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Beat the (never-ending) winter blues with outdoor exercise

March 28, 2014 | Leave a comment
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By Dr. Melissa Lem

Melissa Lem is a Toronto family physician who works and hikes in rural and remote communities across Canada. She holds a faculty appointment with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, guest blogs for Evergreen and regularly appears as a medical expert on CBC television's lifestyle show Steven and Chris.

If you're like many Canadians, you might be hiding indoors to escape the seemingly never-ending winter. However, hibernators are missing out on one powerful way to beat the winter blues: outdoor exercise!

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Doctors discover the "happy path" to sustainability

June 26, 2013 | 3 comments
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Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet heeds her own advice, spending regular time in nature.

Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Trent University in Peterborough and an adjunct professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work investigates the environmental and health benefits of individual differences in connectedness with the natural environment.

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Mental health doctor prescribes a good dose of nature

June 5, 2013 | 4 comments
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Time in nature makes us healthier and happier while also lowering occurrence of physical illnesses.

Dr. Kang is a psychiatrist who teaches about health and motivation through her books and seminars. She calls her approach the The Dolphin Way and her first parenting book The Dolphin Way: A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Successful Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger will be available in 2014 www.drshimikang.com.

Contributor Sajan Gill is the founder of Gen-Z and a student at UBC.

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Connect with nature to reduce stress

April 24, 2013 | 4 comments
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Melissa Lem is a Toronto family physician who works and hikes in rural and remote communities across Canada. She holds a faculty appointment with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, guest blogs for Evergreen and regularly appears as a medical expert on CBC television's lifestyle show Steven and Chris.

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Reaction to air pollution linked to genetics

December 4, 2012 | 1 comment
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Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the endowed Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease. He is also the director of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital's Lung Centre. His latest findings on the effects of diesel exhaust and other pollution on asthma have the potential to influence public policies on pollution.

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