Your Health

Reaching out for support

Reaching out for help is part of building resilience. Sometimes it is hard to ask for help because we think it makes us look weak or incompetent. The truth is asking for help is a sign of strength. By reaching out to others, we teach our children that everyone needs help sometimes. And you are […]

Healthy weights

You can’t go too long without seeing or hearing a news report on the epidemic of childhood obesity in Canada, the United States and other developed countries. When it comes to weights, Yukon children look a lot like other Canadians. A survey of Grade 6-10 students conducted in 2009 found that the majority of young […]

Firearm safety

Hunting, trapping, and getting out on the land are important traditions for many Yukoners of all ages. Given these interests, it’s not surprising that many Yukoners own firearms. Statistics collected by the RCMP indicate that Yukon has the highest rate of licensed firearms owners in Canada, about three times the national average Injuries and fatalities, […]


There are different ways of describing, or defining, flourishing, including: People who are flourishing: Have you noticed that some people really seem to have their lives together? Even when faced with life’s challenging situations, they are positive, satisfied with life and involved in the community. Are they just lucky, or are they doing something differently? […]

Wear the gear

When it comes to our health, Yukoners of all ages need to be more active. Taking part in sports is a great way to become more active, make friends, set goals, and experience the sense of accomplishment. But as we play more and harder, the risk of sports-related injuries goes up. For some good advice […]

Strong bodies, strong bones

Calcium and Vitamin D work together to grow and maintain strong bones across the lifespan, from infancy to the senior years. Calcium is a mineral that builds bones and teeth; Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use and hang on to the calcium that we take in through foods such as milk […]

Making healthy choices easier

It’s difficult to change behaviour, overcome addictions, and develop healthier habits, especially if we rely on willpower. Willpower works like a muscle – it gets stronger with practice but the daily store of willpower is limited and gets depleted with over-use. In a world of temptation where unhealthy foods are all around, alcohol and street […]

Map your progess

This is a step that many people skip – but do yourself a favour, don’t! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the evidence of your progress on paper. It doesn’t have to be complicated – marking what you’ve done on your everyday calendar is good enough. Make sure you put your calendar in an […]