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- Local Residents Encouraged to Support Healthy Living This Holiday Season With Several Wise Buys –

Think outside the gift box this holiday season and consider presents that make a healthy difference for everyone on your shopping list.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is out with its healthy wise buys list for 2017. Several gift items are suggested as options for people in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes who want to provide the gift of “good health” this festive season.

“When you give items that promote good health, there is no better way to wrap up your love for someone and tell them that you care and want them around for a very long time,” says Sue Shikaze, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Specific items on the Health Unit’s healthy wise buys list for 2017 include:

Car emergency kits – The kits are ideal in the event of a car breakdown or emergency. Kits should contain items like a tow rope, jumper cables, warning flares, small fold-up shovel, wind-up flashlight, blanket and bottled water. Complete car emergency kits are sold in stores, or can be assembled yourself. A list of items to include in the kit is available at the Get Prepared website .

Meat thermometer – Perfect for someone who loves to cook or barbecue, meat thermometers are key for measuring the safe internal temperature of meats to ensure they are properly cooked. Complement the gift by visiting the Healthy Canadians website and searching, then printing off the ‘Safe Internal Cooking Temperature Chart.’

A set of new or used snowshoes – Snowshoeing is a great winter pastime for the whole family. It helps build strength, agility, balance and endurance. If cost is an issue, look for used snowshoes through second-hand sports equipment stores or websites.

• Cook book – Encourage healthy eating by getting a recipe book for someone on your shopping list. Personalize the gift by offering a cooking demo or lesson with it. Dietitians of Canada has excellent recipe books to consider, as well as the online Cookspiration app for recipe ideas to suit any mood or schedule.

Items to prevent falls – Falls are a leading cause of injury for both the very young and old. For an older adult, purchasing a walker or cane can help to prevent falls; so too can installing grab bars in their bathroom to help them sit and stand. This winter, offering to shovel the walkway and driveway of an older family member or neighbor is also a great gift idea. For families expecting a baby or who have a young child, consider giving gates (pressure-mounted gates at the bottom of stairs; wall-mounted gates at the top of stairs) to prevent falls. Quick-release window guards can also be a best buy to keep young children safe from falling through upper-floor windows.

App-propriate add-on for mobile devices – Customize the cellphone you are purchasing for someone by preloading the Can Immunize app onto it. The Can Immunize app allows users to: keep track of immunizations for their entire family, receive reminders when vaccinations are due, access recommended vaccination schedules for their province, get medical appointment reminders, get answers to many vaccine questions, and receive alerts of disease outbreaks in their area.

Gift of time – Setting aside time to do something with a child, older parent or other family member can be precious and priceless. Consider something you both enjoy, be it an outdoor winter activity, going on a day trip, seeing a movie, doing a craft, playing a game, or working on a building project. The ideas are only limited by your creativity!

For media inquiries, contact:

Sue Shikaze, Health Promoter HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 3249.

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