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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 →

Live Well, Work Well – November 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – November 2018 Edition

In this edition of the Live Well, Work Well newsletter, you’ll learn about chronic sleep disorders and mindfulness. In addition, you’ll read about Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Chronic Sleep Disorders Sleep is essential for normal, healthy function. However, about 40 per cent of Canadians suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can result from a number of causes, including stress, illness, diet or medication. Other causes include genetics, night-shift work, blindness, mental illness, physical illness and aging. Follow these tips for a good night’s sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Exercise daily, but not within a few hours of going to bed. Avoid caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol several hours before bedtime. Make sure your bedroom is not too hot or cold before bed.     A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation Prolonged…read more →

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019

Employment Insurance Premium Rate Change for 2019 The Canada Employment Insurance Commission has announced a decrease in employment insurance premiums for 2019. Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said issued the following statement on the Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate for 2019: “Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, job creation has been strong, and unemployment is near 40-year lows. While more and more Canadians are feeling the benefits of Canada’s strong economy, the Government is committed to ensuring that middle class Canadians and people working hard to join the middle class have the support they need as they work to build better lives for themselves and their families. Canada’s EI program provides that support in times of need, and also provides training and employment programs to help Canadians find and keep good, well-paying jobs.” Since…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – October 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – October 2018 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, you’ll read about Workplace Bullying, Superfoods and The Importance of Eye Exams. More Common Than You’d Think: Workplace Bullying Workplace bullying is a common concern in workplaces across Canada. Generally, workplace bullying is defined as the use of intimidation through power, influence, tone or language to affect a person negatively. Often, bullying is intentional, but sometimes the bully is not aware of their hurtful actions or words. Workplace bullying affects safety, productivity, trust and workplace culture. Some common signs of workplace bullying include: Ignoring, isolating or excluding an employee Reprimanding or humiliating an employee publicly Name-calling or insulting an employee Workplace bullying is a serious issue, and if you feel like you’re being bullied or witness inappropriate behaviour, it’s critical to take steps to address it. Above all, it’s important to work…read more →

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