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Northern Health welcomes inquiries about work opportunities. You are welcome to first look at our careers page for more information on specific positions.

  • For more information on opportunities for physicians, contact Northern Health Human Resources at (250) 565-2555, 1-877-905-1155, or email:
  • For more information on opportunities for nurses and other health professionals, contact the Human Resources Department at (250) 565-2350, 1-877-905-1155, or email:

Summer Health Checklist

Prince George! School will be out, summer jobs are starting, and you will be heading outside to enjoy summer activities, sitting less and moving more, planning a road trip with family and friends. With the sun high in the sky and warmer weather ahead, it’s a great time to check in on good health and summer safety. Here are some tips to make sure you make the most of your summer:

Eat well

• Fuel yourself with real food to be your best. Find out more at
• Unhealthy foods are everywhere = toxic! Think and plan healthy choices. Watch a video about food choices here.
• Create health – Cook more for you, friends, family.

Be tobacco free

What is smoking costing you? What would you do with an extra $285 per month? How many hours are you working to pay for your cigarettes? Remember, you can still have tons of fun this summer and be tobacco free. For more information on quitting smoking visit

Drive safe

When you are out on the roads, what might save your life?
• Drive sober
• Buckle up
• Slow down
• Travel during daylight hours
• Never text and drive… it’s illegal (yes, even at a stop light).

For more info about cell phone use while driving, check out ICBC’s fact sheet on Did you know that almost 100 people die every year in B.C. due to distracted driving? Don’t be one of them. Pull off the road to send that text or make that call. Don’t drive impaired. People aged 16-25 years account for the highest number of impaired drivers in crashes; males account for 73% of all impaired drivers. Check out ICBC’s factsheet: And remember to slow down. Speeding is a major cause of death in B.C. Enjoy your road trip, and don’t cause a crash. Young drivers and passengers are at higher risk of being killed in a motor vehicle crash because they aren’t driving with care, seeking thrills and taking risks. Check out ICBC’s factsheet on

Don’t drink and boat Alcohol is involved in 40% of drowning death. Oh, and get trained – if you’re operating a power boat, it’s the law that you show proof of competency. For more info, visit this Transport Canada webpage: Finally, never underestimate the weather! Storms, water levels, currents, cold – these can all mean a dangerous trip out on the boat. Wear the gear. When you get to the lake or river for some water fun, wear the gear, like a lifejacket! Did you know that every year in B.C. about 60 people drown? July 20-27 is National Drowning Prevention Week in Canada. Check out this link: Ninety per cent of people who drown are not wearing a lifejacket. So, enjoy the northern summer and all it has to offer. Just be smart about it: be active, eat a variety of real foods, keep your mind on the road and wear the gear!

Fitting in physical fitness

By Brandon Grant, Northern Health men’s health coordinator;
Meghan Mcquhae, Northern Health men’s health
program practicum student; and Jasmine Ford, Northern
health men’s health program practicum student.
We’re all repeatedly told that physical activity is an
important part of a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re
like me, tuition and rent take priority over an expensive
membership to a local gym. So how can
we add activity into our daily lives cheaply (or better
yet, for free) and easily? Getting active doesn’t
have to cost money or take time away from having

The World Health Organization recommends 150
minutes of weekly activity for an adult - that may
sound like a lot but when you break it down you’re
looking at about 20 minutes per day of either cardio
or weight training. The efficiency of these exercises
depends less on the amount of time and more
on the quality of the activity.

If you need something more stimulating than running,
try dancing. Dancing while you do the laundry
or dishes is a great way to get your heart pumping.
If dancing is not your thing, you can try using
everyday household items to help you get active.
Instead of expensive weight sets, it’s cheaper and
just as effective to use cans of soup to do your bicep
curls. If you find you’re already way too buff for
cans of soup, try using your pickle jar, or if you’re
really tough, try using your laundry soap. The key
is repetition, so count to twelve on one side and
then repeat on the other.

When Friday night rolls around and you have a
hot date, try to get active together! No, not THAT
way - try taking a romantic walk around scenic Fort
George Park or a bike ride along the Ancient Forest
Trail. If you don’t have a special someone in
your life, try getting together with your friends and
forming a sports team of your very own! It’s easy to
find local fields and parks which can serve as your
own BC Place. Make sure to avoid mid-season injuries
by wearing protective gear for the more physical

In my house, everything is a competition for who has
to take out the trash or do the dishes. Next time you
and your roommate, spouse or sibling are about to
battle it out in an epic game of rock-paper-scissors, instead
try making the contest physical. A race around
the block or even competing to see who can build
a snowman the fastest provides some much needed
physical activity.

Physical activity is just one component of leading a
healthy lifestyle; remember to also eat healthy and
follow Canada’s Food Guide. If you don’t have a
sweet tooth for plants, try freezing a bag of grapes
for a refreshing snack or sprinkling your apples slices
with cinnamon and lemon juice. Daily physical activity
and healthy eating have been shown to improve
your overall health and as a bonus it makes you look
and feel great! So get out there and get active, your
wallet and your jeans will thank you.

For more ideas on living healthy, check out the
Northern Health blog at and
follow us on Facebook!

Facing self, and eating disorders head on

hen you look at yourself in the mirror, what
do you see? Someone who’s confident and
happy with their appearance? Or would you
rather be that attractive person from a TV
show, movie, magazine, or billboard?
Media images have a huge impact on how we view
ourselves, and some people unfortunately go to
extreme lengths to try to copy the mainstream media’s
image of perfection. These images can even contribute
to eating disorders in both females and males.
Yes, males are affected this too! Even though fewer
males than females face eating disorders and selfesteem
issues, it’s important to recognize that men can
have these problems too, and that their challenges are

It’s no secret that healthy eating and regular physical
activity are keys to a healthy lifestyle. However, there’s
a growing trend of males going to extremes. Overdieting
is when a person pursues an overly strict eating
pattern to develop their body in a specific way. This can
include drinking too many protein shakes or taking too
many other supplements.

Likewise, taking exercising to extremes involves
pushing the body to an unsustainable level on a regular
basis, which can lead to injury and burnout.
If you’re thinking about changing what you eat or how
you exercise, consult a physical activity coordinator or
your doctor. You could even call a dietitian at 8-1-1.
Men, like women, can also develop anorexia (an eating
disorder that makes people obsess about their
weight and try to lose weight by refusing to eat), and
bulimia (binge eating followed by purging).

More women than men suffer from anorexia and bulimia,
but it’s still a problem that needs to be addressed
for both sexes. Also, the statistics for men may be
higher, since many men are reluctant to talk about this

Some signs that you or someone you know might be
suffering from these conditions:

• Unexplained weight loss
• Obsessive focus on food
• Not feeling “good enough” (feeling that they’re not
living up to standards set by themselves or others)
• Not feeling in control of their lives
• Feeling depressed, angry, anxious or alienated
• A history of troubled family or social relationships
• Having difficulties in expressing their feelings
• A history of abuse

Northern Health’s mental health and addictions team
is available for anyone, male or female, who needs help
with an eating disorder. Their contact information is
available on You can also talk to your
doctor if you feel you’re not on the right path.

Finally, people come in all shapes and sizes, and not
everyone with washboard abs and giant biceps is as
healthy as they look. A balanced diet and regular exercise
is the key to great self-esteem and confidence!
For more information on proper physical activity and
healthy eating, visit

A little about me

ncoyne3Norm Coyne has been active in local arts, entertainment and promotions for 15 years. He developed the Scene PG to provide local artists and musicians with exposure as well as connect a broader audience to the events and talent Prince George has to offer.


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