July 2015 Edition

Six Reasons You Need a Vacation

A staggering 20 per cent of Canadian workers don’t take all of their allotted vacation time according to a recent survey. Maybe you are among them. McGill stress expert Dr. Jens Pruessner weighs in on why it is wise for you to take time off now. Read more

Is Sitting Killing You?

From commuting to work, to sitting in front of a computer, research shows Canadians spend 75 per cent of their day sitting or reclining. Being sedentary is associated with a 15 to 20 per cent higher risk of heart disease and cancer, and as much as a 90 percent increased risk of developing diabetes. Here’s how you can counter the negative effects of sitting. Read more

Why You Crave Junk Food

We often blame unhealthy eating habits on lack of willpower. Dr. Louise Thibault, registered dietitian and Associate Professor at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill, says food cravings have little to do with willpower. The real culprit is how we’ve programmed our brain. Learn about the root cause of your cravings and how to stop them. Read more


Childhood Obesity; Today's Kids at Risk

Chronic health problems associated with pediatric obesity are a big concern, and the long-term impact has yet to be seen. In Canada the number of children with type 2 diabetes—once considered a mid-life disease—is estimated at around five to seven per cent. Dr. Laurent Legault, a pediatric endocrinologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at McGill offers some tips on how to keep children active and healthy. Read more

 

Exercise as Medicine; Prescribing Physical Activity

This year, Dr. Brian MacIntosh, Chair of Exercise is Medicine Canada joins the jury of McGill’s Bloomberg Manulife Prize. We sat down with him for a Q&A about the Exercise is Medicine Canada movement which encourages doctors to prescribe exercise instead of medication. Read more

A Tasty Salad for Summer

With just a few simple ingredients you can make this delicious grilled peach, panzanella salad with ciabatta croutons and maple balsamic dressing.


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