Celebrating Seniors' Month

June 15, 2017 | Reagan

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This June, we celebrate Seniors' Month! Toronto Public Library has an array of special programs this month to help celebrate Seniors' Month. Health topics include important workshops on diabetes prevention, late life depression and fall prevention. Now we don't just want to focus on the concerns of aging, so TPL...

Looking Out for Number One

May 25, 2017 | Cathy

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License: CC0 Public Domain Despite what the title suggests, this blog post is for all the people who are used to putting the needs of others before their own. Yep, caregivers – I'm talking to you! When flight attendants demonstrate what to do if the cabin pressure in the airplane...

Best Foot Forward

May 8, 2017 | Reagan

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May is Foot Health Month ...I know, I had no idea either! Whether you are a foot lover (no judgement) or a foot hater, I think we can all agree that feet are an important part of our body that we should take care of. But if you're like me,...

Turmeric – Too Good to be True?

April 28, 2017 | Cathy

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image courtesy of Wikipedia Recently, friends recommended turmeric to alleviate irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis symptoms. I was surprised that turmeric was touted as effective for such different health conditions so I searched Dr. Google for "health benefits of turmeric". The results included a wide range of ailments: diabetes, arthritis,...

Earth Month Tips

April 19, 2017 | Reagan

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Full disclosure, I'm a bit of a tree hugger. Literally, this is me: So when it came time for me to craft a Health and Wellness blog post for April, I immediately thought to incorporate Earth Day, which has now been extended to Earth Month (aka April). Now it's not...

Exercise for Your Mental Health: One Step at a Time

March 31, 2017 | Cathy

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Creative Commons CC0 The evidence for the mental health benefits of exercise continues to grow. As my colleague Jeannette mentioned in her post Your Brain on Exercise: How Physical Activity Can Improve Your Mental Well-being, exercise plays a role in brain health. Recent research shows: increasing the physical activity of...

It's National Peanut Butter Lover's Day!

March 1, 2017 | Cathy

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image courtesy of bodybuilding.com I love how the United States seems to have a "National Day" for every type of food and drink. March 1, 2017 is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Unfortunately, not every one can enjoy peanut butter. Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies....

Fiction Therapy

February 16, 2017 | Reagan

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A little back story, when I applied to do my Masters of Information Science, I pulled the classic quote-a-book on the application move. Since I was applying for library school, I strategically chose a bookish quote from one of my favourite fiction authors, JD Salinger's Catcher In The Rye: "What...

Light in the Dark: Light Therapy Lamps

February 6, 2017 | Tiziano

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Toronto Public Library is launching a new pilot project which will bring a set of two therapy lamps to the Brentwood and Malvern branches starting on Monday, February 6. The lamps are available on a first-come, first-served basis and offer an opportunity for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)...

Mental Health Awareness

January 25, 2017 | Cathy

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Bell Let's Talk day is their annual initiative to promote awareness and action on mental health. On January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ towards mental health initiatives in Canada for every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter using #BellLetsTalk. One of Bell's goals is to...