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O-Tip of the Week: Simple Ways to Turn of the Tech and Get Kids Moving!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and what better time than to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

Do you struggle to get your kids to power down and get active?  Devices can be addictive and detrimental to mental and physical health so it’s important to create a healthy balance.  Our Printable Technology Pass can help parents get their kids to power down and get active!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn additional tips to tame the technology habit in our post The Detriments of Screen Time and a FREE “Technology Pass.”

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O-Tip of the Week: Need Some Motivation? Phone a Friend!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

One of the best ways to get and stay motivated to be active is to exercise with a friend.  Find yourself a “workout buddy” to go to the gym or latest yoga class with, or to walk or run together.  Having a friend to exercise with can keep you determined and accountable!

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O-Tip of the Week: Time to Get Physical!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s a great time to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

When it comes to exercising regularly one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many is time.  Many find that there is no time in their busy and hectic lives to incorporate exercise.  So what’s the key to overcoming this obstacle?  Schedule it in!  Like you would schedule a meeting or an appointment, schedule in an hour or ½ hour daily for some sort of physical activity.

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O-Tip of the Week: Out with the Old

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Often the focus of occupational therapy becomes helping people to organize their activities, their stuff or their time.  So, for the month of April, our series will be all about organization.

It’s hard to stay organized when you simply have too much stuff!  Here are some great tips to help you to be out with the old on a regular basis:

  1.       Say yes:  when you get a call from an organization doing a pick up of used clothing and household items, always say yes.  This will force you to go through a closet or drawer and donate items you no longer need.
  2.       One in one out rule:   this should apply to both kids and adults!  For kids, with each new toy or book they receive have them select an old one to donate to a child in need.  For adults, with each new article of clothing that enters your closet, remove an old one and donate it.
  3.       Let the seasons be your reminder:  each season clean out your closet and drawers and remove items by asking yourself the following questions:

a.      Does this item still fit?

b.      Have I worn this item in the last 12 months?

c.      If I went shopping NOW would I buy this item again?

If you answer NO to any of those… say see you later!

 

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Stay Organized with a ‘Command Center’

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Often the focus of occupational therapy becomes helping people to organize their activities, their stuff or their time.  So, for the month of April our series will be all about organization.

To get your family working together like a well-oiled machine create a “command center.”  Family command center must haves include:

–        A calendar (be sure to write each member’s items in a different colour)

–        Storage for each member’s paperwork / important items

–        A dry erase or chalkboard for leaving messages and reminders for each other

For more ideas on what to include in your command center, and design inspiration check out Good Housekeeping:  Command Center Ideas.

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Control Clutter

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Often the focus of occupational therapy becomes helping people to organize their activities, their stuff or their time.  So, for the month of April, our series will be all about organization.

Tame the clutter in your entryway and/or mudroom with a little creative organization.  Give each member of the family their own labeled basket to easily stash frequently used items such as hats, gloves water bottles and more. 

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O-Tip of the Week: Avoid Cross-Contamination… Prep Separately

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of March, Nutrition Month, our O-Tip series will feature kitchen hacks to make your meals more nutritious, less time-consuming and more convenient.

Combat cross-contamination by using multiple cutting boards.  Avoiding cross-contamination and the risk of foodborne illness by having separate boards:  one for meats and one for fruits, vegetables and other.  Easily distinguish between boards by labeling them with a permanent marker or by designating different coloured boards for different food types. 

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O-Tip of the Week: Tricks for Tear-Free Onion Prep

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of March, Nutrition Month, our O-Tip series will feature kitchen hacks to make your meals more nutritious, less time-consuming and more convenient.

Do you love onions but hate the stinging, teary eyes that result when you chop them?  Try this awesome hack that will leave you dry eyed… Place the onion in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes prior to chopping.  If you forget, you can always try the trick of sticking a piece of bread in your mouth while you chop.

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O-Tip of the Week: Cook once… eat twice (or more!)

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of March, Nutrition Month, our O-Tip series will feature kitchen hacks to make your meals more nutritious, less time-consuming and more convenient.

If you want to save time, energy and money while eating your healthiest meals then it’s time to learn to love your leftovers!  And leftovers no longer need to mean the exact same meal – learn to re-purpose them!  Take a look at these delicious double recipes care of Health Magazine.

Health:  Cook Once, Eat Twice Meals

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O-Tip of the Week: Plan Ahead – Shop once!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of March, Nutrition Month, our O-Tip series will feature kitchen hacks to make your meals more nutritious, less time-consuming and more convenient.

Do you know the biggest way you can save time, energy and money each week?  Plan ahead!  Planning your meals for the week not only allows you to ensure you are eating healthy meals every day, but saves you unnecessary trips to the grocery store throughout the week.  Try our printable weekly meal planner to help you on your way!