February 2023 Oracle

Well, we made it, ORPS family. It ’ s officially 2023. We know resolutions are popular this time of year and while we're all for good intentions and goal setting, the reality is that habits and consistency are what matters most when it comes to long term success. Let ’ s talk about your health and alcohol consumption. We all love to have fun … but know what the effects and harm alcohol can have on your health …. Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health. Here ’ s how alcohol can affect your body: Brain: • Alcohol interferes with the brain ’ s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and it ’ s harder to think clearly. Heart: • Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including: • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle • Arrhythmias – Irregular heartbeat • Stroke • High blood pressure Liver: • Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including: • Steatosis, or fatty liver • Alcoholic hepatitis • Fibrosis • Cirrhosis Pancreas: • Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. Immune System: • Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Gym Reminders: • No talking on cell phone in the gym. Please go outside if you get a call. • Please, clean all equipment after you use it. I see several still not doing it!! Future events: • Feb16 - Health speaker: Dr Brossfield • February 18 - CanAm 5K Walk/Run. Lots of fun prizes. Fur Babies Welcome! • March 4 - Health fair

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