss programs and fitness classes soar. Common resolutions focus on improving one's health by exercising more, losing weight, eating better, drinking less alcohol or quitting smoking.

There are many groups, organizations and individuals working across Prince Edward Island to help people just like you with your wellness goals. Here you will find helpful information about wellness programs, motivational stories about Islanders and other resources for a successful and healthier year ahead.

#Every Little Bit Counts!Image of two children skating at a PEI indoor rink

1. Be physically active

The PEI Wellness Strategy indicates that one in two Islanders is considered inactive. Whether you are eight or 88, take the first step today to get active and stay active for life.

Contact go!PEI for information about places, programs and events in your community.

2. Quit smoking

Find the support you need to quit smoking. The PEI Smoking Cessation Program and the Smokers' Helpline can help.

Mom and child cross-country skiing in Mill River, PEI3. Make mental health matter

Mental health impacts us all. Positive mental health is an individual's or family's capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges.

The earlier children and youth develop resilience to life's challenges and a positive attitude, the more likely they will benefit from lifelong mental well-being.

Recommended Mental Health Resources

  • Strongest Families provides mental health resources for children and youth online and via telehealth services. There are no wait times, schedules fit with family's schedules and there is no need to travel. PEI families can be referred through a primary care provider or community mental health service.
  • With Hope in Mind is an 8 week family-to-family education course
  • Triple P-Positve Parenting Programs give parents and caregivers simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life.
  • Mental Health Services are available across PEI.

4. Eat healthy

Basket of fresh PEI produceMaking good food choices at home, at school and when you're out and about in the community is part healthy living. Good food allows you to be physically active, develop healthy bones and prevent health problems. There's also the fact that learning to cook and prepare healthy food creates a connection to where our food comes from and helps spread out your food dollars.

Connect with a local farmer for fresh food in season or sign up for a veggie box through a CSA member.

This spring, think about growing your own food. The PEI Food Exchange has a list of community gardens on PEI if you do not have your own space.

5. Drink alcohol responsibly

Drinking alcohol is a personal choice. If you are aged 25 to 65 and choose to drink, Canada's low-risk drinking guidelines will help you figure out your limits. Visit shouldihaveanother.ca

Every little bit counts. What's your little bit?

 

Published date: 
January 3, 2017