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Lifestyle Tips

9 Healthy Workplace Commandments

by Georgia Barrington for Participaction.

When we last wrote about the infamous ‘sitting disease‘ we explained how important it is to break up your sedentary time while you’re at work.

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Five great reasons to leave your desk at lunch

by Katherine Janson for Participaction

My brother lived and worked in Switzerland for a decade, and we would often compare notes on what working life was like over there, versus here in Canada.  When he told his boss that his sister ate her lunch at her desk every day, she laughed.  She thought he was joking!  In his office, a coffee break meant leaving the office with colleagues to walk down to the harbour for a quick espresso at a café, and a stroll back.  In mine, it meant making sure I could knock back my morning coffee without knocking it over into my keyboard.

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Considering camping this summer?

Here’s how to make it active!

Camping is a great way to take a break from the stresses of modern day life – work pressure, deadlines, the Internet, social media, traffic, cell phones – because it allows us to be outside in nature and provides time and opportunities to be active.  All that fresh air and vitamin D is bound to relax us and improve our moods. In fact, studies show that spending time in nature can provide health benefits like reduced blood pressure and stress.[i]

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Stay Safe this Summer

By Anna Sharratt, BrighterLife.ca

David Banerjee got a big lesson in water safety when he was seven. On his first canoe trip with his father in Muskoka, ON, the canoe capsized, tossing both of them into deep water.

“I dog-paddled towards shore, and I assumed that my father knew how to swim because he was, after all, my father, and capable of anything,” says Banerjee, a Toronto teacher. “But my father had never had the opportunity to learn to swim properly.”

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Avoid risks of sitting: Stand up for your health!

By Anna Sharratt, BrighterLife.ca

Prolonged sitting can raise your chances of developing a serious illness — and it may take more than a once-a-week workout to reduce the risk.

Toronto lawyer Patrick Simon sits a lot. “I sit for 10 to 12 hours per working day,” says Simon, 38. “I try to take walking breaks, but often I will remain seated without getting up for up to three hours at a stretch, and sometimes even longer.”

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Travel vaccinations: What to know before you go

By Anna Sharratt, BrighterLife.ca

Alina Valachi hasn’t forgotten her last trip to Pakistan. “My husband contracted malaria two weeks into the trip,” she says. This was despite taking precautions such as spraying their room with pesticides, wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying mosquito repellent. “He was born and raised in Pakistan, and had never contracted malaria — he assumed that he had immunity to the disease,” she says.

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One Simple Solution for Medication Safety

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Go Play Outside

You always hear lamentations about what a chore exercise is and how it’s so hard to drag yourself to the gym.  If you don’t love the burn from a hard spin class or that red-faced-sweaty feeling you get after a good run, there  are many other ways to still be active.
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Steve Jobs limited his kids’ screen time. Can I?


I read a great article that appeared in the New York Times, which reveals how some of the biggest leaders in the tech industry, including the late Steve Jobs, did not allow a technology free-for-all at home. In fact, quite the opposite; these tech titans are acutely aware of the benefits of reining in kids’ screen time at home to make room for the important stuff, like real-life conversations, homework and (although not mentioned in the article), physical activity.

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Creating a Smoke-Free Reality

A nagging cough. Constant fatigue. Smelly clothes. Empty pockets. These are just a few reasons why most people want to quit smoking. More importantly, Tobacco-related illnesses kill more than 45,000 Canadians a year, a fact that also pushes a number of smokers to quit. But how do you get there when it seems impossible to do? After all, you may think cigarettes are your trusted friend, helping you stay calm, keeping your weight down and even helping you focus.
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