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March 2017


March is Nutrition Month 

Let's cook!

March is Nutrition Month and the theme for this year is "Take the Fight out of Food!" Dietitians of Canada's Nutrition Month 2017 campaign guides people through a three-step approach to improve their relationship with food, no matter what the struggle.
Let's Cook!
Eating should be joyful, not a source of frustration and confusion. If you're fighting with food, try this three-step approach. 
1. Spot the problem. Find out what's causing your fight with food.
2. Get the facts. Use facts from credible sources to decide what needs to be done to solve the problem.
3. Seek support. Get support from a dietitian, family members and friends and put your plan into action.

A common food fight dietitians hear about is preparing healthy meals at home. This is not surprising; eating patterns have been shifting to include many highly processed foods, the majority of which are high in fat, sugar and salt. The high use of these convenience foods has been linked to a decline in cooking skills. Yet, research shows that people with food skills have better diets and as a result, may protect against mental health and nutrition-related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease...Read more.


Bring the forest home with you!

Almost everyone who visits the York Regional Forest comes away with an appreciation for the natural beauty with an added sense of relaxation - and it's not difficult to understand why.

Forests offer a peaceful escape, fresh air and magnificent sights to improve your mental and physical health. Did you know that contact with nature for just two minutes provides stress relief; two hours improves memory performance and attention span; and that two days increases the levels of cancer fighting white cells by ...Read more.

The Science of Subjective Well-Being, a.k.a Happiness -  YouTube from Reframe Health Lab

Happiness youtube image
We often consider the science of mental illness (going from a 2 to a 6) but not well being (going from a 7 to a 9). 

Mental Illness in Ontario – infographic from the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

mental health in Ontario infographic

Five Feet of Fabulous - YouTube from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer: 

Five Feet of Fabulous
Cancer can start to grow in your colon and you may not feel anything or have any symptoms. Luckily, there are tests that can help detect signs of colon cancer.

Upcoming events

Spending time in nature can relieve stress and improve your memory, performance and attention span. Join us on a free guided walk to experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest.

Calendar of health promotion days - a listing of health awareness days, weeks and months announced by recognized health organizations and recognized throughout the health professional community.

Here's what you missed from our last workplace wellness e-newsletter

Here's what you missed last issue

ParticipACTION 150 Play List  

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION has compiled a list of 150 activities for you to do throughout 2017 to keep active. Visit and sign up to create your profile. Try the activities and track them online for chances to win cool  prizes. You can also earn digital badges as you complete fun challenges. Be active on special occasions, such as National Aboriginal Day or Halloween to get themed badges. There are over eighty badges that you can collect.
The activities can be done on your own, with family, friends or colleagues at work. How about trying a stick pull, slacklining or a game of quidditch or Kin-ball?

Throughout 2017, the ParticipACTION 150 Play List Tour will be traveling to 100 events across Canada to provide you with opportunities to try several activities from the Play List. Some local community organizations will also be hosting events.

So let’s get moving and have some fun!

Weight Management & Your Heart - infographic from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Weight management infographic

Healthy Heart Score - quiz from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

heart health quiz
Not smoking, a healthy weight, a nutritious diet, and daily exercise play important roles in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. In fact, an overall healthy lifestyle may prevent more than 75% of deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Take this QUIZ to evaluate how your current lifestyle habits affect your cardiovascular health, and discover simple steps you can take to incorporate a Heart Healthy lifestyle into everyday living. Knowledge is power. Take the first step towards protecting your heart and your health!

Fun Corner: brain teaser

From Squigly's Brain Teaser

You leave home and go to your right. You reach a corner and turn left. You reach another corner and turn left again. You reach another corner and turn left again and go home. When you get there, there is a person with a mask there waiting for you. What's happening?

Click here for your answer.

Visit our website

workplace wellness website

York Region Public Health offers workplaces a variety of services ranging from education and skill building activities to policy development on the following topics:

Early Detection of Cancer 

Workplaces can promote early detection through regular participation in screening programs and prevention through increased access to healthy lifestyles choices.

Healthy Eating

Nutrition Works is a comprehensive healthy eating program and provides a range of strategies and activities to promote nutrition to employees and enhance the nutrition environment in the organization.

Physical Activity

This program promotes regular physical activity and active transportation through a variety of health promotion strategies and initiatives.

Substance Misuse

A program to help management and staff make informed decisions about substance use and the workplace.

Tobacco-free Living

Workplaces can get support, resources and consultation that focus on: tobacco use prevention, quitting smoking, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and workplace policy development.

Healthy employees + Supportive organization = Healthy workplace

For more information:
York Region Workplace Wellness Program

If you want to see a change in your workplace, speak to your employee wellness coordinator or Human Resources. If a York Region workplace is interested in our workplace programs, call Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY (for those with hearing disabilities) 1-866-252-9933.


We welcome your comments and suggestions. This newsletter may be reproduced in whole or in part with acknowledgement of the source: York Region Community and Health Services.

Disclaimer: No liability can be accepted for any advice rendered in this publication or on the websites. The information presented is not intended as a substitution for consultation with a health professional or expert. Please note that information in the newsletter should be considered current only at the date of issue.

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