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No need to wait for the new year to make a healthy living resolution... November is Living Well Month at the Toronto Public Library, so why not start now? To help you get started, the Toronto Public Library is offering a series of programs and Living Well displays at your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in terms of medical preparation and support during any great sport event? Just ask Dr. Julia Alleyne, chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team and top doctor for the 2015 Pan Am games. Besides monitoring the health of all Canadian athletes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Now you can...there is an app for that! Check out this free app "Be My Eyes", developed by Hans Jorgen Wiberg in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wiberg, who has Usher Syndrome, an inherited condition that causes progressive vision loss, came up with the idea for an app after he saw many blind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Sitting is a favourite pastime in North America. We sit in our cars, sit at our desks, lounge around in endless meetings and when we get home, guess what? We plunk down in front of the tele or computer. According to a survey "Americans are sitting an average of 13... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
More and more people recognize the value of healthy eating. Even fast food chains are cashing in on this trend. Clean Eating, as we have seen in last week's blog, can improve your health by replacing junk and processed food with wholesome food that you prepare at home. But alas,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Thanks Claudia... let the fun begin!!
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"This year will mark the third observance of the International Day of Happiness, which recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in people’s lives and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives." To celebrate this year's Day of Happiness, the UN launched a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
If you are spooked by Friday the 13th, you are not alone. Also known by the unpronounceable name of Paraskavedekatriaphobia, it is not a legit phobia, at least not according to the DSM, the bible of mental disorders. That's the good news. The bad news is that there are numerous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Mary Roach, dubbed by the Washington Post as "America's funniest science writer" has done it again. In her latest book, 'Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal, she takes the reader on a mysterious adventure exploring all the nooks and crannies of the alimentary tract... all 30 feet of it. Starting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
As I was reading up on Black History Month, I came across some highly interesting books on African Healing Traditions. To my dismay, I realized that I did not know anything about this subject - so by highlighting these books here, it is my hope that others may have their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
Now that I am a grandma and get to enjoy child rearing at 'arm's length', that is, getting all the cuddles without the midnight feedings, I have come across many wonderful ideas that would have made life so much more fun when my little ones were babies. Okay Doctor Spock... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
How many years did you vow to make that long elusive change by the stroke of midnight just to wake up January 1st and revert right back to your old habits? Well, if you are like me, there are too many to count. It sounds depressing, doesn't it? But don't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Health and Wellness Blog
This may sound weird, but I actually enjoy shoveling snow... or at least I enjoyed it until a well-meaning neighbour wagged her finger warning me to be careful. Careful of what, I grumbled... Did I look frail and old or did she just want to hog all the fun of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
December 1st to 6th is Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. While there are no reliable data that capture the full extent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic amongst First Nations, Inuits and Métis populations in Canada, it is estimated that about 22 per cent of new cases of HIV occur among the Aboriginal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
Well, you are in luck. Toronto Public Health is launching its flu shot clinics as we speak. There are clinics all over the city, some of them in your Public Library. Click on the interactive map for hours and locations. If you don't want to wait in line, it may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
To find out, please join us for a free health talk given by Morwenna Given, practising Medical Herbalist. Ms. Given will talk about the basic and common molecular beginnings of Cancer, Diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease and discuss how the pathologies of each disease is interlinked. The talk will take place... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
Are you suffering from a condition called Overactive Bladder? If you are, you are not alone. Millions of women and men worldwide experience annoying symptoms like -sudden urge to urinate that's hard to control -need to urinate more than 8 times in 24 hours -awaken several times during the night... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
In this age of global travel, many of us are wondering what our risk of catching Ebola may be. For the longest, Ebola was just a daily news item but as the outbreak continues to grow, there are mounting concerns over its potential spread beyond West Africa... Ebola is no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
According to a report by the Canadian Liver Foundation, an estimated 25% of Canadians, or 8.5 million people, are obese. Fatty Liver disease, which is directly linked to obesity, is the most common form of liver disease in Canada. This is an alarming correlation. So what does it mean when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
Please join us for a free lunch hour program presented by Debra Eklove, President of the Art of Living Foundation Canada to learn how you can keep your balance and harmonize your life. ALL Welcome! When? Monday, June 30, 2014 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Where? Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
What? Relax with Chair Yoga Pedro Boaventura, a certified yoga instructor, introduces all age and fitness level participants to the benefits of chair yoga. Join us to re-energize with restorative exercises and yoga breathing. ALL Welcome! When? Friday, June 20, 2014 12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Where? Beeton Auditorium, Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive neuromuscular disease that attacks the nerve cells that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body - your arms, legs, face etc., Once these electrical impulses are no longer received, the muscles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
Last week's program on Nordic Pole Walking was a resounding success. After a thorough introduction on the health benefits of Nordic Pole Walking, participants were offered the chance to try out first hand what it feels like to 'pole walk'. Since then we have had several inquiries from people who... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
InsideOut Physiotherapy & Wellness Group presents a free lunchtime program on the health benefits of Nordic Pole Walking. It is a simple low-impact exercise that involves walking with a pair of customized ski poles. Please join us and discover how you can improve your posture and cardiovascular health. Where: Toronto... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog
Did you know that 94 percent of health insurance denials are never appealed even though 70 percent of those that are appealed are granted? So what makes us so reluctant to appeal? If you ever had your health insurance claim denied you know how frustrating that can be. It feels... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Health and Wellness Blog