Monthly Archives: November 2013

Gossip in the workplace can be detrimental to mental health


Coworkers_gossipIt seems we live in a culture of gossip, and likely have been since the beginning of time. Around the neighbourhood, in our families, on the job, gossip somehow fuels our sense of curiosity and to some extent, acts as a form of entertainment. You only have to glance at the tabloids at the grocery checkout, turn on your computer or watch some reality TV show to realize how much we love gossip and how curious we are about other people’s affairs, addictions and relationship troubles.

The Germans have a word for this fascination and it’s called Schadenfreude, meaning pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune.

Hearing some juicy bit of news about someone else, or spreading some choice piece …

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2013


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenBreak the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act. ~ Ban Ki-moon 

United Nations Secretary-General’s Message for 2013

Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming our common humanity. In response to this global challenge, I launched my UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008. Since then, partners around the world have joined our drive to protect the human rights of women and girls to live free from violence.

I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I …

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Eat well, stay well: a healthy meal in 20 minutes


In today’s world, where time is precious and convenience is essential, it can be challenging to cook fresh, nutritious and exciting meals after a hard day at work.

Watch and learn as Registered Dietitian, Marie-Maxime Bergeron prepares a quick-and-easy meal using healthy and accessible ingredients.

Mediterranean chicken with quinoa tabouleh



  • 1 cup (200g) quinoa
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika, plus extra to sprinkle
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 100g low-fat thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4
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Helpful ways to manage stress with yoga


Helpful ways to manage stress with yogaIf you’re among one of the 67 per cent of Canadians experiencing high levels of stress, you’ll be relieved to know that there are simple and effective stress management techniques available.

We have looked at the amazing mental health benefits of exercise on this blog before. So today, we’re going to take a closer look at yoga, and how it fits into your stress-relief toolkit.

Yoga has steadily increased in popularity in the past decade. Likely you’ve seen people toting yoga mats to and from gyms, and noticed products like magazines, clothing and props being sold everywhere from airports to specialty shops. It could be tempting to dismiss yoga as a fad; however, research shows yoga to be an effective …

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World Diabetes Day


World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day occurs each November 14th. It’s a day for global diabetes education and advocacy and a time for learning how to minimize your risk. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 371 million people worldwide live with diabetes (more than 3 million in Canada) and half of us with diabetes don’t even know we have it! Take five minutes today to learn about the risk factors and how to reduce the risk of diabetes for you and your family.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer makes insulin or can’t use the insulin it does make:  the results are raised glucose levels in the blood. There are three types of diabetes:

  • Type 1
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