Wellness

Snowshoeing is easy to learn, inexpensive, poses little risk of injury and is a great way to explore the Island landscape in winter.

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.

#Every Little Bit Counts!

1. Be physically active

The PEI Wellness Strategy indicates that one in two Islanders is considered inactive. Whether you are eight or 88 years-old, take the first step today to get active and stay active for life. Contact go!PEI or your municipal parks and recreation department about places, programs and events in your area.

Snowshoes can be borrowed from several library branches across PEI with a library card. The loan period is one week.

2. Quit smoking

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

3. 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.
  • Student Well-being Teams provide advise and service to students and families in the Westisle and Montague families of schools.
  • Triple P Positive 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 stretch 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. Learn more at www.shouldihaveanother.ca

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

 

Published date: 
January 5, 2018
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General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: (902) 368-6414
Fax: (902) 368-4121

healthweb@gov.pe.ca