3 Reasons to Have a Spring in Your Step This April

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 9:23 AM

The smell of earth and melting snow is in the air, little green shoots are pushing through the dirt and there’s mud everywhere. But most importantly, the sun’s incredible warmth has started rejuvenating our mind, body and spirit. Spring is finally here. It’s no secret that spring makes us feel like we’re waking up from a 5-month-long nap. We’re automatically happier and healthier. Here are 3 reasons to put some spring into your step this April.

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Topics: health, springtime, outdoor activities, Vitamin D, fresh produce, wellness, sunshine, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), gardening, winter blues

Why Everyone Should Celebrate National Social Work Month

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 11:32 AM

March is National Social Work Month, and at Closing the Gap, we understand how important this profession is to the communities and families we serve. Whether or not you have been directly involved with social work, we guarantee that there is someone close to you whose life was enriched by the care of a social worker. We owe many of our freedoms to these individuals. For that, they should be celebrated.

 

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Topics: children, helping others, social justice, foster care, government organizations, health care, human rights, adoption, school boards, disease, national social work month

Celebrate Nutrition Month with These Healthy Lunch Ideas

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Nutrition month is here and there’s no better time to talk about healthy eating. Food is fuel, and the healthier the food, the more energized and well-balanced we feel. Unfortunately, convenience, rather than nutritional value, has become the first priority when trying to squeeze in a quick bite throughout the day.

Here are 3 fun and helpful tips to make your lunches delicious, quick, and above all, healthy!

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Topics: healthy, nutrition month, smoothies, wrap sandwiches, salad in a jar, nutritious meal, fast food, heart health, lunches

5 Tips for Planning a Family Day that Everyone Will Enjoy

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Family Day is just around the corner. Instead of spending the day parked on the couch, binge watching TV, we’d like to propose a better idea that might actually be a lot of fun – spend time with your family!

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Topics: fun activities, family, planning, children, spending time with loved ones, winter activities, Ontario holiday

5 Fun Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 1:02 PM

February seems to be the time of the year we see hearts everywhere. While we seem so concerned about displaying images of hearts, we’re often not as concerned about the health of our real heart. It’s no wonder that February is Heart Health Month. Let’s honour Cupid this year and learn how to keep our own hearts healthy with these 5 fun and easy tips!

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Topics: dancing, cooking, swimming, exercise, regular check up, AngioDefender, heart health, quitting smoking

Closing the Gap Partners With Children’s Treatment Network For the Holidays

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Children's Treatment Network (CTN) serves 7,000 children and youth with special needs in York Region and Simcoe County, and is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. They work with partners in healthcare, education, and community agencies to provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and communication support for clients that use technology to help them talk.

 

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Topics: giving back, santa claus, charity, christmas, Children's Treatment Network

Caring for Those Affected by Alzheimer’s

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM

January is a time to reflect upon the past year, and look forward to the year ahead. January is also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Not only are Alzheimer’s patients affected by this degenerative disease, but their family members and close friends are often left feeling helpless, not knowing how to cope or take care of their loved ones.

 

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Topics: self-care, alzheimer's, health, dementia, at-home healthcare, forgetfulness

3 Tips to Stay on Track With Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 3:40 PM

We’ve all done it before. Come New Year’s Eve, we take a moment or two to reflect on the past year and consider what we want the next one to look like. We make plans to better ourselves, challenge our thinking, overcome bad habits and take care of our health. But more often than not, those plans don’t survive the first week of January. There is no better intention than to improve one’s health. 

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Topics: lose weight, health goal, 21 days, quit smoking, resolutions, eating better, exercise

Closing the Gap Spreads the Holiday Cheer!

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM

’Tis indeed the season to be jolly. After all, it’s hard not to have a smile on your face when you’re participating in the annual holiday festivities. This year, CTG staff and their families came from as far as Halifax to celebrate with their fellow coworkers. More than 200 familiar faces showed up for the annual event in Mississauga, which turned out to be a wild success.

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Topics: giving thanks, spreading joy, holiday party, giving back, christmas cheer, employee appreciation

3 Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:13 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...except sometimes it’s not. No matter what you celebrate, the holidays come with its own special stressors to which hardly any of us are immune. The days are shorter, the year is ending, and the pressure to host and attend parties, buy gifts, put on our winter tires, donate to charities, and visit family can quickly become overwhelming. Here are some easy tips to help reduce your stress this holiday season.

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Topics: health, holiday, gratitude, stress

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