We’d like to recommend initiating happy and healthy Family Day traditions.
Disconnect to reconnect – Request that your family completely disconnect from all the distracting electronic devices on Family Day to help keep the focus on what’s important – your family; the people right in front of you.
Maintaining a good level of Vitamin D is important for bone health and helps to prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D is also thought to help with the body’s immune system, fight certain cancers and help prevent disease; such as heart disease and diabetes.
Your body naturally produces Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. During the long winter months, this can be a challenge for most Canadians. The cold weather keeps many of inside, and when out, we are usually quite bundled up.
It’s a good idea to add foods to your diet throughout the winter to help maintain your Vitamin D levels. Foods that contain Vitamin D include:
Fatty fish such as tuna and salmon
Maitake mushrooms and portabella mushrooms grown with exposure to ultraviolet light
Beverages and foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk, plant-based milk, orange juice and cereals
As with all food choices, it’s important to read the labels.
Is your business ready to move toward a happier and healthier workplace? What is workplace wellness?
Workplace wellness is the promotion of practices which support healthy behavior and wellness in the workplace.
Creating a wellness plan in a business does not have to be an expensive endeavor, nor does it have to be a company policy (although it is recommended). Improved health in the workplace can be initiated by an employee, management or the business ownership.
Whether you are a business owner or an employee; everyone benefits from a healthier workplace. Employees who participate in workplace wellness plans:
Take less sick time off work
Have higher rates of productivity
Are happier in general
Enjoy an improved work-life balance
A good place to start is by addressing current health issues within your workplace. Do most employees have a sedentary job? Are there healthy snack or food options on hand? Is it a stressful work environment? Is worker safety an problem?
Understanding and addressing the most common issues first will encourage participation and continued growth of a workplace wellness plan.
Longer days, warm weather, fresh air, kids out of school… Are you taking advantage of summertime?
Summer is our chance to relax and enjoy after enduring the cold harsh winter. For most of us summer is the time to enjoy activities like biking, hiking, camping, swimming, barbecues, etc. – not to mention the multitude of festivals and events to be experienced.
In Essex County, our seasons can change quickly and this seems to be especially true for summertime… so here are some ways to take advantage of the summertime.
Get out and be active
Why be cooped up in a stuffy gym, or in lounging in front of the TV or the iPad?
There are so many ways to exercise outdoors, from running to swimming to biking, golf, kayaking, paddle-boarding, etc.
It’s the perfect time to ‘change up’ from the same old routines, and our bodies definitely benefit from these kinds of changes.
Of course, when we are braving the elements we should definitely use sun block and avoid full sun exposure. Injury prevention is also important; take note of uneven terrain and use caution with more ‘extreme’ environments. As with all exercise, proper warm up is essential.
Enjoy locally-produced fresh produce
When we buy produce from the grocery store, it is generally ‘old’ by the time it hits those shelves. Fresh and local food not only tastes better but it has a higher nutrient content because it is fresh. It is not only a good thing to support local farmers, but it is also great to enjoy food that is in-season.
Check out local farmer’s markets by clicking here.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the more important things in life like family. Summer activities are a perfect way to spend time with the ones that you love.
Watch a sunset, go for a walk, eat a Popsicle, play catch… sometimes the simplest activities can create lasting memories.
We believe that wellness and good health is about balance, so take the time to enjoy the bounties of summer.
The days are getting shorter and before we know it, fall and winter will be upon us before we know it… Make sure that you can look back and say, “I had a great summer!”
The City of Windsor has declared June 2016 to be “Bike Month” – what a great reminder of a simple activity that we likely enjoyed as children!
Perhaps you’re an avid cyclist or maybe you haven’t been on a bike since you received your drivers’ license. Either way, there is no better time than now to explore Windsor and Essex County on two wheels.
Improvements in bike lanes and cycling infrastructure are occurring regularly now in Windsor and Essex County. Choose your route – either in the city or in the county, and join an adult and/or family friendly local trails, and check out the numerous online resources by searching ‘Biking in Windsor Essex County’.
Biking is not only a fun activity that many people of varying ages and physical abilities can enjoy… it’s also great for your health!
Is a heart-healthy exercise
Increases muscle strength
Helps improve flexibility and join mobility
Can help lower stress
Can help with weight loss
So grab a helmet and get your bike, ride and enjoy!