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Live Well, Work Well – January 2020

Live Well, Work Well – January 2020

Don’t Fall Into This New Year’s Resolution Trap One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Unfortunately, many people look to fad diets and weight loss products in hopes of achieving their goals quickly. While fad diets may prove effective initially, research shows that many people don’t find long-term success with these types of diets. Lasting Lifestyle Changes vs. Quick Fixes Instead of setting a goal to lose weight quickly in the new year, it can be more effective to set goals that lead to a healthier lifestyle overall. Common lifestyle New Year’s resolutions include: Exercise regularly—Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, and to do strength-training exercises of major muscle groups at least twice a week. Maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet—Try to…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – December 2019

Live Well, Work Well – December 2019

Tips for Managing Your Stress During the Holidays Although the holidays can be an exciting and special time of the year, they can also bring about increased levels of stress. Long-distance travelling, preparing for a large party, navigating crowded stores, the increasingly cold temperatures and unforgiving weather can all contribute to heightened anxiety. In addition to external factors, internal factors such as unrealistic expectations, social anxiety, financial pressure and loss of sleep can also make the holidays more stressful. Consider the following tips to make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable: Manage expectations—Whether they’re your own or someone else’s, it’s easy to get swept up in the “holiday spirit” and plan for more than can reasonably and healthily be accomplished. Carefully assess what you and others expect of the holiday season, and plan accordingly. Set a budget—The holidays can…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – November 2019

Live Well, Work Well – November 2019

It’s That Time of the Year Again: Flu Season Is Here The arrival of the fall and winter months signals many things, including the beginning of flu season. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, flu activity peaks between December and February. Flu Symptoms Seasonal influenza can cause serious complications for people of any age, but children and the elderly are more vulnerable. The flu is most often associated with the sudden onset of fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, congestion, cough and sore throat. Most people recover within a few days to less than two weeks. Occasionally, complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis or other infections can occur. Flu Prevention The flu vaccine is your best chance of preventing the illness. Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that anyone over 6 months of age receive an annual flu…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – October 2019

Live Well, Work Well – October 2019

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women in Canada. To help spread awareness of this disease, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Prevalence of Breast Cancer About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. While there are some breast cancer risk factors that you can’t control, these prevention strategies can help you reduce your risk: Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. Abstain from drinking alcohol, or limit intake to one drink per day. If you’re concerned about your personal risk of developing breast cancer, call or visit your doctor. Breast Cancer Awareness Month and You There are a variety of ways that you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a few ideas: Participate in a…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – September 2019

Live Well, Work Well – September 2019

The Live Well, Work Well newsletter is an employee newsletter that is produced monthly and covers topics like health, wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal finance. Getting Outside May Be the Key to Boosting Your Physical and Psychological Well-being A recent study published in Scientific Reports revealed that spending 120 minutes a week outdoors can improve your health and psychological well-being. Remember, well-being refers to feeling good and living both safely and healthily. And, the concept of well-being can have implications on your overall quality of life, health and happiness. What are the benefits of spending time outside? Exercising in nature has been proven to improve one’s mental and physical health. Being outside also helps to promote higher vitamin D levels, a vitamin the body makes when skin is directly exposed to the sun. Many people are deficient in vitamin D,…read more →

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