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Health & Wellness

Child's Asthma Device - Funhaler
An innovative fun device to encourage children to use their asthma medication was invented by Dr. Paul Watt when he became frustrated with his son's refusal to use a spacer properly.
http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1347845.htm

Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada.
A Temporary Resident Visa is needed for those in Goa who wish to visit relatives and friends in Canada. A Letter of Invitation must be sent by the host in Canada to the Canadian Embassy in New Delhi.
The following information is only a guide. You must write the letter of invitation yourself. Some visa offices may require that your letter be notarized by a Notary Public.
Send your letter (notarized if necessary) to the person you are inviting to Canada. They must then submit this letter to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate outside of Canada when they apply for their Temporary Resident Visa.

Your letter must include the following information about the person being invited:

Complete name.
Date of birth.
The person’s address and telephone number.
Your relationship to the person being invited.
The purpose of the trip.
How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in Canada.
Details on accommodation and living expenses.
The date the person you are inviting intends to leave Canada.
Your letter must also include the following information about yourself:

Complete name.
Date of birth.
Address and telephone number in Canada.
Occupation.
Whether you are a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
A photocopy of a document proving your status in Canada. For instance, a
Canadian birth certificate if you were born in Canada or a Canadian
citizenship card if you are a naturalized citizen. If you are Permanent
Resident, you must send proof of your permanent resident status (a copy of
your PR card or your IMM 1000 proof of landing).

'Say no to pop,' Nunavut residents told
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 CBC News
IQALUIT - Health officials in Nunavut are calling on residents to "Drop the Pop" this week in an effort to raise awareness about tooth decay, obesity and diabetes in the northern territory.
The five-day anti-soft drink campaign kicks off Monday, aimed at both students and adults in Nunavut's population of 27,000.
Pop machines can be popular in schools
Ainiak Korgak, the manager of health promotion with Nunavut's health department, says Inuit have increasingly been choosing soft drinks and other processed foods over traditional diets, and over healthier imported items such as milk and juice.
"A community will run out of pop and they'll charter a plane to bring pop, so that tells you how much people love their pop," he said.

Canadian youth rate poorly on obesity scales
Wed, 20 Apr 2005, CBC News
KINGSTON, ONT. - Canadian youth are spending so much time in front of TV and computer screens that they rank fourth in the world for obesity, a new study finds.
The international survey is based on statistics gathered in 2001-2002 on more than 160,000 people aged 11, 13 and 15 across Europe and North America.
http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2005/04/20/obesity-children050420.html?print

Couch potato habits can form early in life.
* INDEPTH: How to get kids moving
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/education/physed.html
Dr. William Boyce of Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., co-ordinated the Canadian portion of the WHO project, which compared physical activity levels and dietary habits in 34 countries.
Wednesday's study, published in the May issue of Obesity Reviews, is the latest in a long line of such research that points to a disturbing weight trend among Canadian youth.


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