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 with your manager and HR department to report workplace bullying. Doing so can help you and your peers stay safe and comfortable at work.

 

 

Superfoods for Super Health

The foods you eat can positively impact your long-term health. Consider incorporating the following superfoods into your diet to support your health.

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Buckwheat
  • Eggs
  • Goji berries
  • Kale
  • Lentils
  • Oats
  • Olive oil
  • Pomegranates
  • Quinoa
  • Sardines
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tarragon
  • Tomatoes
  • Wild salmon
  • Yogurt

Many of these superfoods can be found in your local grocery stores. Look for them the next time you go grocery shopping.

The Importance of Eye Exams

Because many eye and vision conditions exhibit no obvious symptoms, individuals are often unaware that there is a problem. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are important for maintaining good vision and preventing permanent vision loss, making eye exams an important part of routine preventive health care.

Complete eye exams consist of a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Each test evaluates a different aspect of your eyes. Everyone needs an eye exam, but how often you need an eye exam depends on your age, risk factors and physical condition.

If you have been diagnosed with a vision or eye health condition, you should schedule annual eye exams. For everyone else, the following general guidelines apply:

  • Children ages 5 and younger should have their vision checked each time they visit their pediatrician.
  • School-aged children and adolescents should have their vision checked prior to entering first grade and every two years thereafter.
  • Adults should have at least one eye exam between the ages of 20 and 29, two exams between ages 30 and 39, one exam every four years from age 40 to 65, and one exam every one or two years after age 65.


 

Recipe of the Month – Apple Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 625 mL (2 ½ cups) skim milk
  • 250 mL (1 cup) water
  • 325 mL (1 ⅓ cups) large flake oats
  • 75 mL (⅓ cup) wheat germ
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) packed brown sugar
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) dried cranberries

PREPARATIONS

  1. In a large saucepan, bring milk and water to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Stir in oats and wheat germ. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Cook, stirring for about 12 minutes or until the mixture is almost thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in apple and cranberries. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes: 4 servings

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 249
Total Fat 3 g
Protein 13 g
Carbohydrates 44 g
Dietary Fibre 5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 73 mg
Total Sugars 17 g

Source: Government of Canada


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