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Although colder weather is linked to lower levels of physical activity, changing seasons provide unique opportunities to be active. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Keeping kids active despite the weather: Promoting outdoor activity all year round

Keeping kids active in winter can be a challenge, as cold temperatures and icy conditions often mean more time indoors. Here's how to maintain a healthy activity level throughout Canadian winters.
Residents of St. John’s, NL dig out after a major storm in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Snow shovelling: Healthy exercise or deadly activity?

Shovelling snow is excellent exercise that works the upper and lower body. However, it's important to remember that digging out from a storm pushes many people to their maximal fitness capacity.
The impact of the flu on a population can be measured by looking at figures including cases, hospitalisations and deaths. From shutterstock.com

It’s a bad year for flu, but it’s too early to call it the worst ever – 5 charts on the 2019 season so far

Headlines about this year's flu season have been alarming. It's true, we are having a serious season – but the data doesn't indicate it's the worst one we've ever had.
You’re not imagining it. Our bodies really do crave macaroni cheese and other comfort foods as the temperature drops. Here’s why. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do we crave comfort food in winter?

Research into our brain, gut and childhood memories tells us why we reach for macaroni cheese rather than salad in winter.
What goes up must come down, and that includes the protection the flu vaccine offers against influenza. Irina Bg/Shutterstock

When’s the best time to get your flu shot?

Protection wanes after four or five months, so for most people, it makes sense to get a flu shot in mid to late May or early June so you're protected when the flu season peaks in August or September.
Vaccines for the flu offer mediocre coverage compared with those for other diseases. PLRANG ART/Shutterstock

Here’s why the 2017 flu season was so bad

A better vaccine could have reduced the rates of flu, but not the high-dose Fluzone vaccine doctors were touting at the start of the week.
More people end up in hospital from cold than flu. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what is the common cold and how do we get it?

The “common cold” is common, most of us will have at least one or two per year. Despite this, there's a lack of good research looking into it, and ways to prevent and treat it.

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