Travel Health: What Can You Do? {Healthy Living}

There's nothing like getting away on a vacation to help you relax and unwind from the stresses of today's busy lifestyles. This being said, you will want to make sure that you take precautions in order to stay healthy on your trip and return home healthy. … [Read more...]

Winter Safety Tips {Healthy Living}

Photo credit - Chris Sampson (CC) The first thing I need to say applies not only to winter safety, but to safety all year long. My mom drilled this into me when my kids were little, and I'm very happy she did!  Now I'm here to drill it into your head...Take the cords and drawstrings off your child's clothing. … [Read more...]

Use the Ingredient List and Learn to Make Healthier Food Choices {Healthy Living}

Learn to make healthier food choices by using the nutrition information, such as the Ingredient List, found on prepackaged foods. ~ This is an ingredient list from a bottle of mustard ~ … [Read more...]

Start Your New Year Right by Following Canada’s Food Guide {Healthy Living}

  Many of us, myself included, have made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and be more physically active.   If these are among your goals for 2013, or if you just want to be certain you are making the right food choices for you and your family; be sure to check out  Canada's Food Guide, it is a great tool. Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide provides recommendations on how many servings of each food group you should eat each day, including Vegetables and Fruit, Grain … [Read more...]

Heart and Stroke Foundation {Just 4 Days Left to Help!!}

Heart and Stroke Foundation ~ There are just 4 days left until Dec. 31. You can save more lives today. Help fund life-saving heart disease and stroke research now.Click here and make your donation using a credit card. It's the quickest and most secure way to help provide the next life-saving breakthrough - plus you'll receive your 2012 tax receipt immediately.December 31 is the deadline - please give. You or someone you know could one day benefit from the research you help fund today.Together, … [Read more...]

Holiday Food Safety to Protect You, Those Pregnant and Your Entire Family From Foodborne Illnesses {Healthy Living}

Holiday Food Safety ~ The festive season is rapidly approaching, in fact it has arrived!  Accompanying this fun season is lots of baking, entertaining, and dinners with family and friends.  While it’s always important we all follow proper food safety steps, it’s especially important for women to pay close attention to food safety during pregnancy. To protect themselves and their unborn baby, pregnant women should follow the four key steps to food safety:  Cook; Clean; Chill and Separate.  These … [Read more...]

Health Canada ~ Food Safety Tips for the Holidays {Healthy Living}

Food Safety Tips ~ Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. However, many of the foods found at holiday parties, such as baked goods, eggnog, cider, seafood and turkey, can carry viruses, bacteria or parasites that could cause foodborne illness ("food poisoning"). Health Canada would like to remind all Canadians of some basic steps they can take to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness during the holiday season. … [Read more...]

Toy and Decoration Safety During the Holidays {#HealthyLiving}

'Tis the season for safety during the holidays!! … [Read more...]

Fall is the perfect time to test for radon in your home {Healthy Living}

What is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. Since radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected. In outdoor air, radon is diluted and therefore not a concern. But in confined spaces like your house, radon can build up to high levels and become a health risk. Radon can enter your home any place where the house touches the soil and there is an opening. Possible entry points into your home … [Read more...]

Movember {Healthy Living}

{My son's "Movember" 30, 2011 stash.} During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public … [Read more...]

How to stay safe this Halloween, tips for teens & young adults! {Healthy Living}

I've been seeing lots of great tips for keeping the little ones safe this Halloween.  Being a mom of grown children, I started searching for tips to keep all the young adults safe too. Photo credit - gaudiramone, on Flickr (CC) … [Read more...]

Take Influenza Seriously – Get the Shot! {Healthy Living}

Photo attribution: Government of Canada  Influenza Immunization - "The Flu Shot" Seasonal Flu - What is it? Influenza, or the flu, is a common and highly contagious, infectious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. Influenza viruses can change rapidly. That’s why there is a new flu shot made every year to protect against the circulating virus strains. Seasonal Flu - Symptoms … [Read more...]

Stop A Bully!! {Healthy Living}

Sadly,  bullying is once again in the news with the bullying related suicide of Amanda Todd.  As adults, it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop the heartbreaking, never-ending victimizations of these innocent children. … [Read more...]

Mammogram 101 {Healthy Living}

As many of you are aware, October is breast cancer awareness month.  We all are women or have women in our lives that we know and love so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information on mammography that I found. First, some background information.  Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Canadian women. In 2006, there will be an estimated 21,600 new cases in women aged 20+ and 5,300 deaths from breast cancer in Canada. About 11% of Canadian … [Read more...]