Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) – What is it & how can the new iamsick.ca IFHP filter help you?

 Are you new to Canada and in need of healthcare coverage?                                               You may be eligible for the Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP).

iamsick.ca wants to break the structural and cultural barriers in healthcare that newcomers face in the first three months of living in Canada.

Learn more below to understand how the IFHP and iamsick.ca can help you.

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What is the IFHP?

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides basic, short-term healthcare coverage and benefits to refugees and other specific groups who are ineligible for provincial and territorial health insurance plans, and who cannot make a claim with private health insurance. Eligible individuals are entitled to full coverage, which includes Basic, Supplemental and Prescription Drug Coverage. Most individuals are also eligible for the coverage of one Immigration Medical Exam.

The IFHP is provided by registered healthcare service providers (doctors, pharmacists, specialists, allied healthcare professionals, etc), where they are reimbursed for covered services. However, the IFHP cannot be used with benefits from other insurance plans or programs.

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http://www.health4all.ca/get-the-facts/canadas-uninsured/

IFHP Administor: Medavie Blue Cross

Medavie Blue Cross is a non-profit organization that is an industry leader in healthcare insurance and benefits for individuals and groups. It administers the IFHP benefits and services, and has a national database of IFHP providers.

iamsick.ca and the IFHP

Newcomers who do not have provincial or territorial health insurance plans can go to registered healthcare providers for coverage, under the IFHP.  You can easily use the iamsick.ca website to see which nearby healthcare providers who accept IFHP.  When searching for healthcare services, click on “Advanced Options” followed by “Only show providers with IFHP insurance options”.  In addition to seeing which healthcare providers accept IFHP, you can also find which healthcare providers speak a specific language (over 80 languages).  This new feature will help newcomers receive continuous primary care.

In the past, iamsick.ca has partnered with settlement agencies to help Syrian refugees find accessible healthcare.  Today, iamsick.ca continues to further these partnerships with immigration and refugee services.  The goal is to help more newcomers of all backgrounds access healthcare by finding community health centres that speak their language of choice.  This empowers newcomers to seek out long-term, rather than episodic, healthcare.

To learn more about IFHP.  Here is a FAQ for both Patients and Healthcare providers from the Government of Canada:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/results-by-topic.asp?top=33

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5 Fun Activities to do during the Family Day Weekend

It’s that time in February again, when families come together to enjoy the long weekend away from work and school. It’s Family Day weekend! During this weekend, families should find different activities to spend quality time with one another, while being diligent with their health as flu season remains strong. Multiple studies have seen the correlation between quality family time and the mental health of children. So for this year’s Family Day, experience some fun & exciting activities with your family!

To help make your Family Day weekend as meaningful as it can be, while being diligent with your health, we’ve created a list of 5 fun activities to do. Here they are below!

1. Spend the weekend at a ski resort

What’s a better way to embrace the cold weather? Go skiing or snowboarding and enjoy the great outdoors! Since the weather remains cold, spend the weekend at a ski resort, such as Blue Mountain, to enjoy a weekend of hitting the slopes and seeing the natural beauty of Canada, while spending some quality time with the family. This small getaway is a great way for post-secondary students to start their Spring Break with their families.

While relishing in the fun and exciting activities at a ski resort, be sure to download the iamsick.ca app, which is available on Android, iOS, and Blackberry, before you and your family hit the slopes. For the Family Day long weekend, the iamsick.ca app will include holiday hours to keep you informed during the holidays. This app allows users to find the nearest pharmacy, family doctor, walk-in clinic, hospital, and other medical serviiamsick-Sept24-pinktext-240x240ces at your own convenience. Sometimes our health gets the better of us at the most inconvenient of times. By downloading this app, you can enjoy your weekend at the ski resort while having the ease of knowing you can rely on this app to find the nearest healthcare option with just a few taps away.

Worried about the cost of a skiing? Don’t fret, because we have some cost saving ideas to spend a great time outdoors with your
family. Try cross-country skiing, hiking or tobogganing at your local park. These activities are cost efficient and allows your family to have a fantastic time enjoying the outdoors.

2. Play some board games with your family

Family games night? Recently, more and more people have turned to board games as a way to bond with friends and families, while unwinding from the pressing presence of technology within our lives. Many have found that it’s a great way to bring families together to enjoy the light competition and the company of others. Some students have found that playing board games is a great way to relieve stress and escapeshutterstoc_familygames_346x210, which is great for students who need small breaks to reduce stress during midterm and exam seasons. So spend some quality time with your family this Family Day weekend by playing board games with each other, while being away from the temptations of the internet and social media.

3. Visit your local art gallery or museum

During the family day weekend, many cities across Canada have organized activities for the public to enjoy with their family. So take your children to visit the different kinds of activities available, such as the local science centre and museum, or go skating at your local rink. There are many different events and activities available that would spark the multiple interests of children, as there are a number of events happening outdoors and indoors. By participating in the different activities at your local city, you get to see what events your children enjoyed while getting to spend time with them. Check out a list of some family events across Canadian cities this weekend at this website;

http://www.todocanada.ca/family-day-weekend/

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4. Try new hobbies and sports

Try new hobbies and sports with your family is a great way to spend some quality time, while having fun with one another. Go skiing or snowboarding, if you have never gone before, family_skatingor go skating. Trying new activities with your children creates a joyful environment that encourages them to take risks and try new opportunities, which is essential to build their confidence and learn new skills that may be important in the future.

5. Get the flu shot and then go see a movie with your family

With this year’s flu season near the end of its height, families should still be aware and take preventive methods to combat this flu virus during the family day weekend. So make taking the flu shot a family activity and then go see a movie together afterwards! Spending the day together allows for some quality time, while being proactive in combating the flu! Don’t forget that the iamsick app shows nearby clinics or doctors that offer flu shots. Also, use the app to book appointments at your own convenience at the nearest clinic or doctor of your choice, while holiday hours are updated regularly on the app.

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Happy Family Day! I hope that this list of fun activities helps you and your family have a fantastic long weekend, while being proactive about your health!

All the Best,

The iamsick.ca team

Links;

http://www.theintelligencer.net/life/features/2017/02/face-to-face-time/

https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/psychology/importance-of-family-time-on-kids-mental-health-and-adjustment-to-life/

http://www.familyfacts.org/briefs/15/a-wise-investment-benefits-from-families-spending-time-together

http://globalnews.ca/news/3050876/what-canadians-should-expect-from-the-2016-17-flu-season/

http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/everydayinspiration/2014/03/the-benefits-of-trying-new-things.html

What is the Posture Performance Shirt? – Q&A with the CEO of AdrenalEase

If you’ve been following us on social media, you may have seen that the iamsick.ca team has teamed up with AdrenalEase to give away a Posture Performance Shirt to one lucky winner in our summer giveaway.  Ahead of his appearance at the CanFitPro World Fitness Expo this weekend, we sat down with Nourredin Chahrour, founder and CEO of AdrenalEase Inc., to bring you some more details on their unique Posture Performance Shirt.

Q: What is the Posture Performance Shirt?

A: The Posture Performance Shirt is a global patent-pending garment that reduces stress off certain muscles like the neck and shoulder muscles that may be overly stressed due to prolonged static, undesired posture.

Q: What makes the Posture Performance Shirt different than other posture-correcting apparel on the market?

A: What differentiates the Posture Performance Shirt from other posture shirts or posture braces in the market is the adjustability of the elastic reflex bands on the shirt. You can set the tension of the bands per your comfort to provide a gentle stretch to your neck and shoulder muscles, therefore relieving pain and stress.

Q: How does it work?

A: The Posture Performance Shirt provides proprioceptive feedback to the user, which reminds them to retract their shoulders in the upright posture with the help of the elastic reflex bands that provide muscle memory for when the bands are not strapped on.women-black-back

Q: Your brand ambassadors are Team Canada Olympians.  How do they use the Posture Performance Shirt?

A: Paul Poirier and Piper Gilles represent Canada on world stage competitions including the Olympics and they use the Posture Performance Shirt when executing a lift or simply maintaining proper posture when skating.

Q: You have a new production line coming out in August.  What can we look forward to?

A:  The new production line is out and it includes a V-neck and we have released a new color which is white. We will also be expanding into new products which include Posture Sports Bras, tank tops, sleeveless and long sleeve shirts.Adrenalease Giveaway 1 (Twitter)

Could your posture use some improvement?  It’s not too late to enter to win your own Posture Performance Shirt. Click here to enter.

Hurry! The giveaway closes on August 17th at 11:59 PM (EDT).

Tell us what you do to maintain good posture on Twitter with the #iamfit and #BeTheGreatest hashtags.  We will retweet some of our favourites on our own account @iamsick_ca.

Accessibility Innovation Showcase 2015

iamsick.ca will be attending the Ontario Accessibility Innovation Showcase 2015 in MaRS this weekend, hosted by the Government of Ontario.  Held in time for the Para Pan Am Games, the event will showcase accessible technology and devices created by Ontario companies.

There are many activities planned for the weekend, including a hackathon and walking tours. iamsick.ca will be demoing our website & apps on the exhibition floor. Our co-founder and president, Ryan, will also be pitching at the Tech Pitch competition.

Accessibility & iamsick.ca

Our goal is to offer a healthcare wayfinding & e-booking platform that helps all Canadians access healthcare, tearing down the barriers that a Canadian patient or caregiver may face.

The iamsick.ca platform already addresses a number of barriers, and we have more solutions in the works.

So far, the iamsick.ca platform addresses:

  • Access to Knowledge & Information
  • Timely Access to Healthcare Services
  • Language Barriers
  • Mobility Barriers

Our platform was also designed with insights gained from user experience design & healthcare literacy experts.

Want to learn more?  Check out our entry video below:

 

The Showcase is free and open to the public.  Stop by our booth to check out our recent developments.  We look forward to seeing you there!

iamsick.ca & Adrenalease Posture Performance Shirt Giveaway

It’s the middle of summer. The sun is high in the sky, you are out and about… and iamsick.ca is spicing things up with a summer giveway!

Our friends at Adrenalease have teamed up with us for a Posture Performance Shirt giveaway.

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The Posture Performance Shirt was created to help wearers improve their posture and performance. It has been designed to relieve stress off certain muscles groups by keeping the wearer in an upright position. The adjustable elastic straps help wearers passively stretch without the risk of weakening their muscles.

If you have ever felt strain on your back while sitting, or just want to improve your posture, this shirt is for you. Don’t take our word for it – even Olympians are using the shirt to help them train!

What are you waiting for? Click here to enter: iamsick.ca & Adreanalease Posture Performance Shirt Giveaway.

We would love to hear about what you do to improve your posture. Share it on Twitter with the #BeTheGreatest hashtag, and we will retweet our favourites on @iamsick_ca.

Good luck!

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM (EDT) on August 17, 2015.  Only open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Terms & Conditions can be found on the contest widget.

iamsick.ca’s Canada Day Giveaway

The summer weather is finally starting to arrive!  It’s a great time to get outside, get active and start hitting those summer fitness goals that you’ve been putting off.  It’s also time for us to step away from our laptops to celebrate the upcoming launch of the redesigned iamsick.ca website.  So, we’re giving away a FitBit Zip to one lucky winner!

With only a few weeks left until Canada Day, our co-Founder, Ryan, will be wearing his own FitBit every day to track his distance.  If you can guess how far he will travel (in kilometres) between June 10th and Canada Day, you could win your very own FitBit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker.  (Trust us, you want it.  It’s pink.)

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With a FitBit Zip, you can track your steps, your distance and your calories burned.  Plus, you can challenge your friends!  It syncs wirelessly to your smartphone or computer to show you your fitness trends.  This little device is sweat, rain and splash proof to withstand the elements.

If you’ve already answered the contest question, don’t forget that there are six more ways to get bonus entries.  You can find more details and official rules in the Terms & Conditions section of the contest widget (link below).

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Click here to enter: iamsick.ca Canada Day Giveaway

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM (EDT) on June 30, 2015.  Only open to residents of Canada.

We would love to hear your summer health and fitness goals.  Share what you’re doing to keep fit with the #iamfit hashtag on Twitter.  We will retweet some of our favourites on our own page, @iamsick_ca!

Goodluck!

What ACTUALLY Goes Down During Frosh

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It’s that time of the year again where Frosh Week is upon us.  Is Frosh Week like what you see in movies?  What REALLY goes down during Frosh?

Here is a list of what you happens on University & College campuses during Frosh:

1. Expect to meet two groups of people:

1) The enthusiasts

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 2) The “I ain’t about that life” people

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The first group often attend all the frosh activities from 8am until 12am, then head to parties afterwards. The second group tend to participate less active during frosh and prefer to get to know the people and explore the campus on their own.

2. LOTS of ice breakers that don’t break the ice.

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You’ll be asked about your major, favourite food/colour/ice cream/movie etc at any group activity you do. There might be some awkward silence that follows, but people start to warm up on their own soon after. Don’t be afraid to just strike a conversation, because everyone is just as eager to make friends as you.

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3. LOTS of parties.

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From frosh week until the first weeks of classes, you’ll probably be invited to various types of parties with a bunch of different people. Don’t feel pressured to attend all of them; frosh week is a time to make friends and enjoy yourself, so have fun!

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4. A bunch of new contacts that you don’t remember and won’t call again.

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Chances are, you won’t see 75% of the people you’ve spoken to during frosh again, but those 25% will become some of your best buddies.

5. Meeting people who will become your life long friends, and potentially partner.

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Even if you didn’t make any lasting friendships during Frosh, don’t worry! You’re not alone! Frosh can be overwhelming for some and can be tiring to meet so many new faces each day. Making friends doesn’t stop with Frosh, but it continues in your classes and the clubs you decide to join. Be open to the experience, and have fun! 🙂

Whoever you are, and whatever you do, Frosh is the first taste of freedom for most freshmen, where you’re away from parents and can do whatever you want. It’s great to celebrate the freedom, but being inebriated is not a good look. Don’t know where the nearest after-hour clinic, pharmacy or ER is? Use iamsick.ca to find this information. Have fun and party smart!