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,...

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 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....