April is Dental Health Month – Dental Health Goes Beyond Cavities

Dental-HealthWhen it comes to dental health, most Albertans know that brushing is important to avoid both tooth decay and gum disease. However, the results of good dental health go beyond simply a bright smile. Good dental health is linked to health benefits in other areas of the body as well. Many people may not realize that the dangers of poor dental health go beyond cavities, and that poor dental health can affect more than just the mouth. It can affect an individual’s overall wellbeing. Many serious health conditions, including respiratory infections, diabetes, and poor nutrition are closely linked.  The connection between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way connection. People with diabetes are more susceptible to oral infections and are at a greater risk of developing gum disease. And treating gum disease can also lead to better control of diabetes.

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StoreSmart Self-Storage Announces its $1 Move-In Pledge in Support of SPCAs and Humane Societies in Alberta

Cochrane_Cheque-PresentationStoreSmart Self-Storage officially announced its $1 Move-In Pledge today. For every unit rental realized in 2015, each StoreSmart Self-Storage location has pledged to donate $1 in support of its local SPCA or Humane Society. With four locations throughout Alberta in Red Deer, Canmore, Edmonton and Cochrane, the beneficiaries of the $1 Move-In Pledge are: the Bow Valley SPCA, the Red Deer & District SPCA, the Edmonton Humane Society, and the Cochrane & Area Humane Society. This pledge builds on the company’s fundraising efforts in 2014, which raised more than $1,700 in total for these organizations. “We are very excited to make it official, as it has been in the works for much of 2014,” said Kim Sterling, President and Chief Operating Officer of StoreSmart Self-Storage. “This is a really cool thing that we are able to do, and we are thrilled to be working with such wonderful local partners.”

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2015 Canadian Birkebeiner an Affair of the Heart | February 13 to 14, 2015

Birkie250The recent welcome snowfall and the prospect of seasonal temperatures into mid-February assures skiers and organizers that the 2015 Canadian Birkebeiner is good to go on Saturday, Feb. 14 as scheduled. Fittingly the 27th version of the Canadian Birkebeiner – Canada’s premier classic cross-country ski festival – to be held on Valentine’s Day has the theme Ya Gotta Have Heart! This year’s heart theme recognizes Valentine’s Day plus the hearty and healthy efforts involved in skiing distances ranging from 2.5 km to 55 km. To celebrate the occasion, the Birkebeiner Festival presents the new Birkie Two-Step, a relay to be shared by friends, couples, family members, business associates etc. Two-member teams will ski a distance of 44 km with each skier covering about 22 km.

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World Cerebral Palsy Day Announces Ekamjit Ghuman as World CP People’s Choice Award Winner

World-CP-People's-Choice-Award-Winner-2014Ekamjit Ghuman, a young woman with cerebral palsy from British Columbia has won the World CP Day People’s Choice Award for her idea of an ad campaign featuring a model with CP.  The global competition received over 437 entries from 45 different countries.   Ekamjit won the people’s choice award which is awarded to the idea with the highest number of votes received worldwide and has won $500 for being selected. Ekamjit explains, “As I child, whenever I saw advertisements, both print and on television, I only saw models who were physically abled. I always used to wonder as to why advertisements never feature models with disabilities.” A recent Business Graduate from Simon Fraser University, Ekamjit was inspired by the Gap ad last year featuring Waris Ahluwalia who is a Sikh.

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Sign Up to Donate Life at Any of the 206 Alberta Registry Locations in Alberta

donate lifeThe next time you renew your Alberta driver’s licence or register your car, be prepared to be invited to participate in Alberta’s new Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and donate life. It is a free service to Albertans. Since the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donor Registries’ launch in July 2014, 44,000 Albertans have registered but more donors are needed if Alberta is to regain the lead they once held in organ and tissue donations in Canada. Recognizing the urgent need for more organ and tissue donations, Len Webber, MLA Calgary-Foothills, introduced private members Bill 207 on March 21, 2013. On May 14, the Legislature unanimously passed the Bill in 2nd reading as a Government Bill. On October 29 the third reading of Bill 207 was passed unanimously. On November 7, 2013,  Bill 207 was proclaimed by the Government of Alberta.

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