Category: HEALTH

Traveling after open heart surgery

Traveling after open heart surgery

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

Part 3 of 3. One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

My husband told me afterwards that my surgery took longer than anticipated by about an hour, which caused a lot of anxiety for him and my parents. My surgeon advised them afterwards he had been shocked by how enlarged my aortic root was (where the aorta attaches to the heart), a sign of my heart working overtime to accommodate my ineffective aortic valve. He needed that extra time to ensure my new bio-prosthetic valve would fit and remain in place.

February 5, 2019

Performing on stage before my open heart surgery

Performing on stage before my open heart surgery

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

Part 2 of 3. One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Read Part 1 here.

I was back at the cardiologist’s office in March of 2016. Before we went over my test results, my doctor asked me if I had anything I wanted to say, anything I had noticed health-wise that I wanted to bring up. I was about to say my usual “Nope, nothing” but stopped myself – I was suddenly hit with the urge to tell him about an odd “symptom” I had recently been experiencing; I use quotes around the word symptom because I wouldn’t have known at the time what it was a symptom of, and had only mentioned it because I figured it couldn’t hurt.

February 5, 2019

Born with a heart condition

Born with a heart condition

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Part 1 of 3.

February is recognized as Heart Month across Canada, in an effort to increase public focus on cardiovascular health and awareness of heart disease and the many ways it affects 1.3 million Canadians and their families. This month is especially important to me as I am an open-heart surgery survivor, and since my surgery almost three years ago it has become a mission for me to make sure everyone values the health of their hearts.

February 5, 2019

2019 goals

2019 goals

By Dr. Ralph Strother | Medical Doctor | INcare | HEALTH

Many of us set fresh, exciting wellness goals for the new year, only to get side-tracked before we’ve gained any momentum. My best advice is to start by making small changes first. Remember – small successes build large victories. And research shows it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so try to really commit for your first three weeks. It can make it easier to stick with your plan for the long-term. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

December 28, 2018

10 tips to beat holiday stress

10 tips to beat holiday stress

By INLIV Team | HEALTH

Your December calendar may be filled with a dizzying array of activities – holiday baking, parties, entertaining, shopping, gift wrapping and more. Amidst the joy of the season there is often stress, too. Ten of our INLIV teammates share their top tips for beating holiday stress.

December 12, 2018

Depression and holiday blues

Depression and holiday blues

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | HEALTH

The holiday season can be a magical time, brimming with friends, family and fun – but for some, the season is challenging and emotionally draining. It’s often a time of reflection, and you may be reminded of the year’s milestones, including the heartbreak of loved ones that have been lost, life changes like retirement, separation, an empty nest, or general lack of fulfillment as another year closes. It’s important to understand that stress, anxiety, the holiday blues and depression are common this time of year.

December 4, 2018

22 Tips for Fall

22 Tips for Fall

By INLIV Team | GENERAL

September always feels like it’s time to hit the reset button. Maybe it’s all the years of going back to school that makes September feel like a fresh start. What are your September “New Year” rituals? We’ve compiled a list of 22 home, health and wellness tips for a fresh start this fall.

September 13, 2018

medication review

medication review

By | HEALTH

Is it time for a medication review? Are you greeted by a dizzying array of prescription pill bottles, blister packs, and various lotions and potions when you open your medicine cabinet or peek in that box tucked under the bathroom sink? It happens to many of us.

August 31, 2018

Healthy barbecue ideas

Healthy barbecue ideas

By | HEALTH

Ahh, summer! It’s time for long, leisurely nights in the back yard, on the deck and by the campfire. While burgers, hot dogs and steak are barbecue staples, you can up your grilling game this summer with these easy, healthy and tasty ideas.

The usual suspects for grilling on the barbecue include sweet peppers, onion and asparagus. Here are a few other recommendations. Just brush with some olive oil and get grilling.

June 11, 2018

Courtney Blackshaw - Bladder Cancer Calgary

Courtney Blackshaw - Bladder Cancer Calgary

By Courtney Blackshaw | Medical Care Coordinator | INconnection | HEALTH

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, something that hits very close to home for me. As a recent bladder cancer survivor, spreading awareness about this all too common, yet surprisingly unknown disease has become a passion project for me.

Many people have never heard of bladder cancer or, if they have, do not realize how common this type of cancer is.

May 4, 2018

Book doctor appointment online in Calgary

Book doctor appointment online in Calgary

By Total Health Management Team | INcare | GENERAL

At INLIV, we believe in a collaborative approach to your health care. We believe in being your wellness partner. We believe in making it easy for you to get medical advice, support and appointments with your physician. We believe you should have easy access to your medical reports and test results. With our easy-to-use online health portal, we provide all this and more!

April 2, 2018

By Nutrition team at INLIV | HEALTH

Healthy eating habits in childhood are the cornerstone to establishing good nutrition later on in life. However, many parents often find that their children are “picky eaters”, and that it’s seemingly hopeless to convince them to eat healthy diets – a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other foods that deliver the nutrients they need. 

March 7, 2018

Fitness Assessment

Fitness Assessment

By Jamie Wilkins | Fitness General Manager | INenergy | FITNESS

What’s your fitness goal? Whether it’s to lose fat, gain strength, train for your favourite sport, complete an Ironman, or improve your overall health, our INLIV personal training team can get you there with the help of our medically-based fitness assessment.

Utilizing a wide range of medical screening tests, blood tests and health evaluation, our fitness assessment goes far beyond what you’ll get at a regular gym or workout facility. And that helps your results go far beyond, too! It all starts with an extensive assessment to establish your health benchmarks, determine specific limitations and challenges you face, and set a clear plan in place to move you along your wellness path.  

February 15, 2018

Shingles and the new vaccine

Shingles and the new vaccine

By Dr. Ralph Strother | Medical Doctor | INcare | HEALTH

It often starts as an unusual pain, maybe some tingling… and then a rash sets in. Shingles! While it may be common (almost one in three Canadians may be affected by shingles), it can be quite painful. And, too often, some fail to realize that the pain from shingles can last for months – long after the rash has healed.

As a physician, I have been watching Shingrix – the newest vaccine against shingles – through the late Phase III trials and approval. Interestingly, Canada was the first country to approve the new vaccine, and our physician team here at INLIV had it on order as soon as the announcement of its approval for use in Canada in October 2017.

February 2, 2018

holiday stress relief

holiday stress relief

By INLIV INmates | GENERAL

Stress is heightened during the holiday season for many reasons – our routines are interrupted, we eat more, exercise less, have work deadlines and end-of-year expectations for ourselves. Check out these tips from our INLIV team revealing their tips to ease holiday stress.

December 13, 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 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 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