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What are you're plans for this summer? Whether your going away for the summer or staying home, we want to hear what creative ways you're going to enjoy this summer!!
More than 4.6 million Canadians aged 15 and over live with arthritis. Eating well and incorporating regular exercise is key to prevention. Take ten minutes each day to walk, or do targeted exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups or even wall sit exercises. Every little bit counts!
According to Canadian Cancer Society, if you are 50 to 69 years old, you should have a mammogram every two years. Nonetheless, your doctor knows what is best for you depending on your body! Mammography has some great benefits, but also presents a few risks: Learn about how it can be beneficial to you! Talk to your doctor and visit the Canadian Cancer Society website for more information.
Is your brain overwhelmed with feelings and ideas and you don't know what to make of them? It could be as simple as grabbing a pen and writing your thoughts down. Writing is a lot cheaper than therapy, and it can really free your mind and make you feel better. Keep stress at bay by putting your worries on paper. Anybody can be a writer!
Many electrical appliances at home are energy hungry, and dishwashers are no exception as they consume a lot of water and energy. To reduce your water and electricity bills, wait until your dishwasher is completely full before turning it on. This simple gesture can help the environment while saving you some money!
Using just a toothbrush can leave behind bacteria! It is important to include dental floss in your daily cleaning routine to prevent tartar buildup. Make it a habit by flossing your teeth while doing another activity such as watching television, listening to music or browsing tomorrow's schedule for the next day. Your teeth will thank you! For more information: Canadain Dental Association
Paper napkins are a huge contributor to ocean pollution. Way too many animals suffer from all the garbage thrown in their habitat! More often than not, the paper napkins we automatically grab when getting take-out, for example, are never used and simply end up in the trash. If you really need napkins when getting food, try to grab one less or, even better, bring your own cloth napkins! In the long run, it makes a great difference.
Several studies in recent decades have shown that meditation has many psychological and physiological benefits. A guided meditation session can help you feel calmer and less stressed. It is easy to find imagery or visualization guided meditation sessions on the Internet (both videos and audio) that will gently ease you in a state of deep relaxation. For more information: Meditation: A Simple and Fast Way to Reduce Stress
Cleaning the inside of your car is not only important for comfort, but also for your health. Between running errands or driving to work, dropping children off at activities, or transporting pets, we bring bacteria and dust inside our vehicles without even knowing it. It is important to get rid of dust in particular as it contains many toxins from flame retardants used in seat cushions. Prolonged exposure to these toxins can affect your health and those around you, especially for people suffering from asthma. For more information: Clean up Your Car For a Safe and Healthy Ride
Drying your clothes on a clothesline or an airer is an excellent way to save energy. Indeed, dryers are very energy-consuming, which unnecessarily increases your hydro bill. Limiting their use can reduce your energy consumption.
Despite much debate and many studies, car air conditioning consumes a lot more gas than having the four windows open even when factoring in the air friction. In addition to avoiding sore throats that are often caused by car air conditioning, opening the windows will allow you to enjoy the fresh air while saving money on gas. For more information: Why Rolling Down Your Cars' Windows is More Fuel Efficient
Between family and work commitments, busy social lives and daily worries, it is often hard to find time for ourselves. However, this simple enough gesture is important as it allows us to take pleasure in doing something that distracts us from our everyday lives. Try finding some time to do an activity that you like; something you can do alone that helps you discover your inner peace.
Artificial colourings makes our food look more appealing, but this is just an illusion. According to many studies, they contain known carcinogenic substances. It has also been observed that they can have negative effects on children's behaviours with links being made between colourings and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In Canada, food manufacturers are not obliged to include the type of artificial colouring used in their foods. They are only required to include the name "colour" without having to specify the particular colour or mix of colours. For more information: Labelling Artificial Colours Lagging in Canada
Eating large meals shortly before bedtime can be a source of discomfort and bad digestion which makes falling asleep harder. By eating light meals, bloating and other stomach aches can be avoided helping you have a better night's sleep. If possible, avoid large meals at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. If the hunger persists, eat a light snack 45 minutes before bedtime at the latest.
Responsible investment is not just about good environmental and social practice; it is also about applying best practices to traditional money management. Currently there are a wide variety of designations, certifications and registration categories for individuals providing personal financial services. It is crucial to either choose an adviser with a substantial knowledge of responsible investment (RI), or be prepared to inform your current financial advisor what your needs are. If you don’t already have a financial advisor, consult the Directory of Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Adviser members for your province. For more information: Ethiquette
Many studies have shown that green tea is very beneficial to our health. In particular, it is rich in antioxidants which are absolutely necessary for our bodies to function properly. Furthermore, several studies have shown that drinking more than one cup of green tea a day could help fight heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers or Parkinson. Green tea also preserves dental and bone health. For more information: 11 Benefits of Green Tea You Didn't Know About
Take some time to stop and look at a beautiful landscape, smell a flower, look at your kids playing or simply admire your partner: all the simple things that don't cost a cent but are so good for you. Often we so occupied by everyday life problems (work, bills, stress, etc), we forget about the little things that can make us happy. Admittedly, we shouldn't pretend our worries don't exist, but taking some time to stop, appreciate, and be grateful for the little things that surround us is something easy to do. Try it!
We spend so much time in front of our computer screens, both at work and at home. In order to avoid vision problems in the long run, optometrists recommend that you respect the 20-20-20 rule which is very simple: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something that is 20 feet away. It will give your eyes a well-deserved break! For more information: The 20-20-20 rule
Driving on under-inflated tires is a safety issue. Braking and cornering can be affected, as well as the stability and efficiency of the tires. Experts recommend checking the pressure at least once a month. This will enable you to save on your gas bill, as well as reducing your environmental footprint. If your car doesn’t have a gauge for measuring pressure, you could always buy one…you’ll save money in the long run.
Introducing yourself to your neighbours is a great way to get to know them and feel more involved in the life of the neighbourhood. You’ll also increase your sense of belonging to a community. You never know, you might even make new friends!