desk stretches

desk stretches

By Matthew Pacholko, Personal Trainer, INenergy | CORPORATE HEALTH

Are you spending far too many hours at a desk, hunched over in your chair, staring at the computer screen? And in the evening after dinner, you sit watching tv until it’s time for bed? All that sitting is bad for your health and recent studies have shown that how long you stay sitting at a time will increase your risk for an early death – even if you are exercising regularly.

November 21, 2017

Kelly Blackshaw

Kelly Blackshaw

By INLIV People & Culture | GENERAL

Passion for Play – the Kelly Blackshaw story

Kelly Blackshaw lives for, and works for, health and wellness. Looking at health from a holistic and lifestyle perspective, she knows that healthy living isn’t about the vegetables you eat, the hobbies you enjoy, or the positive habits you maintain – it’s about all of those things, and a whole lot more.

November 19, 2017

By Nadia Zinchuk | Registered Nurse | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

How do you get rid of sun spots?

Removing sun spots – those red and brown imperfections on your skin can be achieved using several treatment options. And now that summer has passed, it’s an ideal time of year to embark on a skin rejuvenation plan to help restore that healthy, vibrant complexion.

October 22, 2017

By | LEADERSHIP

For a kid who is very sick, even a few moments of fun and joy make a big difference. Someone who knows that well is Vince Danielsen, the President & CEO of INLIV and Wello. When Vince was 15 years old, he was a talented football player and the last thing he expected to hear was that he was diagnosed with cancer and had a 50-50 chance of surviving.

Vince went from winning on the football field to fighting for his life in hospital. It was a terrifying time. But amidst the sickness and stress, there were many positive experiences that he would never forget. The first was the care and compassion of the nurses and caregivers around him. The second was a visit from Lui Passaglia, Vancouver’s biggest football star at the time.

Luis’ visit is the reason Vince, now cancer free and a health entrepreneur, started Every Yard Counts – a program that gives sick children, the chance to meet their local football heroes. Now in its 21st year, the initiative brings together players from the Calgary Stampeders with young patients from Alberta Children’s Hospital. The kids can see their favourite players at home games and hospital visits, and even get to play them in an annual wheelchair game.

Vince said, “If I can help these kids take their minds off their situation for five, 10 minutes, it lets them have fun again. Little things mean so much to them. I remember what it meant to me.”

Vince is thrilled to have employees from INLIV chaperone kids to the Stampeder’s games and even taken them backstage after the game to meet the athletes. In 2017, a number of employees at INLIV are already participating in the program and enjoying giving back to their communities.

Vince knows that possibilities are endless – after his own hard-won battle against cancer, he went on to serve for 8 years as a receiver for the Calgary Stampeders and later turned to his true passion and became a health entrepreneur. Vince’s focus has been on innovating health service delivery, and he has helped build healthcare offerings in the US and Canada in the areas of fitness, medical assessments, primary medicine, cosmetics, and rehabilitation.

21 years later, he’s still going strong as the leader of the healthcare company in Calgary, INLIV and now Wello – a nurse practitioner service that recently launched in Calgary. He hopes to instill that same hope into young children’s lives and aims to support them with knowing they too can live healthy and prosperous lives.

We are so proud to have Vince as our President and CEO of INLIV and to have the incredible staff to support him with helping young Alberta children see their dreams come to life and bring hope into their lives!

 

 

 

September 19, 2017

sweat too much woman

sweat too much woman

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

INLIV offers a non-surgical treatment for those who sweat too much

Sweating is the body’s natural method of cooling itself so it’s normal that during warmer weather, people perspire a bit more. But for the estimated 952,000 Canadians who suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), the sweating doesn’t always stop when the temperature dips, and it can cause serious anxiety.

August 28, 2017

By INLIV INmates | GENERAL

It’s a long weekend and for many of us, that means a family camping trip or driving excursion. The car rides can be long and often our food selection looks like a hungry, unsupervised, eight-year-old did the shopping. Try a healthier approach with our road trip hacks!

  • Instead of chips and cookies, fill your cooler with fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Apples and carrots last quite a long time, and hummus makes a flavourful dip
  • Pack some hard boiled eggs for a quick snack
  • Instant oatmeal can give you – and the kids – an energy boost in the morning before heading out for a hike
  • Tuna is convenient, especially in the packet versus a can. You don’t even have to worry about finding the can opener!
  • For a sweet treat, try grilling pineapple for dessert, instead of indulging in another s’more
  • Freeze your drinks before you pack them in the cooler. They’ll help keep everything cold

Our INLIV INmates have also put together a list of their personal tips and road trip hacks for your long weekend travel.

  • When planning a road trip, be mindful of where you’re going and how long it will take. If you know it’s a long drive with limited access to anything other than gas station snacks, try packing a small lunch box with healthy snacks like protein bars or bananas. Be careful when choosing your protein bars – make sure the grams of protein are always higher than the grams of sugar! – Zoë Saunders, Client Co-ordinator, INLIV Operations
  • Pre-portion everything. Cutting up vegetables in advance and packing them in small sandwich bags works great. – Physician, Total Health Management
  • I let my kids pick the snack for each other. And playing a game like ‘what’s behind door number one’ works well. All the doors might have broccoli behind them, but they don’t know that! – Steve Reynish, INLIV Client
  • I pack lots of healthy fats and fibre to hold me over longer while I’m out camping. Almonds are great for that. – Omar Ibrahim, Personal Trainer, Fitness
  • There are always ways to make your favourites slightly healthier! For your burger, wrap it in lettuce instead of a traditional bun. Skip the fries and choose veggies instead – and you’re good to go! – Zoë Saunders, Client Co-ordinator, Operations
  • It can be tough to keep kids entertained in the car, On our road trip this summer, we played ‘count the trucks and name the colours’. We got to about 50 trucks before our little guy lost interest. – Ryan Hamilton, Innovation
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Physical sunscreens are great – they don’t absorb into the skin, but sit on the surface and protect against both UV-A and UV-B rays. (Click here for more tips on sun safety) – Dr. Wendy Smeltzer, Medical Director at INLIV
  • Don’t overlook the basics – water, a first aid kit – and bear spray! All great items to make sure you enjoy your time outdoors safely – Cary Bohnet, Business Development
  • When I go hiking I always carry a knife, tape and first aid supplies, just in case anything happens. With these items in your bag, you can tape a sprained ankle or make a splint if you need to. – Cole Elliot, Personal Trainer, Fitness 

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, safe, long weekend – from everyone at INLIV.

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August 22, 2017

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

From Botox to Belkyra, laser treatments to Thermage, you may be wondering what non-surgical treatment options there are for your skin concerns.
Click on our easy Guide to Skin Solutions below to learn more about each treatment, then book a free general consultation with INLIV Registered Nurse, Nadia Zinchuk.

July 10, 2017

Turning 50

Turning 50

By Client Experience | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Stepping off the elevator for my first appointment at INLIV, I’m feeling a little apprehensive. Crossing the invisible threshold and turning 50 has left me lacking in confidence. Suddenly I’m acutely aware of the toll the years of too much sun and too little sunscreen have taken on my face. Sagging skin around my knees has almost eliminated skirts from my wardrobe, as I’m self-conscious.

June 7, 2017

By Jessi MaKenny | Fitness Team Manager, INenergy | Exercise Physiologist Manager, INmovement | | FITNESS

Summertime is finally here, and with the longer days and mild nights, many people are ready to travel and take full advantage of the season. In the spirit of Canada’s 150th birthday coming up this July, here are some of our country’s most incredible places to spend some time away, with a family or on your own. At INLIV we love to explore and enjoy the great Canadian outdoors, and we particularly like to hike, bike and get some physical activity while we are at it. In a country as big and diverse as ours, there’s something for everyone – no matter what kind of experience you prefer!

June 6, 2017

By Jessi MaKenny | Fitness Team Manager, INenergy | Exercise Physiologist Manager, INmovement | FITNESS

As the weather turns warmer, there are few things better than getting outside to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air. And with a city that’s full of bike paths, you can often find our staff out on two wheels, getting their exercise. It’s something that’s very important to us – and that’s why many of us have signed up to do the Branch Out Foundation’s bike tour this summer, in Panorama, BC!

May 31, 2017

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Freezing your fat may sound like a science fiction story, but that’s precisely how the technology of CoolSculpting works. Pockets of fat are carefully targeted to freeze your fat cells, which are then naturally expelled by the body. Unlike earlier fat reduction treatments, CoolSculpting doesn’t just shrink the fat cell; it destroys it.

May 23, 2017

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Though rosacea is a common skin disorder, there remain many misconceptions that can be discouraging and demoralizing for those impacted by it. The sideways glances, stares, or the assumption from some that the visible signs of rosacea are related to alcohol use or the belief that it’s contagious can be emotional for those living with it.

April 6, 2017

By Cary Bohnet | Business Development Director | INvalue | CORPORATE HEALTH

When you’re one of the people in charge of the daily operations of a large company – be it a provincial heavyweight or a multi-national corporation – it can be easy to lose track of your healthy habits. Over time, you find yourself cutting corners – a little bit, here and there: easy meals, instead of healthy ones; missed exercise classes; or loss of work-life balance. Before you know it, the stress and pressure of your career can take a toll on your health. 

March 8, 2017

Heart health

Heart health

By Aileen Kent | Personal Trainer | INenergy | FITNESS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, along with all the piles of candy and chocolate that come with it. Since February is also Heart Month, here at INLIV we want to focus on the muscle that keeps all of us moving! If you really want to show your sweetheart how much you care, commit to a healthier and more proactive lifestyle together – one that keeps you active, supportive, and dedicated to keeping each other on track.

A healthy heart begins with a healthy lifestyle – and once you get in the habit, it’s easy to maintain.

February 15, 2017

By Ryan Hamilton | Fitness Program Director | INenergy | FITNESS

It seems like such a good idea: this year, your resolution is to get fit and stick to it! You’re determined, you’re ready, and you head to the gym in January with a playlist full of upbeat tunes and a new stick of deodorant. But before you know it, your gym bag and fitness goals are gathering dust under the couch. 

February 14, 2017

cold or flu?

cold or flu?

By MONICA GREWAL, INLIV REGISTERED NURSE | MEDICAL

It is important to know the difference between the common cold and the seasonal flu. A cold can make you ill for a few days as it is a milder respiratory illness. Whereas the flu can make you feel ill from a few days to a few weeks, the flu can also result in hospitalizations and other health complications like pneumonia. So, do you have a cold or flu?

December 10, 2016

Fractional laser tips

Fractional laser tips

By NADIA ZINCHUK, INLIV REGISTERED NURSE | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

I often get asked the question, “how can I get rid of acne scars?” or “how can I improve the uneven texture or wrinkles of my skin?” Although laser resurfacing, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion are the most commonly used techniques for improving the texture and appearance of the skin, the choice of treatment depends on the condition being treated. These techniques use different methods; however, they have the same effect on the skin. They remove the upper layers of skin to allow for skin regrowth, resulting in smoother and healthier skin. 

November 22, 2016

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

SAY GOODBYE TO MUFFIN TOPS, BELLY, LOVE HANDLES AND MORE

Can you pinch an inch? Or two? Or three? The truth is we all have stubborn fat. Proper healthy diet and exercise are sometimes not enough to keep these unwanted bulges away. If you find yourself struggling with that “little bit extra”, we have the solution for you. It’s called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is the coolest, most innovative, non-surgical way to lose those annoying bumps and bulges of stubborn fat. This technology targets and cools unwanted fat cells in the selected area to induce a noticeable, natural-looking reduction in fat volume. 

October 12, 2016

BOD POD IN CALGARY

BOD POD IN CALGARY

By Jamie Wilkins | Fitness General Manager | INenergy | MEDICAL

 

Considered the gold standard in body composition technology, the BOD POD is fundamentally the same as underwater (hydrostatic) weighing, but uses air instead of water. It measures the volume of air a person’s body displaces while sitting inside the chamber, rather than measuring how much water his or her body displaces when dunked in a tank.

September 7, 2016