New Year, New You!

January 9, 2017 | Reagan

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Each of us meets a new year in our own way; but some, like this young boy, want to wish everyone happiness. Toronto Star Archives 24 December 1975. It’s that time of year, “New Year, New Me!” Whether you want to try to quit smoking, or exercise more, or learn...

Holiday Stress: How to Prepare, Cope and Enjoy the Holidays

December 12, 2016 | Reagan

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As an adult, the holidays sometimes lose the magical whimsy that we so looked forward to as a kid. Things like huge snowfalls, playing with friends outside, holiday treats (candy canes were my favourite), and who could forget shaking a couple presents. Now, as an adult, the holidays are filled...

Trees Improve Our City: Tree for Me

October 25, 2016 | Lucy

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Have you ever looked up and around at some of the beautiful trees in Toronto? Have you ever wondered how they can benefit us and future generations? In fact, trees can benefit us, our families and future generations in more ways than one! Not only are trees our anti-climate change...

Biodiversity and Your Well-being

April 28, 2016 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of www.worldislandinfo.com It's Earth Month 2016 and the time has come to take seriously our impact on the planet. Toronto Public Library is happy to present the best of our collections on environmental education, geared to children, teens and adults. Watch for environmental displays in branches across the...

Forget the Pleasuredome...Welcome to the Microbiome!

January 29, 2016 | Cathy

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image courtesy of Wikipedia.com The microbiome is "the complete genetic content of all the microorganisms that typically inhabit a particular environment, especially a site on or in the body, such as the skin or the gastrointestinal tract" (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 2011). I first heard the term...

Living Well for a Healthier YOU

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...

The Games are Coming... A Medical Perspective

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...

Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness

April 24, 2015 | Cathy

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Creative Commons Deed CCO Mindfulness has been the 'flavour of the month' for health books recently. I think of mindfulness as focusing on the present and being in the moment and a technique to deal with stress and anxiety in our busy lives. And indeed, many recent titles on mindfulness...

Could you use an extra set of eyes?

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...

Why sitting is hazardous to your health...

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...