It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Healthy Canadians

All you Canadians out there. Have you stumbled across the Government of Canada’s new website, Healthy Canadians? It’s a clever clearing-house for all manner of information already out there in various Government of Canada websites, brought together into one informative, accessible and entertaining site. (All you non-Canadians out there? Some pages mightn’t be applicable to you, but, being as we’re all human and all want to be as healthy as possible, most of it is!)

There’s information on things we probably already know, (“It’s important to Be Active”!!) but there’s also information on things we might not know. Did you know there’s a tax credit available to parents whose under-18 children participate in eligible physical activites?

We all know it’s important to eat well, but are you really clear on how many servings your three-year-old needs, and what exactly constitutes a serving? There’s a flash walk-through of Canada’s Food Guide, and down-loadable PDF files with much of the information, so you can print it off for use at home. Sensible.

There’s also a section on recalls, with a subsection on Children’s Product recalls. Anyone out there using “My Baby” pacifiers? You’ll want to follow that link.

If you’re pregnant and like doing quizzes, you’ll enjoy this Healthy Pregnancy quiz.

It’s a well laid out site, with a wealth of nicely-presented information, and well worth checking out.

One caution: links often take you to other government of Canada website pages, all of which are laid out in a similar or identical format. You may not realize you’ve left “Healthy Canadians” until you click on the “home” tab, and are whisked away to the Canada Revenue Agency homepage instead!

October 27, 2008 - Posted by | Canada, health and safety | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the links. My friend just told me about the Food Guide site last night, and I was going to look it up today. Defintely some useful information.

    Comment by karyn | October 27, 2008 | Reply

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