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...


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...

Let's Get Walking!

March 14, 2019 | Cathy

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Image courtesy of Pixabay. The days are longer, the snow is's time to get your walking shoes on and head outside. Walking outdoors is a great way to embrace nature, get your daily dose of Vitamin D, and get in shape. Did you know that recent research shows that...


February 20, 2019 | Reagan

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It seems like every time I turn on the news lately, there is an article, post, tweet or podcast on the topic of vaccines. More accurately, the rapid spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and the arguments for and against immunizations. As a disclaimer to this hot button topic, the Library is...

Pushing the Limits of Human Performance

January 29, 2019 | Cathy

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So, how are your New Year's resolutions holding up? If my memory serves me correctly, the end of January or start of February is when the crowds in the gym start dissipating. If you need a boost to stay motivated with your fitness goals, come out to a talk by...

A Nutritious Library

January 8, 2019 | Reagan

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Does this New Year have you motivated to be a little more health conscious? Perhaps you are looking for ways to improve your nutrition in 2019. The library is here to help! Image Source: Wikimedia FDA Nutrition Facts Label 2016 Books I wanted to dedicate some column space to showing...