Monthly Archives: September 2013

Effects of long-term stress

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Effects of long-term stressWe all know what it’s like to be stressed out. Just one glance at your to-do list is a daily reminder of what that feels like. But you may be surprised to know the effects of stress can show up in the most unexpected places. If left untreated, stress can manifest itself in other physical symptoms like back ache, migraines and digestive difficulties. And, in some cases, stress can even lead to depression. The good news is increasing your stress management skills can pay off in more ways than you might think.

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down – Lily Tomlin

First, a quick review of the famous fight-or-flight stress response. In a primitive age, stress was a survival technique …

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Get in shape with 10,000 steps a day

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Female_walkingWhen it comes to lifestyle change, some people get excited while others get nervous. The trigger is in the word, change. Nobody likes changing their comfortable, daily routine and learning new habits. The reaction is not much different when it comes to fitness – it makes people nervous. That’s why walking programs are becoming so popular – they’re simple and fun.

All it takes is a few extra steps a day, a Fitbit Zip™ wireless activity tracker and your own online personal fitness coach to get you started and on the right track to fitness. With our new interactive program, Fitness Coach Connects, it couldn’t be simpler.

Once you’re set up with your Fitbit Zip™ wireless activity tracker, …

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LGBTQ families and raising children

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LGBTQ families and raising children It is impossible to say how long lesbian, gay, transgendered and queer people have been parenting children. With the recent legalization of gay marriage in Canada, there is increased attention and tolerance towards these families. This shift also means that more LGBTQ people are raising children than ever before.

Some of the first kids who grew up in openly LGBTQ families are approaching the age of 30, which means we have more access to information about growing up in these non-traditional homes. Numerous studies have shown that children of LGBTQ parents are just as happy and healthy as children from more conventional families.

Nevertheless, there are certainly unique challenges that LGBTQ parents and their children face. Prejudice and discrimination are …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the powerful effect of physical exercise

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the powerful effect of physical exerciseLeading a physically active lifestyle has many benefits – healthy weight management, an efficient heart, healthy lungs, and an overall sense of well-being – but what about our brains? When people think about fitness, they generally focus on the external impact exercise has on their body image. Yet staying active is one of the biggest boosts you can give your brain.

Alzheimer’s Disease – a progressive disease of the brain that impacts memory, thinking and behaviour – affects 35 million people and their families around the world. The exact causes of Alzheimer’s are not known, but researchers have identified risk factors including aging, genetics and existing conditions associated with the disease. Symptoms of the disease usually develop slowly and can …

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Coping with the after-effects of a traumatic event

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Coping with the After-Effects of a Traumatic EventExperiencing a traumatic event may trigger strong emotional reactions. While these feelings are normal, they can still be demanding and draining. Keep in mind that it can take days, if not weeks, to return to any semblance of your normal routine.

How we react to specific events depends on many things. For example, if you have been involved in a previous trauma, or if your present life circumstances are difficult, you may react more strongly than others would. Some people find that they experience reaction and effects of a trauma even if they have not been directly involved in the incident.

Ways to Manage

Recognizing the normal and natural reactions to traumatic events is the first step to being able …

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