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Thinking about your health and well-being? Is it time to make some changes? Let Sunnybrook’s experts help get the ball rolling. Here, they offer their top health tips, and the best piece of advice they’ve ever received

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Thinking about your health and well-being? Is it time to make some changes? Let Sunnybrook's experts help get the ball rolling. Here, they offer their top health tips, and the best piece of advice they've ever received.


BEST HEALTH TIP
"Don't be afraid of medication. Medications are powerful, and when treated with respect and care, can be life changing in a positive way. While I used to avoid even taking acetaminophen, I realize now how wonderful it is that we have access to medications that can actually improve our health and quality of life."

BEST ADVICE
"This one is from my family doctor: get your flu shot. She gave me my flu shot and two weeks later, when all three of my children and my husband were prostrate, I was absolutely fine. I was a rock in the storm."

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BEST HEALTH TIP
"You can't change your parents, so when it comes to heart disease, work on what you can change: Eat properly and exercise to help control your weight, your blood sugar and your blood pressure and avoid high-risk activities such as smoking."

BEST ADVICE
"Stay active. It will strengthen you both physically and mentally."


BEST HEALTH TIP
"Everything in moderation. In a society where there is a lot of confusion, controversy and conflicting evidence on what we should or shouldn't be doing in terms of our health, I think it is really important for all of us to remember that too much of anything can be harmful."

BEST ADVICE
"Risk versus benefit. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits? Knowing the answer to either of these questions helps with any challenging decision, health related or not."


BEST HEALTH TIP
"I always carry disinfectant wipes with me. I use them when I travel (on the plane and in the hotel), when I'm shopping (to wipe down shopping cart handles), in restaurants, public restrooms, at conferences, meetings, etc."

BEST ADVICE
"A very wise man (my dad) gave me this advice: If you are ever in a position to affect positive change in people, always remember to 'practise what you preach.' You become a credible role model empowering people to change their behaviours. This is a principle I strive to accomplish in my everyday work."


BEST HEALTH TIP
"Wear a helmet when you cycle, ski or snowboard."

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BEST ADVICE
"Take a notepad to the doctor's office. Write down all of your questions before you meet and write down all of the answers. The stress of a doctor's visit makes everyone forget the most important things."



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