Developing good habits can lead to a healthier and happier life. Positive health choices, such as eating well, exercising, reducing stress, and recognizing potential health risks can make a difference.
There are many ways that you can improve your health:
- Try Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide. This Health Canada Web site offers tips on choosing healthy foods and eating the right amounts of each type of food.
- Make Physical Activity a regular part of your life with guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- Recognize the causes and health effects of stress and learn ways to reduce your stress with information from Health Canada’s Mental Health - Coping With Stress Web page.
- Learn about some of the causes and symptoms of clinical depression, as well as ways of helping a person suffering from depression, through Health Canada’s Mental Health - Depression Web page.
- Are you, or is someone you know, addicted to gambling? A gambling addiction can lead to serious mental and physical health risks, financial problems and social alienation. Learn more with Information About Problem Gambling from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- Help end misunderstandings about mental illness by reviewing the Mental Health - Mental Illness Web page from Health Canada. This site also includes links to organizations that provide support for sufferers, their families and friends.
Avoid Substance Abuse
- Learn About Drugs from the government’s National Anti-Drug Strategy.
- Find out what happens when you drink alcohol, the risks of abusing alcohol and how to get help for an alcohol addiction at the About Alcohol Web page from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- Get the facts on the immediate and long-term effects of Alcohol, and laws related to drinking alcohol, at deal.org, a Web site produced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Learn what smoking means to your body, your environment and who's actually benefiting from the sale of tobacco products at the Youth Zone - You and Me, Smokefree Web pages from Health Canada. This site also includes a calculator to show how much smoking can cost, plus advice on how to quit smoking.
- Use the tips in the On the Road to Quitting Guide to become a non-smoker, with help from Health Canada.
Awareness of Common Hazards
- Some of your regular activities, such as listening to loud music, excessive tanning, tattooing and piercing, and use of some cosmetics may hold long-term risks that you may not be aware of. Find out more about these and other risks and how to protect yourself with information from the It’s Your Health - Young Adults Web pages from Health Canada.