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New Year Resolutions

Health and Wellness Newsletter: Featured Businesses 2023

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A common New Year’s resolution is to live healthier, whether that’s through a new exercise or diet regime or just trying to make different choices overall. But like a lot of resolutions, it’s not one that often sticks. This is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the great health related businesses we have as clients, to help you kickstart the new year with a new you!

In this newsletter:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity & Dance
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Mental Health
  • Home And Garden
  • Medical Equipment
  • Insurance & Financial
  • Massage
  • Food
  • Animals


Victoria Skin Cancer Screening

Eat better. Exercise more. So many of our New Year’s resolutions are about our health, but it’s also important to take care of the important things we often forget. Skin cancer screening is something that everyone should schedule, because when it comes to treating and diagnosing skin cancer nothing is more important than early detection. So look after your health by booking a consultation with one of their doctors.

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Neate Dental

Start your new year off right and get a dental check-up with Dr Paul Neate at Neate Dental. He is an experienced family-focused dentist whose work focuses on providing patients with the highest levels of education, care, and comfort.

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Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

If you’re watching your health in 2023 then the Cardiovascular Risk Calculator can be a vital tool for making sure you’re staying vigilant and making the right lifestyle choices for you. This clinical decision support tool provides individualized estimates of your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years, individualized recommendations from current Canadian guidelines to reduce your risk, and individualized estimates of the potential benefits of the recommended interventions.

This calculator is designed for adults aged 35 to 75 years who do not have heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. It is to help you and your doctor decide what strategy of reducing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is best for you.

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Pan Health Centre

A new year doesn’t always mean doing things a new way. In fact, we often find that it’s the traditional, time tested methods that serve us best, something that is put into practice at the Pan Health Centre. Located downtown Victoria on Government Street, they specialize in traditional Chinese herbal medicine that draws on established methods and practices. Their goal is a complete and long-term elimination of all current symptoms and susceptibilities.

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Avant Garde Fitness

Make having a healthy and active lifestyle your mission for 2023 with the help of Avant Garde Fitness. They are a private in-home studio in Mill Bay specializing in fitness for the 50+ population with mobile services throughout Duncan, focusing on the core principles of encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Offering tailored and small group fitness classes for strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility, they believe in lifestyle changes that will last through the years to come.

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Carlson's Dance

If you and/or your children are looking to make the right moves in 2023 — or just want to find an exciting and enjoyable way to stay in shape while building your confidence and self-esteem — then Carlson’s Dance Studio is the right place for you. They believe that everyone, no matter what age or ability, should have the opportunity to dance. This is why all of their classes are run by professionally trained teachers who have a genuine passion for the form, and a commitment to fostering an atmosphere of comfort and inclusivity.

Dance isn’t just a fun and uplifting art from, it also helps to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, and discipline. They offer many genres of dance education, including ballet, jazz, modern stage, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theatre.

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Westshore Dance Studio

Looking for your child to get out more? Want them to start a new activity? With Westshore Dance Studio there are a wide range of exciting options that will get your child up on their feet and moving about. They are a professional dance school offering a high level of instruction and training to students from a wide range of backgrounds. There is instruction in a wide range of dance styles, as well as providing examinations in the Royal Academy of Dance for ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers for modern jazz and tap.

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Wild Goose Qigong

If you’re looking to get a new outlook on life this year or to simply find more balance and harmony, then Qigong could be the revelation that changes your life. Qigong is a Chinese health exercise focusing on coordinated and gentle movements designed to help balance your internal energy by releasing old, stale Qi (energy) from the body while gathering fresh Qi from Nature. Wild Goose offers a carefully curated programme in these movements that students can then practise regularly on their own to cultivate good health.

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The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC

Looking for a new challenge this year? Look no further than the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance Of British Columbia. The SKGABC is a non-profit society committed to upholding high standards for professional sea kayak guides and operators in BC. Through ongoing professional development and certification, the Alliance strives to ensure safe practices on an industry-wide basis. There are currently over 600 active members in the SKGABC, including guides and owner/operators. If you want to get into Kayaking, search for a trained guide to help you enjoy the water.

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Kirby's Source For Sports

If your resolution is to get in shape or if your child is looking to take up sports in 2023, then you need the right equipment and you need to visit Kirby’s Sports. There is no more exciting or rewarding way to stay in shape than sports, but getting the right equipment can be a hassle. Kirby’s Sports is here for all your hockey, baseball, lacrosse, football, disc golf, and soccer equipment and clothing needs.

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4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, and is an organization dedicated to assisting in the education and personal development for youths. They are all about trying new things, learning new skills, exploring passions, and challenging yourself. The programs they offer provide young people with the skills and tools they need to go on to become productive and self-assured adults.

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Taking better care of ourselves means putting safety first. As specialists in first aid and healthcare, MEDIX BC can help you do just that. They specialize in providing first aid and healthcare to Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and no matter what your first aid or healthcare needs, MEDIX is a reliable name that you can count on. With a variety of sizes and uses, their kits are an easy way to have the things you need in an emergency in one convenient pack.

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DR Ken Harrison

A new year, a new you. That’s the goal so many of us will be working towards and as an experience psychologist Dr Ken Harrison is ideally poised to help you achieve just that. Throughout his nearly two decades of experience, Dr Harrison has enjoyed working with those who seek to improve their lives, achieve their goals, and deal with all manner of obstacles.

Guided by an enthusiasm for applying a broad knowledge of psychosocial matters to presenting problems, an abiding curiosity about the minds, emotions, and experiences of the people he works with, and an ability to collaborate in a relational exchange, he has helped a wide range of people deal with their problems and achieve with their goals.

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DR Galia Artzy

Therapy is all about having someone who will listen with empathy and help you cope with anything life throws at you. If you’re struggling, get in touch with Dr Galia Artzy and she will provide you with an accessible and secure environment where you can benefit from her years of experience and training. The goal of the sessions will be to help her understand the issues you’re facing and talk through your problems, addressing these through psychotherapy.

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Goode Environmental

If your drinking water comes from a well it is recommended that you regularly test the water for microbial contaminants and heavy metals; it’s a vital part of ensuring you have access to clean and healthy drinking water whenever you need it.

Knowing your drinking water is safe brings you peace of mind, and the more information you have, the easier this is to insure. That’s where Goode Environmental comes in. Their water testing services and one-to-one approach mean not only testing with reliable results, they can also help guide you with recommendations on how you can improve the quality of your drinking water.

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South Island Remediation

If you’re renovating or simply have an older property, it’s vital that you make sure there are no hazards or materials that could affect your health. South Island Remediation has built their brand on trust, integrity, and always putting their customers' needs first, which is why so many of their customers keep coming back for a service they can depend on. They can take care of all your needs when it comes to cleaning and the removal of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead paint, mould, and biohazard.

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Aggressive Fire Safety

The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that bring you peace of mind, and there’s no better way to ensure your home is safe and secure than having a certified working fire extinguisher at hand. Aggressive Fire Safety offers hands-on fire extinguisher training, service, repair, fire hose testing, and more. In addition to their certified fire extinguisher service, they offer maintenance, on-site inspections, and installations for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

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Vertical Organic Gardening

If you’re looking to spruce up your garden in 2023, whether you’re a perennial greenfingers or someone who’s resolved to finally make use of their garden after years of promise and neglect, you need Vertical Organic Gardening in your life.

Vertical gardening is one of the best ways to make the most of your outdoor space, as with a Vertical Garden you will be able to grow your own food and develop a fantastic outdoor space to really enrich your home. With their gardens, you can grow up to 48 pots of fruits, vegetables, or herbs in an area of less than 8 square feet, making it an ideal way to start eating more fruits and vegetables.

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BC Aquifer

Having reliable access to clean, safe, and healthy water for you and your family is essential and BC Aquifer’s experienced and knowledgeable team is here to provide this valuable service.

Whether embarking on a new project, upgrading an existing water system or requiring regular maintenance on a current system, they will provide the expertise necessary to get the job done right and in a timely manner. Some of their services include well pump installation, maintenance & upgrades, water testing, filtration and treatment systems, rainwater harvesting installation, plus a 24 hour emergency service.

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Canada Scooters & Medical Supply

Is your New Year’s resolution to get out more and see the world around you? For some people with mobility needs that can be a tricky thing, but it can be made easier with the help of Canada Scooters & Medical Supply who specialize in finding the right mobility device for your specific needs. With nearly two decades worth of experience and a proven track record, they offer a wide range of mobility aids and advice designed to help give people what they need in order to live a full and independent life.

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Island Mediquip

Everyone should have the freedom and independence to achieve their goals, and that’s what Island Mediquip ensures with their products and services. With five locations on Vancouver Island, they are the largest independent dealer of home medical equipment in the region. They provide vital medical equipment and supplies, including wheelchairs, walkers, grab bars, mattresses, and stair lifts. They also rent an extensive selection of medical equipment for weekly or monthly terms.

If you have any accessibility or medical support needs, visit


Coast Mountain Benefits

Nothing makes the new year seem brighter quite like saving money, and if you have an incorporated business, Coast Mountain Benefits should be your first call if you’re looking for a cost effective alternative to a group plan, or to save shareholder employees money on medical, dental, and vision care costs.

They offer Private Health Service Plans for incorporated businesses.  Unlike a group plan, with Coast Mountain Benefits, corporations pay the actual medical dental and vision expenses. You also set the maximum amounts (“limits”) that can be claimed by employees (including shareholder employees), and you can set different limits for different employees. The plans have no set up fees, no premiums, no maintenance, or annual fees.  Expenses are returned to employees’ tax free. Shareholder employees will save up to 89% on medical, dental, and vision care costs.

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Ocean Wealth

Financial health is also important, and Ocean Wealth is here to make sure your accounts are in peak condition. Their mission is to help clients achieve success in all aspects of their finances. Their financial advisors work to understand your goals and objectives before making any investment decisions. By constructing a blueprint tailored for you and building a step by step plan to get your finances going in the direction you need them to, they can help generate the financial future you’ve been striving for.

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Sandra Rutz Massage Therapist

Massage therapy, stretching, and exercise helps to improve quality of life, and Sandra Rutz is a registered massage therapist offering mobile in-home or office massage therapy in Victoria. She has developed a sixth sense for finding and releasing chronically tight muscles by using a combination of slow, deep pressure work with trigger point therapy, and enjoys working with chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.

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Hayley Moriarity Massage Therapist

Hayley Moriarity is a registered massage therapist now based in Castlegar, BC. She frames her approach to treatment around working with her patient’s wants, needs, and abilities to achieve positive results, always advocating for her patients and bringing in other health care providers as needed.

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Valleyview Family Chiropractic & Massage Therapy

If there’s one thing we can all agree on for 2023, it’s that we want to stress less and relax more. And there is no better way to unwind than with a skilled and thoroughly relaxing session of chiropractic and massage therapy from Valleyview Family Chiropractic & Massage Therapy. Chiropractic and massage therapy can be an amazing and non-invasive way of unlocking your body’s natural ability to heal, and at Valleyview they are committed to understanding your issues and getting your body back on track.

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Heart & Bone

Navigating a keto or paleo diet can be a bit tricky sometimes, with supermarkets and manufacturers making it hard for you to figure out exactly what you need to look for, and forcing you to scan over every ingredient list. To make things simpler shop somewhere that specializes in organic paleo and keto-friendly foods, and Heart & Bone have you covered for both the sweet and the savoury without compromising your diet!

They carry a range of premium bone broths that have numerous health benefits, from healing your joints to detoxifying your body. Or try their keto fatbars, with a wide range of flavours from matcha to lemon to salted hazelnut to coffee.

Visit their shop on Salt Spring Island or order online at

Mother Nature’s Market and Deli

It doesn’t have to be difficult to find healthy and delicious food. Get the very best quality, organic, and locally sourced products and produce from Mother Nature’s Market and Deli. They provide top-quality natural foods and organic produce while supporting local farmers and suppliers. With a range covering body care, snacks, fresh produce, drinks, snacks, and more, they carry everything you need for a sustainable and healthy 2023.

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Oak Bay Seafood

Fish and seafood makes for a delicious and healthy meal, and where better to get some than at Oak Bay Seafood. They offer a fantastic selection of fresh local fish, shellfish, and a variety of canned, smoked, and frozen products. Plus all of their products are fished and sourced with the highest commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. So whether it’s to take home to prepare yourself or enjoy from their tasty restaurant, you can be sure of getting the best local, sustainable, and fresh seafood.

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Sitka Veterinary

Everyone wants the best treatment available, not just for themselves but also for their pets. In 2023 let that be your motivation for ensuring your pet is made comfortable when they’re being treated, courtesy of Sitka Veterinary Services, a professional house call veterinary practice serving the Cowichan Valley area. Get stress-free veterinary care for your dog or cat in the comfort of your own home, which is ideal for anxious pets or those pets that don’t travel well. Not only is it convenient for you and a time-saver, there is no risk of your pet being exposed to other sick animals.

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Island Mobile Paws Veterinary

A New Year’s resolution doesn’t just have to be for you, it can be for your pets too. And what better way to make sure they’re being looked after than to check in with one of the region’s premier veterinary services. Island Mobile Paws Veterinary Services is a mobile veterinary practice providing in-home care for animals in the Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring Island, and Nanaimo areas.

They utilize acupuncture, laser and therapeutic, ultrasound combined with direct therapy exercises to address any specific issues your pet may have. While they do not provide other routine or emergency veterinary services, they work closely with your regular veterinarian to coordinate each patient’s care.

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Pets West

Your pet is an important and beloved part of your life. So don’t neglect them in the new year and ensure they have everything they need to be comfortable and healthy going forward. And to do that, you need to look no further than Pets West, located in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre. There you will find a wide range of pet supplies and food for dogs and cats, including raw food for your pet.

They offer delivery and pickup options, so to order today visit

Thank you for reading our annual health newsletter! If you use any of the services let us know. And if you want to be featured in the next newsletters just send us an email. Have a healthy and successful 2023!