Staying informed about good health practices is an important way to improve your overall health and sense of wellbeing.
In this section, you will find online resources designed to help you move towards achieving your personal health goals.
Under "Around town," you'll also discover the many fun activities and events happening in and around Montreal that are sure to get you up and moving.
Health & Wellbeing
- Montreal Gazette: The Health section of the Montreal Gazette has articles on health, fitness and nutrition - for all age groups.
- Passport Santé: This website offers information on a wide variety of topics related to health & wellness.
- e-Connects (MedicAlert): This monthly online newsletter, produced by the Canadian Medic Alert Foundation, includes health & wellness information in their "Health & Wellness Corner", and healthy recipes under "Featured Recipes". It is not just for people with allergies - but for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
- The Globe & Mail (online newspaper): The Globe Life Health & Fitness section has information about the latest health and fitness news and trends, plus nutrition advice.
- Jane E. Brody is the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times. She has degrees in biochemistry and science writing. Read her articles on health and nutrition here.
- ParticipACTION: The ParticipACTION website provides lifestyle and activity tips, the facts about the consequences of inactivity, and inspirational stories from everyday people who have decided to lead active lifestyles.
- Canada's Physical Activity Guide: Download Canada's Physical Activity Guide and learn how to make wise choices about physical activity that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life.
- Vélo Québec offers various resources for cycling enthusiasts, as well as listings of upcoming cycling events around Montreal and throughout Quebec.
- Kino Québec provides tips and resources that promote a physically active lifestyle.
- The Globe & Mail: Fitness section offers "Fitness Basics" - strength training, aerobics and stretching exercise demos & much more.
- Sodium 101 outlines the health impacts of a high-sodium diet and provides suggestions for reducing your sodium intake.
- Canada's Food Guide: Find out how to make wise food choices whether you are eating at home, at work or in a restaurant using Canada's Food Guide.
- Dieticians of Canada: The resources on the Dieticians of Canada website include nutrition information, recipes, healthy eating tips, and an online food log to track your consumption patterns.
- Health Canada's nutrition pages provide information about food labeling, allergen info, and how to eat more healthfully.
- At SOS Cuisine, you'll find healthy weekly menus tailored for any type of lifestyle.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association provides tips related to a wide variety of topics including stress, children’s mental health and aging.
- Check Up From The Neck Up: This simple, online, private, mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of common mood disorders so you can get help if you need it. You can also learn more about mood disorders on this site and find resources to help yourself, your family members, or friends.
- Manulife Financial's website provides lots of informaton about mental health in the workplace.
- Canadian Diabetes Association: Find out about the symptoms and signs of diabetes, take a questionnaire to find out if you are at risk, and learn some important steps that you can take to prevent diabetes on the Canadian Diabetes Association's website.
- Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation: Breast Health 101. Take the quiz and learn valuable information!
- Heart & Stroke Foundation: Go here to learn from the Heart and Stroke Foundation about what you can do to reduce the heart attack and stroke risk factors in your life, such as high blood pressure, unhealthy food choices, smoking, and stress.
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada offers a variety of informational publications about MS's symptoms and treatments as well as the ongoing research on the disease.
- The Kidney Foundation of Canada's site offers information about living with kidney disease, including details about research happenings , the various treatment options available, and educational events related to kidney disease and organ donation.
- The Canadian Women's Health Network's FAQ includes links to resources, organizations, and research projects on a variety of women’s health topics.
- Arthritis Society: Learn about the underlying causes of arthritis and gain insight on how to help make living with arthritis a bit more manageable on the Arthritis Society's website.
- Alzheimer Society: On there website, you can find out all about the disease, including risk factors and preventative measures.
- Cancer prevention starts with healthy living. Lifestyle changes can make a difference.
- The Breast Cancer Foundation recently launched it's campaign, Don't Forget to Check. While this campaign is aimed at younger women 18 to 25 years old who wonder what they should do to prevent the onset of breast cancer, the information provided on the campaign's websiteis relevant to women of all ages.dontforgettocheck.ca
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety: One of the many useful resources to be found on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's site is this list of exercises for a healthy back.
- Mount Royal: There are plenty of fun winter activities to partake in on Mount Royal that can keep you fit, including ice skating, cross-country skiing, or snow tubing down the mountain's special trails. There are also guided nighttime snowshoeing tours with hot chocolate served in Smith House at the end. Les amis de la montagne rents out the necessary equipment for any of these activities at reasonable prices; follow the link above for details.
- Ashtanga Yoga is the closest yoga studio to the McGill campus, being located at 372 St. Catherine West. Ashtanga offers sessions aimed at all different levels of yoga experience. However, no matter where you may choose to practice it, there's evidence that yoga can help with back pain and a variety of other physical ailments, as well as strengthening muscles and improving flexibility. In this article from "The Suburban", some local residents speak about what practicing yoga has done for them.
- The Yellow Door, a community outreach organization also known as the YMCA of McGill, holds open-invitation Zen meditation sessions every Wednesday from 3-4 pm. These weekly one hour meditation sessions are offered free of charge; the Yellow Door asks only that you bring your own blanket or firm cushion to sit on. The Yellow Door is located at 3625 Aylmer.
- Bike Paths: For a comprehensive and interactive map of all the bike paths and streets with bike lanes in the Montreal area, check out pedalmontreal.ca.
- Running Clubs: Montreal is home to a number of running clubs, bringing together people of all ages from all over the island to engage in informal group runs and formal running events. Whether you run for health, recreation, or competition, you're sure to find a welcoming community in clubs such as the largely francophone Club Vainqueurs or the more anglophone (but still bilingual) Boreal Club.
- Circuit du Course du Pied: Looking for a way to test yourself as a runner? Twelve of Montreal's largest running events of the year, organized by the Circuit de course à pied du Grand Montréal are described in this calendar.
- Weekend to End Breast Cancer: The Montreal Jewish General Hospital's charity walk to end women's cancers is on the weekend of August 28-29th. The walk's route runs through the streets and winds across Montreal. More details can be found here.
- Club Montreal Sport & Social: If organized sports are your preference, Club Montreal Sport & Social organizes sporting events in a wide variety of different team sports for adults. Organizing a full team is not necessary either; sign up as an individual player in any league and you will be placed into a team automatically. As an added bonus, Club Montreal Sport & Social members receive discounts at bars after games.
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