Containing 7,000 toxic substances, including more than 70 carcinogens, it’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health. Statistically, smoking is the leading cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases, contributes to a large portion of cardiovascular diseases, oral and dental issues, a third of fatal cancers and is the first cause of avoidable death. [Source: social health promotion enterprise, Capsana.]
This year commit to becoming a better statistic by joining the over 436,000 people who have participated in the Quit to Win! Challenge.
For nearly two decades, this provincial campaign encourages Quebecers to free themselves from tobacco by providing information, tools and a positive motivation, such as a trip for two to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and other special prizes.
Register today and commit to not smoke for six weeks, from February 5 to March 18, 2018. By joining the Challenge you’ll be entered to win prizes, and have access to a range of free tools and support to help you quit. With two out of three participants succeeding in the challenge, you may be able to finally quit for good.
To access tools, information and to register for the Challenge, in English, visit DefiTabac.qc.ca/en.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy Longer
Oral health is not only important to your appearance and sense of well-being, but also to your overall health. According to Health Canada, cavities and gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases. Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections (The Effects of Oral Health on Overall Health @ www.canada.ca).
Please join Townshippers’ and the Community Health Education Program (CHEP) on Wednesday, Jan 24, from 10-12pm for a live video conference about your teeth and oral health at the Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre, 375 Armstrong Richmond.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Fabiola Lamothe will help you learn more about taking care of your teeth and how to keep them longer. You’ll get information on why we have teeth, why it is important to take care of your teeth to have them for life and discover the connection between oral health and your overall health. Since the state of your mouth can be an indication of other illnesses, you won’t want to miss this event. There will also be a question period at the end of the presentation.
Fabiola is also the Interim Supervisor of the Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), and she coordinates tasks in providing dental care to Head and Neck cancer patients and medically compromised patients. A member of the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association and the Ordre des Hygiénistes dentaires du Quebec, Fabiola educates and promotes good dental health through presentations to MUHC departments and other institutions.
We hope you will join us for this free event. Coffee and snacks will be served, no registration is required, and all are welcome.
The next CHEP presentation “What did you say? Hearing Loss” with St. Mary’s Hospital Audiologist, Lorna Dowson, is on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 10 am to 12 pm. Location to be determined.
This CHSSN initiative is funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.
This weekly column in The Record keeps you in touch with Townshippers’ Association’s activities and news. For other ways to keep in touch with us, visit our website www.Townshippers.org, follow us on Facebook.com/Townshippers, Twitter @Townshippers or get in touch with our offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.
Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Photo Credit: Photo by Patrick Brinksma on Unsplash
Photo Caption: There are a lot of bad statistics linked to smoking, but the perks of quitting increase over time. Just 20 minutes after quitting your body will start experience the positive effects as your blood pressure returns to normal and your heart rate improves, warming your hands and feet from better circulation. Take the Quit to Win! Challenge to experience even more benefits. There are a lot of bad statistics linked to smoking, but the perks of quitting increase over time. Just 20 minutes after quitting your body will start experience the positive effects as your blood pressure returns to normal and your heart rate improves, warming your hands and feet from better circulation. Take the Quit to Win! Challenge to experience even more benefits.