Nutrition · Parenting

Keeping kids healthy

Is nutrition for children different from nutrition for adults? This is a good question that seems to come up often. The fact is, nutrition for children and adults is similar. We all need the same nutrients for optimal health but in different amounts depending on our age. Generally children require smaller amounts of food than… Continue reading Keeping kids healthy

Parenting · Pregnancy

Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

In celebrating Pride month we not only celebrate people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), but also their families.  Here's Chi Ching Hui, a Sexual Health Promoter at Toronto Public Health, sharing 5 programs supporting families: In Toronto, there are many programs that support 2SLGBTQ+ families that focus on family needs… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Can fathers get depressed after their new baby arrives?

Becoming a parent can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time which brings stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and more. Many people may have heard about 'Maternal Mental Health', but did you know dads can get depression and anxiety as well after a new baby arrives? Paternal Depression and Anxiety (postpartum… Continue reading Can fathers get depressed after their new baby arrives?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

The new Canada's food guide is encouraging us to be mindful of our current eating habits. This is something that I stress in my discussions with pregnant individuals because it has its benefits when it comes to adapting to pregnancy changes. What are the benefits of mindful eating in pregnancy? Mindful eating in pregnancy can… Continue reading 5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Common vision problems in children

The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and again at 2-3 year of age and every year after that. In Ontario, eye exams for all children 19 years old and under are covered by OHIP. As recommended I took my 3 year old daughter… Continue reading Common vision problems in children

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Connecting with other pregnant individuals is one of the main benefits of attending a prenatal program. So with this in mind, Public Health Nurse, Andrea Winzer, and nursing student, Michelle Aclan, spoke with Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) participant, Nadia Webster, to share her thoughts with you on how attending the program helped her during… Continue reading Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: A participant’s perspective

Parenting · Pregnancy

Pregnancy spacing and birth control

If you've just had a baby and are not ready to have another baby so soon, consider using birth control to help you space your next pregnancy. When planning another pregnancy, it's best to wait at least 18 months to 5 years to have your next baby. Birth control is used to help prevent a… Continue reading Pregnancy spacing and birth control

Breastfeeding · Nutrition

Breastfeeding: Top 5 nutrition questions

Our family and friends often give us advice during and after our pregnancy on how to take care of ourselves and our babies. What we should eat while breastfeeding tends to be a question that we get a wide range of responses to. Top 5 breastfeeding and nutrition questions that I often get asked are:… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Top 5 nutrition questions

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 children require support developing typical speech and language skills? It is important to know that milestones as early as 6 months of age can begin to impact a child's speech and language development. In the past, it was common for parents and some professional to take a… Continue reading Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

A diet rich in vitamin A (including fortified foods and beverages) is recommended during pregnancy for the healthy development of your baby's skin, eyes and immune system. Food sources of vitamin A are found in most orange coloured vegetables (e.g., sweet potato, carrot, squash and pumpkin), some orange coloured fruits (e.g., cantaloupe, apricot and mango)… Continue reading Vitamin A in pregnancy