September 29th, 2017

London Drugs and QuitNow Offering 10 Dedicated Smoking Cessation Clinics in the Lower Mainland in October

*April Age software used during London Drugs’ Smoking Cessation Walk-In Clinics demonstrates a patient’s age progression as a smoker.

Personalized quit plans, coaching and financial support for nicotine replacement therapy will be offered to those eligible care of the B.C. Government Smoking Cessation Program

During the month of October, tobacco users in the lower mainland will have a new support resource to help them kick their habit and lead healthier lives. The BC Government’s QuitNow program, in conjunction with the BC Lung Association, has partnered with London Drugs to host smoking cessation walk-in clinics in 10 BC Lower Mainland London Drugs pharmacies from October 2nd to October 20nd.

During the smoking cessation clinics, London Drugs’ Certified Tobacco Educators (CTEs) will:

  • Discuss practical tips and advice to help people reduce/quit tobacco
  • Develop personalized quit plans to help people stop smoking
  • Conduct age progression examples on the long-term effects of smoking using *April Age software (photo below)
  • Offer BC smoking cessation program for nicotine replacement

QuitNow health promoters will be in attendance, conducting carbon monoxide testing and offering education on tools and resources available to help people to quit. Each attendee will also receive a Smoking Cessation Kit which includes tips on coping with withdrawal symptoms, getting rid of the tobacco smell, and also key factors to consider when it comes to teens and smoking.

“There is an ongoing need for our pharmacists to have an active role in helping people to quit smoking and tobacco use,” says Chris Chiew, general manager, pharmacy, London Drugs. “Joining together with QuitNow on this 10-clinic initiative allows us to work together to build awareness that resources and coaching ARE available to people, and at no cost. We sincerely hope those who are considering quitting smoking will visit us at one of these 10 clinics in October.”

Partnering with QuitNow is a natural progression in London Drugs’ ongoing efforts to help British Columbians quit smoking. Since 2014, London Drugs pharmacists have conducted more than 126,000 smoking cessation consultations.

“QuitNow is pleased to be able to work together with London Drugs to help the public understand the dangers of tobacco use and the tools available to help people to quit,” says Tracey Jirak, QuitNow. “Patient counseling is an integral component to any smoking cessation program and smokers who receive professional guidance and support have a much greater chance of successfully quitting.”

For clinic dates and locations, visit here: Smoking Cessation Clinics for more information.



September 16th, 2015

9 Fantastic Gadgets That Will Ramp Up Your Health & Fitness

  1. Fitbit
Best Health Gadgets - Fitbit With its surge in popularity over the last year, there’s no avoiding the usefulness of the Fitbit. From the Zip, which tracks your steps, calories, and distance, to the Apple Watch-like Surge, there’s a Fitbit for everyone. The happy medium seems to be the slim and lightweight Flex, which is affordable and functional – it’s even got the sleep tracking capability.
  1. Fitbit Aria
Best Health Gadgets - Fitbit Aria Fitbit’s smart scale tracks your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI, and connects to your Fitbit data through the free Fitbit app for iOS and Android. The Aria is available in both black and white for the design-focused fitness buff.
  1. Taylor Smart Scale
Best Health Gadgets - Taylor Smart Scale The second option for a smart scale is the Taylor Smart Scale. It’s extremely accurate, and connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth to track your weight. It even allows you to set goals and track progress within the scale’s user interface. Or, you can connect the data with our next suggestion.
  1. My Fitness Pal
Best Health Gadgets - My Fitness Pal The app that tracks your eating habits and calorie intake also serves as an aggregator of data. It can sync with both your Fitbit and your Taylor Smart Scale to create a cohesive summary of your fitness goals and progress. Accessible from both your smartphone and your desktop computer, My Fitness Pal is easy-to-use and effective in helping you track data and get fit.
  1. Jabra Sport Plus Headphones
Best Health Gadgets - Jabras Earphones Once you step up your cardio (gotta put that Fitbit to work!), it might be worth upgrading those old Walkman headphones. The Jabra Sport Plus model is wireless, so there’s no concern about tangled cords. For tunes, you can listen to iTunes or Spotify through Bluetooth from your smartphone, or if you don’t feel like hauling any extra weight along, the headphones can connect to FM radio.
  1. Quitbit
Best Health Gadgets - Quitbit If you still haven’t been able to kick the habit, new technology will soon be available to help you out. The Quitbit lighter tracks your cigarettes to help you better understand your habit. The accompanying smartphone app allows you to view your smoking trends and cigarette spending, and lets you share with friends (in case peer pressure helps your efforts!). You can even limit your cigarettes by pre-setting your smoke times ­­– the Quitbit will only allow you to light up at the scheduled time.
  1. Smartmat
Best Health Gadgets - Smart mat The Smartmat is the world’s first intelligent yoga mat – or, it will be. Though the exciting new product isn’t available for purchase yet, it is in final stages. Funded through Indiegogo, the mat is intended to teach the user yoga. An accompanying app guides the user through yoga classes, and the responsive mat gives the user verbal instructions on how to improve their form. Namaste, technology.
  1. QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
Best Health Gadgets If you’re kicking up your cardio, it’s worth investing in a blood pressure monitor. The QardioArm is compact, easy to use, and dependable. Nothing should stop you from living life to its fullest.
  1. Netatmo Weather Station
Best Health Gadgets - Netatmo Weather Station The Netatmo allows you to view info about your home’s condition, right on your smartphone. It will tell you what to expect in terms of temperature, humidity, indoor air quality, noise pollution, and monitors CO2. When the air quality deteriorates it chooses the right time for you to ventilate your home or room. Plus, you can personalize the settings to keep you comfortable.


September 14th, 2015

How to Boost Brainpower and Increase Productivity

Don’t we all wish we could have 10 more hours in a day? That’s impossible, of course, but by boosting your brainpower, you can increase your productivity, which will create the illusion of more time. While there exist quick fixes for sharpening your brain (like eating antioxidant-filled blueberries or going for a run to score some endorphins), these three tips work best as habits to develop and maintain over time.

Get the sleep you need

Reducing caffeine will improve your sleep and mental capability

Cutting caffeine can greatly improve your quality of sleep.

Getting your minimum six hours isn’t even the most important aspect of sleep – what’s really important is getting high quality sleep. Try a sleep-tracking app like Sleepbot or a Fitbit to track your REM cycles. You can also use such apps to set an adjustable alarm that will wake you when your sleep is lightest to increase the quality of your sleep.

You can also unplug before bed to improve your sleep quality. The blue light found on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders actually signals your body to wake up, right before going to bed. Try reading a paper book before bed instead.

Lastly, cutting caffeine (at least in the afternoons, if you can’t live without your morning cuppa) will better the quality of your sleep, among other benefits. Still need a three o’clock pick-me-up? Try an iced herbal tea to give you a boost without the buzz.

Stimulate your brain

Socialization is actually good for your mental health

Socializing is actually good for you – it stimulates your brain. Party on!

Abandon your GPS and calculator in favour of using a map or doing calculations in your head. You can also sign up for a daily-word email to increase your vocabulary. Exercising your brain can also be accomplished by playing Scrabble (or Words with Friends!) instead of just talking or texting. Interestingly, socialization is also hugely beneficial to your brain. By inviting friends over, you  reduce your chances of dementia. What better excuse is there to open a bottle of wine?

Another way to stimulate your brain is to do something new. This can be as simple as walking somewhere instead of driving, as intense as trying a new sport. Learning a new language or instrument also positively impacts the brain.

Treat your body right

Meditation benefits mental ability

Thirty minutes of yoga or meditation will increase your daily productivity.

First, kick the habit. Cigarettes have been linked to memory deficits, so the sooner you quit, the better it is for your body and brain.

Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a longer walk to your car. Try parking further from work, or getting off the bus earlier than usual to increase your walking distance. Practicing yoga or meditating also works – just 30 minutes a day contributes greatly to mental capacity.

Eating right also has a big impact. That means loading up on superfoods like blueberries, almonds, dark chocolate, and greens to boost your brain, but also making a habit of staying hydrated and eating clean and balanced meals.

 



October 16th, 2014

Response to Vancouver Sun October 15th story

We would like to take this opportunity to provide a response to the Vancouver Sun October 15th story regarding the potential of the College of Pharmacists of B.C. unilaterally deciding to expand their jurisdiction to dictate what the buying public can purchase in retail outlets with pharmacies.

Retailers including London Drugs have communicated their concerns to the College of Pharmacists of B.C. as it is the retail companies’ collective view that only publicly elected bodies such as the provincial government has the jurisdiction over what customers can and can’t purchase in a retail environment. A current example is the government public consultation process and pending start of the sale of liquor in grocery stores in B.C. We believe that our customers purchase options should not be made by a self-styled regulator. This is the responsibility of government and not an unelected by the public board.

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