Top 5 reasons to use your benefits!

Your company may provide you with extended health coverage, a health spending account or both!

Are you using it to its potential?

If you don't use it, you lose it! Benefits do not get carried foward!

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Vitamin D-The Sunshine Vitamin

 Did you know that Vitamin D is produced in our body by the action of sunlight on our skin?  It is a group of fat soluble prohormones that play a critical role in regulating calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, recognized as a "hormone" because of this reason.

So in order to utilize Vitamin D, we must be exposed to it daily.

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Let's get OUTSIDE!!!

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Hey Calgarians,

 Even though our calanders are saying it's spring it sure doesn't look or feel like it outside, does it?

But the warm weather will come soon enough....  When that happens let's jump into spring without any wasted time. 

Here are a few ways to get outside....

 

Spring has sprung-time for SAD and NDD to go away

Heard the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder”? No, it’s not a medical “diagnosis”, simply an observational term quoted back in 2005. In this article the author discusses in more detail the importance on getting outside. Great read for everyone!

 

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_protect_kids_from_nature_deficit_disorder

How can we get outside?

There are ‘free’ ways to go outside such as go to your local municipal park and have a picnic. Bring your children and an item from home then can play with in the park, a ball, a bicycle, a doll, a friend, a dog! Or find a bench and enjoy a beverage while just relaxing, without your phone! Relaxing, yes…no phone, just people watching, sky watching, watching your children, whatever. Maybe you do yoga in a studio, try it outside! Some beautiful parks in Calgary in various quadrants are on the city of Calgary website: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/All-city-parks.aspx

Another park found in the city- but is actually run by the province is Fish Creek Provincial Park. It is a large park with lots of outdoor area to enjoy as well as some programs it offers (some are free, some require payment). For more information https://www.albertaparks.ca/fish-creek.aspx

There are often local non-profit environmental clubs that offer free outdoor activities such as Nature Calgary: https://www.naturecalgary.com/field-trips/before-you-go/

And there are probably more opportunities in the city, that you may be aware of. Some communities have a special park for the residents of that community, that may offer swimming, skating or other water sports depending on the season. If you live in one of those communities, taking advantage of those amenities must be better than a day in front of the computer, right?

This is just a start in our local Calgary Community, and there may be similar opportunities where you live. So let’s all get outside!

Life Expectancy to reach 90

Life expectancy in developed countries are projected to continue increasing, with women's life expectancy surpassing 90 in South Korea by 2030, according to a study published in  The Lancet.

The study predicts life expectancy is likely to be highest in South Korea (90.8), France (88.6) and Japan (88.4) for women, and in South Korea (84.1), Australia (84.0) and Switzerland (84.0) for men.

The researchers emphasize that people living longer will have major implications for health and social services. Countries will need to adapt and have policies to support healthy aging, increase investment in health and social care, and possibly change their retirement ages.

This means that a lifestyle based on prevention is ore important then ever, and that starts with the food you eat every day and the exercise you do each and every week!

Ref:

http://thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)32381-9/fulltext