Taking care of your health once you’ve arrived in Canada

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Here are a few tips to help you avoid the doctor’s office or a trip to the hospital.

While the Canadian health care system is effective, prevention remains the best solution to ensure your peace of mind in your adoptive country.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid the doctor’s office or a trip to the hospital.

A healthy mind…

Your mental health is an important part of your overall well-being. However, arriving in a new country can be mentally challenging. Whatever your reasons for moving to Canada, the federal government offers a variety of resources to help you manage your mental well-being on a daily basis or in times of crisis.

Although Canada welcomes many cultures and ethnicities, you still may have to deal with isolation and cultural shock, face discrimination or break through language barriers. These tips can help you adapt, build new relationships and live your new life positively.

…in a healthy body

Physical activity
Exercise will help you both mentally and physically. You don’t need to play hockey, Canada’s national sport, to get similar benefits. A few minutes of active walking may be enough. You can even be active without being very sporty.

In your new country, there’s an impressive number of amazing places for you to discover that are often free. National, provincial and municipal parks, and the many trails and beaches are super options for keeping active in the great outdoors.

To help stay fit, consider looking into the activities your local community centre, recreational services, schools and provincial or pan-Canadian associations organize.

Good nutrition can help prevent illness and boost your health. If you aren’t familiar with North America’s eating habits, Canada’s food guide will be a useful tool. Each of Canada’s regions has a wealth of food resources to discover. You’ll even be able to enjoy a variety of fresh food year-round!

Although the Canadian climate makes the spread of tropical diseases unlikely, the Public Health Agency of Canada still recommends vaccination.

Vaccination and immunization can help protect you against certain critical illnesses. Please note that vaccinations are not only for children but are also available for adults.

Learn more about Canadian provincial and territorial immunization schedules.

Vaccination rhymes with education
The provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick require parents to provide proof of vaccination for their children before registering them for public school. The other provinces and territories don’t require proof, but strongly recommend immunization.

Before the beginning of the school year, arrange for your child to be vaccinated with your family doctor, a medical clinic or a pharmacy. They will explain which basic vaccinations are recommended.

Prevention doesn’t protect against everything
Finally, even if prevention is often the key to good health, it unfortunately doesn’t protect against all life’s twists and turns. Taking out a private insurance policy can be an excellent way to avoid the stress associated with unforeseen medical situations.

And since stress can sometimes be the source of certain illnesses, protecting your finances with insurance will help you continue to invest in long-term prevention. You and your loved ones can be even more confident about the future!


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