Wendy Haaf

An award-winning freelance writer specializing in health, I have written content for hospitals, research institutions, universities, non-profits, and agencies. I’ve also written for many consumer publications, both print and digital, such as Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest Canada, the Globe and Mail, WebMD, Best Health, and Walmart Live Better. 

In particular, I’ve written extensively about women’s, children’s and older adults’ health. For instance, as a longtime regular contributor to Good Times, a Canadian retirement magazine, I write a health feature, a health news page, and a ‘Reader’s Question’ column for each issue. 

However, I have also covered a wide array of other topics, including food, parenting, business (especially issues relevant to women), as well as lifestyle, vision care, dental health, skin care, fertility issues, pregnancy, and birth.

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Health & Medicine

notepad Skills

  • Annual reports
  • Advertorials
  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • Case studies
  • Content marketing
  • Editing
  • Feature writing
  • News releases
  • Profiles
  • Q&A
  • Web copy

notepad Writing Credits

Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Good Times, Globe & Mail, Today’s Parent, WebMD, IG Wealth Management, Western Alumni Gazette, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada) newsletter.

star Awards, Honors, Appointments

National Magazine Awards (Canada)

  • Gold (Service & Family) — 2003. Today’s Parent, Safe Streets, Safe Kids supplement (bike helmets, vehicles, walking, getting to school).

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Journalism Awards for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting 

  • Honourable Mention — 2011. Today’s Parent Pregnancy, Induction Overload.

National Mature Media Awards (US)

  • Gold — 2006. Good Times, How to Keep Driving Safely.
  • Gold — 2006. Good Times, Live Longer—Stop Smoking. 
  • Silver — 2006. Good Times, The Greatest Gift (Organ Transplant).
  • Bronze — 2006. Good Times, Morning Stiffness. 
  • Silver — 2005. Good Times, Arthritis Research. 
  • Gold — 2004. Good Times, After the Stroke. 
  • Gold — 2003. Good Times,Pain Management.
  • Silver — 2003. Good Times, Santa’s Having His Annual Physical.
  • Silver — 2002. Good Times, Difficult Diagnosis. 

How Heart Disease Threatens Women

Magazine health feature for people 55+. While women fear breast cancer, we’re five times more likely to die of heart disease. This article explains risk factors unique to women (including a history of certain pregnancy complications), how they can reduce the likelihood of developing heart disease, and how to recognize symptoms of a heart attack.


Spinal Muscular Atrophy is No Longer the Life-Limiting Disease it Once Was

Sponsored content feature that appeared in a national (Canadian) newspaper. Not long ago, children born with the most severe form of this disease died before age two, having never been able to sit, speak, or even eat like other kids. This article explains how a new generation of treatments has changed the outlook for children with this genetic disease, through the story of one family.


The Lowdown on Endometrial Ablation


Article for a women’s magazine. This piece explains how a less drastic procedure than hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus) can help some women who experience debilitating ‘crime-scene’ periods.


Breaking Down Barriers

Sponsored content for a hospital system. This article explains that members of racialized communities have a harder time finding organ donors, and what one leading Canadian hospital is doing to change that.


A Plan for Balancing Independence and Safety for a Loved One Living With Dementia

Blog post for a Canadian charity. This piece explains what a wandering plan is, and how it can help improve the likelihood of a safe return when someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease goes missing.


Treating Troublesome Skin Conditions

Health feature for adults aged 55+. Actinic keratosis, eczema, and rosacea are three skin conditions that are common in people 55 and older. This piece explains what the symptoms of these skin conditions look like, and outlines some treatment options.


Forever Young: How Ageism Affects Health

Health feature for a charitable non-profit. This non-bylined article explains what ageism is, and outlines how this ‘prejudice against our future self’ can harm the mental, physical, and cognitive health of older adults. (See volume 17, pages 36—40.)


Living With Psoriasis: The Risk of Letting Self-Consciousness About Symptoms Impede Treatment

Sponsored content that appeared in a national (Canadian) newspaper. Topical corticosteroid creams are a mainstay treatment for psoriasis, but regimens can be inconvenient and complicated. For instance, if you have symptoms on the face, knees, and arms, you might need three different strengths—and thus, three separate products that each need to be applied twice daily. This article explains why some people with this skin condition are reluctant to disclose symptoms in certain areas of the body, and how a new generation topical medication may improve the likelihood of patients sticking with treatment.


Mapping a Brighter Future Post Cancer

Sponsored content for a hospital system. This piece explains how one physician/researcher at a major Canadian hospital is helping some patients with tongue and throat (oropharyngeal) cancers avoid radiation treatment in areas cancer cells are unlikely to spread.


Puffy Eye Problems

Magazine column for people 55+. Still have bags under your eyes despite applying special cream every night? What causes eye puffiness and eye bags, and why creams aren’t the answer.


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