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Turn Valentine's love into all-month kindness

(NC) February has long been known as the month of love, yet we really only celebrate our 'Valentines' on the 14th. This year, why don't we take the full 28 days of February to spread a little more love, compassion and kindness?

“Let's use the idea of Valentine's Day to do a random act of kindness on each day of the month,” says Canadian lifestyle expert Janette Ewen. We might do things like:

• Send someone a hand written note of thanks.

• Put change in the charity box at a cash register.

• Give a compliment about someone to his or her boss.

Make the switch to the bright new world of LED lights

mom and son changing a light bulb

(NC) As the Canadian government continues to transition out incandescent light bulbs, it's time to embrace the next step in the electricity evolution: light-emitting diodes, better known as LEDs.

Save on energy with cold water washing

(NC) Many home owners know that sinking feeling when the gas, water, and heating bills increase with the colder weather. Everything from showering, cranking up the heat and doing the laundry can add to rising household costs.

Sheri McDonald, a mother of four and blogger at Kidsumers.ca, says one way to help keep costs low is to wash clothes in cold water.

How to get ahead of allergy eyes

man with red eyes blowing his nose

(NC) Spring might feel a long way off, but the warmer weather will be here soon, and with it seasonal allergies.

Canadians with allergies can be quick to seek help for their sneezing, sniffling and nasal congestion. But allergies can also have a painful effect on the eyes, causing them to be red, itchy, burning, and watery. Like all allergies, those that afflict the eyes are caused by the body's immune system. 

6 steps to good eye health

lady with glasses on outside

(NC) It's easy to take our eyesight for granted in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But maintaining good vision is no guarantee. With a few quick tips we can protect our vision by making smart decisions every day, as follows:

1. Put space between you and the movie. Sit at a distance equivalent to at least five times the width of your TV screen.

Improve your child's relationship with food

a boy on a weight scale

(NC) Fear is a common reaction to 'the obesity epidemic', so it's no wonder that children today are more focused on food than ever before. Kids are being taught about the importance of choosing from 'good foods', 'bad foods' and 'sometimes foods'. But, is this information making them healthier, or is it further disconnecting them from their innate ability to enjoy food as fuel?

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) would like parents to understand the real risks of raising children who have an unhealthy preoccupation with food. Look at this reality:

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