Category: Life

Sixth Annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness

Where: Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton
When: September 24, 2017
Cost:  To register to walk visit

Details: Join the Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC) for the sixth annual 5km Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness supported by NEUTROGENA with 20 walks across Canada and a virtual walk. Lace up your sneakers and help raise awareness and funds for melanoma patient support programs, prevention efforts and increased awareness by taking part in walks in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park, Mississauga’s Erindale Park and Hamilton’s Confederation Beach Park. Registration is at 9am.

Toronto – Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie Street
Mississauga – Erindale Park, 1695 Dundas Street West
Hamilton – Confederation Beach Park, 585 Van Wagners Beach Road

Melanoma Walk for Awareness Schedule:
9am Registration and Opportunity for Team Photos
9:30am Opening Ceremonies
9:50am Warm-Up Stretching
10 Ready, Set, WALK!
Noon Walk wraps up
Speakers will be available for interviews between 9am – 9:30am in each location.

Melanoma is one of the top seven most frequent occurring cancers in Canada and is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in youth ages 15-29. You are at a higher risk of developing melanoma if you have one or more of the following characteristics: prolonged exposure to UV radiation including outdoor sun and artificial UV radiation (tanning beds, sun lamps); severe blistering, sunburns before the age of 20; a family history of melanoma; more than 50 moles on your body; moles with unusual shape or colour; skin that tends to burn; fair or freckled skin; red or blonde hair and blue eyes; or a weakened immune system.

Melanoma can be a deadly form of cancer, but if diagnosed early, it is often treatable. It is one of few cancers that is preventable and is visible to the naked eye.

More Info: @MelanomaNetwork

2nd Annual BeYou Campaign Celebrates Uniqueness of Young Women

Where: Hudson’s Bay Court at Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
When:  September 21-24, 2017
Cost: All interactive programs and events for all ages are FREE and are designed to help increase self-esteem, personal growth, self-worth and empower young women. BeYou gift bags will be available for purchase $5 with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Details: Imagine a society where girls grow up with endless self-confidence, self-esteem and pride in celebrating their diversity.

Join Bramalea City Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters in celebrating the uniqueness of every girl across Canada with the second annual BeYou campaign. This year’s event will open with Jade’s Hip Hop Academy at 5pm on Thursday, September 21, followed by a performance at 6pm by Canadian award-winning singer and songwriter Tara Shannon, who created the BeYou anthem and music video for the female empowerment BeYou campaign.

The BeYou anthem can be downloaded for $0.99 on all digital platforms and the incredible video that Tara has created can be seen here:

Here are some hard facts:
– Over 50% of all girls say they wish they were someone else and more than 90% of 15-17 year old girls want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance;
– 9 out of 10 girls say they feel the pressure from the media to be thin;
– 50% of girls in grade 6 are on a diet while 36% of girls in grade 6 say they are self-confident; that number drops to 14% by age 10;
– only 11% of girls age 16 are physically active enough to benefit their health;
– Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents;
– Almost ½ a million girls have posted YouTube videos of themselves asking “Am I pretty or am I ugly”.

More Info: For registration and event schedules visit  #beyougirl

Melanoma Network of Canada Educates Children and Youth on Being Sun Aware and Sun Safe

Over 75 camps across Ontario including Camp Ooch, Camp Robin Hood and Ronald McDonald House, are taking part in the Melanoma Network of Canada’s award-winning Screen Me Sun Aware Camp Program in partnership with the Douglas Wright Foundation. This easy-to follow program is designed to help protect children and teens from skin cancer by supporting Ontario summer camp owners and directors to implement sun safety best practices for all staff and campers.

This year, the Melanoma Network of Canada has created a fun and entertaining Sun Safety Sing-A-Long Video with The Fuddles to educate children and youth on being sun aware and sun safe. Campers are singing along in Screen Me Sun Aware Camps (see below).

Sun Aware Camps practice and reinforce the following sun safe behaviours with all campers:
– Apply water resistant broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen frequently (especially when sweating or going in and out of water)
– Cover up with hats, long sleeve shirts and pants
– Seek shade and avoid the sun when possible between 11am and 3pm
– Wear wrap around sunglasses that are UV protective

Melanoma Facts – Did you know?
– Melanoma is a serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer and a cancer that is seeing a dramatic increase in numbers worldwide.
– Melanoma makes up only 5% of all skin cancers, but accounts for 75% of the deaths that occur.
– Having one blistering sunburn when young can double an individual’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.
– Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer for youth between the ages of 15–29, and is also one that is often preventable.
– The primary cause of the most common form of melanoma is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

For more info visit  @MelanomaNetwork

To Celebrate Earth Day Make the Most Out of Your Sunkist Citrus Fruits!

Sometimes it is overwhelming to read about all the things you should be doing differently to become more sustainable and create less waste. Well, here’s a realistic and cost-saving way to tackle just that – Citrus fruits, don’t just eat them! Use the peel, add it to household cleaners, add zest to your salad, garnish your cocktail, make decorative fruit wheels and the list is never-ending.

Whether you’re zesting, peeling, or juicing, Sunkist offers ups some useful tips on how you can get the most of your citrus for use in household cleaning or DIY beauty concoctions. In other words, you can help make this world a more sustainable one just by starting to use the whole fruit!

Take the lemon – nature’s clean machine; not only are they wonderful in recipes, but they’re also great all-natural cleaners. Here are just a few of the uses for lemons around the home.

1. A bowl of lemons, naturally floral in fragrance, will liven up any space.
2. Rub your hands with a wedge of lemon to get rid of lingering odors, grease, and oil. As an added benefit, it will also keep your hands soft and smooth.
3. Fresh lemon juice can clean copper pots, pans, and bowls. A salt and lemon paste can remove oxidation and is environmentally friendly.
4. Leftover lemon peels can be used to fertilize roses or other plants that need extra acidity.
5. Boil fresh lemon juice or sliced lemons and water in an aluminum pot or kettle to remove discoloration. You can also clean pots with a cloth dipped in lemon juice, then rinse them in warm water.
6. To make glass sparkle like new, rub it with cut lemon or soak it in lemon juice and water. Rinse well, then dry with a lint-free cloth. This works especially well on glass decanters and coffee pots.
7. Put lemon peels in the fireplace for a lovely fragrance when the fire is lit.
8. To remove odors from cutting boards, rub them with half a lemon, then  rinse well and dry.
9. Keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh by grinding up lemon peels after juicing.
10. To remove stains from clothes, mix 1/3 cup lemon juice with water. Soak the stain, then wash.

And of course, let’s not forget about pampering your skin with lemons! Sunkist Lemon Almond Scrub is a soothing, easy to make exfoliator that will leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed and invigorated.

Lemon Almond Scrub
30 almonds 

Zest from 3 Sunkist lemons 

3 tablespoons of juice from freshly-squeezed lemons 

3 tablespoons of honey

Directions: In a coffee grinder or food processor, grind together the almonds and the Sunkist lemon zest. In a small bowl, combine the mixture with lemon juice and honey until it forms a grainy cream. To use, apply the mixture to your face, massaging in a circular motion to lift and remove all of the dirt and exfoliate the skin. Rinse with warm water. Your skin will be smooth with a fresh citrus scent.

For more info visit @Sunkist

Australia’s Hottest Celebrity Workout Launches in Yorkville

When it comes to workouts it’s always a good idea to try something new, give your muscles a surprise and a challenge. So when I got the opportunity to try out F45, I jumped at the chance to attend the Yorkville class.

Originating from Australia, the F45 is a new workout which combines elements of conventional weight training and cardio with functional movements in a High Intensity Interval workout all done in 45 minutes. The F is for Functional Training, which is the engagement in exercises that mimic or recreate everyday movement.

A big bonus about the F45 is that everything is pre-planned for you and no two workouts are the same; the style of training uses movements such as lifting, squatting, jumping, rowing, punching and biking. This style is used by some of Australia’s biggest celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman!

The workout is fun because music is involved – on the weekends there’s a live DJ! I found this to be very helpful, especially in the tough sections where I could focus on the music instead of how much that particular station was making me work.

In addition, the class I attended was viewed on a series of TV monitors which provided a station by station diagram of the workout; this made it easy for me to see exactly what I was supposed to be doing. Motivating instructors were also available to help and encourage.

All in all, F45 is a great workout that is challenging but fun. Give it a try but bring your water bottle … you’re definitely going to need it!

F45 Training is available at 110 Bloor Street West in Yorkville. For more info visit and Instagram @f45yorkville. Contact [email protected] or call 416.409.8908.

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