Sunday, 4 May 2014

Drinking Water Week

Did you know?
-Roughly 70% of an adult body is made up of water
-While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some form of water for the body
-Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid, water carries chemicals, minerals and nutrients with it.
-By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost over 1% of its total water amount.
-Water helps maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.
-Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer.
-Water can aid in the prevention and alleviation of headaches.
-Water naturally moisturizes the skin and ensures proper cellular formation under layers of skin to give it a healthy glowing appearance.
-Many countries around the world do not have access to clean tap water like we do in Canada.

When we turn the tap on, clean water comes out that is drinkable and safe. It is one, if not the most important resource that we have in Canada. From May 4th to May 10th take time to contemplate about where our water comes from and what we can do to keep this precious resource for generations to come.

Often in BC we take this resource for granted, but it won’t last forever as it is part of an open system that may be depleted. One cannot simply make new water! The demand for this resource is increasing with the growth of our population, agricultural needs and climate change. However, together we can help conserve water at home, and raise awareness through social media. Join us from May 4th to May 10th in Drinking Water week!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Family Caregiver Week

From May 3rd to May 9th many caregiver support organizations and community groups around the province will celebrate BC family caregiver week to recognize and thank the many unpaid family and friend caregivers who dedicate their time in the acts of compassion that they bring. Family caregivers are a key part of the healthcare team in BC who provide care and support to family and friends who cannot support themselves in poor health, old age or with disability.

Family caregiver week is important because public awareness must be raised to recognize the vital roles that caregivers play in the province of British Columbia. If you know a caregiver, take some time out of the week to thank them for the work that they’ve done, as their job often detriments their own health for the sake of the health of others, a truly noble sacrifice of dedication and commitment.

Watch for events held in the community during Family Caregiver week, May 3rd to May 9th

See a need, fill a need.