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Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

Live Well, Work Well – April is Oral Health Awareness Month

4 Tips for Preventing Oral Health Issues April is Oral Health Month in Canada, making it the perfect time to remind yourself of good oral hygiene practices. Oral health problems—like cavities and oral cancer—can be costly, and they impact Canadians of all backgrounds every year. Thankfully, almost all oral diseases can be prevented with proper knowledge and the following prevention techniques: Keep a clean mouth. Thoroughly brushing and flossing can reduce dental plaque and prevent gingivitis—the mildest form of gum disease. Check your mouth regularly. Every year, approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer. To prevent the disease, it’s critical to visit the dentist regularly. Checkups can detect early signs of oral health problems, and professionals can suggest treatments that will prevent further damage. Eat wisely. Teeth are sensitive to certain foods. Foods that are high in sugars and…read more →

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

April showers bring May flowers…and flooded basements, too

When it comes to preventing flooding in your home, sump pumps are among the most valuable tools at your disposal, especially during heavy rainfalls or snowmelt season. Learn how sump pumps work and how you can keep yours flowing smoothly all year long. What is a sump pump? A sump pump is a device that picks up water from your basement (specifically from the sump pit, a hole in the lowest part of the basement floor, where runoff from your home’s weeping tile collects) and pumps it safely away from your home’s foundation. Sump pumps are especially helpful in rural areas and regions prone to flooding, where rainwater and melting snow can’t easily drain into a municipal sewer system. How do sump pumps work? Once the water in your sump pit rises to a certain level, it raises a floating…read more →

Happy Earth Day! Six Ways To Celebrate Our Planet

Happy Earth Day! Six Ways To Celebrate Our Planet

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and get your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering? This kind of play has been disappearing rapidly from childhood for the past several decades. Parents spend a lot of time driving their children to indoor activities. Today, 1 out of every 2 children spend less than 1 hour outside each day! How can kids, who don’t spend time in their environment, be expected to care about it, or even to protect it? This is why Earth Day Canada has created a new program called EarthPLAY. EarthPLAY is about connecting kids to nature through play, giving them the time, space and materials that allow them to explore their inner nature and the natural world around them. EarthPLAY brings play…read more →

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines

Ontario Pharmacists Now Able to Give Additional Vaccines Effective Immediately: In participating pharmacies in Ontario, pharmacists can now provide individuals five years of age and older with vaccines—many of which are travel vaccines—that help protect against the following 13 preventable diseases: • Bacille Calmette-Guérin (tuberculosis) • Haemophilus influenzae type B—known as Hib (severe bacterial infection) • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Herpes zoster (shingles) • Human papillomavirus (HPV) • Japanese encephalitis • Meningococcal disease (severe illnesses like infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as bloodstream infections caused by a certain bacteria) • Pneumococcal disease (range of infections from ear and sinus to pneumonia and bloodstream) • Rabies • Typhoid • Varicella (chicken pox) • Yellow fever How does this affect your employee benefits plan? Some of the vaccines require a prescription from a…read more →

Car insurance rates for Ontario drivers could increase as high as 7%

Car insurance rates for Ontario drivers could increase as high as 7%

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has released the auto insurance rate approvals for the first quarter of 2017. For Ontario drivers, car insurance rates are increasing overall in the province by 1.24%. This compares to a 0.14 per cent decrease in the previous quarter. Even though approved rates increased 1.24 per cent, some drivers could see their rates go up as much as 7%, while others may see a decrease in the neighbourhood of 3%, as this is the range in rates approved this quarter. It all depends on who you have your coverage through. “Ontario has a very competitive marketplace,” FSCO says in its quarterly statement. “Rates for the same coverage vary based on each insurer’s claims experience and the insurer’s rating system.” As a result, FSCO urges consumers to shop around for auto insurance. It is more important than ever…read more →

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