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Finding information about your health shouldn’t be complicated. Healthy Tomorrows is a collection of health stories, insights and tips from experts at The Ottawa Hospital to help you and your family live healthier lives.

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Do you want to quit smoking? We have resources to help you

Thinking about quitting smoking? You don’t have to be a patient to get support and stop-smoking aids through The Ottawa Hospital’s smoking cessation programs.

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Do nicotine replacement products work? Expert answers to your stop smoking questions

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Learn evidence-based answers to common smoking cessation questions to help you quit for good.

Volunteer Michael Bourassa and his dog, Copain
Not just another furry face: The scientific benefits of therapy dogs

Copain, a six-year-old standard poodle therapy dog regularly leans lovingly into the lap of a patient. Little does he know his “hug” produces many scientifically-backed benefits for hospital patients and staff.

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Type 2 diabetes: Warning signs, risk reduction and support

On the 100th anniversary of Canada’s discovery of insulin, diabetes is on the rise. Recognizing the common risk factors can help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which makes up 90 percent of cases.

Nurse Venus Lucero administers vaccine to Jo-Anne Miner
First anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccine: Memories of a historic day

On December 15, 2020, The Ottawa Hospital administered the very first COVID-19 vaccinations in Ottawa. One year later, hospital staff on the front lines and behind the scenes share their memories of that historic day.

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Drive-thru testing centre an Ottawa COVID-19 success story

Braving cold temperatures, floods and snowstorms, the dedicated team at the Coventry Road drive-thru testing centre performed more than 73,000 COVID-19 tests during 13 months of service, making this location one of the most efficient testing centres in Ontario.

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Preventing falls: Evidence-based tips for seniors and older adults

Falls don’t have to be a normal part of aging. Follow these evidence-based prevention tips and feel more steady on your feet.

Wayne Herrick, swimming, touches a dolphin’s chin with his hand.
Cochlear implants: a potential solution to hearing loss when hearing aids aren’t enough

Wayne Herrick had cochlear implant surgery at The Ottawa Hospital after struggling for years with hearing aids. Now, thanks to his cochlear implants, Wayne is back to enjoying his active life.

Bjarne Nielsen (left) and his daughter in the rehabilitation gym
Pushing limits: Canadian soldier leads incredible life before and after IED blast

When an IED in Afghanistan caused significant injuries to Sgt. Bjarne Nielsen’s body, his recovery journey led him to specialized rehabilitation at The Ottawa Hospital.

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Dream vacation becomes nightmare after COVID-19 strikes

Sun and sand turned to fear and uncertainty when Jim and Joanne Booth, married for 57 years, tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020. Read about their journey back home to receive life-saving care at The Ottawa Hospital.

Mairi Brascoupé (left) and Simon Brascoupé standing in front of the land acknowledgement sign that features their original artwork.
Original artwork by Simon Brascoupé and Mairi Brascoupé presented at the land acknowledgement ceremony for the new Civic development

Learn the public and private story behind the series of four prints recently presented at the site of the new Civic development.

Two members of the dental clinic standing in a dental exam room at The Ottawa Hospital.
Dental clinic provides much more than dental care to patients with autism, cancer and other complex health-care needs

Jean-Marc Lang has autism, epilepsy, a severe developmental delay and ritualistic behaviours that mimic obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Where do people with complex health-care needs go for dental care when and ordinary dental clinic just won’t do? For many people in Ottawa and region, the answer is The Ottawa Hospital Dental Clinic.

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