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5 Simple Steps to a Healthier, Happier You

(NC) Getting healthy can sometimes feel like an impossible feat, and you don't always know where to start. It's important to begin with simple steps that will become habits. Before you know it, they will be a part of your everyday routine and you'll see benefits soon.

1. Keep hydrated. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day helps your body function properly. It keeps you hydrated and eliminates toxins. Take a reusable water bottle to work and keep it on your desk as a reminder to sip throughout the day.

Which liquids are best for summer hydration?

(NC) Sizzling summer days call for lounging at the cottage, entertaining in the backyard and adventures outdoors. When having fun under the sun, don't forget to drink plenty of cool liquids before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Here is a breakdown from Health Canada on the differences between popular thirst quenchers.

Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool During a Heat Wave

(NC) It can be hard to enjoy your stylishly decorated home or even get a good night's rest when it's scorching outside and your air conditioner or fan can't keep up. Beyond being uncomfortable, it can be dangerous for your health if it gets too hot indoors. This is especially true for older adults or young children, or if you have certain medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, heart problems, or a mental illness like depression.

How to Recognize and Treat Heat Illness

(NC) Canadian summers are hotter than ever before, with recent research showing a significant increase in the number of extreme heat events across the country. While we love spending time outdoors in the summer, a fun day under the sun can quickly turn dangerous if you don't take a few precautions.

Here are some tips that will help you learn the signs of heat illnesses and what to do about them, from Health Canada, which works with health partners across the country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the risks of extreme heat.

5 tips for easy summer sun safety

(NC) Summertime brings longer days, warmer weather and the need for a sun safety refresher. Keeping your entire family sun safe while outdoors is the key to making this summer your best one yet.

Follow these five tips to make sure you stay protected all season long:

1. The sun doesn't discriminate. Sunscreen should be applied even when you're not in direct sunlight. Whether you're driving in the car, sitting outside on a cloudy day or spending time in the water, your skin is still susceptible to sunburns.

How to Conquer Gardening Pain

(NC) The long, sunny days of summer are returning, and that means it's time to dust off those gardening tools. But if you experience long-lasting body pain, yard work might be easier said than done.

Gardening and weeding involve a wide range of motions, including kneeling, squatting, twisting and lifting, engaging many muscles and joints. These movements can exacerbate existing pain, including arthritis pain, if not done right.

Try these tips to minimize pain when gardening: