|Posted on August 11, 2020 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Returning to Campus - What to do
In the coming weeks and months, more students, faculty, and staff will gradually begin returning to our campuses. As such, and in light of recent announcements from provincial and federal health authorities, new health and safety measures are being implemented to safeguard our University community.
While all Lakehead University employees are still to follow the current guidance that indicates if you can work from home you should, below are the measures all faculty and staff must follow if they intend to return to working on our campuses from time-to-time, temporarily, part-time, or full-time.
When you do return to campus, you'll notice that new signage has been put up in many areas to help inform you of some of the changes to our campuses, including new health and safety regulations, the direction to be followed in certain spaces such as stairwells, and other appropriate precautions in keeping with public health authorities' guidelines.
The information on this page is to be considered part of a living document - to be updated, as required, in keeping with provincial, federal, and public health announcements, regulations and guidelines.
Mandatory Reintegration Training
A critical component of a safe return to campus is a shared understanding of proper measures to protect the health and safety of everyone. To this end, staff returning to campus are expected to complete a brief course focused on an overview of COVID-19, health and safety guidelines, and infection control measures.
Wearing a mask contributes greatly to the reduction of the spread of COVID-19 (in addition to frequent hand washing and physical distancing). Once you have completed your reintegration training and are ready to return to campus, be advised that masks are now to be worn in all indoor public spaces where physical distancing may not be possible.
A mask, or face covering, is understood to be a medical or non-medical mask or similar, partial facial covering such as folded handkerchiefs/bandanas, scarves, and other materials that could serve to cover one's nose, mouth and chin - thereby establishing a barrier to limit the potential spread of respiratory droplets.
Visit the Health Canada information page to learn about non-medical masks and face-coverings, including their appropriate use and limitations.
Exemptions to masking
Where physical/social distancing is certain, here are circumstances when masks or face coverings may be removed in an indoor space on our campuses:
If you are working in a private office, or alone in a room. However, a mask should be worn while walking through buildings to and from such private spaces as you never know when you might suddenly come into contact with others.
In classroom/class settings, instructors may use their judgement when deciding if masks/face coverings will be required while considering everyone's comfort level, the tasks to be performed, and the need to maintain physical distancing.
In office spaces, supervisors may use their judgement when deciding if masks/face coverings will be required while considering everyone's comfort level, tasks, and the need to maintain physical distancing.
Lakehead University also follows the Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Units' acknowledgement that masking may not be appropriate or possible for everyone. The following are exemptions defined by these District Health Units:
Children under the age of 2 years old, or children under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
Individuals with medical conditions rendering them unable to safely wear a mask, including breathing difficulties, cognitive difficulties, hearing or communication difficulties;
Individuals who cannot wear or are unable to apply or remove a mask without assistance, including those who are accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or who have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code (R.S.O. 1990, c.H.19), as amended;
Any person who is employed by or is an agent of the Operator of an Enclosed Public Space and is within or behind a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglass).
Anyone who is unable to remove the mask without help;
Anyone wearing a face covering that would inhibit the ability to breathe in any way such as, but not limited to, during moderate to intense physical activity (such as running) or activity that would preclude its use (such as swimming); and
Individuals who cannot wear face coverings for any religious reasons.
Where to get masks
While students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to obtain their own masks or face coverings, Lakehead University has ordered masks to be given to employees returning to campus. Watch for a Bulletin notice informing everyone how to get your Lakehead mask.
While on campus
When you return to our campuses to work, Lakehead University and public health guidelines maintain that masking, physical distancing, thorough and frequent hand-washing, and disinfecting your private work offices/spaces is the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do your part to help protect others.
Approved disinfectants are available for purchase through Physical Plant.
Hand sanitizer, wipes and disposable masks are available for purchase through the bookstore.
As some courses will be delivered within classrooms as part of hybrid class delivery models, measures are being taken to ensure that such spaces are scheduled appropriately and cleaned between uses. The number of people a classroom or similar space may accommodate will be limited so as to adhere to physical distancing rules.
Enforcement of Health and Safety Measures
On July 13 and 24, 2020, respectively, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced that non-medical masks or face coverings must be worn when entering an enclosed public space. These regulations apply to all employees and members of the public and are issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Procedures to address violations of social distancing, masking, and other health and safety measures on Lakehead properties are the responsibility of the University and will be enforced through existing codes that protect members of our University community.
Lakehead University's COVID-19 Transition Committee and its Working Groups
Click here to learn more about what Lakehead University's COVID-19 Transition Committee and its Working Groups are doing to help prepare our campuses for our next phase of operations.
Notice from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) - PTR Information Session
There will be an Information Session held on Promotion, Tenure and Renewal (PTR) process and procedures.
Please note the following date, time and connection information:
Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm via Zoom
Faculty members who are considering making application for promotion, tenure or renewal or who are interested in knowing more about the PTR process are encouraged to attend.
Request your Online Site for the Upcoming Academic Sessions
Instructors are reminded to submit their requests for an online mycourselink (D2L) course site for the upcoming academic sessions.
Click the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of your class roster in myInfo, and you'll receive an email to your Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of your online course site.
For more information, please contact the Teaching Commons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: A new site request will need to be made each time a course is offered. Content can be migrated from a previously used site to the new one by selecting the Migrate Course option on the Request Form.
|Posted on July 21, 2020 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on July 7, 2020 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
Hope everyone is well during these changing time in our lives.
If you are like me it has been challenging with my brain turning off and on, staying home a lot with a lot of distancing, gardening, sewing and LEARNING. Forgot cleaning lots.
Wondering how I will continue my Professional business, look after all my participants and being a resource for all of you.
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I've been talking to some of you by email, by phone and descided to invite you all to
canfitpro FIS Connect Thunder Bay
This will be 1 hour by zoom see invitation and link below.
I would love to touching base with all interested certified Fitness Instructor Specialist's.
Topics to cover and share:
1/ Now that life has changed what does your Professional fitness classes look like?
2/ Have you been teaching online? Are you stuck wondering where and how to begin?
3/ How to make sure you are legal with insurance, music, platforms you may be using (share & Learn).
4/ What resources are out there for you?
What does a Virtual class look like that sets you apart for all that is online?
What will a live class look like, social distancing, cleaning hands and equipment?
Let’s do some brain storming, share IDEAS. Will you be teaching online classes or virtual classes, indoors, outdoors?
Have you registered for the canfitpro August Convention or thinking about it/
Q & A, concerns, visions for your future.
This will be one hour goes by real fast so will touch base of specific topics.
If you can't make want to attend let me know I can set up another time for those unable at this time.
Give me your best times and days.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 10, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
My email confirmation will come from email@example.com
Feel free to call me anytime I'm here more than not. Thanks
Have a wonderful HOT afternoon.
|Posted on July 2, 2020 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Should Clients Wear Masks While Exercising?
Many governors across the country have mandated masks to be worn in all indoor, public locations to help stop the spread of Covid-19. That leads many of us to ask whether or not there are any safety risks associated with exercising with a mask on.
As fitness professionals we should have a response ready when our clients ask this question, but what should we tell them?
Since many academic institutions are currently closed, large scale experiments are not feasible to effectively test usage of various types of masks during exercise and how it affects the user. It is also very difficult to effectively test and examine the spread of Covid-19 in the current conditions and control for all variables. As a result, the information and guidelines being released seem to change daily as we learn more about the virus. Try to be patient (and ask your clients to be patient) with the inconsistencies in guidelines – the world has only been studying this strain for 6 months!
Here are the assumptions we can make based on the limited information we have. Much of this probably seems obvious to most regarding exercise while wearing a mask…feel free to share this with your clients:
Wearing a mask is less comfortable than not wearing a mask and that discomfort increases during warmer temperatures and/or humid conditions.
Wearing a mask will restrict breathing more than not wearing a mask.
You heart rate will typically be higher at the same intensity when you wear a mask compared to not wearing a mask. Dr Cedric Bryant from the American College of Exercise reports that heart rates are typically 8-10 beats per minute higher when you wear a mask compared to when you don’t. The elevated heart rate is more pronounced during intense efforts such as hill repeats or intervals.
Your rate of perceived exertion will be higher wearing a mask compared to not wearing a mask. It will feel like you are working harder at the same intensity.
Your performance will be lower wearing a mask compared to not wearing a mask at the same level of intensity.
If you have existing respiratory or health problems, the issues with wearing a mask will be compounded.
If you have poor hearing, not being able to see and read peoples’ lips make communication during exercise very challenging.
Understanding this information can help you and your clients make decisions about mask usage during workout sessions. At some point, each individual has to weigh the risk to benefits and decide on an approach that is the safest for them, their fellow exercise buddies and their community.
It’s important to note that some athletes use masks during training purposely, even prior to Covid-19, because it does make breathing more challenging therefore developing the respiratory system. Mask wearing has been likened to high-altitude training. Some athletes also opt to wear masks when environmental conditions require it such as high pollution levels, extremely cold conditions and/or high pollen levels.
Here are some tips you can share with your clients….for exercising with a mask:
Purchase a mask designed specifically for working out. Avoid paper or cotton masks.
Here is an article that ranks the Top 15 Masks For Working Out and there is also this article, written before COVID 19, which also ranks masks designed specifically for working out.
Keep in mind, it’s not clear how effective these masks are at protecting you and others from Covid-19. Some exercise-enthusiasts have found success with buffs, while others have found Face Shields to be more comfortable during exercise. Bottom line – experiment until you find an option that works best for you. Consistency in your workouts is by far more important to your overall health than discontinuing your workouts so figure out an option that works for you.
Once you place your mask on, avoid touching or adjusting it during your workout session. Yes, this is easier said than done!
Focus on slow, deep breaths while wearing a mask.
Exercise at lower intensities than usual when wearing a mask.
Take breaks when needed when wearing a mask.
Slow down or stop if you feel lightheaded, dizzy or nauseous when wearing a mask.
Consider adapting your workouts to include more rest breaks and less high-intensity intervals. Include more strength, yoga, or barre workouts compared to high-intensity cardio if you struggle with wearing a mask.
Keep your workouts with a mask shorter than normal and/or consider bringing a second mask if the first one becomes too damp for effective breathing.
Carefully remove your mask at the completion of your workout, immediately wash/sanitize your hands and wash your mask after each workout session.
Try reminding your clients that the risk for exposure outdoors is less than indoors. If they will be exercising outdoors away from others, the risk of exposure and contacting Covid-19 is very low. It would be prudent to have a mask with them in the event they do find themselves in a public setting while exercising outdoors.
Yours in health, fitness & business,
|Posted on June 18, 2020 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal"
Live Streaming Webinarjam Conference
August 22, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. PDT
CFES is reaching out to help Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers who can not attend any physical workshops or conferences by offering an exciting live streaming conference with a difference. This won't be zooom fatigue, we're hosting a Webinarjam to get your mind and body back!
Register here for the upcoming CFES "Fitness Today: The New Norm" live streaming conference August 22, 2020 — a great way to fulfil your career development continued education credits (CECs) and learn from some of the best current fitness presenters today, network and share your experiences, and feel a sense of community. And let others know about this great event!
Click to Register: The CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" Conference
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Continuing Education Credits: Eight (8) CFES CECs
Date & Times: Saturday, August 22, 2020, 8:30 am - 5:15 pm
Location: Webinarjam Live Stream Online
Registration Fee: $150.00 (+ GST)
Click to Register: The CFES "Fitness Today: The New Normal" Conference
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|Posted on June 18, 2020 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on May 29, 2020 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
I love her saying, "If you can't change something, don't worry about it"!!
I'm going to put that on my bulletin board!!!
In case you think you're old?
Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human
Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days.
It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her life.
Jeanne was born in Arles, France, on 21stFebruary 1875.
When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 year old.
It was at this time that she met Vincent van Gogh.
"He was dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable," she recalled in an interview given in 1988.
When she was 85, she took up fencing, and she was still riding on her bike when she reached 100.
When Jeanne was 114, she starred in a film about her life; at 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at 117 she gave up smoking (having started at the age of 21 in 1896).
Apparently, she didn't give it up for health reasons, but because she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was becoming almost blind.
In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs.
She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray.
He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition that he would inherit her apartment after she died.
However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but died before she did at the age of 77.
His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.
Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties.
When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, she replied: "A very short one."
Quotes and rules of life from Jeanne Calment:
"Being young is a state of mind, it doesn't depend on one's body, I'm actually still a young girl; it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years."
"I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."
"All babies are beautiful."
"I've been forgotten by our good lord."
"I'm in love with wine."
"Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life."
"If you can't change something, don't worry about it."
"I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets."
"I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often."
"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."
"I think I will die of laughter."
"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."
"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."
(At the end of one interview, in response to a journalist who said he hoped they would meet again the following year):
"Why not? You're not that old; you'll still be here."
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
|Posted on May 21, 2020 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
May 13 at 1:00 PM
Reminder: Calling all business owners if you would like to have your voice heard complete the following survey to let the Governments know what supports your business will need to recover from the Pandemic.
Complete the survey by following this link:
Your business is always growing. Now the time to find new inventive ways.
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|Posted on April 22, 2020 at 10:25 AM||comments (2)|
|Posted on April 17, 2020 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
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Check your email and follow up on any time-sensitive emails and internal messages
Review today’s schedule of video conferences and team meetings
Catch up on industry news and important events that have an impact on your business
Go over metrics from recent promotions and look for ways to improve performance...
You get the picture.
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|Posted on April 2, 2020 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
Via Tommy Hanson from Bobbie Cupples McKenzie, so Uncle Tommy says it has been well-vetted: The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.
The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).
By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.
NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only -between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
4 hours (copper and wood)
24 hours (cardboard),
42 hours (metal) and
72 hours (plastic).
But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.
They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.
For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.
The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less
You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.
JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL
Thanks for my sister Maureen Ahokas for sharing
|Posted on March 30, 2020 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
For Immediate Release just received this.
Potential for Massive Closures & Bankruptcies to
Fitness Industry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
+ Dealing with Government-Sanctioned Closures and no Cash Flow,
FIC Members Seek Temporary Rent Relief
Edmonton – (March 30, 2020) Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC), the trade association representing over 5,000 fitness businesses who serve over 4 million members nationwide, is issuing an urgent appeal to government at all levels across Canada for emergency support.
In the wake of unprecedented fitness business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIC members are asking provincial governments for help in the form of rent abatement until facilities can responsibly be reopened. With clubs closed and membership dues suspended, many facility owners will have difficulty paying end-of-month operational expenses, including rent, and seek temporary abatement to help them financially survive.
“Our members responsibly agreed to close their doors to limit the spread of COVID-19 earlier this month,” noted Scott Wildeman, President of FIC. “However, as the timeline around business returning to normal becomes less and less clear, we are pleading with government to assist our members from closing permanently. If fitness clubs are all forced into bankruptcy, the social impact to society will be devastating,” added Wildeman.
Health and wellness have never been more important. Physical fitness helps support a strong immune system, which is critical to staving off or recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that getting lots of sleep, eating healthy foods, and regular exercise are cornerstones of today’s recommended best practices, especially as we traverse the unknown landscape of global pandemic. The fitness professionals of FIC are committed to helping foster a healthy population – both physically and mentally.
“Members of FIC are united in this appeal. The fitness industry needs urgent assistance in order to survive. With rents due imminently, owners and operators of fitness facilities across Canada will be reaching out to MPPs and MLAs to press for relief,” noted Wildeman.
FIC members recognize that government’s initial priority is focused on ensuring Canadians have enough money to pay their household bills and feed their families. Yet important community businesses like gyms and fitness clubs will be critically important for Canadians when they’re able to get back to regular day-to-day routines and regular physical activity.
+ HOW TO WRITE TO YOUR MLA OR MPP:
+ FIND YOUR MLA OR MPP:
About Fitness Industry Council of Canada:
Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) represents the voice of the fitness industry in Canada. Representing over 5,000 fitness businesses with over 4 million members, FIC pursues a legislative agenda of protecting and promoting the fitness industry. FIC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Provincial Council members who are all industry leaders with representation from big box gyms, group ex/studios/boutiques, private training, education, and technology.
For more information, please contact:
Scott Wildeman, President
Fitness Industry Council of Canada
Trisha Sarker, Executive Director
Fitness Industry Council of Canada
We are the industry that helps all begin and stay healthy for a life time. Getting through the tough times body, mind and spirit.
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|Posted on March 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
love sharing what's new out there. Now we are home here's ideas for you
Travelzoo's mission has always been to get members off the couch and exploring the world — but if there was ever a time to stay on the sofa, it is now. Let's face it, we're all going to be spending a lot more time at home. And while travel may be out of the question for the present, we're still dreaming of our next adventure and all the places we hope to get to soon.
Until then, virtual vacations (#VirtualVacay) are open to everyone with an imagination and an internet connection. Whether you need an antidote to cabin fever or are pining for the flavours of a favourite destination, here are eight ways to travel without leaving home.
1. Get an up-close view of the world
With Google Street View, you can visit famous sites and monuments while lounging in your pyjamas. Immerse yourself in history at Rome’s Colosseum, admire the view of the Kohala Coast in Hawaii or stroll through the opulent interiors at the Palace of Versailles in France. For more adventure, check out Google Maps' virtual treks. You can go from climbing to Everest Base Camp in Nepal to diving in the Galapagos Islands of Peru to searching for polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba — in just a matter of clicks.
2. Take a virtual museum tour
The world’s best galleries and museums are just a few clicks away with Google Arts & Culture, a platform that allows you to take digital tours of legendary places from the Guggenheim in New York City to the Louvre in Paris. We also love the free online tours at the British Museum, The Louvre, The Smithsonian and The Vatican, Closer to home, The Virtual Museum of Canada bills itself as the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. You can even see iconic art pieces up close. The best part? It's all free.
3. Cook meals from your favourite destinations
Travel and eating are one of life's greatest matches, so what better way to satisfy your wanderlust than by feasting on food from a place you're longing to return to or to see for the first time? Explore the globe from your kitchen by sourcing recipes from the corner of the world you're craving. You can also take online cooking classes such as Nonna Live, where you'll learn to make classics from an Italian grandma. Free lessons have cropped up during this downtime, including daily Delish.com cooking videos for parents and children, and Kitchen Quarantine, Instagram lessons from Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura.
4. Learn a new language — or research your mother tongue
Duolingo allows you to spend just a few minutes a day learning a foreign language, in a fun game style. It’s free and there’s even an app for kids. You could also have a go at a new hobby. Maybe it’s time for you to get started on your family tree: Ancestry has a free trial, giving you access to billions of family records. Who knows, your next trip could be to the land of your ancestors.
5. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
It’s not quite the same as being there, but you can visit some of the world’s most celebrated heritage sites without leaving home. The UNESCO website has a list of 1,121 sites that are considered to have “outstanding universal value.” Many of these cultural sites, such as India's Taj Mahal, England's Stonehenge and Peru's Machu Picchu, have their own virtual tours that enable you to see detailed panoramic images while reading all about these fascinating places to appreciate why they are so important.
6. Visit a virtual zoo or aquarium
Hippos, monkeys and penguins can be viewed through webcams, virtual tours and “home safaris.” Visit Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto to keep an eye on the sharks. The San Diego Zoo is livestreaming a number of animals on its website, including koalas, pandas, giraffes and polar bears. You can also bring exotic animals like snow leopards into your living room with a selection of live video streams from Australian zoos. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is livestreaming a "home safari show" on its Facebook page each weekday at 3 p.m. ET. Each episode will feature a different animal and an accompanying educational kids activity that can be done from home.
7. Walk in the park — virtually
We may not be able to visit Canada's national and provincial parks in person, but you can still get back to nature (from a distance) with virtual tours and videos. Discover the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park and the magnificent peaks of Banff National Park via Google Earth, watch a live view of Algonquin Provincial Park and let a guide take you on a video tour of Gros Morne National Park. For even more park inspiration, we put together a roundup of our favourite videos and virtual park tours in Canada and the U.S.
8. Start planning your next trip
Just because you've had to shelve your immediate travel plans doesn't mean you can't look forward to a future trip. Often the happiest part of travel takes place before you ever pack your bag — reading about destinations, searching for hotels and deciding on what to do once you get there. If nothing else, it will tide you over during this lockdown period and give you something fun to look forward to when this is all over. Check out Travelzoo's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds for #VirtualVacay ideas. You can also get inspired by our fully refundable vacations, flexible trips and flexible hotel deals — all designed to let you book with peace of mind.
|Posted on March 17, 2020 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
Best ways to be safe in this trying time is stay CALM.
Do what feels right.
Avoid letting yourself get anxious. Listen to your body, rest, stay hydrated, wash your hands well, keep your distance.
Find everything positive, visualize rainbow at the end of a storm.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-health-officials-test-32-people-for-covid-19-virus-1.5499101" target="_blank">Public health waiting for more COVID-19 test results
(CNN)Contrary to what some may think, not everything on social media is rooted in fact.
This will all pass.
|Posted on March 16, 2020 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Mar 15, 2020, 1:26 PM
I would like to share Peng You's message he gave to the Taiji membership. Feel very important for all.
From member of the Stanford hospital board. This is their feedback for now on Corona virus: The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it's too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That's very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on
. 9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water!
Stay active within safe bondaries. Walking is still best.
In Wellness and Health Anne
|Posted on February 27, 2020 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
-- Health Canada has expanded a national recall for certain types of diabetes medications due to concerns that an impurity in the prescription drugs could be linked to cancer.
The recall, issued Wednesday, is for certain brands of drugs containing metformin, which is prescribed to some patients with Type 2 diabetes to help control their blood sugar levels.
The recalled medications contain alarmingly high levels of an organic compound called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. The compound is safe when ingested in small doses over a lifetime, but studies have shown that it is potentially carcinogenic above a certain threshold.
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The new recall includes six lots of the RAN-Metformin drug, sold in 500 milligram tablets by Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. Earlier this month, Health Canada issued a similar recall for eight lots of APO-Metformin ER tablets, sold in 500 milligram tablets by Apotex Inc.
Lot numbers for the recalled products are listed on Health Canada’s website.
Some lots of the recalled drugs contained levels of NDMA that were higher than what is considered acceptable, “if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime,” Health Canada said. Other lots contained NDMA levels that were close to the acceptable limit.
“We are all exposed to low levels of nitrosamines through a variety of foods (such as smoked and cured meats, dairy products and vegetables), drinking water and air pollution. NDMA is not expected to cause harm when ingested at low levels. A person taking a drug that contains NDMA at or below the acceptable level every day for 70 years is not expected to have an increased risk of cancer,” Health Canada said in a statement.
The public health agency advises patients not to stop taking their medication unless they have spoken with their health care provider. Stopping the medication without speaking to a doctor could lead to uncontrolled diabetes, high blood sugars and long-term conditions such as heart disease, nerve problems and even blindness.
The recall comes just a few months after Health Canada announced that it was looking into possible concerns about NDMA in metformin drugs. The federal agency has asked multiple drug companies to test their products, and similar testing was conducted at Health Canada labs.
|Posted on February 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Cleaning the fridge and microwave can be two of the most difficult chores around the house. Caked-on food, mystery stains, and questionable smells can make this a dreaded cleaning job that gets put off until the last minute. If you need a little help, try this DIY Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner featuring Lemon essential oil for an easy cleaning job and refreshing aroma.
1 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot water
15 drops Lemon oil
Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle.
Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth.
|Posted on January 18, 2020 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
SHUNIAH’S THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN’S ME-TREAT
February 1 2020
MacGregor Recreation Centre
- 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
- 9:00 - 10:00 light Breakfast
Opening Keynote: Lana Bullough
- 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Choose ONE of two sessions by placing an X beside your preference:
- 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Choose ONE of two sessions by placing an X beside your preference:
- NOON – 1:00 – LUNCH- Bay Village Coffee Catering
- 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Choose ONE of two sessions by placing an X beside your preference:
- 2:00 – 4:00 p.m Closing Session: All participants join together for closing sessions (no choice needed)
Registration Deadline Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
ME-TREAT REGISTRATION PAYMENT INFORMATION:
$50.00 for a full day includes Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks
PRINT THIS REGISTRATION FORM AND DROP OFF OR MAIL WITH CHEQUE ENCLOSED TO:
|Posted on January 3, 2020 at 6:50 AM||comments (0)|
Days 1,2 & 3 are usually the hardest because withdrawal symptoms from caffeine and sugar creep in!
Withdrawal symptoms vary for people but just know that they will pass and it’s totally normal. It really is eye opening to realize the effect that food has on your body. This is all part of the learning process.
Here are some tips to get you through the tough part
Drink plenty of water ! Add lemon, a Fizz Stick, mint, cucumbers or strawberries to flavor the water! Whatever you have to do, push yourself to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces!
If you were a heavy coffee drinker, you will definitely want to have 2 Energy Fizz Sticks/day. If you were not a big coffee drinker or did not drink coffee at all, then you may be fine with only 1. (Max would be 3). Fizz Sticks will help with hydration and also reducing headaches.
Listen to your body and EAT when you are hungry and STOP when you are no longer hungry ...not when you're full (and yes, there's a difference). TAKE YOUR TIME drinking your shakes + eating your meals.
Make sure you are having a snack between both of your daily shakes.
I promise this FOG will pass and soon you will start to feel like a totally new person!!! Stay STRONG!! It is SO worth it!
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|Posted on November 12, 2019 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
PLEASE CONSIDER DRAFTING AN ATHLETE OR PLEASE FORWARD TO ANYONE YOU BELIEVE MIGHT BE INTERESTED.
TRULY THANKFUL FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT. CHEERS! BONNIE
Mystery Match Draft Day – November 21, 2019
The Draft an Athlete Committee for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is extremely excited to announce our partnership with a “mystery” sponsor who has agreed to match all Draft an Athlete donations for one day only, up to a maximum of $25,000.
On Thursday November 21, 2019 we will be hosting a Mystery Match Draft Day in support of the 2020 Games. With your help we can make this day a monumental success.
There are several ways that you can participate in Draft an Athlete on November 21, 2019 and doubling down on the opportunity to support the games;
Online - midnight - 6:00 p.m. http://specialolympics2020.com/draft-an-athlete/
Pick Up Cash or cheques - arrange by contacting Warren Giertuga at (807) 630-4550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop off cash or cheques or credit card donations - at the Chanterelle on Park from 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Come join us at the Chanterelle on Park for a celebration social between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. At 6:00 we will hold a media event to unveil the mystery sponsor and announce of how much was donated by the community and matched by our sponsor. Together we can celebrate helping make dreams come true for Special Olympics athlete.
Please mark November 21, 2019 on your calendar and consider joining us for the Mystery Match Draft Day to Draft an Athlete. Any questions and RSVP’s can be sent to email@example.com. Thank you for your support!