The Psychology Foundation of Canada and Pfizer offer Stress Lessons for
KIRKLAND, QC, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Families in Canada are stressed
out.i In fact, according to the Psychology Foundation of Canada, families
report feeling more stressed now than ever before.
Experts say all that stress could be affecting our health — with an
estimated 80 per cent of doctor visits believed to be stress-related.ii Stress can also lead to health problems.iii Stress has been linked to conditions such as depression, obesity,
diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's, cancer, and heart disease.iv
That's why the Psychology Foundation of Canada and Pfizer Canada have
teamed up to create Stress Lessons — a free, downloadable classroom toolkit and parents guide. Stress Lessons is an innovative, interactive resource that's filled with health
information, activities, conversation starters and videos to help
teachers and parents introduce helpful stress management strategies to
students in grades 4 through 6. Stress Lessons was developed in consultation with Canadian teachers, psychologists,
relaxation specialists and doctors.
Learning About Stress is a Powerful Lesson
"Stress Lessons teaches about the causes of stress, offers helpful breathing exercises
and promotes optimism, problem-solving and emotionally resilient
thinking," explains Dr. Robin Alter, a family psychologist and author,
who consulted on Stress Lessons. "Families and teachers have an important role to play in helping
children learn that they can make choices to minimize and prevent
stressful feelings and situations. And, that's a powerful lesson that
even the most nurturing family can benefit from," explains Dr. Alter.
Christine Krahulec, a Verdun-based teacher says Stress Lessons helped her class concentrate and get along better. "Students were
asking me to play the breathing exercise video; they talked to their
parents about what they were learning — from learning positive problem
solving skills to discovering how and why stress affects your body and
emotions. Overall, the class is concentrating better and is more
focused since we started working with Stress Lessons and the students are more self-aware."
Stress Lessons has been available as a classroom resource since early 2012. Starting
today, a free Stress Lessons Parents Guide can be viewed and downloaded at morethanmedication.ca.
Canadians Inspired Stress Lessons
"Through our work on the More Than Medication™ initiative over the years, we have learned that stress is an important
issue for the health of Canadians," explains Rhonda O'Gallagher,
Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Pfizer Canada. "Requests
from across the country from teachers and parents inspired us to
collaborate with the Psychology Foundation of Canada to create Stress Lessons," says O'Gallagher.
"Stress Lessons reflects Pfizer Canada's belief that to be truly healthy, it takes more
than medication," says O'Gallagher. "It's one of the ways we are
helping Canadians live healthier lives and give back to our
communities. Our hope is that by highlighting stress as a major
preventative health issue, we can help Canada strive toward making
managing stress second nature. It will take collaboration and focus to
ensure the next generation of Canadians have less stress-related health
issues over their lifetime."
Stress Lessons and the Psychology Foundation of Canada partnership is all part of
Pfizer's More Than Medication™ initiative. More Than Medication™ is devoted to empowering Canadian families to be healthy through
community programs, partnerships, and resources.
About the Psychology Foundation of Canada
The Psychology Foundation of Canada is a national registered charity
dedicated to supporting parents and strengthening families through a
number of initiatives, including educational resources, developing
training programs for professionals, and delivering community-based
About Pfizer in Canada
Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., one of the
world's leading biopharmaceutical company. The company is one of the
largest contributors to health research in Canada. Our diversified
health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small
molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and
many of the world's best-known consumer products.
Every day, Pfizer Canada employees work to advance wellness, prevention,
treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our
time. We apply science and our global resources to improve the health
and well-being of Canadians at every stage of life. Our commitment is
reflected in everything Pfizer does, from our disease awareness
initiatives to our community partnerships, to our belief that it takes
more than medication to be truly healthy. To learn more about Pfizer's
More Than Medication™ initiative visit morethanmedication.ca. To learn more about Pfizer Canada, visit pfizer.ca.
i The Vanier Institute of the Family. Stress: A Family Matter. Fascinating
ii The American Institute of Stress.
iii The Psychology Foundation of Canada. Kids Have Stress Too!
ivMiddlebrooks JS, Audage NC. The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health
Across the Lifespan
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