- I play beach volleyball (I started when I was 47)
- I camp and canoe
- I Rollerblade
- I bike
- I cook and bake
- I sew
- I spend time with my family
- I am lucky to have a fabulous, sexy husband!"
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Heart disease is the biggest cause of death for women, but Dr. Danielle Martin from Toronto's Women's College Hospital says there are ways you can improve your heart health.
What do you think of when you hear a phrase like "women’s health"?
Many of us picture high-profile campaigns about breast and other cancers, or reproductive health issues—but, in fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for women over 55.
In the past, health professionals were trained to think of heart disease mainly as a men’s issue. This mentality led to gaps in awareness (when Canadian women were asked to name the greatest health problem for their gender, only 13 percent correctly answered heart disease) and treatment (after a heart attack, women are less likely to be admitted to intensive care settings and â€¨cardiac rehabilitation programs, or to receive interventions such as bypass surgery).
Today, thanks to public health campaigns and the work of advocates, there is growing awareness that heart health is a women’s issue, too.
When it comes to your heart, there is good news on two fronts.
First, you have the power to reduce your risk of a heart attack right now. Some risk factors are beyond your control, such as age, gender and family history. But there is much that you can control.
Many of the risk factors for heart attack and stroke can be reduced or even eliminated. Smoking is a big one: If you smoke, the single best thing you can do is stop. Other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, can be significantly reduced by effectively managing those chronic conditions. Management includes eating a healthful diet with lots of vegetables and minimal processed foods; exercising and keeping a healthy body weight; and, when necessary, taking medications regularly and as prescribed.
The other piece of good news is that the Canadian health-care system has made some much needed changes to the way heart health is managed. One challenge in the past was the long wait times to see a cardiac specialist. In recent years, Canada has been a world leader in improving access to cardiac care. For example, back in 1990, the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario set out to reduce wait times. It increased coordination between family doctors and cardiologists by creating a central database and an urgency rating system.
The result? 17 cardiac centres across Ontario link patients, doctors, cardiologists and hospitals. The moment a patient is referred, they are assigned a maximum safe wait time and given a tool kit of educational resources.
Since 2004, regional differences in wait times have gone down, and nearly all Ontarians waiting for heart treatment and procedures are seen within their recommended wait times.
Both at the individual level and at the systemic level, there is much we can do to reduce the risk of heart disease and promote heart health.
Katie Holmes hair transformation Source: http://www.canadianliving.com/style/beauty/article/bangs-with-benefits-why-we-love-bang-hairstyles. https://www.instagram.com/p/BNxH-GPFqN4/
Find out which celebrities are switching up their hairstyles, haircuts and hair colours in 2016.
Hailey Baldwin is unafraid of a daring look on the runway or behind the camera, but off-duty the model has held onto her golden tresses.
Hailey's brunette bangs are a moodier and edgier change from her usual beachy blonde. The new look is casual yet chic, and perfect for on and off the runway.
Jennifer Lawrence was once at the front of the lob movement, but her new do looks like a throwback to her 2011 red carpet debut.
Though we adore a lob on Lawrence, her long, blonde extensions are just as beautiful and suit her just as well.
Katie Holmes has stayed true to her brunette roots for a long time, but the actress has never been afraid to make a big change like her 2008 pixie.
Ms. Holmes looks modern and super chic with this fresh fringe. Though this cut could easily look too cutesy on a woman like Katie, the piecey bangs and slight wave make for a sophisticated style.
Amber Heard keeps it simple with full-bodied and flowing hair like this. Beautiful? Yes, but we've seen and heard it all before.
Amber amps up her edge with a choppy cut and low lights. The new style is a welcomed change and gives the actress some definition.
Jessica Chastain is one of our favourite auburn actresses, and this shoulder-length cut is perfect for her.
This might not be a "true" hair transformation given it's for a movie. Nevertheless, Jessica is stunning as a brunette! Subtle red undertones keep the look natural and believable in her role.
From the runway to day-to-day, Winnie Harlow has kept her lengthy locks that few people can pull off.
We love a major hair transformation like this. The model let go of her long hair in exchange for this cute and curly cut. This look is so fresh and makes way for Winnie's stunning features to shine.
Emma Watson seems to always cycle back to this warm, honey brown, and we don't blame her - it's gorgeous.
Emma keeps her length but darkens her colour at a film premier in New York. We think the red undertones work really well with her skin tone.
Few people can rock the long and dark look, and Ariel Winter is one of them!
The Modern Family actress turns heads at the Glamour Women of the Year dinner with a chic and significantly shorter style.
Kristen Stewart knows how to rock a platinum, pixie cut.
Kristen is back to brunette and looking very "Posh Spice" in her latest hair transformation.
Lucy Hale's dark hair was once a defining feature for her.
All hale this transformation. The blonde really warms up her entire complexion.
Bella slays the slicked back look.
While Bella sticks with her signature dark locks, her bold bangs are a new and unexpected change for the model.
Zoe Kravits has been sporting this long braided look for for a long time, and we love it.
The model makes the drastic change from long and dark to short and platinum, drawing her hair inspiration from Frank Ocean.
For a long time, Diane Kruger defies her age with mid-length, natural waves.
We love Kruger's Kurt Cobain inspired look that still maintains her signature, beachy blonde.
We feel the girl-power with Lena Dunham's 90s double-bun do, that's both playful and trendy.
The funny-woman is all business with her new banged bob. The fringe adds an element of sophistication.
When we think of America Ferrera we think: vivacious, voluminous and dark-brunette. Her recent cut and colour is like nothing we've seen before.
America glows with this unexpected bob; subtle blonde highlights amps up the chic-factor for this actress.
The Girls star has kept her hair natural and stunningly simple for most of her time on the hit show.
A fresh, blonde lob looks so sleek and sophisticated on Jemima, making us think the series should be called Women instead.
Teigen has been rocking blonde beach waves for as long as we can remember.
Teigen adds bangs to her look as a great fall hair update.
The Game of Thrones star has been brunette for awhile, and we have to admit, it's a stunning look for the actor.
We're loving the star's new lighter shade!
Orlando Bloom's thick, wavy brunette 'do is #hairgoals for men.
Bloom is giving us Legolas flashbacks with his new platinum locks.
Lily Collins tried this bold red hue for the summer—and she pulls it off!
We love that Collins has gone back to her roots with this rich brunette colour for fall.
Earlier this year, Emma Roberts chopped her hair off and opted for a cute, blond bob.
This British supermodel has been consistent with her blond balayage ombre.
Recently, though, she made a drastic change with her bright, new locks. We can't decide whether to call it auburn or ginger but we love it.
If you thought Kim's angled lob was a dramatic change, then you're in for a surprise.
She changed her hair again and this time she's added extensions that trail down to her hips. We're loving how bohemian she looks!
Recently, she went blonder and added some extensions.
Daisy Ridley was absolutely fabulous this year in her long brown bob.
Her short, red bob might just top that! It's chic, summery and we love the colour.
This former Victoria's Secret Angel had been a sandy blonde for as long as we can remember.
She not only went blonder but also added a pretty pink to her beautiful tresses.
We didn't think we could love anything more than that lob on this fan-favourite actress.
Until we met these braids! They're fun and hip and we can't wait to see more looks.
Cara Delevingne has been killing it in 2016 with those long blonde locks.
She chopped them off and opted for a cute low bob. And we heart it!
This 'Jane the Virgin' star has been sporting long brunette waves for quite some time.
Recently, she debuted her cute, new look: a cute blond bob. We have to say, we love the ombre!
Elle Fanning has always rocked her natural blonde locks.
But recently, the actress decided to make a bold change, going for cotton candy pink hair.
This young Game of Thrones star is starting to become a regular style icon...
And recently, she's embraced the new reputation by going for a bold teal hair colour.
Lily Collins' brown hair used to match that of Snow White, the character she played in her breakout role in the movie Mirror Mirror.
Now her red locks are more similar to Ariel's of The Little Mermaid.
Taylor Swift was rocking side fringe and a collarbone lob for a while...
... before chopping her hair into a blunt Anna-Wintour-esque bob.
For her May 2016 Vogue cover, the pop princess made another drastic hair change, going for a super light bleach blonde look.
Christina Aguliera is known for strong set of pipes and her platinum blonde hair.
But recently the The Voice judge decided to make a change by going red.
Victoria Beckham isn't really a stranger to drastic hair changes (remember her blonde pixie cut?), but over the past few months the fashionista has been keeping her hair natural and long.
Until recently when she decided to cut a few inches for a pretty bob 'do.
Rooney Mara has been rocking dark, dark hair for as long as we can remember.
But lately she's been seen out and about rocking a different look: platinum locks.
We're used to seeing Lana Del Rey pairing her vintage outfits with her long brown hair.
As this year's warm weather approached though, the singer decided to lighten her hair to match the summer season.
Eva Longoria Bastón's long, thick hair have always been a trademark of hers—one of the reasons why she's a L'Oréal Paris hair spokesmodel.
But shortly after tying the knot with new hubby José Bastón, the actress went for a cut, opting for a cute lob.
Our favourite Oscar winner from 2016 is usually seen with natural-hued golden tresses.
But with big changes (An engagement! An Oscar!), this celebrity decided to switch up her 'do too for a fiery red. We love it.
Emma Stone has been a redhead for as long as we can remember (minus that blond stint as Gwen Stacey).
But now she's switched up her colour for a deep, sultry chocolate.
Emma Stone's been busy in the hair department in 2016. She went from red, to brunette and now you'll see her sporting a platinum shade.
Kristen has been sporting a short, choppy 'do in her natural brunette for 2016.
But now she's gone bleach blonde.
Emma Roberts has been sporting a blonde lob for a while now.
But she's recently switched up her look in favour of a reddish-brownish shade that we love for spring. (The braided 'do is a nice touch too!)
Cate Blanchett has been rocking blonde hair for awhile—and who can blame her? It looks great.
We were tickled pink (sorry!) when we saw that our favourite red carpet regular, Cate Blanchett dyed her blonde hair pink. Is there anything she can't pull off?
Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford's daughter for those drawing a blank) has rocked long and soft brunette waves which doesn't fail to draw comparisons to her famous mom.
Brunette, be gone! Gerber switched in her flowing locks for a choppy, bright blonde lob.
Ever since Woodley chopped off her waist-length hair several years ago, she's been shorter and blonder, especially in the Divergent movie series.
With the release of the latest Divergent movie, Woodley is back in the spotlight—and sporting a wavy, brunette lob.
Chrissy Teigen has sported long, flowing, beach-bombshell waves since before we can remember.
Mom-to-be Teigen asked for the "Rosie-Khloe" and got a blunt, textured lob in 2016.
Emma Watson is no stranger to dramatic hair cuts (she rocked a pixie for a while), but she's kept it safe lately with longer, layered locks.
Watson debuted a choppy, bob hairstyle in early 2016.
Sarah Hyland has been on the ombre train for some time, whether her hair has been long or shorter.
The actor decided to take a walk on the dark side with this new almost-black 'do.
Stacy Martin's long, natural hair is reminiscent of some of our favourite ladies from the 1960's. Think Joni Mitchell and Jane Birkin.
She's since opted for a short, choppy lob—and we love it!
Kylie Jenner is no stranger to dramatic hair transformations, but lately she's been sporting her natural dark brown.
Say goodbye to natural and hello to navy blue!
Allison Williams' long, cascading waves are the definition of #hairgoals.
The Girls actor added fringe this year for a hairstyle change.
Here's how to make your own shower bomb with essential oils for a whole new level of relaxation.
If you enjoy a hot shower or bath to help you relax at the end of a stress-filled day, you'll love these quick DIY shower bombs that allow you to add a soothing essential oil blend to your shower's steam. Essential oils have long been used to aid everything from sleep to energy.
Now Solutions created this recipe to help you get the benefits of essential oils through inhaling the scented steam of your shower—it's like your own home spa treatment. When these scents are diffused through steam, they reach the nerves in the olfactory cavity, which go right to the brain, so you're likely to feel the calming effects right away.
How to make your own shower bomb
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into the mini-muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with several drops of essential oils.
For a shower bomb that will help you relax and unwind, Now recommends a blend of one drop of chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of sandalwood blend oil. But you can make your own blend, too. Clove essential oil is also soothing and comforting, as is ylang ylang. Or, if you're looking for a pick-me-up to start your day with, basil essential oil is known to be energizing, and bergamot and lemon are both uplifting scents.
When your shower bomb is ready, place it on your shower floor and enjoy the relaxing vapours.
Want more ways to destress? Check out these eight stress-busting habits.
While every Canadian faces his or her own unique set of health hurdles, there are a number of ailments that have become pervasive in Canada. Though medicine has advanced over the years, our modern lifestyles have introduced a new set of health challenges. Here are some of the top health problems that Canadians face today.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, diagnoses of diabetes among Canadians increased 70 percent from 1998/1999 to 2008/2009. For those ages 35 to 44, the number of diagnoses actually doubled in that decade! Experts blame the shocking increase in the disease on rising obesity rates, caused by diet and inactivity. The Canadian Diabetes Association says there are nine million Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes, and experts expect the prevalence of the disease to grow another 47 percent by 2024.
Heart disease and stroke are consistently among the leading causes of death in both men and women. Though some of the contributing factors, such as age, race and family history, are out of our control, many of the lifestyle factors associated with heart disease are on the rise. For instance, the rise in obesity and inactivity is putting more and more Canadians at risk. And for those Canadians living with diabetes, heart disease risk is also higher. While smoking has decreased greatly in the past decade, 16 percent of Canadians are still smoking, and putting themselves at a significantly higher risk for developing heart disease.
Multiple sclerosis may not be a leading killer, but it's a scary and uniquely Canadian disease. Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world, with about 100,000 people living with the disease. Most are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, but the cause of the disease is still unknown. Mysteriously, some of the hardest hit countries seem to be those furthest from the equator, leading some people to believe that the disease is linked to a shortage of vitamin D, which is produced from sun exposure. But even accounting for our northern location, this theory doesn't seem to explain why our rate is a whopping 28 percent higher than that of Denmark, the country with the next highest rate.
Cancer as a whole is the leading cause of death among Canadians, and the incidence of the disease is expected to increase in coming years as our population ages. More than 75,000 Canadians are estimated to die of cancer a year. While lung and colorectal cancers account for 40 percent of all cancer deaths, skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. In the past two decades, we have managed to decrease the death rates associated with many cancers, including breast, prostate and stomach cancers, but others, such as liver cancer, are on the rise. (Liver cancer is associated with hepatitis, alcohol use, obesity and diabetes.) Though there have been many advances in cancer research in the past several years, Canadians still have a long way to go in the fight against cancer.
While it's not a disease in itself, alcohol leads to a number of dangerous diseases in Canadians, including addiction and several types of cancer, but alcohol can also lead to other accidents and personal injuries. In fact, alcohol can account for eight percent of all deaths among Canadians under the age of 70, and a study from the journal Addiction says that Canadians drink about 50 percent more alcohol than the rest of the world, on average.
Much like cancer, chances are that everyone has been affected by mental illness in some way, whether through association with friends or family, or through their own struggles. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, and eight percent of adults will experience major depression. Mental illness also leads to suicide, which is one of the leading causes of death among Canadians from adolescence to middle age. Unfortunately, Canada still struggles to properly treat mental illness, as many patients wait months to see a psychiatrist or are forced to pay out of pocket for therapy.
There has been a recent flurry of misinformation warning the public about the safety of vaccines that has gotten health officials worried that we could soon see a rise in previously eradicated diseases. In early 2014, there was an outbreak of the measles in Fraser Valley, B.C., that made hundreds of people sick because of the failure to vaccinate against the disease. Currently, the province of British Columbia is reporting their lowest vaccination rates among kindergarteners in a decade. And it's not just affecting kids. During the 2014 flu season, a poll found that less than four in 10 Canadians received the flu shot, and the primary reason so many neglected to get it was because of a mistrust of vaccines. In the coming years, education about vaccines should be a priority in Canada to keep the next generation free of preventable diseases.