5 Important Changes to Canada’s Food Labelling Regulations

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 12:27 PM

Did you know that in 2017, Health Canada started implementing changes to our food labels? These changes reflect the evolution of our eating habits and dietary requirements and preferences. If you depend on these food labels to inform your eating habits or dietary restrictions, here are five important changes to Canada’s food labelling regulations you should know about.

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Topics: diet, food labelling, Health Canada, Canada's Food Guide, vitamins, sugars

Speech Language Pathology: Helping People Communicate Better

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Many of us take for granted our ability to speak, communicate, and swallow. But for those of us who experience any number of speech pathologies, we understand just how much it takes to communicate effectively. Did you know that there is an entire discipline called speech language pathology dedicated to helping people of all ages overcome speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders? Speech language pathology (SLP) focuses on preventing and treating common disorders that affect a person’s ability to communicate. Closing the Gap Healthcare employs SLPs in Ontario to treat clients who have difficulty swallowing and communicating. How much do you know about SLP?

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Topics: Speech Language Pathology, Healthcare in the Community, Communication, SLP, Services

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Completely Free Ways to Unwind

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 11:36 AM

At some point in our lives, we all get stressed over seemingly small matters. The smallest things can set us off and turn us into big stress balls. Do you find yourself sweating the small stuff these days? Here are some simple but effective (and free!) ways to reduce your stress and feel more in tune with your state of mind.

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Topics: well-being, Ontario Healthcare, mindfulness, stress free, stress relief, Healthcare in the Workplace

How Well Do You Understand Dietetics: Test Your Knowledge

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 11:40 AM

You see the word dietetics and you might automatically think diet. That four-letter word might conjure up images of strict meal plans, fasting, drinking nasty concoctions, and basically, denying yourself the food that you really enjoy. But a dietitian's job isn’t to make your life miserable! How well do you understand the role of dietetics? Test your knowledge below:

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Topics: Healthcare in the Home, nutrition, Ontario Healthcare, dietetics, diet, weight loss

Stay on Track of Your Goals With a Full-Year Resolution

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Many people use the new year as a way to wipe the slate clean and to embark on a mission to improve their health and well-being. New Year’s resolutions have a bad reputation for being cliché and doomed to fail. This year, try setting small, frequent, and attainable goals so you have a full-year resolution plan to keep you on track of your goals.

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Topics: well-being, Ontario Healthcare, Awareness and Prevention, healthy eating, healthy habits, outdoor activities, winter activities, quitting smoking

Social Work: How Well Do You Know This Profession?

Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 11:45 AM

 Closing the Gap applies a holistic approach to healthcare that includes a broad range of services such as nursing, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, and so much more. We believe that overall well being—physical, mental and emotional—are integral to long-term health. Social work is an important aspect of our program because it aims to improve the wellbeing of families, individuals, and communities while working with governments to improve legislation to help protect the population.

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Topics: social workers, Healthcare in the Community, well-being, Ontario Healthcare, Healthcare in the Home, Healthcare in the Workplace, Social Work

5 Truly Helpful Ways to Give Back Throughout the Year

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Every once and a while we’re reminded of how fortunate we are to have all the things we usually take for granted: a roof over our heads, food to eat, and a loving family. If we have our health, we’re even luckier. That’s why it’s so important to give back to the community and to spread as much joy as we can. If you’re able to donate your time, money, or resources to those less fortunate, here are 5 truly helpful ways to contribute:

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Topics: giving back, donating, fundraising, charity

Nurses: Do You Know the Difference Between RN, RPN, and NP?

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:43 PM

If you’ve ever received medical care in this province, you’ve likely encountered a nurse. Whether it was at home, school, a regular check-up at the clinic, or a major health problem at a hospital, nurses are often at the front of the line in health care. Nurses provide generalized or specialized care to people of all ages, from newborn infants to geriatric patients. But did you know that there are different types of nurses in Ontario, and each type of nurse provides a special sort of care to their patients?

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Topics: Nursing, Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, RN, RPN, NP, Healthcare in the Community, Healthcare in the Home

Fall Prevention Month: How You Can Help a Family Member

Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

As Closing the Gap recognizes the third year of Fall Prevention Month, we continuously strive to raise awareness of this important health risk that the elderly and physically limited populations face every day. Fall prevention is a collaborative effort between family members and the healthcare community. Together, we can make sure that our parents, grandparents, and family members are safe no matter where they are. Here are some important things we can all do to help lower the risk of falling.

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Topics: Fall Prevention Month, helping others, Healthcare in the Community, Awareness and Prevention, low mobility

Occupational Therapy Month 2017

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

The Occupational Therapists (OT) at Closing the Gap Healthcare help people live their lives to the fullest by removing barriers from everyday living. Whether they are helping clients with equipment training and education, linking to community resources, or performing home assessments and modification recommendations, their passion for caring and unique skillset is truly admirable.

October was Occupational Therapy Month, and to celebrate, we featured three different Occupational Therapists from CTG and spoke with them about what it means to be an OT.

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Topics: Occupational Therapy, OT Month, Occupational Therapists

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