What To Do When A Child Tells You They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted

By Janaina Bordignon, Sexual Assault Crisis Service Child Advocate Learning about child sexual assault (CSA) can be very overwhelming.  After all, it means acknowledging the terrifying risks surrounding the ones we love and want to protect the most. According to The National Sexual Violence Resource Center[1], 1 in 4 girls

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Revolutionizing Weight Loss: How Brain Cells Control Your Appetite

By Radio New Zealand Fresh research from the UK may have identified the mechanism by which our brains control appetite. We could be on the threshold of a new era in dietary science. Fighting obesity, cutting food waste, and even making our food production systems more efficient: could all this

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Embrace Your Voice this Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Joanna Flanagan April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It is a time to speak out against sexual violence, raise awareness of the issue, and educate others about prevention.    This year’s SAAM theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” aims to inform individuals on how they can use

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Heard of Nomophobia? Chances Are You Might Have It!

By Margo White You probably know the feeling – you’ve left your phone at home and you feel weird, anxious even, disconnected from the world. Do you have the symptoms of “nomophobia” (short for No Mobile Phobia), a new term for mobile phone addiction? Nomophobia is often linked with Fear

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3 Simple Secrets for Forming Your Fitness Habit

By Sarah Shortt When it comes to exercise there are two extremes: those who know they should be exercising but don’t really want to – and those who make exercise an integral part of everyday life. The majority of people sit somewhere in the middle. For most of us, the

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8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Venessa Steinmetz Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD or the Winter Blues, is a state of depression that many individuals face during the fall and winter. It is different than major depression since it follows a seasonal pattern and usually subsides in the spring and summer months. Winter brings

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How to Give a Compassionate Response to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Jessica Stepensky One of the most valuable skills we can have as human beings is knowing how to respond with empathy and compassion when a person is experiencing pain or suffering. There is currently a huge shift taking place in this country. The #MeToo movement has been fueled by

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How To Keep Life Sweet Without the Sugar

By Professor David Cameron-Smith Good news, it is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth while cutting the risks associated with too much sugar. We’re rapidly becoming more aware of the dangers of what is now known as being overfat, and the main culprit is – you guessed it – sugar. When

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The Perfect Winter Workout

By Brittany Jordt As the skies begin to darken and temperatures drop it can be tempting to let your fitness goals slip. It’s easy to lose motivation at this point and find yourself sitting on the couch again. To stay on track this winter try taking a classic summer exercise

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How to Inspire Play With Loose Parts

By Michele Eathorne Loose parts are materials that children can use to carry, design, restructure, manipulate, line up, combine, take apart and put back together. They are a collection of wonderful, everyday materials that can be found around the house. The wonderment of loose parts is that they don’t come

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