Giving Back To The Animals This Holiday Season

By now it’s certainly no secret that I’m an animal lover. Our two cats rule our (my) lives and if I could adopt every animal who needs a home I would. I’m the person who stalks the local SPCA Facebook page and shows my husband every picture they post when someone adopts one of the animals. He has told me countless times, “You don’t need to show me every cat and dog that gets adopted,” oh but I most certainly do!

As part of the President’s Choice® Nutrition First® campaign I’m working on, they wanted to send me and one of the kitties to a spa to get them all primped and fluffed in time for the holidays! Well, Pekoe and Ollie are very much home bodies. In that, they lose their minds anytime they have to go in the car, so going to the kitty spa seemed like it was going to be more of a Suzi headache than anything. Instead I asked if I would be able to use the money they had set aside for this experience to go out and purchase a bunch of President’s Choice® Nutrition First® cat food to donate to the SPCA. I know they are always looking for supplies and food, and since our cats are already spoiled, I thought it would be nice to give some other, less fortunate kitties a little something instead.

If you are an animal lover, find out how you can give back to puppies and cats in need this Christmas

We regularly donate to the SPCA, but always in the way of a monetary donation so this was my first time collecting food to drop off there. I’m quite lucky that our nearest SPCA is less than 2km from my house, and is on one of my running routes.

On Friday when I was getting groceries, I loaded up my cart with a bunch of cat and kitten food, as well as a bag of kitty litter. I have to say buying all that food was much more fun than just handing over a few bucks online.

If you are an animal lover, find out how you can give back to puppies and cats in need this Christmas
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5-Day Healthy Living Challenge

Worried about holiday weight gain? Join my FREE 5-day healthy living challenge to help you stay on track all through the Christmas season
Happy (early) Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving in October so we are in full holiday mode. My husband doesn’t let me decorate until December 1st (and rightly so, otherwise I’d have had the tree up for over a month already, haha) but I am well into holiday shopping and am very much looking forward to seeing some of my bloggy friends at a holiday event tomorrow night.
Worried about holiday weight gain? Join my FREE 5-day healthy living challenge to help you stay on track all through the Christmas season
Now let’s get to the purpose for this post – holiday weight gain. It happens. I know it, you know it, we all know it. Especially if you are like me and live in a place where we get a proper winter. There is just something about sitting around eating chocolate and cookies when it’s cold and snowy out. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with that! It’s all about balance. The problem is, many of us loose that balance between now and January 1st and end up adding 5 or more pounds of fat to the ole body. And that isn’t so great.
You guys know me, I am ALL about enjoying treats. That’s why I’m offering a 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge this week over on Facebook to help us stay on track this holiday season.
Join here:
No matter what your eating style is (vegan, paleo, weight watchers, whatever), and no matter what type of workouts you do (and even those who don’t do any) can all benefit from this challenge.
For any of you who don’t know, I am a certified healthy eating and weight loss specialist so my training is based in science, and what you body actually needs to function properly. I’m not interested in selling you any particular products or workout programs – I just want to help you do YOU, without losing your way through the sea of Christmas cookies and pumpkin cheesecake 😉
Want to join? It is totally free and will be a fun way to help keep you on track this week. And if you are already living a pretty healthy lifestyle, it might act as a bit of reinforcement to let you know you are doing an awesome job (I’m sure you are!).
Join here:
I hope to see you over in the group!

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Moving Healthcare Into The Digital Age with Digital Health

Gone are the days of having to sign out x-rays to take to specialist appointments, and having records faxed from one office to another in order for all of your health care specialists to be able to see pertinent information about your test results and history. Thanks to the development of digital health, authorized health care providers are now able to quickly access your health information digitally to be able to make faster, well informed decisions when it comes to the care of both you and your loved ones.

Over the past few years you’ve likely noticed a change in your doctor’s office. Now instead of always looking through a paper file to see your latest results, such as x-ray reports and other information, they are now using a computer to access those same files digitally. Instead of having to wait for test results to be mailed or faxed to your doctor’s office, they have instant access, allowing you and your family to have a more timely service of care.

Many Canadians see more than one health care provider or specialist to manage their health. Digital health records now allow all of your health care teams to see your test results and history. This cuts out the need for unnecessary or duplicate testing, saving everyone involved both time and money. Digital health also allows ER workers the ability to see your history and previous test results, something they would only have had access to in the past if the tests had happened at that hospital. As someone who has spent their fair share of time in the ER, having staff who can access previous test results and relevant information in emergency situations makes a scary experience a little bit less scary. When you know the people who are caring for you or your loved ones and understand your medical history, it can really take a load of your shoulders. Digital health is the way of the future. Learn how these new services will enable you to life hack your health care!

Besides in-office and emergency care, some health care providers now offer digital health tools such as e-visits (perfect for those who live in more remote areas or who have mobility issues), e-booking and e-prescription renewals. The last one is of particular interest to my family as my husband is on a medication he has to take for the rest of his life. At least once a year he has to get a doctor’s appointment just for his prescription renewal. Being able to request an e-prescription would save not only his time, but also his doctor’s. These types of services, as they become more mainstream, will undoubtedly help to shorten wait times and reduce the workload on our country’s health care providers. Obviously, not all prescriptions can be renewed without an evaluation and doctors visit, but being able to cut out those that can will shorten wait times for all.

Digital health is certainly the way of the future, and as it becomes more mainstream for patients to have access to some of their health records through secure portals, we can  take a more active role in our own health. Not only that, it will also allow us the chance to ensure the information in our records is correct.

Have you ever played phone tag with your doctor’s office trying to find the results of a test or x-ray? A few years ago I slipped and fell up my steps (I’m amazingly accident prone) and smashed my forearm on not one, but two steps. I ended up having to go to the doctor, as we were worried I had broken the bone. It was a pretty nasty injury. I remember the x-ray technician even thought it was broken and took an extra x-ray to be sure he got all the possible break points in my forearm. Because I had gone to my doctor instead of the ER, I couldn’t get my results right then and there. I had to wait and contact my doctor afterwards. Had we had access to digital health records, it would have made it much easier as we could have found out on our own that I didn’t have a break (instead I badly bruised the bone and damaged the nerve in my arm) instead of spending hours playing phone tag trying to get the results. Having access to even the basic information can really empower you to feel more in control and help remove or reduce the fear associated with the waiting game.

November 16-22 is Digital Health Week, and I would like to encourage you all to spend a few minutes learning more about Digital Health and how it can benefit you and your family by visiting  the Better Health Together website. You can also engage in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThinkDigitalHealth.

Digital health is the way of the future. Learn how these new services will enable you to life hack your health care!

Question: Have you experienced the benefits of digital health? Do you know what digital health services your doctor(s) use or offer? 

Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Canada Health Infoway, the opinions and language are my own.

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Preventing Feline Urinary and Hairball Problems with Hill’s® #PetSmartLovesCats

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Feline Urinary Hairball Control food but Suzi/Confessions of a Fitness Instructor only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s® Science Diet® is not responsible for the content of this article.

His name is Pekoe. Or as we like to call him, Ginger Calypso (his superhero name), or on more informal occasions simply, “sir”.

Animals: Keep your cats healthy and treat the two most common problems cat owners face - urinary issues and hairballs.

The thing about Pekoe is, he’s a bit of a diva. I mean clearly he’s got a very difficult life living with us…
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GoMacro Giveaway

Happy Tuesday!

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages and comments hoping that I feel better. For anyone who doesn’t know I’m sick with bronchitis and a lung infection, which is a pretty nasty combo when your job is teaching exercise classes. I was off most of last week, and now this week I am teaching classes without exercising myself (which can be a little difficult at times), as I’m on doctor’s orders not to do any serious exercise until my cough goes away. In the meantime, I’m teaching more than I’m doing, and when I’m doing, I’m doing as little as possible.

But let’s get on with today’s post shall we? A while back GoMacro sent me a selection of their macrobars to try out.

Looking for gluten-free snacks, vegetarian or vegan snacks? Check out GoMacro for healthy, snacks
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