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Healthy (and non-healthy) Holiday Treats

It’s that time of the year again…it’s the Holiday’s!!

This is a time to kick back and relax as you attend countless family and social gatherings and lets not forget of course about the feasting! Sadly with all the lovely Holiday feasting and dinning that occurs between Thanksgiving acute_snowflakend New Years studies have shown that people on average can gain up to 1 pound in weight!

Now you might consider that a relatively low number, one pound, but a pound a year over several years can add up rather quickly!

So here are some Holiday treats that you should probably avoid and others to love ๐Ÿ™‚

Try to avoid this tempting treats…

Eggnog: This oh so tasty treat may tantalize your taste buds, but consider this before having a glass…one 8-oz (~250mL) serving can exceed 250 calories and 5g of saturated fat! Throw around the idea of having a small glass of red wine or some light fruit juice as an alternative ๐Ÿ™‚

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Dips: Though they are extremely delicious you never actually know what can be lurking within them…extra extra cheese…heavy cream? The only thing that is not a mystery about them is the fact that they are like a chorus of angels in your mouth when you eat it. As an alternative to the mystery dip try hummus or a home made salsa instead.

Now for some Healthy Alternatives!

Sweet Potatoes:ย  These yummy powerhouses are absolutely delicious! and they taste like dessert!! Packed with an assortment of healthy nutrients you can swap out your regular potatoes and add these guys in to amplify the taste and you can cut back on added sugars too!

Cocoa: Chocolate lovers will love this one, in moderation of course.ย  Studies have shown that having a small amount of chocolate (the darker the better) can actually lower your blood pressure!

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So remember this Holiday season to watch what you are treating on and look out for these guys! Maybe you’ll save yourself a pound if you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Nordic Pole Walking Club

Starting Today Monday, November 4th, the Wellness Centre will be starting a new program!pole_walking

With the winter months and weather coming in rather fast this past week we will be starting to “run” a Nordic Pole Walking Club here at Toronto General Hospital.

The club will meet from 12 noon to 1 PM and go for a 3-5km walk.ย  Meet at the Wellness Centre.

This is an excellent opportunity for staff to come out and take a lovely stroll while on their lunch break ๐Ÿ™‚

Bring your friends and co-workers and just go for a nice walk, have a talk about last nights game or perhaps how your dog Tyson has been doing.

For those of participating in Activate Your Commute this is an excellent opportunity to help build up those steps and then log them to win some awesome prizes!

I’ll be sure to see ya on Monday at the Wellness Centre at noon!

Lace Up and get ready to walk ๐Ÿ™‚

Activate Your Commute

The Activate Your Commute campaign closed yesterday and we would like to send a friendly reminder to log your biking and walking trips to work for the month of October. You are able to go back and log your trips for the entire month of October. Evenย you log a commute once, you are still eligible to win fantastic prizes!

http://www.smartcommutetoronto.ca/en/programs-services/activate-your-commute

The winners will be drawn in a couple of weeks.

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3 Ways to Deal with the Busiest Commute Day of the Year

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Halloween not only brings the ghosts and goblins out in full force, it’s the busiest commute day of the year with everyone rushing home to fix dinner, don costumes and hit the streets in time for trick-or-treating.

Want a happier commute on Halloween? Try one of these three R’s:

1. Reduce: If you can telework (work from home), or work from a location closer to home, Halloween would be a good day to give it a try.
2. Re-time: Think about shifting your work hours, starting and leaving earlier, for example, to avoid peak congestion times.
3. Re-mode: Consider walking, cycling or taking public transit to reduce the time you might otherwise spend in traffic. It’s one more way to activate your commute.

Happy Halloween from your Smart Commute Team

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