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The beauty of hiking

Hiking has become a true love of mine over the past 5 years as I realize there is so much beauty to be seen and lessons to be learned in nature. The other bonus is that you can do it anywhere, at your own level, you get great exercise, it clears your mind and it’s…

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Healthy body – Healthy planet

I talk about balance when it comes to lifestyle and healthy living. There are many different things that effect our health from sleep, to diet, to active lifestyle, to community, to stress, to water consumption to environment. Each one is an important piece of a puzzle that when complete allows us to live a healthy,…

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Focus on women’s health

Why focus on women’s health? Men get sick too. Aren’t we all the same? On many levels yes, but on many others not so much. In addition to the differences between men and women much of the research that has been done over the last 50 years has targeted men in the sample groups or…

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Costa Rica did not disappoint

Where should I begin? The Happy Monkeys just returned from12 days in Costa Rica engaging in the culture, exploring the incredible biodiversity, learning, giving back and of course taking time to relax, laugh and enjoy the beautiful country.  From Volcanoes to sea life, English to Spanish and acting out what couldn’t be communicated in words,…

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What will 2018 be for you?

2018 is just around the corner and with it, we’re encouraged to consider what we want to change or fix about ourselves in the new year. It’s a time to make resolutions. A “resolution” is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something. With just 8% of those people who set resolutions…

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Volunteering is so rewarding

For a year I have been thinking about volunteering some of my time.  I hear that regularly from many of my friends and Happy Monkey members, but it seems time marches on and we just talk about it. This fall I decided to take action and walk the walk as well as talk the talk…

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Chocolate Zucchini muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears’ solution for sneaking nutritious veggies into a sweet treat that kids love! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups butter, softened  ( check out some butter substitutes you can try here ) 1 1/2 cups sugar  ( here are some sugar substitutes to try ) 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract…

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Thank you

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian Monkeys. It’s that time of year when we step back and take time to be thankful for all the incredible blessings we have in our lives. We gather with family and friends (community), we enjoy amazing food together (eat healthy…mostly),  we get outdoors and take time to live active,…

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Monkeys Rock!

The FMG Dragon Boat Festival wrapped up last weekend and the HMC Monkeys showed up and rocked the boats and rocked the fundraising total once again. $40,000 raised in support of Cancer Care Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital. Bravo ladies, you always make me so proud to be the leader of this club. I have…

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