World Health Day

April 7 is World Health Day. To mark the occasion, we asked medical experts from across a range of departments at St. Michael’s Hospital for their best tips on how to live a healthy life.

Focus on Your Eyes

Glaucoma is a silent disease that robs sight slowly and can affect anyone. The earlier it is picked up, the earlier it can be treated, so get your eyes examined. Your sight depends on it! – Dr. Neeru Gupta, Ophthalmologist.

Check Your Breasts

Enjoy your breasts and be aware of any changes. If any are concerning, please seek medical attention. Enjoy a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle based on moderation. Make sure you exercise, even if it’s a 15-30 minute brisk daily walk. This will make a BIG difference in your overall well-being. – Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley, Oncologist

Exercise Your Brain

Challenge your brain with mental exercises. Strengthening existing connections and possibly generating new cells and connections could be useful when facing future cell loss in the aging brain. – Dr. Tom Schweizer, Neuroscientist

Age Well

Exercise will make you happier, smarter and more robust in older age. – Dr. Eric Wong, Geriatrician

Laugh every day. – Dr. Jill Alston, Geriatrician

Keep your days filled with some learning and purpose. – Dr. Karen D’Silva, Geriatrician

Volunteering for a cause you are passionate about keeps you healthy in mind and spirit and extends life. – Dr. Maria Zorzitto, Geriatrician

Love and be loved. Surround yourself by people who love you, and love them in return. – Dr. Camilla Wong, Geriatrician 

Treat Your Feet

Pay as much attention to your feet as you do your face—wash, moisturize and protect them! And remember, your feet deserve at least one pair of well-fitted, comfortable walking shoes to keep up with your active lifestyle. – Ann-Marie McLaren, Chiropodist, Wound Care Program

Keep Your Mental Health Top of Mind

Walk briskly and eat home-prepared food when you can. – Dr. Sidney Kennedy, Psychiatrist

Take Care of Mom

Sleep is the most important thing you can do after having a baby. Sleep when the baby sleeps and gradually a more workable schedule emerges. Most of all, be nice to yourself, and don’t try to be the perfect parent. – Dr. William Watson, Family and Community Medicine

Follow the Four Cs of Parenting

Studies suggest that the best-adjusted children are reared by parents who find a way to combine warmth and sensitivity with clear behavioural expectations. Parents may find the Four Cs helpful.

– Dr. William Watson, Family and Community Medicine

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