HEALTH & WELLNESS

WESTERN KINGS MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTRE

The Western Kings Memorial Health Centre is located at 121 Orchard Street in Berwick. The Centre is home to a vast range of medical services, including doctors’ offices, out patient department, addictions services, blood and specimen collection, EKG department, x-ray department, physiotherapy, renal dialysis, dietician, public health, mental health services, oral and maxilla facial surgeon, VON, and the community health board. The Centre also recently opened a newly renovated group medical practice, which is recruiting interested physicians.

In addition to these medical services, the Centre also provides community meeting facilities and is the regional headquarters for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board.

For more information about this facility, and for tenants who may be interested in office space please go to Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, or contact its manager, Alan Burgher, directly at (902) 538-0096 or by email.


HEALTHY LIVING

In December 2015, Town Council approved a Healthy Eating Environment Policy to create healthy food environments by increasing access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages within municipal settings, making the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Involvement in recreational activities leads to a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy Nova Scotia! Physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Getting more active can:

  • Be fun
  • Help you look your best
  • Improve your sleep
  • Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger
  • Lower your chances of becoming depressed
  • Reduce falls and arthritis
  • Help you feel better about yourself

IS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR EVERYONE?

Yes! People of all ages and body types will benefit from physical activity. Even if you feel out-of-shape or haven't been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you.

PARENTS & CHILDREN

Parents play a large role as models for positive physical activity behaviour. Let your children see you participate in physical activity, as well as incorporating it into quality time with your family.

TEENAGERS

Balancing a healthy lifestyle and school can be challenging for teenagers. Encouraging positive physical activity behaviour leaves lasting positive impacts on youth. Benefits of a physically active lifestyle include improved fitness, increased concentration, better academic scores, improved self-esteem, lower stress and opportunities for socializing.

TIPS FOR BEING ACTIVE

  • Ask your friends to join you for a walk, or create a walking group and commit to a weekly time! Your friends will probably thank you for it – everyone needs encouragement at times.
  • Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator.
  • Park your car at the far end of the parking lot and walk the extra distance.
  • Get off the bus a few stops early to squeeze in a brisk walk.
  • Get your whole family involved in physical group activities. It’s always fun to kick a soccer ball around and stretch out your legs.
  • Why not try doing a few stretches and simple exercises like push-ups and sit-ups while watching television?
  • Try something new. Yoga, pilates, dance classes and martial arts are a great way to stay active and have fun.
  • Swimming is a great exercise for your entire body.
  • If you are a golfer, walk the course instead of using the golf cart.
  • Tennis and racket ball are fun sports that require a lot of movement. Kids and adults can both enjoy these sports.
  • Use free weights to strengthen your arms. Even smaller 3 or 5 pound weights are a great way to get strength in your arms. Try lifting weights while you watch television.
  • Take a hike with friends. If you don't have any local hiking trails try exploring new neighborhoods or cities that are close by.
  • Don't forget to have fun!