Monthly Archives: February 2013

Healthy hearts begin with healthy choices

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Healthy hearts begin with healthy choicesFebruary is the month for celebrating love, friendship and healthy hearts. So do something good for your heart this month: Connect with the people you love, laugh more often, and honour your health with heart-happy foods. Here are a few ideas that we know your heart will just love!

Eating your way to a healthy heart

1) Each day, aim for three or more servings of whole grains that include whole grain wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa and rye. Eat the whole grain, especially the bran of the whole grains. It has three parts: bran, germ and endosperm. When grains are refined, they’re stripped of the bran and the germ (the very source of healthy plant compounds and fibre).…

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Body dysmorphia: Chasing the Hollywood ideal of beauty

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Body Dysmorphia: Chasing the Hollywood ideal of beautyWhen we think of individuals obsessed with body image, we often associate them with women. However, men are increasingly being diagnosed with dysmorphia. Sufferers of this mental illness are fixated on perceived imperfections of their physical appearance.

Body dysmorphic disorder is categorized as a chronic mental illness and affects every living minute of a person’s life. Sufferers cannot get through the day without obsessing over their body and how they look and are so ashamed of their bodies, they fear being seen by anyone. Sufferers will go to great lengths to change their bodies like bodybuilding and taking protein supplements in excess or even steroids to gain muscle mass, and spend countless hours and thousands of dollars on gym memberships …

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What you need to know about wills and estates

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What you need to know about wills and estatesA will is a document by which a person directs how their property is disposed of after death. Although no particular wording is required, it is necessary that the document shows clearly the intentions of the party making it. Problems arise when the wording used is interpreted in different ways and in such a case, the will can be challenged and voided or misinterpreted. As a rule, legal language should be used so that a court will know exactly what was meant by the deceased. Each province has a statute that governs how wills will be interpreted and governed.

The law concerning wills is very old and complex. There are a number of procedures which a lay-person would not be …

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The EFAP experience: Which service is right for you?

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Family in living room with laptop smilingAt the heart of the WorkHealthLife blog is our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) – a rich repertoire of products and services designed and clinically crafted to help create more balance in your life. Your EFAP can help you and your family with issues ranging from mental health, relationships, personal finances, legal issues, health and nutrition, and workplace stress.

As part of our core EFAP services, we offer the flexibility of six counselling modalities:

Face-to-Face

This traditional counselling model is based on an individual meeting in a confidential, private setting at a set appointment time with a counsellor to discuss life issues. The counsellor works with the individual to assess their goals, to create a plan of action and …

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Can romance stand the test of time?

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Can romance stand the test of time?Romance is an elusive thing that seems to wear off after a while like a drug. Only a select few manage to capture that feeling of euphoria for any length of time. Are they faking it? What’s their secret?

Scientists have been pondering love for years and have asked the same questions and have found that romance does indeed exist as a powerful emotion that shows up deep inside the brain known as the primal core – the oldest part of the brain. So romance is nothing new, it is not something fabricated by Hallmark or Harlequin, it is indeed real and can be cultivated through mutual commitment.

Biological Anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher recently discussed this phenomenon of romance. …

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