Tips & info from Osler experts

Nutrition / Education / Health & Wellness / Safety & Prevention

Health & Wellness

The benefits of labyrinths

Finger labyrinths point the way to age-old meditative stress relief

If the effects of a busy work or life schedule are making you tense or if you’re just looking for a new way to reduce stress and feel energized, a portable finger labyrinth may be a welcome addition to your desk or work station.

Eight ways yoga is good for your body

The world celebrated the first-ever International Day of Yoga in June to recognize that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being. The art of yoga aims to improve one's mental health and has many physical health benefits as well. Here are eight ways that yoga is good for your mind and body.

A schedule of when to get your immunizations

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent harmful diseases like measles, chicken pox, whooping cough and tetanus. But knowing which vaccines to get and when to get them can be confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this handy schedule to help you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe. Learn more about the recommended vaccinations and how they protect you and your family.

Help someone quit smoking

Smoking tobacco is related to 30% of all cancer deaths and 85% of lung cancer cases in Canada. It can also lead to heart and respiratory diseases and several other cancers. Watching a loved one struggle with quitting smoking can be difficult. However, there are different ways to help provide effective support as they try to break this harmful habit. Here’s a guide to help you help them.

Are you washing your hands the right way?

Cleaning your hands properly is the first and best way to avoid the spread of germs and prevent getting sick. Take this quiz and see how well you've been washing your hands. Click "Read More" to see the answers.

Five things to avoid if you have arthritis

Arthritis is pretty common, but often misunderstood. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions that can affect people of all ages, sexes and races. Joint symptoms can include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. The symptoms may come and go, they can be mild or severe, they could stay the same or get worse over time. Regardless of when it hits, here are 5 things you should avoid to help protect your joints.

Seven ways to combat the winter blues

The winter blues, also known as seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that affects people when the shorter winter days disrupt our internal body clock. During the season existing mood disorders can worsen, while some people experience seasonal patterns of atypical symptoms, like an increase in sleep, appetite and weight. Most people can continue on with their normal routines without noticing major changes, but they aren’t functioning at their best, feeling a lack of energy and focus and are generally in a grumpy mood. Here are some things you can to do to ease the seasonal slump.

Treadmills in a gymMaking the most of your health resolutions

With each new year we often set resolutions for the things we want to achieve during the year. It's not always easy to keep up with them as our schedules fill up. Check out these tips from some Osler staff on how to make the most of your fitness and health resolutions.

7 ways to stay healthy and happy over the holidays

Deck the halls and jingle the bells: the holiday season is upon us! For many, December is jam-packed with festive get-togethers, decorating, shopping, baking, school concerts, holiday visits and general merry-making. But in all the revelry, sometimes we forget something very important: to look after ourselves. In preparation for the busy holiday season, here are some tips to help keep you healthy and happy during this most wonderful time of the year.

Don't let work be a pain in the neck

A large part of today's work force are made up of people who work at their desk all day, every day. You might think that sitting at your desk can't be too harmful, but think again. Many injuries like back problems or carpal tunnel syndrome are caused by poor ergonomics (AKA bad posture). Here are some tips to help you avoid even more kinks in your workday.

Things you can do to keep your brain healthy

This month we celebrated Brain Awareness Week and now we bring you tips on how to keep your brain in tip-top shape! Keeping your brain in good shape will help you stay mentally sharp as you age. Although there is no absolute prevention for Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, research has shown that taking steps to strengthen your brain can reduce your risk of developing these diseases in the future. The best prevention is defense and there's no better time to start than now!

Photo: Flickr/twentysevenphotos/

Stress reducing tips that will change your life

Chronic stress causes wear and tear, depleting our energy. It's also considered a gateway to many health issues. High stress levels can lead to exhaustion and mental health issues, and put you at risk for a stroke or heart attack. Try implementing some of these tips into your daily routine to help cope with stress and, ultimately, to help take care of your health.

Five easy things you can do to love your heart

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, each year more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease or stroke. Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable by adopting healthy behaviours. Show your heart a little love and do something healthy by implementing these tips.

Getting the most out of your visit to the doctor

Most people don't think about preparing for a doctor's appointment, however it can be the most important thing you do to stay on-top of your health. Check out some of these tips on how to best prepare for your next visit to the doctor.

The health tips provided here are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your health care practitioner with any questions you may have regarding your health, medical condition or treatment and before undertaking new health care regimens.