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Bell Let's Talk! Event Ideas

Bell Let's Talk!

In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s mental health. At that time, most people were not talking about mental illness. But the numbers spoke volumes about the urgent need for action. Millions of Canadians, including leading personalities, engaged in an open discussion about mental illness, offering new ideas and hope for those who struggle, with numbers growing every year.

Smoking Cessation Workshops

In our latest blog we share information on smoking cessation workshops that are available to Region of Waterloo residents. 

To complement these workshops, did you know that our Employee Assistance Program (EFAP) also provides a complimentary smoking cessation coaching program through Life Smart Coaching Services. This program is available to employees of the University of Waterloo.

National Gratitude Day

On September 21st we celebrate National Gratitude Day.

Expressing gratitude means so much to most of us. Below is a list of 10 simple low- or no-cost ideas for showing gratitude in the workplace. Remember It’s important to find out how individuals  like to be recognized – privately or publicly? Once you know this, you can tailor your appreciation.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

The Benefits of Meditation

Be a Donor Month

Did you know, April is Be a Donor Month?

Just alone in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people in need of an organ transplant. Let’s take this opportunity to learn more about how we can become an organ and tissue donor for someone in need or how we can help spread the word to encourage Ontarians to donate. Click here for more information.

A few tips for health and wellness during the holidays

This time of year may be a time for celebration, but it can also be incredibly stressful - for everyone. Work load, parties, and family/friend obligations not to mention shopping lists can sometimes tip us over the edge.

Most employees report being happier during the holiday season; however, some report that they are more stressed this time of year. Balancing work responsibilities with holiday events appears to be the biggest stressor.

World Hypertension Day

May 17 is World Hypertension Day. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is a common condition affecting 17.7% of Canadians aged 12 and older. A blood pressure value of 140/90 mmHg is considered high. If untreated, hypertension can cause death or serious health consequences such as heart attack, stroke, dementia, kidney failure, and vision loss.

Final 2018 Nutrition Month column

Today is my final Nutrition Month 2018 column. Thank you to those who have taken an interest and also to readers who took the time to email me. I hope you learned an interesting nutrition or food fact or that you may stop to question the source of something you hear or read about in the future.

Myth: It’s hard to avoid food waste

Truth: We all have good intentions at the grocery store - nobody likes to throw away food that didn't get used in time. Yet almost half of all food waste generated in Canada originates from individual households. This mainly comes from food items we purchase with every intention of using but never do. Food waste costs the average Canadian household $1456 per year or $364 per person.

Myth: Pink Himalayan sea salt is better for you than table salt

Truth: This trendy gourmet salt derived from ancient sea beds is everywhere. And so is the hype about its benefits, including that it is rich in health-promoting trace minerals and "vibrational energy."  Despite its inviting signature pale pink-coral colour that is the result of a smidgeon of trace minerals (and possible contaminants), there is no truth to any of the pseudoscience claiming it is a healthier seasoning option.