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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The Benefits of Getting Benefits from a Boutique Service Provider

If you’ve ever checked out the health insurance options at the big companies like Blue Cross or Sunlife, you’ve likely noticed that they usually offer only one or two plans per province. Usually they have a basic plan that rarely covers quite enough and an expensive plan that covers too much. You’re forced to compromise
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What Gen Y is Looking for in their Plan

Are you trying to tailor your benefit offerings to meet the needs of the Gen Y workforce? Do you know what Gen Y is looking for in their benefits plan? If not, you’re most likely neglecting the needs of a vast segment of workers. Gen Y is consistently upsetting the traditional order of things, and
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Get on Track with your Health in the New Year

It’s a new year, and that means Canadians from BC to Newfoundland are going to try to make changes to their life. In fact, improving finances and getting health and fitness on track are the two most common goals set out by Canadians each year. At Health Risk, we love to see Canadians striving to
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Tips for Canadians Traveling Abroad

Most of us living in Canada are pretty darn lucky. It’s hard to overstate how fortunate we are to have access to warm homes, clean water, and affordable healthcare. Other people living in other countries aren’t always so lucky, and when Canadians travel abroad, it’s important to take our health and the health risks of
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Travel Insurance for Guests to Canada

In the age of the internet, it’s become easier and easier to maintain friendships with people living outside of Canada. Perhaps, you have friends who are expatriates, or maybe you immigrated to Canada yourself. Regardless, Canadians often play host to friends and family members who live in other countries. But there’s more to be a
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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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Don’t Forget to Ask Your Employer About These Benefits

If you’ve just been offered a new job then let us be the first to offer you a warm congratulations! But before you make your decision about whether to take the offer or not, there are a couple things about Employee Benefits that you should remember to ask about. Vacations If you’re a frequenter of our blog,
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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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