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Grand Opening! Join Us At Red River Coop Grant Park for our Grand Opening Oct 5th 2019! 10am-6pm Featuring the New Health and Wellness Department! Come down and meet your Health and Wellness Advisor Dayna.
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Fall Raking Tips

Colourful fall leaves are beautiful, but cleaning them up can be a chore! These tips may help reduce injury while raking. Wear proper shoes with good grip to prevent slipping, as well as well-fitting gloves to avoid having to grip the rake too hard. Use proper yard tools and keep from over-reaching to help prevent strain on your back. Switching sides with the rake allows you to share the work between sides. Make sure to bend with your knees when picking up the leaves and bags. Breaks are also helpful, so take a rest when you need it. Happy raking!

Moving Through Fear

Anything new and big that requires major change in our lives often comes with some fear attached. Starting a new relationship or ending one that is no longer working, having a baby, changing careers, navigating an illness or death or taking a leap into an unknown path all bring up deep fear. There are two kinds of fear; the one that paralyzes us and keeps us stuck and the one that awakens us and guides us into our new selves. We often need to grieve our losses, creating space for what’s to come by taking small, manageable steps. Embracing life’s uncertainty instead of controlling it. Fear accompanies anything worth doing and reminds us we are on the edge of our comfort zone as we muster the courage, vision and action to walk the bridge between new and old.

Seniors and Stress

Chronic stress is harmful to people of all ages, but its impact on older adults can be particularly severe, increasing the risk of age-related diseases, hastening cognitive decline, and even triggering falls. Stressors that are common amongst the elderly include loss of control, personal loss, declining health, financial worries, personal safety, and loss of independence. To reduce stress, get regular exercise, eat balanced meals to ensure the mind and body are properly fueled, and ask for help. Talking with a trusted family member, friend, or healthcare professional, at the very least, releases pent-up stress and may even lead to a solution.

In Your Community: Private Wellness Consults

Do you want to implement a long-term lifestyle plan to better your overall health and wellbeing? Do you want to thrive in levels of optimal energy, stamina, and performance? Are you looking to improve your quality of sleep and combat stress? Are you preparing for a major sporting event and need the proper nutritional and mindset fuel to reach your desired result? Red River Co-op is now offering personalized Health & Wellness consultations with our resident Health & Wellness Advisor, Paige. Appointments are approximately 15-20 minutes, personalized and completely FREE! Simply fill out an application online or in store.

How to Build up Confidence in Children

1. Praise effort over personal characteristics. Working towards a goal will have children work hard and see challenges as hurdles.
2. Surround them with positive people. Children will adopt the attitude of those around them.
3. Give them a job. Children get an internal boost when given an opportunity to feel resourceful, helpful and successful.
4. Encourage them to set goals. When children have goals, they can feel the excitement of progress. Have them write down what they’re interested in learning.
5. Show them the evidence. Talk with them about what they have achieved with hard work and perseverance.

Should You Stay at Home?

An AARP study found that 90 percent of people over the age of 65 would rather live out their later years in their own home rather than move into a senior living community. That’s understandable. Home is comfortable. Home is a part of us. But consider the risk of isolation posed by staying at home. Maybe you or your loved one don’t get around as well as you used to, or maybe driving is no longer an option. Studies have shown that social interaction goes a long way toward boosting health and happiness, especially among seniors, and living at home can be a barrier to an active social life.

Time to Move!

We all know exercise is important, but how much exercise should we be getting? According to the Canadian physical activity guidelines, most adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, to achieve health benefits. Muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups should be done at least 2 days a week. Start by finding something you enjoy doing, like a new sport, a walking club, or a walking/cycling commute to work. A physiotherapist can also help you achieve your exercise goals!

Clearing up Keto Confusion

There is often some confusion between the ketosis of the keto diet and diabetic ketoacidosis. Diet ketosis is a metabolic state of low sugar levels and low to normal insulin levels, with moderate ketone levels in the blood secondary to the keto diet. Ketoacidosis is a state of extremely high glucose levels secondary to either low insulin levels or insulin resistance in diabetics. Diabetics cannot utilize glucose, so they excrete it in the urine. This causes hyperosmolality, and to sustain energy, the fat cells break down into high levels of ketones. Since they are acidic, this causes acidosis.

Seniors’ Nutrition

As people age, proper nutrition can become a challenge. For example, seniors may have smaller appetites, making it difficult to eat enough to ensure good nutrition. They may also have health conditions that change their sense of taste or smell, making some foods unappealing. In addition, seniors who once cooked big, healthy meals for family can find themselves uninspired by the thought of cooking for one or two. But good nutrition is important at every stage of life. Seniors should focus on eating a variety of foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, with some whole grains and protein to help ensure they are getting the nutrients they need.

Improve Your Focus & Concentration

Very often, the brain and nervous system become fatigued and overloaded. Much like a computer receiving too much data all at once, the brain can become overwhelmed, slow down, or even crash. This can result in an inability to focus, brain fog, memory loss, ADD/ADHD-like symptoms, a “wired” feeling, or the inability to cope with daily life. The key to turning these conditions around is to give the body what it needs to strengthen specific areas of the brain and nervous system. This can be achieved naturally with specialized nutritional formulations, which will replenish the body and alleviate symptoms.