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Blue Monday

The third Monday in January is purported to be the most depressing day of the year. While there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, shorter days and reduced sunlight combined with frigid temperatures can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depresssion related to seasonal variation in light that affects many Canadians.

Learn potential sources of deadly carbon monoxide in your home

While homeowners have had more than 25 years to learn and appreciate the life-saving benefits of working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms are a relatively new addition.

Like smoke alarms, replacing old CO alarms is also important. Over time, dust and cooking smoke can obstruct sensors, potentially affecting their performance.

How to stick with your New Year's resolutions

Every year, people make resolutions that don't get kept after January. Follow these helpful tips to help you stick to your goals.

1. Make your objectives realistic and specific. Take small steps toward your larger goals. This way you can accurately measure your progress and celebrate your successes along the way.

5 tips to help you quit smoking for good

Whether it's a night out with friends, a stressful work day, or even a morning coffee, every smoker and current quitter experiences trigger moments that can make it very difficult to quit. A recent survey shows the most common scenarios that usually trigger cravings for Canadians are after having a meal, being with friends who smoke, consuming alcohol, and drinking coffee. The most common stressors are family-related.

Fortunately, there are simple ways you can deal with your triggers to fight your cravings. Here are five easy tips that'll help you quit smoking for good.

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. An estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. By 2031 this figure is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66%. Women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease. Experts believe this is because women, on average, live longer than men and age is the biggest risk factor. Other risk factors include smoking , high blood preassure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of physical activity, age and genetics. 

5 tips to for a stress-free back to school eve

Do you get more worked up about BTSE (Back to School Eve) than New Year's Eve? Approximately two thirds of Canadian parents say the first day of school is the time of year when their family's routine and schedule changes the most, according to the recent Centrum Small Steps Survey. And for parents with children under 18 at home, back to school trumps the New Year as the biggest period of change. But don't let September changes sideline your family's health goals. Leading nutrition expert Theresa Albert says there are small steps parents can take to support their health during the hectic fall season.

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