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2013 Archives

2013 E-tips listing

Facebook, social media and connection
December 27, 2013
Does Facebook really connect us with others? Yes and no.

Happiness and success
December 20, 2013
Does success lead to happiness, or does happiness lead to success?

Sip it or skip it?
December 13, 2013
The holidays are approaching, and there will be many opportunities to eat and drink more than we usually do.

Mind maintenance
December 06, 2013
Your mind, just like your car, needs regular maintenance

Get the most out of walking
November 29, 2013
Walking is the single best form of physical activity. Swap 30 minutes of watching TV or playing a video game with a walk outdoors.

The latest on salt and BP
November 22, 2013
You hear a lot of talk these days about how Canadians are consuming too much sodium

The meaning of Christmas
November 15, 2013
You are probably wondering why we are talking about Christmas when we just finished Halloween

Sweet talk
November 08, 2013
Eating too much sugar contributes to health problems and unhealthy weights.

Turning back the clocks
November 01, 2013
Most of us are not getting as much sleep as our bodies and our brains require.

Stress busters
October 25, 2013
Without some stress, our lives would be pretty boring. Changes in your job, home, or recreation are all stressful, even when they are positive changes.

Coffee calories
October 18, 2013
Remember when the only choices you had were regular or decaf? Life was simpler then, and it was easier to make healthy drink choices.

Disposing of drugs safely
October 11, 2013
Many of us have unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter drugs in our medicine cabinet.

Positive emotions and learning
October 04, 2013
Positive emotions -- like joy, gratitude, hope and pride -- open our hearts and our minds ...

Helper's high
September 27, 2013
Volunteering and giving to others reduces depression and anxiety and increases happiness and life satisfaction.

Change with the season
September 20, 2013
It's not surprising that we are more house-bound and less active in winter, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Connect with neighbours
September 13, 2013
Knowing the people that share your street helps you feel more connected to your neighbourhood.

Success in school and life
September 06, 2013
Success in school is more than knowing how to solve math problems. It's also about social skills and emotional intelligence.

Do more of what you do well
August 30, 2013
People who know and use their personal strengths are happier, have better self-esteem and feel more energized.

Staying in the present
August 23, 2013
Being present and mindful is a tool that increases happiness and enjoyment, and decreases sensory overload and negative self-talk

The mathematics of flourishing
August 16, 2013
Individuals flourish when positive emotions like joy, awe, curiousity and gratitude outnumber negative emotions like anger, frustration and disappointment by a ratio of 3 to 1.

The kindness of strangers
August 09, 2013
Acts of kindness can be simple and spontaneous, or elaborate and planned, and everything in between.

Sustainable happiness
August 02, 2013
Sustainable happiness invites us to think about how our happiness affects other people and the environment

The truth about multi-tasking
July 26, 2013
Most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. But what if the multi-tasking involves thinking or problem-solving?

Move it and use it. Or lose it.
July 19, 2013
We can't prevent the loss of brain cells, but we can take steps to create new ones.

Sleep and the midnight sun
July 12, 2013
Despite the long days, our bodies still need about 8 hours of sleep to function well.

Creative salads
July 05, 2013
Summer is a great time to re-balance our diets ...

Smooth sailing
June 28, 2013
Going boating is a great way to enjoy nature, "get away from it all" and have fun with friends!

Hockey dads, soccer moms
June 21, 2013
Sometimes the competitive spirit in sports gets the better of us, and in the heat of the moment, we lose perspective.

Eat a rainbow ... every day
June 14, 2013
Eating fruits and vegetables from all colour groups helps you get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs.

All that jazz
June 07, 2013
Jazz musician Eubie Blake (1887-1983) offered some advice for a good life that has survived the test of time.

Wear the gear
May 31, 2013
Being active is good for our bodies, minds and souls, but does it increase our risk for certain kinds of injuries?

Teach yourself happiness skills
May 24, 2013
You can train yourself to be more optimistic and happy.

Getting to 0
May 17, 2013
If you are a smoker, the single best thing you can do for your health is to quit.

Break up screen time
May 10, 2013
It's very easy to lose track of time while surfing the 'net or playing computer games. Before you know it, hours have gone by...

Procrastination -- putting off what needs to be done
May 03, 2013
Everyone puts off doing what needs to be done sometimes.

Keen on quinoa
April 26, 2013
Quinoa is the edible seeds from a plant which originated in the Andes Mountains, and can be used in place of rice.

Getting into the habit
April 19, 2013
It's amazing how hard it can be to start a new habit.

Spring into action!
April 12, 2013
If the winter cramped your active lifestyle, now's the time to hit the streets and trails.

Low risk drinking
April 05, 2013
Harmful use of alcohol is a key risk factor for chronic disease.

Tune into good intentions
March 28, 2013
Our brains are wired to pay more attention to the negative than the positive.

Practice mindfulness as you walk
March 22, 2013
Connecting with nature is good for your body and your soul. You can multiply the benefit of spending time in nature by being mindful.

Vary the veggies
March 15, 2013
Sometimes eating more vegetables is easier said than done. A good strategy is to experiment with new, unfamiliar vegetables to add both colour and variety to your meals.

Full of fiber?
March 08, 2013
Most Canadians need to eat more fiber. Why? Fiber keeps us regular -- it helps prevent constipation and can help relieve diarrhea.

Boldly set new boundaries
March 01, 2013
iPhones, iPads and Blackberries make it far too easy to bring your work home with you.

Cut back on sugar-sweetened beverages
February 22, 2013
Sugar (also called fructose, sucrose, glucose) is added to many drinks on the market today...

Focus on good in relationships
February 15, 2013
In the busyness of life, it can be easy to take even the most important people in our lives for granted.

Breakfast of champions
February 08, 2013
Many of us start the day with a bowl of cold cereal -- it's easy, quick and we hope, healthy.

Savour the moment
February 01, 2013
Positive emotions open the heart and the mind.

Fresh, frozen or canned?
January 25, 2013
True or false? Fresh fruits and vegetables are better for us than canned or frozen. False.

Start a walking group
January 18, 2013
On your marks, get ready, start a walking group!

Clean hands, healthy bodies
January 11, 2013
Hand washing is one of the best ways of preventing the spread of germs from one person to another.

Live well in 2013
January 04, 2013
Make 2013 the year of living well.