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HEALTHY RECIPE

YES Rehab Services Independent physiotherapist clinic is committed to helping clients get the most out of life. By Scott Leslie

HELPING PEOPLE STAY IN THE PEAK OF HEALTH is the goal of YES Rehab Services―an innovative physiotherapist clinic that’s been serving the Niagara Region since 2000. Owned and operated by registered physiotherapist Yulia Sternin, YES Rehab Services has a full complement of medical specialists on staff including physiotherapists, kinesiologists, physiotherapy assistants, and occupational therapists. YES Rehab Services offers a complete range of physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. These include craniosacral and ultrasound treatments, orthopedic assessments, acupuncture, joint mobilization, motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, pre and post-natal physiotherapy, and Assistive Devices Program (ADP) assessments. The YES Rehab Services team can provide ergonomic assessments for the home and workplace. They can even offer environmental assessments to ensure that homes are laid out for seniors or disabled individuals, particularly when mobility devices like walkers, scooters and wheelchairs are involved. One of YES Rehab Services’ biggest advantages is its flexibility. As a mobile physiotherapist clinic, YES Rehab Services can send its medical specialists directly to the client or provide care at its St. Catharines location. YES Rehab Services also has minimal overhead. That enables Yulia and her team to provide more affordable services and ensure that most of the Ministry of Health’s funding goes directly to the client. Over the past 17 years, the YES Rehab Services team has taken a keen interest in helping out with the elderly, doing work for countless local hospitals, retirement homes and nursing facilities. A graduate of the physiotherapy program at McMaster University and a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Yulia is also very active in her community, presenting exercise and fall prevention classes at various seniors homes and long term care facilities throughout Niagara. In order to provide the highest quality of service, Yulia and her team are constantly upgrading her skills, keeping up-to-date with all the latest developments in their field. They’re passionate about people―and that shows in their firm commitment to their clients. With their advanced medical techniques, professional care and years of expertise, the YES Rehab Services team is all about helping their clients lead happier, healthier and pain-free lives. HWS

Lentil Stuffed Peppers 5 servings • Cost per serving: $1.52 Prep time: 15 minutes • Cook time: 55 minutes Nutritional information per serving: Calories 537 | Protein 31g | Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 3g | Cholesterol 13mg | Carbohydrates 89g Sodium 216mg | Fibre 16g | Sugars 12g

INGREDIENTS 5 1 tsp 1 /2 cup 1-14 oz 1 /2 cup 1 /2 cup

Large bell peppers Olive Oil Small onion, diced Can diced tomatoes Uncooked brown rice Water

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 2 1/2 cups Lentils, cooked 2 tsp Parmesan cheese 1 /2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded 1 /8 Pepper

METHOD Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut tops from the peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Chop the pepper tops; set aside. Place the whole peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. On a paper towl, invert peppers and let them drain. Preheat oven 350˚F In a large skillet over medium low heat, add olive oil, onion, diced pepper tops and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup of water, worcestershire sauce, parmesan cheese and a dash of pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 18 minutes or until rice is tender; stir occasionally. Add lentils and cheddar cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Stuff peppers with lentil mixture and place the peppers in a 10” x 6” x 2” baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil or a lid and bake for 30-35 minutes. HWS

YES Rehab Services is located on 3 Caroline Street in St. Catharines. To find out

This healthy recipe and many others can be found in “The Heart of Your Community

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Cookbook: 40th Anniversary” available through Heart Niagara. For more

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Clean Up Your Act IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE! No, I don’t mean the end of winter―although spring is certainly something worth shouting about. Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day! It’s a time for us to take a hard look at how we can reduce our environmental footprint around our homes and offices. If you’ve already been cleaning up your act by doing things like carpooling and switching to fluorescent bulbs, those are great first steps. But if you want to take things to the next level, here are a few simple tips: Cleaning Green – There are all kinds of toxic chemicals in the average household. Try cutting back on the hazardous waste by using all-natural cleaning products like water, vinegar and baking soda. Keeping friendly cleaners like these on hand is a great way to keep your home clean and green.

Avoid Idling – It’s easy to let your car idle but it’s not so easy on the environment. An idling

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WELLNESS

Healing On A Cellular Level By Fiona O’Hara

A HEALTHIER U introduces PEMF therapy for their clients and the results are outstanding! This unique studio in Fonthill uses the power of technology, fitness and healthy eating to transform its clients into the best version of themselves. As the owner of A Healthier U, I know firsthand what it’s like to suffer with chronic pain and my personal experience with PEMF has me feeling like I could conquer the world. I was very excited to partner with Centurion, and be able to offer this added service to my clients. Currently my studio offers nutritional coaching, whole body vibration training, group fitness on our Hypervibe plates, Lipo Light red light therapy and PEMF for pain relief. What is PEMF? PEMF therapy replicates the Earth’s natural magnetic fields in a concentrated manner to assist the healing process and relieve people of their pain. PEMF or Pulse Electromagnetic therapy is a natural non-invasive, safe, drugfree and effective treatment for pain relief. PEMF therapy stimulates cellular repair to rapidly heal and improve your body’s overall performance. Dr. Oz featured PEMF on his show in 2011 for pain relief and heralded PEMF as the biggest breakthrough in pain management he’d ever seen. Many benefits of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) therapy have been demonstrated through more than 2,000 university level double-blind medical studies done in several countries with many different PEMF therapy devices. The first commercially produced high power PEMF therapy devices entered the market around 1975. They focused on the health of muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments and cartilage, as well as helping with reducing pain and cellular regeneration. More than 10,000 research studies have proven that PEMF: 1. Stimulates bone growth 2. Supports muscle function 3. Enhances wound healing 4. Reduces pain and swelling 5. Treats arthritis 6. Treats severe depression A four-year study done by NASA showed that low intensity, low frequency PEMF was the most effective energy medicine device out there for healing and regeneration. PEMF also acts as a whole body battery recharger, charging up your 100 trillion cells. Although pain is by far the number one reason people invest in PEMF, it can do much more than that! PEMF helps with pain relief in three powerful ways: 1. It increases endorphins. 2. It reduces and temporarily interrupts the pain signal. 3. It heals the problem. A Healthier U uses a Tesla Coil system by Centurion. Centurion PEMF technology was approved by Health Canada for use as a medical device after studies conclusively proved its effectiveness. All of their devices are made in Canada and ship worldwide. Remember―Magnetic Field Therapy is not a panacea. HWS To book your PEMF session at A Healthier U or for more information on their three-month rental program, please visit www.becomeahealthieru.com or call Fiona at 905.892.8545. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

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Inside 3 ı YES Rehab Services Independent physiotherapist clinic is committed to helping clients get the most out of life.

9 ı Thinking about hiring a cleaning service? It is so much more than a business relationship.

17 ı Mood, Memory & More: 18ı Making up our minds: Why you need omega-3 Nutrition for anxiety An interview with TV host Julie Daniluk

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The food choices we make directly influence how we are feeling.

Cover Story p12 “Holly and Bruce are mindful when working with each family to address all matters in a comfortable manner to complete the arrangements”

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Cover: Bruce McClelland and Holly Jensen, Co-owners of Considerate Cremation & Burial Services Inc. Photo credit: Sandra Ozkur Photography

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22 ı Hospice Niagara Improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illnesses, death, dying, grief and loss.

Also Inside 3

Lentil Stuffed Peppers

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Healing on A Celluar Level

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How to tell if your dog or cat is in pain

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Fire never takes a summer vacation

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Fit to the Core

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Ask the Expert

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Are newly-diagnosed diabetic Canadians in greater danger?

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WELLNESS

A Brief History of the Red Maple Tree Garden Fairview Cemetery’s latest project has deep ties with the local Chinese community.

By Mark Richardson

DURING THE EARLY 1900S, the Park Street and Erie Avenue area in Niagara Falls was known as Niagara’s Chinatown because Chinese immigrants often migrated there to live and work in local restaurants and laundry services. The Sun Yat–sen of the Kuomintang (KMT) branch was located on the main floor of 257 Park Street, and across the street there were grocery stores like Wing-on and Gon-wol. On their days off or in the evenings, the Chinese people would come to the area as these stores were also known as local gambling parlours. In this location, two Ginko trees were also planted to celebrate the cultural heritage of the Chinese community. After 1947, Chinese families were legally allowed to immigrate into Canada. Many of them would use their earnings to purchase their own house or restaurant to start their own businesses. During this time, however, most families and businesses slowly moved out of the Chinatown nieghbourhood. Sun Yat-sen of the Kuomintang Branch moved to Elizabeth Street in Toronto while the Wing-on and Gung-wol in this area were demolished. In time, the remaining buildings of Chinatown area―some of which were over 100-years-old―were in such disrepair that they started to fall apart. In 2014, after being deemed unsafe, the remaining buildings of Chinatown were demolished.  In 2017, the only remaining recognizable feature of the original Chinatown was one of the Ginkgo trees located across the road from 257 Park Street. It remains a reflection of a society long ago and is witness to the history of the first Chinese settlers who weren’t allowed to bring their loved ones as they migrated to Canada. As time went by and legislation improved, the families of Chinese immigrants were able to join them and they were slowly allowed to merge with mainstream society. The Ching Ming Festival The Ching Ming Festival is a traditional Chinese Festival, dating back over 2,500 years ago. It’s an important day of sacrifice for most of China’s people to go and sweep tombs and commemorate their ances-

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tors. Also called Tomb Sweeping Day, the Ching Ming Festival usually falls on April 4th or 5th. However, in Niagara Falls, it’s held on the first Sunday of June (due to improved weather conditions). ​On this day, tomb sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to show respect to ancestors and those who first migrated to Canada. The festival also serves as a time for people to go outside and start enjoying the greenery of spring. There are various activities for Ching Ming Festival, such as planting flowers, food offering, incense and faux money burning, kite flying and putting willow branches on gates. In 2009, a garden of red maple trees was planted at the east end of the Ching Ming Festival area to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Fairview Cemetery and the members of the Chinese community who were laid to rest in that time. A small memorial garden, bronze plaque and memorial bench were also added to recognize the Ching Ming Festival. In 2016, Niagara Falls Cemetery Services staff, after attending the Ching Ming Festival, met with representatives of the Chinese community to discuss the opportunity to develop the area adjacent to the Ching Festival Area into a Chinese Community Section, now named the Red Maple Tree Garden Section. This section offers 229 lots directly adjacent to the Ching Ming Festival Area, just beyond the original Red Maple Tree Garden. In 2016, five additional Red Maple Trees were added to the original Red Maple Tree Garden to mark the beginning of the development of the new section. This year, development of the Red Maple Tree Garden Section (Chinese Community Section) will include the planting of eight Ginko trees to celebrate the two that once stood witness to the growth of the Chinese community. Development will also include the installation of a traditional Chinese gateway (as illustrated above) which is being donated, designed and built by Mike Watson and Brad Murray of Yardmasters Niagara. The traditional arch, which is to be installed in May, will serve as the gateway to the Red Maple Tree Garden Section. HWS Mark Richardson is the manager of cemetery services at the City of Niagara Falls. For more information, visit Fairview Cemetery at 4501 Stanley Avenue or call 905.354.4721.

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How to tell if your dog or cat is in pain By Barbara Lee PT MCPA DCR

ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS to figure out is if your pet is in pain. We think that our pets are slowing down because they are “getting old.” We often don’t realize that it could be because they are in pain and are avoiding doing the things they used to do. It’s easy to recognize pain when an animal has had an injury or surgery but some pain, such as arthritic pain, can be intermittent and is well hidden by some dogs and cats. Certain breeds are more stoic than others including Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Mastiffs, and do not show signs of pain until it’s quite severe. What is pain? Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. There are different categories of pain: Acute Pain or Nociceptive Pain: This type of pain is an early warning signal. It’s protective and warns of actual or potential tissue damage. An example of this is touching a hot plate and you withdraw your hand so quickly that you, hopefully, prevent a serious burn. Inflammatory Pain: This type of pain prevents further movement of or contact with the injured area to allow for healing. An example of this is a sprained ankle. Deep Pain: This is pain in a joint, muscle or organ and elicits responses such as an increase in tissue temperature, joint swelling, sensitivity to heat, and mechanical stimuli. This is common in an osteoarthritic knee or stifle. Chronic Pain: This is when the pain outlasts normal healing times or when the pain is greater than expected in regards to the extent of the damage. Chronic pain can be considered a disease in and of itself. Back pain often becomes chronic in people and in dogs. It is very important to treat acute and inflammatory pain as soon as possible since the goal of acute pain management is to prevent the development of chronic pain. Here are some common signs to look for that show your pet may be in pain: Limping Stopped jumping up into car/onto sofa/bed Reluctance to do stairs Sensitive to touch in a particular area Panting or yelping when moving Reluctance to sit properly or with legs out to the side Muscles on one leg smaller than the other leg Difficulty squatting or lifting leg to urinate General stiffness when changing positions Roached/humped back Keeping head down and tail tucked under Change in gait pattern Dragging of feet, constant scratching or licking of legs/feet Loss of function of one or more limbs Unwilling to put weight on leg after surgery when weight bearing is expected To read the full article, please visit www.hwsmag.com. HWS For more information on the Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre or to book an appointment, call 289.362.5900, email ncccinfo@cogeco.net or go to www.

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Thinking about hiring a cleaning service? It is so much more than a business relationship. By Rachel Epp

HIRING A CLEANING COMPANY can be one of the best things you can do if you want to free up your time. It allows you to relax, take on a hobby or spend more time with your family and friends. But before you commit to a cleaning company, I cannot stress enough how important it is to do your research. The other day, I called my competitors and what I discovered was astonishing. It made me wonder whether people were asking the right questions. Hiring a cleaning service is so much more than a business relationship. Here, I’ll explain why. My advice to anyone looking to hire a cleaning company is to keep in mind the following questions: Ask how you will be charged. While Miss’es Clean charges an hourly rate, other cleaning companies may charge a flat rate. When you are charged an hourly rate (per cleaner) you can ensure you are getting exactly what you are paying for. If a company charges a flat rate, be sure to ask how many cleaners you will have coming to clean your home and how many hours they will be there for. It is also very important to ask if you will be receiving the same number of cleaners and the same amount of cleaning time each visit. Many times, this guarantee is inconsistent and you will still be paying the same flat rate for less time or cleaners. Ask who will be cleaning your home. Your home is your private place and you are welcoming someone into it. You are also paying that someone to clean your home, so you should be satisfied with your service. Miss’es Clean requires our cleaners to have a minimum of one year cleaning experience and they must be trained in our cleaning process (regardless of their experience) before they are sent to a job site. What I found most interesting when I called other cleaning companies is that they will pair up one experienced cleaner with one cleaner who is in training. Your rate will still be the same, even if you are sent a cleaner in training. Ask about insurance and their screening process. It is beyond important to have a cleaning company that is bonded and insured. Although you may be paying a little more for your services with a company that has these qualifications, you are protecting yourself and your home. Miss’es Clean is 100% bonded and insured and we require police background checks for all our cleaners. Your security and protection is very important to us Ask about equipment and supplies. Miss’es Clean brings all of the supplies needed to clean your home or business. As a green company, we use only organic or chemical-free cleaning products WWW.HWSMAG.COM

to clean your home and we always come prepared. Some cleaning companies ask that you provide the cleaning supplies and equipment on top of their rate. When comparing cleaning services, it is important to take this into account as an additional cost to your service. Rate the full customer experience. My last piece of advice is to rate the customer service experience you received while asking these questions. Were they reachable? How friendly were they? How long did it take to get a call back after leaving a message? Were they able to answer all of your questions? How knowledgeable were they? Although you are likely to rate your experience of the cleaning itself, it is equally important that you have a positive experience with the administrative team. If there are any issues that come up regarding your cleaning, scheduling or billing, you want to receive the full customer service experience. Miss’es Clean knows this is important so we have a full-time office personnel who is there to provide excellent customer service to our clients. Ask yourself one last question. How does the cleaning company you choose help you make your life easier? The biggest mistake I have seen over the years is when clients enter into a bad relationship with a cleaning company that does not support their goals. What I mean by this is they need to understand that you would rather spend your time doing the things you love. Whether your goals are personal or professional, when you hire the right cleaning company you move one step closer to reaching your goals. HWS Rachel Epp is the owner of Miss’es Clean Maid Service. For more information, please call 905.380.0347, email rachel@missesclean.ca or visit www.missesclean.ca.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT COTTAGES, mobile homes, some boats and even pop-up trailers require smoke alarms? Building codes, provincial laws and municipal bylaws have distinct specifications for these types of dwellings. Virtually every type of camper, trailer, RV, cottage and boat with living, cooking or sleeping quarters requires a working smoke alarm outside sleeping areas at a minimum. Many dwellings also contain devices that generate carbon monoxide (CO). Known as the silent killer, this lethal gas is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It’s emitted from fuel-burning sources such as wood stoves, wood, oil, propane or gas fireplaces, appliances, stoves, heaters, coolers and generators. It is also present in boat and vehicle exhaust. In addition to having your heating systems, flues and ductwork checked annually by a professional, it is prudent to install at least one carbon monoxide alarm in addition to smoke alarms. A working CO alarm is the only safe way to know if the gas is present. Currently, Ontario and Yukon have laws requiring the installation of CO alarms outside all sleeping areas in any homes that contain potential carbon monoxide sources. But with fatalities and near-misses continuing across the country, more provinces are considering similar legislation. On or before the May long weekend, fire safety officials advise to take stock of your smoke and CO alarms before you kick into leisure mode. Fresh batteries should be installed and cobwebs and dust lightly vacuumed off. It is equally important to check the age of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Over time, sensors can become obstructed with dust, cooking grime and other airborne contaminants. Even if it sounds when you push the test button, any smoke alarm over 10 years old must be replaced. Likewise, replace CO alarms every 7 to 10 years, depending on the brand. To determine an alarm’s, manufacturing dates can normally be found on stickers or under the alarm cover. Replacement rules apply whether an alarm is hardwired, battery powered or plug-in. When replacing outdated alarms, today’s new technology makes safety simpler than ever. Kidde, the country’s leading manufacturer of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, offers a broad “worry-free” lineup. Many models contain intelligent sensors that can help reduce false alarms. But the main selling feature is the alarm’s 10-year sealed lithium battery that is activated upon installation. It never needs to be replaced for the alarm’s entire lifespan. This summer, whether you vacation in a cottage, RV, trailer or watercraft, think fire and carbon monoxide safety before cracking that first cold one of the season. Find more summer safety tips at www. safeathome.ca. HWS Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com. WWW.HWSMAG.COM


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Considerate Cremation & Burial Services Inc. located at 52 Scott Street West, Unit 1 in St. Catharines.

Being Considerate In A Time Of Need Considerate Cremation & Burial Services Inc. provides a respectful and affordable option to traditional funeral homes. By Scott Leslie

UNLIKE A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL HOME, their facility has a modest office and all of their services are held off-site. They also have a reduced overhead. As a result, they can provide compassionate service at a much lower price than funeral homes. Their charges are approximately 50% less than most funeral homes. After a lot of planning and research, Holly Jensen and Bruce McClelland quit their respective occupations as funeral directors and began looking for a location to open their new business. In December of 2016, “Considerate Cremation & Burial Services Inc.” officially opened at 52 Scott Street West in St. Catharines. As the owners and operators, these two fully licensed professional funeral directors

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opened their own facility to make the process of honouring those important to us as simple and cost-effective as possible. They do it by providing full funeral services at prices that typically only cover an immediate cremation or burial options at funeral homes. Holly and Bruce had noticed more families were choosing cremation and looking for simple personalized funeral services. Clients needed flexible and affordable funeral options that the existing funeral homes just weren’t offering. They cite the fact that there’s a steady increase in the cremation rate which is currently 83%, up from 23% just 20 years ago. Requests to forgo visitation and full services are also becoming more common as families opt to customize memorials. The problem is that people are often forced to choose between

having a service they perhaps can’t afford or trying to arrange a service on their own that more authentically reflects their loved one than that offered by a funeral home. In many ways, Considerate Cremation & Burial Services is unlike any funeral service provider out there. As you’d expect, Holly and Bruce provide all the typical funeral services for their clients like taking care of the necessary documentation, obtaining signatures and certificates, setting up visitations, making preparations at the burial site and providing critical elements and contact with members of the clergy. Since they don’t have a public visitation room or funeral chapel of their own, Holly and Bruce work closely with their clients to set up memorial or funeral services as well as receptions at the off-site location of their choice― whether it’s a church, winery or community

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Holly and Bruce are mindful when working with each family to address all matters in a comfortable manner to complete the arrangements.

hall. Holly and Bruce will coordinate every detail. They will also help families design a personal memorial that will properly reflect the wishes, interests and life of their loved one. Not all deaths take place in a situation that’s conducive for the family to have a quiet time and some privacy. At Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, there’s a family room that allows for this very aspect of the arrangement process. It’s private, quiet, tastefully decorated and designed to give families the opportunity for closure that they may not have had at the time and place of death―whether it’s a hospital, nursing home or their own residence. Depending on where the event occurred―and with all the noise, confusion and chaos with strangers in their home or a strange environment―there’s not always time for quiet and privacy. Bruce says that they can make a big difference when they’re dealing with a grieving family that doesn’t have life insurance or requires the assistance of a discretionary benefit to cover funeral expenses. Not all funeral homes accept the discretionary benefit or they may demand the difference be paid by the family. “It forces people to say, ‘Do I give up my rent money to pay for this?’” Bruce says. “It puts people in a bad spot when that shouldn’t happen,” Holly adds. “We just felt there was a better way to provide services at their time of need. It’s an honour for us to help families.” And that difference in cost alone can provide great comfort to grieving families. Holly and Bruce are mindful when working with each family to address all matters in a comfortable manner to complete the arrangements. At their bright comforting office, Holly and Bruce will meet with families to go over the necessary paperwork and walk them through their available options to select a casket, urn or vault. They’ll assist families with cancelling things including Social Insurance Numbers and Health Cards and connect them with the proper service agencies applicable to clear up estate matters. Holly and Bruce also offer pre-arranged service options. When pre-paying for your final wishes with them, you’re guaranteed against inflation based upon the original agreement. Pre-paid funeral funds are held by an investWWW.HWSMAG.COM

ment house and are fully insured and guaranteed in the same manner as other financial institutions are controlled and regulated. For those that commute or travel, Considerate Cremation & Burial Services offers a service called “Safe Return Assistance Plan.” This one-time insurance purchase covers all costs associated with bringing home a loved one who dies 100 kilometres (60 miles) or more from their legal residence in North America, no matter where a death may occur anywhere in the world. The charges to bring someone home from a distance may cost $8,000 to $12,000, and this protection is available for under $600. This service is also available for purchase outside of having a pre-arranged contract in place. With nearly 48 years of combined experience in funeral service, Holly and Bruce have seen a lot of changes. But according to them, there’s one thing that never changes. That’s the need to help people at a time in their lives when they need it the most. Considerate Cremation & Burial Services prices are more affordable―but that doesn’t mean they’re out to cut corners when it comes to service. As independent owners & operators and funeral service providers Holly and Bruce can take care of any burial or cremation request including green burial options. “The caskets and cremation containers that we offer our clients are exclusively made in Ontario. We feel that it’s important to assist our own communities and promote growth for our province instead of purchasing these items from offshore suppliers. The best part is that the prices of our items are still on the better side of the economic scale for our clients than the items from elsewhere,” Bruce proudly points out. “We’re here to serve families,” Bruce says. “This allows us to keep costs down. We’re also not beholden to shareholders and accountants. We’re able to do what a family wants and we won’t turn down a family’s request for a per-

sonalized service. It’s the freedom to serve a family the way they want to be served.” HWS Holly and Bruce’s office is located at 52 Scott Street West (between Ontario Street and South Service Road), St. Catharines, Ontario. For more information please call 289.362.1144 or visit www.ccbscares.ca “Compassionate Service For Considerably Less.”

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“Spring is always an exciting time for us,” says Heart to Home Meals franchise owner Katherine Hoeller. “Our Spring & Summer brochure always introduces some tasty new options for people to explore.” One of the new meals being introduced is the Cheese Manicotti, Heart to Home Meals’ new menu. a decadent dish that aims to please cheese lovers. In addition, Heart to Home Meals has added another vegetarian meal, the Vegetable Pot Pie, to their ever-growing vegetarian section. Those with a sweet tooth will love the inclusion of a new Chocolate Brownie with no added sugar. Roughly ten new meals will be introduced in the Spring & Summer brochure including an addition to their mini-meal range. “I think our customers will love the I think our meals offered in the new brochure as much as I do!” says Heart to Home Meals customers will driver David, who looks forward to his inlove the meals teraction with customers every day. offered in the The goal of Heart to Home Meals is new brochure as to keep seniors healthy and living independently in the comfort of their own home much as I do!” by eliminating the hassle of food shopping, preparation and clean up. Company chefs have skillfully created recipes that are carefully prepared to contain controlled levels of fat, sodium and calories. They also cater to many specialized diets, providing meals for specific needs such as gluten free, vegetarian, minced, pureed and more. The meals, which cost a little over $6.50 on average, are quick and easy to prepare. There are no contracts, commitments or minimum orders, and delivery is free in the Niagara Region. Heart to Home Meals continually seeks to improve their current meal offerings, and doesn’t only seek to add new meals. In addition to the new menu additions, Heart to Home Meals has improved the recipes of some of their ever-growing 200 plus meals. Heart to Home Meals’ customers are sure to love their favourites even more this year! Current Heart to Home Meals customers should expect their new brochures to arrive in the mail sometime in April. Brochure requests and orders can be placed online at www.hearttohomemeals.ca or simply by calling 1.844.714.0333 or 905.714.0333. HWS

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Fit to the Core More than an ab workout. By Allison Kares

ARE YOU DOING AN AB WORKOUT to try and help your back pain? Did you realize that your abdominals are only one small part of your core? Your core is comprised of your pelvic floor muscles, deepest layer of abdominals (transversus abdominus), deep back stabilizers (multifidus) and your diaphragm. To achieve optimal function, your core muscles require strength, flexibility and coordination and control. When I first started working with people with back pain, the goal was always to make things more “stable” through exercises that held the spine and pelvis still. As I’ve continued to work with men and women with back pain over the last 25 years, our approach has evolved and we see results even quicker than before. We now look at your movement strategies to evaluate how they contribute to poor alignment and painful habits during your daily activities. Stabilization techniques have progressed from simpler movements like planks to more complex ones that require three dimensional movement and segmental control. What decreases core function? Breath holding Poor alignment of the spine, ribcage and pelvis Gripping or over-activating muscles Restricting movements through bracing techniques or by limiting range of motion What should you do to improve your core? Focus on alignment and positioning of your body to ensure optimal engagement of all four of your core group of muscles. Complete only as many repetitions as you can do with proper form. Excessive, poorly executed repetitions are not only unnecessary but can be contributing to ineffective core activation. Use your breath to guide your movement and create support. Your exhale will help to create activation of both your pelvic floor and deepest abdominals. Once you are able to stabilize your spine and pelvis, incorporate movements that require more complex control rather than focusing on exercises that only encourage you to keep everything locked down in place. If you have an injury, work with a professional who understands movement and alignment as well as your pathology. The more guidance you can receive that helps you to improve your movement patterns and muscle activation, the more successful you will be.

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COULD MY BACK PAIN BE RELATED TO MY FEET? Did you know that having a sore back may have nothing to do with your back itself? It could be starting from the bottom of your feet or in another part of your lower body that may seem to have nothing to do with your back at all. Steven Moffatt This is why it is so important to get assessed by Canadian Certified Pedorthist someone who knows the lower body mechanics. Our Certified Pedorthists at Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre will be able to guide you through a head to toe examination that may be able to point out some areas of concern that you were not even aware of.  By taking a whole body approach using exercise, properly fitting footwear, custom made insoles, bracing for your joints or even compression hosiery. Seemingly unrelated issues can be solved by looking at how the systems of your body work together as you go from point A to point B.  It may be a mechanical issue with the foot or a leg that is a little bit shorter on one side. Without even realizing it, you may have even been purchasing the wrong-sized shoe with features that are ill-suited for your walking mechanics. Everything mentioned above can cause an increase in back pain. Even though your feet seem to be so far away from your back, they are an important foundation that will carry you all day long.  Come in and see us at Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre, we have been doing this for nearly a half century.  We aren’t just a shoe store. Our experienced staff will do their best to answer any question you may have and help you walk in comfort again. HWS

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Mood, Memory & More: Why you need omega-3 An interview with TV host Julie Daniluk By Jason Sebeslav

WE HAD THE pleasure of welcoming nutritionist, TV host and author Julie Daniluk RHN as our special guest speaker for our 40th anniversary event in 2016. Julie hosts Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her award-winning bestseller,  Meals That Heal Inflammation, has helped over 100,000 people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist their body in the healing process. Julie’s latest book, Hot Detox, embraces the ancient wisdom of India and Asia, applying the time-tested intelligence of warming up your body’s core. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, and is a resident expert for  The Marilyn Denis Show. Check out amazing recipes and nutrition tips at juliedaniluk.com.

Jason Sebeslav: Julie, we’ve heard so much over the past several years about the importance of good fats and especially omega-3s. What are the top health benefits of omega-3s in your opinion? Julie Daniluk: One would be improved mood and memory. Research suggests that individuals who consume a lot of fish or have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood are less likely to report signs and symptoms of depression. Omega-3 has also been linked to improved brain health in everyone from two to 102! Researchers have also found that omega-3 improves heart health, while decreasing the risk of cardiac death. Studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglycerides and lower blood pressure. Thirdly, studies show links between omega-3 and reduced inflammation, as well as weight and fat loss―specifically belly fat―in clinical trials. JS: Inflammation is certainly a hot topic these days―in fact you’ve written books about it! Tell us more about how omega-3s can improve inflammation. WWW.HWSMAG.COM

JD: A type of omega-3 fatty acid called EPA can help reduce pain and inflammation to the point where many people can reduce their NSAIDS. For example, studies show that it is the anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil and algae oil, rich in EPA, that can specifically reduce inflammation in the joints and help to regulate the immune system. This is incredibly important for anyone who may be experiencing pain caused by an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to use omega-3 for 12 weeks to really see pain reduction. JS: What are some of the best food sources of omega-3? JD: Omega-3s are abundant in algae and fatty fish―the best is small fish like herring, sardines, anchovies― and to a lesser degree leafy green vegetables, seeds―especially chia, flax, kiwi, hemp, perilla and sacha inchi―seaweeds and walnuts.

EPA and DHA that was never possible before! JS: Some people fear that consuming extra fats or oils will make them gain weight. What’s your response to this concern? JD: It turns out that omega-3s actually help people lose weight! For example, a three-week clinical trial had women consume 2.8 grams of omega-3 fatty acids EPA to DHA daily, combined with both a healthy diet and exercise experienced. The women who consumed the fish oil averaged a 3.3-pound greater weight loss than women consuming a placebo and the same diet and exercise plan. JS: Another common concern is that fish oils may contain mercury and other toxins. How can someone be sure a fish oil supplement is clean and safe? JD: NutraSea uses a third party quality assurance program called Pure Check, which tests every lot of fish oil for quality, safety purity and label claims. These test results are posted online for you to see, provid-

ing a unique level of transparency assuring you that your product is free of toxins. JS: So many people assume fish oils must taste bad, but in fact they’ve come a long way since the cod liver oil days. What’s your personal favourite flavour choice? JD: I love the Grapefruit Tangerine flavour and the High Potency Lemon because you get all the benefits without any hint of fish flavour. They are so pleasant that you can add them direct to smoothies and salad dressings and they add a lovely citrus flavour to the mix! HWS For an extended version of this interview including literature sources, visit thepeanutmill.com/featured_articles. Jason Sebeslav is the owner of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market, a full-service health and wellness store in St. Catharines. He has worked in the editorial department of alive magazine and his articles have appeared in many natural health publications. For more information about the store, visit www.thepeanutmill.com.

JS: So do vegetarians or vegans have a harder time getting adequate levels for optimum health? JD: Vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as flax seeds and oil, walnuts, chia and hemp seeds are great, but it’s easier for the body to utilize the omega 3s from fish sources. Plant sources need to undergo an enzymatic conversion in the body and if you’re low in certain nutrients, the conversion may not happen, increasing your risk for inflammatory conditions. JS: For those who want to add an omega-3 supplement to the mix, what should they be looking for in terms of quality products? JD: My personal favourite is NutraSea. They have a passion for the environment and they only use sustainable seafood sources. I really appreciate that they process their oil in such a way that ensures it’s free of the toxins people are worried about with fish. They’ve also just introduced a new vegan-friendly omega-3 product called NutraVege that transforms farmed microalgae into a potent source of balanced HWS HEALTH, WELLNESS & SAFETY MAGAZINE

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1. Eat a plant-based diet – Eat a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables. Plants should make up at least half of your plate. 2. Increase your fibre – Fibre improves transit time and adds bulk to the stool promoting intestinal regularity. A great herb for this is Slippery Elm. Always make sure you are well-hydrated when you increase fibre. 3. Eat fermented foods – Fermented foods contain probiotics, which host friendly bacteria for your gut. Sauerkraut may be the best-known fermented vegetable, but any vegetable can be fermented. 4. Choose organic – Organic meats are free from hormones and antibiotics, while organic fruits and vegetables are pesticide free. 5. Filter your water – Chemicals such as chlorine that are added to tap water during processing compromise digestion. Use a carbon filter or drink reverse osmosis water to avoid such toxins. 6. Avoid simple carbohydrates – Simple carbohydrates such as sugar, bread and many processed foods contribute to gut bacteria imbalance. 7. Choose complex carbohydrates – Carbohydrates containing fibre such as oats, legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables provide energy to the body without compromising its microbial balance. 8. Perform Cardiovascular activity – Cardiovascular activity improves digestion and promotes intestinal regularity. It also causes the body to release endorphins, which naturally boost mood. Through nourishing the gut we can foster a sense of calm that is experienced both mentally and physically. Trust your gut. It will lead you to a calmer you. HWS Sarah Midghall is the owner and Holistic Nutritionist at Ambition Nutrition Inc. located on 180 James Street in Hamilton. For more information, please call 905.818.8528, email sarah@ambitionnutrition.com or visit www.ambitionnutrition.com.

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Are newly-diagnosed diabetic Canadians in greater danger? Provided by NewsCanada

WITH MORE THAN 20 CANADIANS diagnosed with diabetes every hour of every day, the incidents of diabetes-related emergencies are on the rise in Canada. While learning proper diet, exercise and monitoring of blood sugar levels is vital to staying healthy, emergency preparedness is one area that those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes should not neglect. As a result of diabetic shock, people can often become unconscious or too disoriented to speak. And since they may administer too much or too little insulin―without recognizing the signs that their body is in distress, people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes are at greater risk. “One in ten hospital admissions in Canada are related to people needing medical care for conditions resulting from diabetes,” explains Robert Ridge, president and CEO of MedicAlert Foundation Canada, a charity that has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961. “While education and condition management is essential, those who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes need to take extra precautions.” Diabetes Canada recommends that everyone who lives with diabetes wear a MedicAlert ID, so bystanders and emergency responders can better recognize their conditions and get the appropriate help. MedicAlert’s 24/7 emergency hotline relays key information to emergency responders within an average of five seconds, helping them make clinical decisions faster. Find more information or register yourself or a family member at www.medicalert.ca. HWS

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Rendering of the new Branscombe Mental Health Centre.

Mending Children’s Minds Pathstone takes its commitment to Niagara’s children to a whole new level with launch of the Branscombe Mental Health Centre. By Scott Leslie

was first known as the Niagara Child Development Centre. The agency would eventually combine forces with the Niagara Centre For Youth Care―and took on the name Pathstone Mental Health in 2011. Under its mandate, Pathstone offers a wide range of services to Niagara area children, youth and families―and almost all of them are free of charge. These services include everything from counselling, crisis intervention and family preservation to high risk, early years, school-based, residential and mobile intensive treatment.

Building For The Future Since May of 2008, Pathstone has been operating out of a modest unit on 3340 Schmon GROWING UP should be one of the happiest Parkway in Thorold. But in the past several times of our lives. years, the demand on their services has beUnfortunately, many of today’s kids and come harder and harder to manage. teenagers are dealing with troubling mental In order to better cope with growing waiting health issues like anxiety, depression and Atlists, Pathstone decided the best option was to tention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Conbuild a brand new facility―and launched a ditions that can leave them feeling lost, sick capital fundraising campaign called “Mending and unable to cope. Children’s Minds” in 2012. Pathstone spent a That’s where the experts at Pathstone Menyear looking for the right location before settal Health can help. tling on a 3.76-acre property on the corner of Pathstone is the leading provider of chilThird Street and Fourth Avenue in dren’s mental health services in St. Catharines―an ideal location Niagara, treating mental health isgiven its close proximity to the St. sues in young children, pre-teens, Mental health issues are more widespread Catharines Hospital. and adolescents up to the age of than people realize. One in five children has a Construction on the new build18. And the need has never been mental health problem―and it can often go ing began in October of 2015―and greater. This past year alone, the undetected and untreated.” Pathstone will be moving into the Pathstone team helped care for - Carrie Zeffiro, Pathstone’s director of philanthropy and public relations completed structure this April. The over 4,400 children and youth, new treatment facility will be called handling over 35,500 appointthe “Branscombe Mental Health ments and service calls. Pathstone has approximately 130 full and Centre” following a recent $1-million donation “Mental health issues are more widespread than people realize,” says Carrie Zeffiro, Path- part-time mental health professionals on staff by the Branscombe Family Foundation. This $10.29-million state-of-the-art censtone’s director of philanthropy and public including child and youth workers, social serrelations. “One in five children has a mental vice workers, early childhood educators, and tre will include specially-designed treatment health problem―and it can often go unde- various consulting psychologists, psychia- rooms for children, youth and families. The trists and pediatricians. 60,000 square foot facility will also feature a tected and untreated.” And with Pathstone’s help, many children community mental health library, and space Pathstone has been a part of the Niagara for their various programs. community since 1968 when the organization go on to lead happier, healthier lives. 20

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The Branscombe Mental Health Centre is divided up into two sections―a three-storey wing and a smaller two-story wing. Pathstone will take over the larger section of the facility and is looking to lease out the smaller community wing. “That’s one of the big reasons why we’re moving,” Carrie explains. “We do a lot of fundraising during the year but you can’t always count on it. Leasing the building out will enable us to receive a sustainable income and treat an additional 400 children every year.” Pathstone currently receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and the Regional Municipality of Niagara. But according to Shaun Baylis, CEO of Pathstone, that amount is sorely lacking given the increasing community demands for their services and other collateral expenses. “Right now, there’s a minimal amount of additional funding towards the children’s mental health sector,” he explains. “We’ve had the same base funding for the last eight years so we need to be more innovative and creative to increase our capacity.” A Family Friendly Environment That sense of creativity and innovation is evident in every element of the new Branscombe Mental Health Centre. According to Shaun, Pathstone was determined to create an environment that’s warm and inviting with plenty of bright colours, natural lighting and wide open spaces. “We’re trying to get away from the typical clinical instiWe’re grateful to tutional setting and introduce something that’s much more the community for family friendly,” he says. supporting our recent The centre’s lobby for instance fundraising campaign. was designed by the SmileWith their help, we’ve zone Foundation―a volunteer group that specializes in buildbeen able to make this ing unique children’s waiting the go-to centre for rooms―with four iPad stations, children’s mental health a kids’ play area and several treatment in Niagara.” large screen TVs. There’s even a special GestureTek screen where - David Alexandriw, Pathstone’s director of business services and children can interact with varicoordinator of the new site ous holographic images. When it comes to the rooms themselves, each one has LED lighting, dimmer switches and independent temperature controls to help minimize the waste of electricity. In order to ensure the greatest amount of privacy, all heating pipes are baffled so sound won’t travel and each treatment room is completely sound proofed. Given the sensitive nature of Pathstone’s work, several advanced security features have been added to the building including security cameras, alarm systems and restricted access to various areas to protect clients, staff and visitors alike. As part of the Ontario Telemedicine Network, Pathstone will also be able to use video conferencing to make remote connections to psychiatrists across the province. Pathstone might be introducing new security protocols but it has no desire to exclude the general public from their new premises. The new centre will have a community hall capable of seating 125 people in a theatre-style seating arrangement, making it ideal for meetings, seminars and workshops. According to David Alexandriw, Pathstone’s director of business services and coordinator of the new site, Pathstone wants the new centre to be as inclusive as possible. “This will be a community space, not just a treatment centre,” he says. “We want people to feel welcome here. We’ve invited a lot of non-profit agencies to use our facilities in the past and that isn’t going to stop now.” WWW.HWSMAG.COM

And the public will have the opportunity to check out the breathtaking new facility before they know it. Pathstone will hold its official grand opening on Friday, June 16th at 1:00 p.m. Several local dignitaries will be in attendance with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., followed by public tours of the new centre from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Shaun says the Branscombe Mental Health Centre is a dream come true for the families they help―and the passionate people of Niagara have had a huge part in making that dream a reality. “We’re grateful to the community for supporting our recent fundraising campaign,” he says. “With their help, we’ve been able to make this the go-to centre for children’s mental health treatment in Niagara.” HWS

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COMMUNITY What Programs and Services are offered by Hospice Niagara?

Improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illnesses, death, dying, grief and loss. Provided by Hospice Niagara

HOSPICE NIAGARA’S focus is on improving the quality of life for people living with life-limiting illnesses, death, dying, grief, and loss. Through a variety of programs and services, Hospice Niagara is able to provide compassionate comfort and support to families throughout the care continuum. These programs are available at no cost to our clients.

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Day Hospice: Clients living with a life-limiting illness enjoy a day of caring companionship, entertainment and relaxation in a comfortable setting, enabling caregivers to have a day of respite. Residential Hospice: The Stabler Centre in St. Catharines provides quality hospice palliative care in a home-like setting for residents of Niagara. Bereavement Support Programs: These programs are available for any child, adolescent or adult in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Visiting Volunteers: Trained volunteers provide non-medical support and comfort for clients living with a life-limiting illness. Community Palliative Care Teams: Teams work in partnership with primary care providers including family physicians and visiting nurses to provide clients with consistent and comprehensive care in their homes. Regional Palliative Care Education and Consultation Program: In partnership with Hospice Niagara, these programs offer palliative pain and symptom management consultation and interdisciplinary palliative care education throughout Niagara.

Celebrating 10 Years of the Stabler Centre Residential Hospice Hospice Niagara has served the Niagara Community for nearly 25 years. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of our residential hospice on Ontario Street in St. Catharines.

How is Hospice Niagara funded? The government covers 60% of our required funding. We rely on community donations for the remaining $1,600,000 annually to provide these necessary health care services in Niagara. Our upcoming signature fundraisers include the Hike for Hospice Niagara (Sunday, May 7th), the 5 Car Draw (Draw Date is Monday, August 7th), Swing Hard to Live Strong Golf Tournament (Monday, June 12th), Taste of the Harvest (Friday, September 8th). To find out more about Hospice Niagara or to learn how you can provide support, please visit hospiceniagara.ca or call 905-984-8766. Vision: Exceptional and compassionate care. Everyone. Everywhere. Every time. Mission: We are innovative leaders in the end-of-life journey providing continuous person-centered care while advancing knowledge and partnerships within Niagara. HWS

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Health, Wellness & Safety Magazine Volume 8 Issue 2  

HWS Magazine is full of educational articles, supplied by health and wellness topics including: - Healthy livinig - Healthy recipes - Suppl...

Health, Wellness & Safety Magazine Volume 8 Issue 2  

HWS Magazine is full of educational articles, supplied by health and wellness topics including: - Healthy livinig - Healthy recipes - Suppl...