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Stay safe in the heat

The return of summer means BBQs, extra daylight, and trips to the beach! But hot weather can also be a risk to your health. Extreme heat can cause health problems such as dehydration, exhaustion, and heat stroke, as well as worsen existing health conditions. In fact, heat is the leading cause of weather-related death. Read…

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We are IH: Penny Liao-Lussier

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories. Name: Penny Liao-Lussier Worksite: Kelowna Community Health Centre Years of Service: 13 Job Title: Manager of Healthy Start Healthy Schools (Maternal Child & Youth Health Program), Population Health Services "Leaders become great, not because of…

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We are IH: Rikki Barden

We are IH is a recognition campaign to spotlight Interior Health employees and medical staff – through pictures and stories.  Name: Rikki Barden Worksite: Supervised Consumption Site, Kamloops Years of Service: 3.5 Job Title: Social Worker "You don't know what you don't know, is a quote I find myself saying a lot. I have no…

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An invisible health risk might be in your home

You're not alone if you haven't heard of radon. Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas found in the ground throughout the world. However, in spaces such as homes and other buildings, it can build up to high levels, which can be a health risk over time. Radon is the number one cause of lung…

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Help for the harvest

Farm work is essential to our food supply. Every year, hundreds of temporary agriculture workers from across the country travel to B.C. to help with harvest. This year was no different, with the big exception of COVID-19. Municipalities and regional districts in our region worked closely with the provincial government, Interior Health and many other…

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Health for your heart

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death on the planet. Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and air pollution can increase your risk for CVD. But did you know at least 80 per cent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke can be avoided? In B.C., we know that 1 in…

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Community planning with health in mind

Have you ever thought what would improve the quality of life for people living in your community? What would make your community a better place to live? What matters most to you? Sharing your ideas, visions, and views during an Official Community Plan (OCP) process is a perfect opportunity to engage in local government planning…

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Play safe this summer: bike safety tips

Cycling is an accessible, safe and healthy method of transportation and recreation. It is also an activity that can decrease your risk of chronic illnesses. Jenny Green, a team leader with Healthy Communities cautions there are risks to cycling. "Keeping cyclists safe starts with a safe environment. Reduce your speed while driving. In any situation…

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Play safe this summer: drowning prevention

Summer is in full swing and many people in B.C. are enjoying lakes, rivers and swimming pools. Water sports are a great way to stay active and have fun. “Water activities like swimming and boating can be a lot of fun and a great way to cool down, but drowning is a danger we all…