Monthly Archives: March 2014

Simply cook and enjoy!


Simply cook and enjoyMarch is nutrition month, and this year we are inspiring Canadians to get back into the kitchen with the theme, Simply cook and enjoy! Canadians are re-connecting with their families to cook at home, eat better, and enjoy real food.

While preparing healthy, nutritious meals can seem like a challenge with the busy lifestyles we lead today, eating well doesn’t have to be overwhelming, complicated or stressful. Taking the time for yourself and your family to actually sit down and enjoy a meal can be one of the best and healthiest parts of your week.

Plan, plan, plan!

Planning what to eat ahead of time can help create healthy eating habits that will become a way of life. Try …

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Tips for university-bound students


Tips for university-bound studentsHeading off to university for the first time is one of the most significant life transitions you will experience. As a high school student I am nervous about this transition, so I spoke with some friends who have already started their post-secondary education to get an idea of what’s in store.

University classes – we’re definitely not in high school anymore!

I was really nervous about the speed and intensity of my courses and not being able to talk with my professor about my questions and assignments – Jared, Niagara College of Horticulture 

A lot of first-year classes are large, lecture-based classes where you likely won’t be able to interact much with your professors, and as such your learning is …

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Expert advice on filing your taxes


Expert advice on filing your taxesTax season is almost here again and soon we’ll all be hunting for our receipts, slips and everything else we need but can never find this time of year. There are two things that you may be missing that will make all the difference and could save you money.

Two tax tips to save you money

1)  File on time.

That may seem painfully obvious but over 2 million Canadians get this wrong every single year. Even if you don’t owe any taxes this year, filing is important because it affects GST and child tax credits, guaranteed income supplement and provincial assistance and benefit programs. If taxes are owed, late filers will be paying hefty penalties – 5% on the …

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How to establish a sleep routine for better health


How to establish a sleep routine for better healthHearing that someone doesn’t sleep well can mean a multitude of things. Are they having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, getting a restful sleep, or waking too early? Investigating and improving on sleep is very important for overall quality of life and also long-term health.

Chronic sleep loss has been linked to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and immune-system impairment. In general, routinely getting less than six hours of solid sleep affects mood, memory, and reaction times, which can lead to depression and anxiety, as well as making more mistakes or being in an accident.

A sleep routine is a good first step in getting your sleep on track. This means waking up and going to bed at the same times …

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