How to combat end-of-summer blues
August 29, 2014
Which side of the summer fence did you fall on this year? Did time slip by so fast that the deck never got painted, the garage never got cleaned out, or that camping trip never happened? Or was your summer so full of family BBQs and projects and weekends at a cottage that you hate to see the school supplies appearing in the stores?
Tune out, turn off, drop it. Disconnect and enjoy your holidays!
August 18, 2014
Holidays and vacations away, even “staycations”, are great opportunities to unwind, let go of work related stress, and reconnect with family and friends. That is, they are until the emails and text messages sound their pinging symphony and the temptation to “just check on this one thing” disrupts our peace and quiet.
Protecting corn against northern leaf blight
Northern corn leaf blight, a common yield-robbing fungal leaf disease south of the border, is becoming more common in corn fields throughout Ontario. As the disease develops, it blocks the flow of nutrients from the leaves throughout the crop, ultimately affecting grain quality and yields.
With the wet spring in Ontario this year, crop staging is variable throughout the province. In some areas, growers were able to get their crop in on time, but many acres were planted late.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, with funding from the Ontario Seed Corn Growers and the Grain Farmers of Ontario through Growing Forward, have been following different corn diseases for the past 15 years.
Happy trails: planning a family friendly vacation
July 15, 2014
Variety is not only the spice of life, it\'s also a key ingredient in a great family vacation.
For adults, the summer season is a time to kick back, relax and erase distant memories of wind chill factors and frozen toes. For kids, it means a break from homework and indoor play. For both, it can mark the start of the family vacation season.
Nutrition tips for the healthiest summer ever
July 9, 2014
Summer is a fun season for getting outside in some much-needed warmth. It’s also the season when it can be easiest to overlook important things like eating well and staying hydrated.
Summer’s finally here! And after a long, harsh winter, everyone is enjoying backyard BBQs, day trips to the beach, and weekend getaways to the cottage. The foods that often accompany these activities—hamburgers, cotton candy, potato chips and hot dogs—are hard to ignore, but do little to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs.
Every day is Allergy Day
Most allergies begin – and can be treated – in the gut
“A weekend of healthy eating won’t cure heart disease. The same holds true for allergies. Treat every day as allergy day.”
By Alfred Hauk, naturopathic doctor
Between March and the first frost, Ontario has three seasons replete with outdoor environmental allergens, as well as year-round indoor environmental allergens, such as mites, dust and pet dander.
ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NDs LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE SERIES
(Toronto, Ontario, June 26, 2014) The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) invites news media and websites to publish a new, free series of columns that will discuss a range of everyday healthcare issues from a naturopathic medicine perspective.
Make your summer matter
In the past decade, NCC staff members have mentored more than 350 students through their science and stewardship programs.
With summer underway, students are looking for ways to occupy the summer months: camping trips, water sports and days spent on the sand. Some are even getting a head start on their post-secondary success, by spending their summer learning through conservation work. This kind of extra-curricular education can be found from coast to coast, in many different capacities. From administrative help to fundraising, many not-for-profit organizations offer their expertise to ambitious students looking to learn.
Mosquitoes Hate Garlic Oil
Summer is here across Canada and swarming mosquitoes are on us now.
Mosquitoes, who can be 1000's of times more sensitive to garlic than humans, know it is present and prefer to stay clear of the treated area.
Home owners, cottagers, wedding parties and other outdoor event groups can have their day or evening ruined by these pests. There are also obvious associated health issues with mosquitoes almost nationwide now.
Spring into volunteer work on Earth Day
The waxwings have arrived at the feeder, the snow is melting and the birds are back to singing their sweet songs. It’s safe to say spring has sprung, just in time for Earth Day. On April 22, people around the world will give their thanks for nature and its endless gifts.
“Our conservation work not only celebrates for the natural world, but it protects it for future generations.”
To celebrate, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will announce its Conservation Volunteers events for the year on this special day.