~ CLOSED ~ Facts and Benefits of Kefir {w/$50.00 GC Giveaway}

I LOVE yogurt and eat it almost everyday.  Most of us are familiar with yogurt and it's benefits; but are you acquainted with the benefits of kefir?  Do you know what kefir is? Until recently, I did not have much knowledge of kefir.  I had heard of it, knew it was a  yogurt like drink, but that was about it. So, I have done a bit of research and this is what I have found: Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir "grains" (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter). Originating … [Read more...]

Join the #SodaStreamChallenge & Twitter Party

Like many people, with the dawning of this past new year I made a resolution to myself.  Mine was to consciously start eating healthier and exercising more with the aim of losing some weight. How is that all going for me?  Well it went well for a couple of weeks. Then with the long, dark, dog days of winter, I started slipping. I know I need to get back on track and I am determined to do just that. I have thought a lot about what I need to do to achieve my goal and I have come up with … [Read more...]

We Owe it to Our Children to Bring Back Winter Play

Why We Need to Bring Back Winter Play and Encourage Active Transportation   We need to face facts, we now live in a society that is literally "driving" our kids to unhealthy habits.  While we have enjoyed the marvels of the 21st centuries, trying  to be perfect parents and wanting to protect our children at all costs, we have unwittingly instilled in them less active and potentially harmful activity habits. You know what our parents and grandparents used to always say, "...when I was … [Read more...]

September is #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month

Officially, September is #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month, but the illness is a concern that lasts year-round and beyond.  Childhood cancer remains one of the leading causes of death for adolescent children, and hundreds of new children are diagnosed with a type of the cancer every year. You can help fight #ChildhoodCancer in many ways;  if your family is affected, there are many resources available to you. EVENTS  Become involved with an event such as: St. Baldrick's The Purple … [Read more...]

Where to Access Information Related to Breast Cancer

As women, I think most of have had the importance of regular breast self-examination and mammography drilled into us from an early age.  We all do it, never expecting to find a lump or hear from your doctor that, "something" has shown on your x-ray. … [Read more...]

February is Heart Awareness Month (Not a Valentine’s heart, the real one!}

Do you want to hear a staggering statistic?   Every seven minutes in Canada, a life is taken by heart disease or stroke. This February, more than 70,000 volunteers will canvass door-to-door across the country to help change this statistic. Join us by volunteering in your neighborhood this February. Here’s how: … [Read more...]

Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like? {Healthy Living}

The Heart and Stroke Foundation asks: What will your last 10 years look like?  Do you know the steps to Make Health Last? I know what many of you are thinking...that's so far away, I can't possibly worry about that now.  Trust me when I tell you your 30's and 40's will whiz by at the speed of light and before you know what hit you, you too will be mulling this dilemma in your mind. … [Read more...]

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...]