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  • Healthy Eating at Home

    Follow Canada’s food guide recommendations to help you and your family develop healthy eating habits and to guide food choices. Discover Canada’s food guide, additional resources recipes and more at www.Canada.ca/FoodGuide. Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why, and how you eat. Be mindful of your […]

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  • Facts on Fish

    Benefits of Eating Fish The benefits of eating fish far outweigh the risks. Fish is an excellent source of protein and contains Vitamin D and iron. Some fish also have omega-3 fats. Eating fish and shellfish are important for: • Heart health. • Childrens growth and development. • A healthy pregnancy. What about Mercury in […]

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  • Active for Life

    Being active is important for the health, wellness and quality of life for everyone at every age! Active parents are great role models for their kids. It’s important to know what is comfortable and not to overdo it – especially if you have just had a baby. Every new activity comes with a new challenge. […]

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  • Smoke-Free Family Living

    Smoking Smoking is harmful for you and your children because cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals. Smoking during pregnancy affects the unborn baby. The baby will receive less oxygen and food to grow. The baby may grow slower, weigh less and have more health problems. Quitting smoking is a healthy choice for you and your […]

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  • Alcohol, Drugs and the Family

    Effects on the Family Kids watch and imitate their parents. It is so important to help your children to know your family values and rules about alcohol and drugs. It is confusing for a child when parents’ actions do not match their words. What kind of Example are you Setting? Do you drink alcohol every […]

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  • Resuming Sex and Pregnancy Prevention

    Sex is an important way to communicate. Many factors drive sexual desire. Your body may feel ready for sex, but your feelings may need more time. There are many other ways to show love and affection to your partner. Talk clearly about those feelings and your relationship will stay strong. Can We have Sex too […]

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  • Before the Next Pregnancy

    Parents Need to Remember The health of both parents contributes to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Only one sperm out of millions fertilizes an egg. If the sperm or the egg has not developed and matured properly, there is a chance that there will be a problem. 50% of pregnancies are not planned. This […]

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  • Coping Skills for Families with New Babies

    The care and feeding of a newborn may take almost all of your time and energy, leaving you with little left over for the rest of the chores and responsibilities. How do Families Cope? First, lower your expectations. You may not feel as organized, or as in control as you did before the new baby […]

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  • Adjustment to Life with a New Baby

    How will a Baby Change our Relationship? When you become a parent, you take on more responsibility. At first, you may feel unsure of how to parent. With time, this is followed by a new sense of purpose. Your familiar routine of work, home and social activities will change. You may feel a lack of […]

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  • Am I in a Healthy Relationship?

    Do You… Feel that you never do anything right for your partner? Avoid certain topics out of concern of angering your partner? Find yourself getting blamed for a lot of things? Does your Partner… Force you to have sex? Constantly call or text you when you are out? Act too jealous or possessive? Regularly put […]

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  • Legal & Practical Issues

    Leave of Absence The Employment Standards Act 2000 is the law that sets minimum standards for fair workplace practices in Ontario. Employment Insurance (EI) Maternity Benefits EI maternity benefits are offered to biological mothers, including surrogate mothers, who cannot work because they are pregnant or have recently given birth. A maximum of 15 weeks of […]

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  • Do-It-Yourself Service for Dad

    It might feel like mom is in the “driver’s seat” with baby but remember that she did have a 9 months head-start getting to know baby! Here are some DIY tips for dad so that you can take over some of baby’s care and get to know him/her, too. A father is just as important […]

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