News Healthy diet and exercise can reduce risk of COVID-19 complications SHARE ON: Sue Black, staff Sunday, Apr. 19th, 2020 A dish that complies with the new Canadian Food Guide. (Pixabay, pexels.com) The healthier we are reduces the risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Dr. Norm Bottum says not smoking, not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet can help minimize the symptoms of the virus. He also says there is some evidence that those who contract COVID-19, that exercise regularly, may be at less risk of needing supplemental oxygen or intubation. He says work up a light sweat on a daily basis, it doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, but make sure you’re active regularly. Dr. Bottum says so many of us now are feeling housebound and claustrophobic, but we can incorporate some exercise or activity, either within our home or outside our home. He pointed out Premier Ford said you can get out and walk, just keep your social distancing up. Dr. B says get out there and move, a healthier life style can make a big difference.