Live Life Well Tools

This part of the Alumni website is dedicated to helpful tips and tools that we all come across. These are always vetted to ensure the source is reliable and that the material is publicly available. As always you should consult your healthcare team for medical advice.

Personalized Health Report and Coaching

The heart & stroke society have developed an e-health tool that assesses your risk factors and helps you develop a plan for a heart healthy lifestyle. You can access this below;

Personalized Health Report and Coaching

Eat Tracker

Sponsored by Dietitians of Canada this tool allows you to asses your current dietary approach and set goals to get healthier from the foods you eat. You will be required to create an account with a user name and password.

Eat Tracker Log In

Exercise Planner

The link below directs you to a website that assists you in designing an exercise program based on your own personal situation. It will ask questions about your demographic information, what goals you have, how much time and effort you want to put into exercise and the equipment you wish to use (example stationary bike, therapy-bands, free weights and so on). Once you have entered the start up data it will automatically produce an exercise program for each day of the week. It does take some time and effort to get started but if you are serious about working out, this is like having your own personal trainer along with a nutritionist!

Remember to consult with your healthcare team about safety for you to exercise and don’t start a program without their approval.

Bodbot

Health Studies

For those of you who prefer to do your own research into how diet can influence health there is a reputable website that links dietary practices with health factors. Here is a link to the website.

Health Studies – Diet and Disease

For example if you search Vegan & Vegetarian diet for influence on Heart/Cardiovascular disease you get a menu of research results. An example of the research is shown below.

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Linked with Lower Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

Wholesome plant foods are the foundation of a healthy diet, but not all “vegetarian” foods are equally nutritious. To see how different variations of plant-based diets relate to the risk of developing coronary heart disease (when plaque builds and hardens in the heart’s major blood vessels and decreases blood flow), researchers analyzed data detailing what more than 200,000 people ate over 20 years and separated people into three versions of plant based diets: overall plant-based diet (includes all plant foods and some animal foods), healthful plant-based diet (includes healthy plant foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables), and unhealthful plant-based diet (includes sugar-sweetened drinks and refined grains). Not surprisingly, they found that the second choice – eating fewer animal foods and more healthy plant foods – was linked with a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease, while eating more animal foods and more unhealthy plant foods was linked with an increased chance of developing coronary heart disease.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2017 July; 70(4):411-422. (Satija et al.)