October 15, 2007
- Did You Know About HANS Coupons?
- Trends in Influenza Vaccination in Canada 1996/1997 to 2005
- Air Quality Health Index in Canada
Did You Know About HANS Coupons?
Dear HANS Members and Friends;
Do you buy supplements or eat organics? Have you ever wanted to try reflexology? Is it time for a pre-winter health check and tune-up? Then now is also the perfect time to take advantage of the HANS member discount coupons on our website. Click under Discounts for Members at www.hans.org and you'll find coupons for a bunch of businesses who kindly support HANS. Here's a list, and it keeps growing!
Stores and Products
Alive Health Centers - 15 percent off
Gaia Garden Herbals - 10 to 15 percent off
Mark's Pharmacy - 15 percent off
Salvestrols - 10 percent off
Westpointe Organic Produce - 10 percent off
Moira Khouri, foot reflexology and nutritional counseling - 10 percent off
Nature Cleaning Services - 15 percent off
Nature's Clinic Naturopathic Medicine - 10 percent off
Vestta Whole Health Centre/Body TuneUp Health and Fitness Agency - free consultation
The trick is, you do need your HANS card that shows your membership expiry date when you use these coupons. So if you've lost your card, or need to renew, or want to join HANS as a new member, please give us a call at 604-435-0512.
Hope to see many of you at our Raw Milk Real Controversy Talk in Burnaby on October 25th
We'd love to hear from you.
Executive Director and Founding Member
Trends in Influenza Vaccination in Canada 1996/1997 to 2005
Despite increases in influenza vaccination rates across the country, the rates for high-risk groups are falling short of national targets, a new study has found.
As of 2005, influenza vaccination rates were increasing across Canada after an apparent levelling off in 2003, according to an article published in Health Reports.
Even so, many who are considered to be at high risk for serious complications from influenza infection-specifically, younger people with chronic conditions and seniors-are not being vaccinated.
Nationally, influenza vaccination rates nearly doubled from 1996/1997 to 2000/2001, increasing from 15 percent to 27 perent. After stabilizing between 2000/2001 and 2003, the rates increased to 34 percent in 2005.
More at http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/071002/d071002a....
Air Quality Health Index in Canada
Although fall has arrived, the poor air quality we usually see during those smoggy days of summer should still be of concern to Canadians. Outdoor air pollution is a factor in one in 12 deaths in major Canadian cities. Even at low levels, air pollution can contribute to a variety of harmful health effects, ranging from premature death to asthma to coughing to eye irritation. While even the healthiest among us should be aware of increases in air pollutants, children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems need to take extra precautions as they are particularly at risk.
To help increase public awareness of poor air quality and related health issues, Environment Canada and Health Canada, in partnership with the provinces, public health authorities and environmental and health non-governmental organizations, have developed the world's first national Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for use in Canadian cities from coast to coast over the next four years.
More at http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroZine/english/issues/76/fea...