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January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
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* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

The Balancing Act. Work/Life Tips
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Relieve Back to School Stress With These Helpful Tips

  • You may be ready with a backpack and school supplies, but have you remembered to get groceries for a healthy lunch and snacks? Going back to school can be overwhelming for a child but having a nutritious lunch that includes all food groups can help build strength and reduce stress. See Canada's Food Guide.

  • Contact the school to learn about its food policies so you can be prepared when packing a lunch. Is the school a nut-free zone? If so, choose from high-protein substitutes for peanut butter, such as tuna, chicken, turkey or cheese sandwiches. If your child lunches at the school cafeteria, why not review nutrition tips to help him/her choose what's best?

  • Are you worried about your child suffering the back-to-school blues? Give your child a smile by surprising him/her with a note or drawing that you've packed in a lunchbox or slipped in a backpack. Keep the lines of communication open about how he/she is feeling about school. Instead of asking 'What did you do at school today?", how about "How do you feel about the work you do? Is there someone in your class you feel close to? Are you comfortable asking questions? What are you most proud of today?"

  • Backpacks are handy for transporting work and lunches back and forth to school, but when they're too heavy, it puts stress on muscles and can pose a health and safety risk. Some tips:
    • The weight of the backpack should not exceed more than 15% of the child's total body weight.
    • Do not use backpacks or athletic bags with only one strap.
    • Straps should be padded.
    • Children should wear both straps on their shoulders to distribute weight evenly.

  • Enlist your child's participation in planning the night before. Allow them to have choices so that they feel involved in (and accountable for) getting to school ready, and on time. They can choose the clothes they want to wear and lay them out; gather what's to go in their backpack; check on the weather; plan the breakfast menu. These are real time-savers in the morning, especially when emotions may be HEIGHTened.

  • After a long summer off, the first few weeks back in a regular routine can be stressful. Both you and your child may need extra time in the morning, as well as extra rest, nutrition and support to adjust to the change. Remember to plan for time to relax together as a family.

  • If your child is feeling anxious about leaving you, acknowledge his/her feelings. It will help to be clear and direct about when you will see each other and what you expect to do at that time. Let your child know that you have trust in the teacher and the school. Suggest what they can do if they are upset (i.e. tell the teacher, call at lunchtime, etc.) If you are concerned about your child's level of anxiety, discuss solutions with the child's teacher - many are experts in dealing with separation.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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