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Live Well, Work Well – March 2019

Live Well, Work Well – March 2019

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about alleviating spring allergies. In addition, you’ll learn when you should give your body a break from exercising. Don’t Let Spring Allergies Bring You Down Millions of Canadians suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbours start to cut their grass more frequently, allergy sufferers nationwide start sniffling and sneezing. What’s more, mould growth blooms both indoors and outdoors, making it almost impossible to escape allergy triggers. Spring Allergy Alleviation Tips To reduce your allergies, be sure to take the following steps: Stay indoors on dry, windy days. Avoid chores—including lawn mowing, weed pulling and gardening—that could expose you to common allergens. Avoid hanging laundry outside to dry as pollen can stick to certain fabrics. Check pollen levels regularly….read more →

Benefit Connection – OHIP+ Is Changing April 1, 2019

Benefit Connection – OHIP+ Is Changing April 1, 2019

OHIP+ Is Changing April 1st, 2019 The changes affect OHIP-insured children and youth aged 24 and under, including those: without a private plan, who will remain eligible for OHIP+ without co-payments or deductibles with a private plan, who will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will access prescribed medicines through their private plan OHIP+ makes more than 4,400 drug products free for anyone age 24 years or younger. You don’t need to enroll – all you need is a health card number and an eligible prescription. Who is covered All babies, children and youth age 24 years and under who have OHIP coverage are automatically covered by OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. You do not have to enroll or register to access OHIP+ – coverage is automatic. OHIP+ coverage will stop on your 25th birthday, but you may qualify…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – February 2019

Live Well, Work Well – February 2019

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll read about improving your heart health by reducing your stress. In addition, you’ll learn how to   keep your heart healthy through exercise. Looking to Improve Your Heart Health? Reduce Your Stress Heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women over the age of 60. While there are risk factors that contribute to heart disease that you can’t control, there are many things you can do to maintain your heart health. One of those things is to reduce your stress. When stress is excessive, it can contribute to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure. If high blood pressure goes untreated, it can result in heart disease. Reducing Your Stress Taking steps to reduce your stress will improve your overall health. Try these tips: Plan and prioritize your…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – January 2019

Live Well, Work Well – January 2019

This month’s Live Well, Work Well issue discusses fad diets and winter illnesses. Beware: New Year = New Fad Diets Jan. 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Canadians, a “new year, new me” mentality. In fact, getting in shape is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. While making lifestyle changes, as approved by a doctor, is not a bad thing, turning to a fad diet to achieve a resolution of getting in shape is not ideal or healthy. What’s a fad diet? Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it: Claims to help you lose more than 1-2 pounds per week Promises that you’ll lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – December 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – December 2018 Edition

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll learn how to keep up with your workout routine during cold weather. In addition, you’ll learn three ways to fight holiday stress. Don’t Let Cooler Temperatures Derail Your Workout Plan If you find it harder to keep up with your workout program as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Every year, many Canadians find it increasingly difficult to remain committed to their plans as the holidays, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles. Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser, there are simple ways you can overcome the winter obstacles and stay on track with your workout plan. Acclimate to colder weather by warming up inside. If you’re an outdoor exerciser, try doing your warm-up inside. By doing so, you’ll raise your body temperature and already be warm before you step outside. Prep for your…read more →

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