Cozy Customs

October 12, 2017 | Reagan

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I don't know about you, but as soon as the cold weather hits and the leaves start to change colour I start obsessing about getting cozy. No I don't mean the cozy mystery books, to me cozy means a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation, which is definitely something that...

New Health Books – Read and Recommended!

September 29, 2017 | Cathy

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Recently, I read many of the popular science titles the library received this year to help my colleague compile a Popular Science recommended reading list. There were so many good titles that I decided to make a separate list of health books. Here they are: Suggestible You: A Remarkable Journey...

Radon and Your Health

September 15, 2017 | Cathy

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Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Did you know that radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer of non-smokers in Canada? (Canadian Cancer Society) Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. Learn how to protect yourself from radon exposure in a presentation by Health Canada specialist,...

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30, 2017 | Reagan

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Originating in Australia in 2001, International Overdose Awareness Day is observed annually on August 31. The day serves to raise awareness of overdose prevention, to commemorate and remember individuals lost to overdose and to acknowledge the impact of the issue on family, friends and communities. The City of Toronto formally...

Good Day Sunshine

August 16, 2017 | Reagan

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Like The Beatles song Good Day Sunshine goes, I need to laugh and when the sun is out I've got something I can laugh about Of course sunshine effectively lifts our spirits. However, the song goes on to warn us, We take a walk, the sun is shining down Burns...

Music Therapy

July 28, 2017 | Cathy

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Warm summer nights remind me of the outdoor concerts I attended when I was young. I've always found music to be relaxing or energizing but I never thought of it in therapeutic terms.

Fake It Till You Make It (or Smile – It'll Do Ya Some Good)

June 29, 2017 | Cathy

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Creative Commons Zero - CC0 courtesy of Max Pixel Recent research indicates that smiling, even when you don't feel happy, may do you some good. In a recent Nature of Things episode, Harvard University social psychologist Amy Cuddy discussed posture therapy for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In...

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,...