World Water Day: March 22, 2021

March 19, 2021 | Reagan

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March 22 is World Water Day! Beginning in 1993, the United Nations celebrated water and helped raise awareness for the 2.2 billion people that are living without access to safe water (according to the UN's World Water Day Toolkit). This year the UN is asking us to participate in a...

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2021

February 12, 2021 | Reagan

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Wednesday, February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day! I encourage you to set the intention to doing a kind act for another person, be it someone you know or a complete stranger, or even a kind act for yourself. The Kindness Book by Todd Parr According to the scientists...

Weed 101

December 28, 2020 | Reagan

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When I think about weed (also known as cannabis, marijuana, pot, etc.), I always think about the episode in Frasier when Niles unknowingly gets his father stoned. I simply had to re-watch the episode before writing this blog post and to my delight, it's a holiday episode! As a stoned,...

Forest Bathing

October 13, 2020 | Reagan

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This fall I have been spending a lot of time outdoors so I thought I would investigate the health trend of forest bathing. Forest bathing is the practice of spending time connecting with nature through our senses with no specific destination in mind. Basically the medicine of being in the...

Mental Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Right now, many people are feeling worried and anxious because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're learning to adapt to a "new normal" that's constantly changing. This guest post is by Dr. Katy Kamkar, PhD., C. Psych., Clinical Psychologist, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She offers some great...

Viruses and Vaccines from the Past to the Present

May 25, 2020 | Ann

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Right now, researchers in Canada and around the world are working to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 and we are all eagerly awaiting news and updates. At the same time, there have been many articles comparing the COVID-19 virus and pandemic to other viruses and pandemics throughout history. In...

Self-care and Mental Well-being

May 5, 2020 | Diana S.

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Self-care is "taking time to do things you enjoy or that make you feel better, especially when you feel stressed," according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's (CAMH) Six ways to practise self-care (PDF) guide. The six elements CAMH recommends are: Eat well Move your body Pay attention...

Your Health Matters: Get Great eBooks from TPL and Toronto Public Health to Help Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis

Has the COVID-19 crisis left you feeling pressured to maintain your and your family’s health, happiness and development? You are far from alone. Self isolation has torn us away from many of our routines and supports. It has forced us to take on roles that we previously depended on others...

Burnout

May 30, 2019 | Reagan

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Photo from Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1988. You may have seen in the news recently that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially added "Burnout" to its International Classification of Diseases. As the first significant health organization to legitimize the term, the WHO defines burnout as: "a syndrome conceptualized as...

National Salad Month

May 14, 2019 | Reagan

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Happy National Salad Month! Personally, I think national salad month is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of winter and, dare I say it, turn over a new leaf... Leafy Greens So let's all raise a fork to the mighty and modern salad. And no, I'm not talking about...