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It’s official – spending time outside is good for you

University of East Anglia / Press Release / 06 July 2018

Summer park in Hamburg, Germany
Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits – according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.

Populations with higher levels of greenspace exposure are also more likely to report good overall health – according to global data involving more than 290 million people.

Lead author Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: “Spending time in nature certainly makes us feel healthier, but until now the impact on our long-term wellbeing hasn’t been fully understood.

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Library expanding into bike loans

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 07 July 2018

Expanding on its Experience Collection, the Brockville Public Library will be adding bicycles to its borrowable collection starting July 10.

Starting on Tuesday, library card holders who are 18 or older will able to borrow a “Bibliobike” for up to two days at a time.

Library CEO Emily Farrell said she hopes the bikes will be used in a variety of ways.

“The Bibliobikes will enable individuals to easily get around the city, whether they’re interested in going for a leisurely ride or need transportation for a job interview,” Farrell said in a statement.

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Notes from our Food Foraging workshop

Transition Brockville / 02 July 2018

These notes reflect the discussions at the workshop on Food Foraging hosted by Transition Brockville and the Brockville Public Library on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Please consider them only as suggestions for further research.

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24 tricks to survive hot summer nights (without A/C)

Greatist / Sophia Breene / 30 May 2017

We’ve all been there — tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It. Is. Awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It’s possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you’ve probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it’s not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.

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Why we make our own maple syrup

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Harrold / 29 March 2018

Finally, after years of talking about it, we tapped some sugar maple trees and boiled down the sap to make maple syrup. The syrup we produced is rich in maple flavour and tastes all the more delicious because we produced it ourselves.

Our home is in Southern Ontario, in the heart of the sugar maple’s (Acer saccharum) range. Around here, real maple syrup is easy to find at farmers markets, at farmgate sales on Mennonite farms or at any Maple Syrup Festival. Despite its easy availability, we wanted to try our hand at making it ourselves. It would be one more check mark on our list of Self-sufficiency To Dos.

We tried. We succeeded (with lots of room for improvement). And we’re doing it again next year. While not labour intensive, it does take time and effort to produce a batch of maple syrup. But for us, all that time and effort are worthwhile. Real maple syrup, in addition to being delicious, really is a better option than refined sugars and even some natural sugars.

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Exercise is the best anti-aging therapy

CBC Radio / Bob McDonald / 09 March 2018

The multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry provides a cornucopia of products that promise to fight off the ravages of time with special food supplements, diets, creams, oxygenated water and a host of gadgets that supposedly remove toxins from the body. It makes it sound like all we need to do is pop a pill and our lives will be extended.

And when our bodies do begin to slow down and diseases creep in, another huge industry of pharmaceuticals and therapies take over to fight it off. Our aging society is spending a lot of money trying to fight off old age. But the cheapest and oldest therapy for an aging body is good old exercise. Sadly it’s the one prescription many people are not taking.

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