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Healthy Work Place…BINGO!!

With Healthy Workplace Month coming to a fast close it seems like this would be a good time to remind everyone about your BINGO cards!

In case you have forgotten they look something like this bingo, they should be well on their way to be completed and handed in by the beginning of November to be enter to win some of the amazing prize we have!

Bingo

These prizes may include such things as Fresh gift cards/items and even lululemon athletica gift cards/items!

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All you have to do is print out a Bingo card from above, if you don’t already have one that is, and start completing the tasks outlined in each box. Yes it’s that easy! 🙂

For every column/row you complete you are entered into the draw for the gift prizes….yes that means that you can be entered to a max of 5 times if you complete your entire card. That’s pretty awesome!!

And remember you have to either hand in your bingo card to the Wellness Centre at Toronto General or you can scan aLululemonnd email them to us at wellness@uhn.ca

So get your Bingo Cards completed and send them in within the week! The deadline is fast approaching!

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Motivate Your Partner to Be More Active!

Happy Peas, Happy Pod

Another fantastic post on Barb’s blog ‘Healthy Peas, Happy Pod’ on the topic of how to motivate your partner to be more active.

Some suggestions include;

Partner Exercise
– Plan a romantic date that involves being active
– Lead by Example
– Give them a compliment

To find out more great ideas on how to encourage your partner to get moving please check out the post here: http://barbara-prudhomme.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2013/06/motivate-your-partner-to-be-more-active 

Have a great long weekend and Happy Canada Day!!

Happy Canada Day!

 

Ladies, don’t be Afraid to Pick up that Weight!

Many women misunderstand the benefits of weight lifting in today’s society. Women have the desire to look toned. They are too worried about being too muscular and feel that weight lifting will make them look big and bulky. Women need to understand that in order to look “bulkier” and have larger muscle mass you need produce a certain amount of testosterone (a hormone produced in the body).

The key as to why it is easier for men to look “big” and “strong” is because men produce a lot more testosterone than females do. Yes, females produce testosterone but only in small quantities. The quantities are so small it is very difficult for the average female to look “big”, “bulky” or “too muscular” unless they were to take steroids or other performance enhancing substances.

Although women may not look “big and muscular” that doesn’t mean they can’t be strong! Weight training helps to build strength and increase lean muscle mass (a key to looking “lean” or “toned”). Weight training is very beneficial and women shouldn’t be discouraged to go to the gym and pick up some weights. Cardio is good however just doing cardio only, you will start to lose lean muscle mass and the muscles under the layer of fat can’t be defined. Having increased lean muscle mass helps to improve your metabolism, so doing cardio alone won’t improve your metabolism (this is when your body is burning calories while you’re resting!)

So why do women weight train? The reason in simple! There are so many benefits that can be achieved through weight training. Women can become stronger, helps with weight loss, maintaining weight, increased lean body weight, toning muscles, reduce coronary diseases, reduced risk of osteoporosis and can help improve muscle imbalances.

So if you’re unsure of how to properly weight train, sign up with a personal trainer or do some research only prior to weight training. Here are some good references for weight training:

·   www.bodybuildling.com

·   www.bradgouthrofitness.com

·   www.shape.com

So women don’t be afraid! Hit the gym and pick up that weight! It’s only beneficial and helps you to become a more stronger, fitter and energetic you!

Reference Sources:

Nihira, M. (2012). Normal Testosterone and Estrogen Levels in Women. Journal of Women’s Health. Retrieved May 22, 2013 from WebMD data base

Weik, M. (2010) Women Who Want to Look Healthier by either Putting on Some Lean Muscle or by Losing Some Stubborn Fat Shouldn’t Fear Grabbing a Pair of Dumbbells. Learn More. Journal of Bodybuilding. Retrieved May 22, 2013 from BodyBuilding data base

Mojica, S. (2012).Women and Strength Training. Monjica S. (pp. 4-66).

1 Day Until the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge Begins!!

flowersIf you are a UHN staff or volunteer please join our hospital in the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge!

There is only 1 day until the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge officially starts.

Join our hospital in the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge!

Join us on the front lawn of Sick Kids Hospital (555 University Ave) on May 1st from 12:15-1PM for fun light exercises & stretching – Prizes will be awarded! Remember to wear YELLOW for the UHN!!

Sign up by May 1st, 2013 and be entered into a draw to WIN one of three 30 minute massages with an RMT.

For more information now, please visit the challenge website at http://www.ihhc2013.com.

Don’t forget to also sign up for the 30X30 Nature Challenge!! What a great way for IHHC participants to earn points during the month of May for being active and reducing stress actively in Nature. Please sign up here: http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/
30x30 nature challenge 2013

5 Days Until the 2013 Inter-Hospital Health Challenge Begins!!

flowersIf you are a UHN staff or volunteer please join our hospital in the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge!

There are only 5 days until the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge officially starts.

Sign up by May 1st, 2013 and be entered into a draw to WIN one of three 30 minute massages with an RMT.

For more information now, please visit the challenge website at http://www.ihhc2013.com.

Don’t forget to also sign up for the 30X30 Nature Challenge!! What a great way for IHHC participants to earn points during the month of May for being active and reducing stress actively in Nature. Please sign up here: http://30×30.davidsuzuki.org/
30x30 nature challenge 2013

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