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. This month’s issue discusses camping and sunscreen tips.

Going Camping? Here’s the Rundown of What You Need to Know

As the temperatures rise and the days become longer, many Canadians will head out on camping adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned camping pro or new to the activity, it’s always a good idea to review camping safety tips.

Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials

Before setting out, it is important that you remember to pack things like fresh water, food, a first-aid kit, matches, insect repellent, extra clothing and a waterproof tent.

Think Twice Before Pitching Your Tent

It’s important to carefully consider where you’re setting up camp. Avoid low-lying areas that could flood during a heavy rain. Also, in windy conditions, avoid setting up your tent under a tree, as possible falling limbs could present a danger.

Campfire Safety

If you’re not careful, a campfire can quickly become

dangerous. Keep the following tips in mind to stay safe:

  • If possible, surround the fire pit with rocks, and keep a bucket of water nearby.
  • Do not build the fire near the tent(s) or anything else flammable.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, and ensure it is completely out before going to bed.
  • Collect firewood from the ground only, and never cut into living trees.

Prioritize Safety Over Fun

To keep the experience fun and safe, there are some basic precautions that every camper should take. What’s discussed here is just the beginning of camping safety. For more information on how you can remain safe on your trip, contact your local park association.


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Sunscreen and You

To avoid the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we’re often advised to wear sunscreen whenever we go outside. And, with skin cancer being the most common type of cancer in Canada, wearing sunscreen is of the utmost importance.

The Canadian Dermatology Association recognizes the effectiveness of sunscreen products that meet the following criteria:

  • Broad-spectrum with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Low potential for irritation
  • Minimally perfumed or non-perfumed
  • Non-comedogenic

Additionally, it’s important to be mindful of the different types of sunscreen that follow these criteria and pick the best one for you. For instance, certain sunscreens are specifically designed to stick to skin during sports. For more information on sunscreen, visit the Canadian Dermatology Association’s website.

Wearable Tech and Your Health in 2019

In the past few years, wearable fitness technology has become increasingly popular and advanced. Some models are now even capable of generating an electrocardiogram that can detect irregular heart rhythms. With their widespread popularity, you may be wondering if they do any good for you and your health.

Wearing these trackers can be beneficial for your overall health. And, a fitness tracker can be especially useful for monitoring progress with a new exercise routine or weight loss program. They can count steps, monitor heart rate, add up calories and even track sleep. A number of options are available to accommodate a wide variety of budgets and fitness goals.

Whether you’re just starting out on a healthy living journey or are well on your way, using one of these widely available fitness trackers may be beneficial for you.



Recipe of the Month – Cucumber Blueberry Salad

212 Calories per serving

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper

 

Salad:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium cucumber (chopped)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula
  • ¼ medium red onion (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup crumbled reduced-fat Feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread

Preparations

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all salad ingredients, except bread.
  3. When ready to serve, add vinaigrette to salad and toss.
  4. Toast bread and then cut into four pieces.

Makes: 4 servings

Source: Government of Canada


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