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August 2012

Carry the torch for a greater you! Find out what it takes to excel as an elite level athlete. This month’s Question of Health focuses on elite athletes and how you can learn from their fitness dedication and apply it to your exercise routine. Check out our news and features sections for even more up-to-date information on women’s health.


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Visit our fitness and exercise for women discussion board to learn more about the benefits of exercise and sport.


A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: What we can learn from elite athletes

In August, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Julia Alleyne, medical director of Sport CARE at Women's College Hospital, and chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team, about what elite athletes can teach us about fitness when it comes to attitude endurance and dedication.

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HIV fertility: new guidelines for HIV pregnancy planning in Canada Studies have shown that the rate of HIV in women is steadily on the rise, and over 70 per cent of Canadian women and men living with HIV are of reproductive age.

Rising rates of Type 2 diabetes in young women Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe who noted that more young women are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which may affect their child-bearing years.

Discover the benefits of buying seasonal fruits and vegetables This summer; find out what's in season, and why it's good for you and your family. Women's Health Matters provides you with a list of fruits and vegetables to look for this season.

First steps toward fitness Women's Health Matters spoke to Dr. Julia Alleyne, medical director of Sport CARE at Women's College Hospital and chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team, about how to become more active and improve fitness levels.

In our news section

All news stories.

Women's College Research Institute

A research study to support women with gynecologic cancer

Treatments for gynecologic cancer can have a very serious impact on women’s lives, relationships and self-image. Dr. Catherine Classen, Women’s College scientist and psychologist, is recruiting women for a study that will identify ways to best support them in their journey toward health and well-being. The study will examine the efficacy of an anonymous online support group that will provide a safe space for women to explore the impact of gynecologic cancer treatment on their body image, sexuality and intimate relationships.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in taking part in this study, please visit the studies recruitment page.

Women's College Hospital Foundation


A dedicated team from Women’s College Hospital is taking 38, 680 steps to advance the health of women and improve healthcare options for all by embarking on a seven-day climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Our team members will make the trek up the highest freestanding mountain and volcano in the world to demonstrate their commitment to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art facility. All funds from this climb will be directed toward The Campaign for Women's College Hospital, the historic $70-million fundraising initiative to support the $555-million overall redevelopment of the Women’s College Hospital. Support our climbers through Women’s With Altitude and be a part of making healthcare history. Visit Women’s With Altitude on Facebook to learn even more about their journey as they reach new heights for Women’s College Hospital.

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Online Mental Health Centre

Eating disorders are a serious health concern for women. This mental health problem is not simply an issue of appearance; it is a disorder that is developed to try and cope with severe emotional difficulties. Women with an eating disorder purge or deprive themselves of food as a form of emotional anesthesia. The release of endorphins or feeling of euphoria makes the person forget the real issues that have led to the disorder. Eating disorders have a vicious cycle, and women should be aware of the risk factors that can potentially lead to detrimental health problems. Visit the Eating Disorders section of our Online Mental Health Centre to learn more about the types of eating disorders, the different resources available, and how you can get help to overcome the disorder.



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