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All Staff Wellness Survey.... The results are in.....

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In February 2015, 2,222 KPR staff participated in a Staff Wellness Survey.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate. 

The results are in and we have received valuable information to assist us in developing supports and resources that will support KPR staff on an on-going basis.  We will continue to work with the results of the survey throughout the year as we begin to implement new initiatives. 


For those of you who are interested in seeing the full results of the survey, please click here....

If you have any questions or comments on the results please send them to healthandwellbeing@kprdsb.ca

Health and Wellbeing Fund

The Health and Wellbeing Fund is back again for 2015-2016!

This fund will provide financial support of up to $250 to encourage school wide health and wellbeing initiatives.

group activitySchool initiatives must allow for the involvement of any school staff wishing to participate (including teaching, support staff, custodial staff and any occasional staff that may be at your school) and must be authorized by the principal. 

This fund has been used to it's full capacity for the last two years, so this year we are expanding it to 20 schools. The fund is available on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to apply early.  You can begin your event at any time during the school year, however, the application must be received and approved by the Health and Wellbeing Committee prior to beginning any initiative.

Please click here for more details and the application from

Stay tuned here for the latest edition of the KPR Health and Wellbeing Newsletter...

September Newsletter


Book review

This Book is Available on Loan Through the Health and Wellbeing Committee Resource Library.

If you are interested in borrowing this book please e-mail:



Younger Next Year for Women,

by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge M.D.

Workman Publishing, New York

What a fantastic book for women of all ages!

These authors alternate writing chapters. Chris Crowley writes with humour but makes it pretty clear what we need to do hold back the aging process. Exercise, aerobic and strength training, a healthy diet and community! All are critical in slowing down the aging process. Henry S. Lodge discusses the physiological and evolutionary reasons why we are aging faster than we need to. Chris also provides practical steps we can take in moving forward into this new lifestyle. I challenge you to read Harry’s Rules (see below) and get started today.

Harry’s Rules

EXERCISE six days a week for the rest of your life

  • DO serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life
  • DO serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life
  • SPEND less than you make
  • QUIT eating crap
  • CARE


Our theme for this year is Caring, Community, Connecting and Younger Next Year for Women, demonstrates in a practical way how essential these 3 C’s really are!

Have you read a book that has made a significant impact on your life in terms of your health and wellbeing? If so, drop us a line and let us know and we can include your story here on the KPR Health and Wellbeing page.


Cutting Your Risk of Heart Disease

chestHEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS- Heart attacks may cause any of the following symptoms - chest pain shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, fear or anxiety. Read more.. Women and men may have different symptoms. If you are a women click here more information. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. Know your risks!

stock photoDO YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE- You need to be aware of your family history for heart disease especially if it involved your parents or siblings. A family history may be a risk indicator but it does not mean you are destined for heart disease. You have the power to take control of your own destiny and takes steps to reduce your risk. Read more...

physical actiPHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO IMPROVE HEART HEALTH - Our sedentary lifestyle greatly increases our risk of heart disease. Adults should have 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Not only will this reduce your risk of heart disease but it will improve your quality of life as well. Pump up your level of physical activity today and start to reduce your risk. Read more...

Need a plan to get started? Click here.....

stock photoEATING TO CUT YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE - a heart healthy diet can certainly go a long way to reducing your risk. Lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Reduce your salt consumption and intake of unhealthy fats. Read more.. Try out some of these heart healthy recipes...

More heart healthy recipes...

bp3 NUMBERS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW - Do you know your blood pressure reading, cholesterol numbers or waist size? All three are important indicators for heart health. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada suggests that a waist size of more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women puts you at increased risk for heart disease. Read more.....

High blood pressure can be a huge risk factor for heart disease. A blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm HG or below is considered normal. Blood pressure can vary significantly throughout the day. Be sure to check your pressure regularly to get an average reading. To read more about the importance of your blood pressure click here.....

Cholesterol - it is a big topic these days - total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides, what are your readings? what do they mean, how can you change them? Read more....



What is Mental Health?

Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you have may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.


How is mental health different from mental illness?

Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Mental illness is a recognized, medically diagnosable illness that results in the significant impairment of an individual’s cognitive, affective or relational abilities. Mental disorders result from biological, developmental and/or psychosocial factors and can be managed using approaches comparable to those applied to physical disease (i.e., prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation). for more information see Mental Health Works.

did you know

  • That 9 out of 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease
  • That one hour of snowshoeing can burn 500 calories
  • That losing just 10 pounds can reduce your risk of heart attack, dementia and sleep apnea.
  • After one year of not smoking your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • That one in four Canadians will suffer from a Mental Health issue in their lifetime.
  • That in Ontario, alone there are over 800,000 people living with diabetes.
  • Walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that "up to 80 percent of cases of coronary heart disease, 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases, and one-third of cancers can be avoided by changing to a healthier diet, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking."
  • In 2009, an estimated 20,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 9,100 will die of it. Overall, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and women combined.

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