Wellness

Make Fitness Fun With These New Workout Ideas

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

One thing that I love about my job is that it is never boring. There is always a new way to mix things up, a new way to "torture" my clients, a new wa...

How Certain Scents Can Lift Your Mood

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

About five years ago, I was going through a really challenging life transition. I couldn't sleep and was experiencing a good amount of anxiety. I did not want to try medications or sleep aids, so I opted for essential oils to calm my nerves and bring my life back into balance. Since this period in my life, I have been curious about the benefits of scents.

How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Should We Eat a Day?

James McCormack | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Living
James McCormack

The data also clearly show you get a benefit even if you don't eat five servings a day. One serving a day gives you very roughly a 10 per cent relative mortality benefit, two servings, a 15 per cent benefit, three servings, a 20 per cent benefit, four servings, a 25 per cent benefit -- and then once you get to five servings, that is basically it.

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Let's be honest, some days it's hard just getting out of bed, let alone hauling a** to the gym for a workout. So I crafted a workout routine we can all do from the comforts of bed. That's right, an exercise series that openly welcomes eye boogers, pyjamas, night guards and bed head.

Proof That the Angelina Jolie Effect Is a Real Thing

Alan Cassels | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Certainly women are driven to ask about genetic testing given a strong fear of breast cancer and a strong belief that early testing saves lives, but USPSTF feared many of the new customers lining up for the test would be classified as the "worried well" who would be unlikely to carry the rare genetic mutation and hence would receive no benefit from being screened.

Five Things Most People Get Wrong About Canada's Health Care System

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system -- should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there. How our health system should be reformed, and in what measures, is nothing short of a national pastime in Canada. Too bad many get the facts wrong. Here are a few basics everyone should know.

Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

This isn't just an American problem. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. Low-income children, especially minorities and aboriginals, are growing up at an increased risk of preventable diseases -- diseases both classically medical and mental health related that arise as a result of their early living conditions and will affect us all. These numbers don't simply represent difficult childhoods; they mark a huge group of Canadians who are growing up without the supportive environments they need to develop into healthy adults.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.

All of Us Are Paying for Government Inaction on Poverty

John Millar | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
John Millar

Here's what the evidence says about the devastating outcomes of poverty: poorer health, more chronic disease, more avoidable deaths, social injustice, increasing demand and costs for healthcare services and reduced productivity of the workforce. On a large scale and over the long-term, inequality can also slow the economy and erode democracy, political and social stability.

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Incorporate Wellness into Your 9 to 5 Life

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

This is what I encounter on a regular basis: I go in to a workplace to spread health and fitness, and get to meet people that are putting their life on hold Monday to Friday. I meet people that are extremely bitter. The reason is that they know they aren't doing the important things. They feel trapped.

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Having spent 15 years studying these alternative medicine techniques I clearly see how the body can be receptive to such suggestions. It is more than just positive thinking. Having done this type of work to heal myself and having helped many others, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a journey.

4 Easy Ways To Start Enjoying Your Workouts

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I realize that not everyone is going to look at exercising as the highlight of their day or the passion of their life. Although there are things about working out that some may never enjoy there are a few things that will make the experience a little easier to digest. Here are some small, easy changes we can all make to start enjoying the gym a just a little more.

I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running. If you know me, you know, that is a big deal. This experience has caused me to believe, now more then ever, that health is a process. Getting into a routine takes time and patience -- even for a trainer!

Two Minutes With Shauna Ireland

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Shauna Ireland is a woman who radiates beauty, warmth and femininity. She runs a successful Toronto-based public relations company and somehow manages to find time to teach yoga. Though it is her personal radiance that, in my mind, is her true marker of success.

Improving Health Is About More Than Diet and Exercise

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

Health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health outcomes. Yet political conversations about health still tend to fall into familiar traps. When we talk about health, we return as if by reflex to doctors and nurses, hospitals and pharmacies.

Prenatal Stress Causes More Harm to Babies Than We Think

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.

Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of what's been stored over the winter that you doubt you will ever use again. What about your mental debris? You know, those limiting beliefs, those skewed expectations, that internal dialogue -- that story -- that is just not serving you any longer.

How Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.

U.S. and Canadian Health Care Have More In Common Than You Think

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

As in the U.S., there's much soul searching about whether the country is getting as much bang for the bucks it spends. Does the quality of care match the country's outlay? A number of studies, including the latest international comparison from The Commonwealth Fund, show that Canada and the U.S. both fall down on several dimensions of care.

The Surprising Ways Chiropractic Treatment Could Improve Your Life

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living

Chiropractic treatment for health problems is not always considered when it comes to healing, but you may be surprised to find that relief from some o...

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?

How Wellness Can Save Health Care

John F. Gray | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

There's an illusion that health care in Canada is free. It's not. Just because there isn't a bill for every visit or every treatment doesn't mean it's a free service. Every single treatment, procedure or prescription drug doesn't come with guaranteed coverage. A visit to Connect Health does come with a bill. But maybe it's time we start putting a value on our good health.