5 tips for staying healthy in Manitoba

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Have you heard about the “healthy immigrant effect?” Studies show that newcomers are healthier than the Canadian-born population when they arrive in Canada but tend to grow less healthy as they live in Canada longer. Stress and unhealthy habits developed after moving to Canada could be the reasons for this effect. Here are some things you can do to stay healthy.

  1. Watch your diet

  2. The first few days as a newcomer can be very stressful. You might start eating unhealthy food because you do not have time to prepare healthy meals. Read the Food Guide to help you know what types of food are better for you.

  3. Stay active

    It can be hard to stay active during the long and cold winters. Some people might not have the time, money and skill needed to start physical activity. You can join the activities in your local community centre. Check out the Active living page of Manitoba.ca for tools and resources to make physical activity a part of your daily life. You can do simple things like shoveling your driveway or taking the stairs to help keep you active. To know how much physical activity is enough, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines that you can check out.

  4. Stay positive

    Newcomers often go through a time where they have to get used to the new culture around them. Sometimes they start feeling disappointed and frustrated when things don’t go the way they expect them to. Being around friends and family members can help a lot. You can also get counseling support from immigrant-serving organizations in Manitoba (like Aurora Family Therapy Center). You should also get enough sunlight. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. It usually starts in the fall and continues in the winter months. If you think you may have SAD, talk to your doctor about it.

  5. Keep informed

    Check out Healthy Canadians and this page by the Government of Canada for information on health and safety. Manitoba has several health programs for you and your children listed on this page. It even has the Dial-a- Dietitician program where you can call health professionals for advice on healthy eating (Call 204-788-8248 or 1-877-830-2892 toll free).

  6. Strengthen your immune system

    Your immune system protects you against diseases. You can improve your immune system by eating healthy, staying fit and taking vitamins. Remember to talk to your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements. You can also get free flu shots. Look at the Manitoba Health page for more information on flu vaccines and where to get them.

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Community Resources

Here is a list of health tips from all over the world: Worldy Wellness…the best health tips from different cultures from Canadian Immigrant.ca.

The Winnipeg Health Region site has a list of resources on population and public health.

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