What the Heck are Employee Assistance Programs?

Many Canadians, especially members the younger generation who have just entered the workforce in the last decade, may not have ever heard of employee assistance programs. That’s because it’s actually quite an old program that just isn’t appreciated the way it used to be. During the early 40s and World War II, Canada saw an
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Self-Care is Important

Canadians are always keeping one health problem or another in mind. June is brain injury awareness month, and last month we focused on a variety of problems from celiac disease to brain tumours. May also had a couple important health days and weeks for mental health awareness. Unfortunately, it can sometimes feel as though mental
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Why Water Intake is so Important During Summer Months

If you’ve never had the incredibly nasty displeasure of experiencing heat stroke, take it from us you really don’t want to. Heatstroke is the opposite of hypothermia (caused when the body’s core temperature is too low), but it doesn’t generally receive the same level of respect from Canadians. If you tried to go out in a blizzard
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7 Major Nutrients Part 3: Micro and Macro Nutrients

Here at Health Risk, we’re finally finishing up our series on the 7 major nutrients. The unfortunate fact is many Canadian health plans don’t cover access to a nutritionist, so we want to make sure this information is as widely available as possible. We hope that in the future employers will choose to cover nutritionists
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7 Major Nutrients Part 2: Fats

When it comes to fat, there’s a lot of confusion. Is fat bad for us? Good for us? What is fat? What are oils? Are they lipids? What is a lipid? Along with carbohydrates and proteins, fats make up the majority of our diet. The fats humans consume are known as triglycerides, which is a
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The 7 Major Classes of Nutrients Part 1 – Carbs, Proteins, and Fiber

The Canadian Food Guide has certainly changed quite a bit since the 1940s when it recommended a daily serving of potatoes and a weekly serving of liver, heart, or kidney. But since 1992, the guide has remained unaltered, so most Canadians are familiar with the 4 food group rainbow. However, while it may be well
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Do you Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

If you’re like a lot of Canadians, the months between November and March might be some of the hardest. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, is a mood disorder that disproportionately affects individuals living in polar regions. And, while you don’t see any polar bears running around Calgary, we still qualify as
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All About Mental Health Days

Talking about mental health is kind of a taboo subject. A lot of people would rather talk about sex or how much they make than discuss their mental health. And that’s a big problem because mental health doesn’t just refer to people struggling with chronic depression or schizophrenia. Every single person has to deal with
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