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Another great vegetable in season is cauliflower! A very underrated vegetable, cauliflower has many exceptional qualitie...
07/17/2020

Another great vegetable in season is cauliflower! A very underrated vegetable, cauliflower has many exceptional qualities that shouldn’t be overlooked. The nutrient build-up of cauliflower is notably impressive. They contain almost every vitamin and mineral that you need such as: fiber, vitamins (C, K and B6), folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. In addition to its bountiful nutritional value, cauliflower also contains high levels of antioxidants. Cauliflower is particularly high in glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, two groups of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells.

A great way to incorporate cauliflower into your diet is by roasting them! Roasted cauliflower can be a meat replacement added in salads, curry, stir fry, or just by itself. Lay cut up cauliflower on a baking sheet, adding salt, pepper, garlic, or any other seasonings of choice. You can bake them at 450 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes, and voila! Let us know how you incorporate cauliflower into your meals.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, McMaster’s campus has been closed and transferred to a virtual campus instead. Whil...
07/16/2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, McMaster’s campus has been closed and transferred to a virtual campus instead. While McMaster campuses remains closed to the public, the university has begun to welcome a small number of individuals back to campus in a safe, slow and protected manner.

Visit the McMaster COVID-19 website at https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/ for the newest information on masks, guidelines, re-opening procedures, and more. For those who are beginning to return to campus there are thorough campus-wide guidelines in place.

· Follow the guidelines in buildings to keep 6 feet apart. There are many stickers on the floor and in elevators throughout campus to remind you of the expected distance to keep from each other.

· Employees or students who wish to return to campus must first get express permission from their supervisors.

· Masks must be worn inside every building on campus. For those who come to the main campus and do not have a face covering, disposable masks will be available at the following locations, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· The COMPASS desk in MUSC

· The lobby of John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE)

To learn more about face masks on campus:https://hr.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2020/05/Face-Coverings-and-Mask-Usage-COVID-19.pdf

Visitors or McMaster employees who work at one of our community hospitals or in MDCL are required to follow the hospital safety protocols. These protocols include the mandatory wearing of a mask, have your employee ID, and completion of a COVID-19 self-screening survey prior to arrival. The FHS self-screening survey can be found at at https://fhsscreening.mcmaster.ca or you can use the provincial screening tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

The heat of the summer has been great for our outdoor adventures with your friends and family, but can cause our gardens...
07/15/2020

The heat of the summer has been great for our outdoor adventures with your friends and family, but can cause our gardens to be much more dry than normal. Watering your garden in an effective manner is a great way to keep your plants healthy, save money and save on water usage- benefiting the environment and your wallet. Here are a few tips to effectively water your garden in this heat!

Focus on the root zone: remember, it is the roots of the plants that need the water, not the leaves. Focus the water to the rooted area!

Water only when it's needed: keep an eye on the weather during the week, if it's going to rain, don’t water your plants as much! That will risk over-watering them.

Water in the morning: the water will absorb better in the morning when the heat of the sun is not direct, so you aren’t wasting water that will just be absorbed by the sun instead of your plant! That saves water and money.

Mulch everything: mulching your plants will help reduce surface water run-off and slow evaporation from the soil.

The most important thing is to pay attention to your plants- it’ll be the easiest way to see what your plants need and to help you decide which of these tricks to use!

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As unique as they are delicious, apricots are finally in season! Just as popular dried as they are raw, apricots are a s...
07/14/2020

As unique as they are delicious, apricots are finally in season! Just as popular dried as they are raw, apricots are a sweet, small and delectable fruit that has many health benefits for you. Apricots are a great source of vitamin A. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, helps enhance vision, keeps your immune system in check, and protects your skin all at once. Apricots are high in fiber. They are an easily digestible fruit, helping your digestive system. Because it is high in fiber, apricots help reduce bad cholesterol contents in your body, overall improving your heart! Also high in antioxidants and iron, apricots are a great addition to any diet.

There are many ways to add apricots into your daily diet. You can add them to cereal, spread them on bread, or add them to yogurt. Apricots are popular for jam and spreads, so they naturally taste good on crackers. They are also great to add into any salad for extra nutrients, sweetness and summer flavour! Let us know how you’re adding apricots into your diet this summer.

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Posted @withregram • @mcmasterpulse New online class schedule this week, July 13-17! See you soon!
07/13/2020

Posted @withregram • @mcmasterpulse New online class schedule this week, July 13-17! See you soon!

The re-opening of malls was one of the next steps taken in re-opening the economy. Though we are all eager to start shop...
07/13/2020

The re-opening of malls was one of the next steps taken in re-opening the economy. Though we are all eager to start shopping again, all malls and stores have new health and safety measures from the government that the employees and customers may all follow. Following these measures can be overwhelming if some stores vary in their guidelines than others, but that is okay! There are many safety precautions you can take before stepping back into the mall.
- Wear a mask
- Every store has sanitizer at its front door- use it!
- Minimize the amount of items you touch
- Do not use your reusable bags
- Keep 6 feet apart
- Respect the boundaries of the employees- they are trying to make sure you remain safe as well

If you are still unsure, check the website of your local mall! Every mall website has updated information as to what you expect upon your entry into the shopping centre. Make sure you look to see if your favourite stores are open- many stores are yet to re-open or have permanently closed over the last couple months!

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Demand for student mental health support and services is increasing on post-secondary campuses in North America. Campuse...
07/10/2020

Demand for student mental health support and services is increasing on post-secondary campuses in North America. Campuses must develop systems and processes to ensure students receive the attention, support and care that they need to thrive academically and personally. Building support and safety networks requires campus-wide engagement and culture shifts. At McMaster, we are committed to this endeavour.

Professor Hippo-on-Campus is a free mental health training program designed by McMaster mental health professionals for McMaster faculty and staff. Learn about student mental health & get certified! Professor Hippo-on-Campus is an 8-module-long program to teach faculty and staff about student mental health and the resources that are available. You can register online in MOSAIC for this free program now if you are a McMaster employee!
You can register online now if you are a McMaster employee. Meet Professor Hippo, learn about mental health, and get certified. Let's talk about the hippo in the room!
https://mi.mcmaster.ca/professor-hippo-on-campus/

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Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumbers are actually a fruit! This delicious fruit is currently in season a...
07/09/2020

Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumbers are actually a fruit! This delicious fruit is currently in season and is easily a family favourite. Cucumbers are high in beneficial nutrients, compounds and antioxidants that will help prevent certain conditions. Cucumbers are also low in calories, contain a large amount of water and soluble fiber, making them a desirable fruit to assist in weight loss and daily water intake.

Cucumbers are made up of 96% water, making them one of the easiest ways to get your daily intake of water. To fully reap the benefits of the whole cucumber, it is best to eat it unpeeled. The cucumber peel contains many of the nutrients that are good for our bodies. Cucumbers are high in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and tannins, which prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic disease.

A great recipe to make with cucumbers is a traditional greek salad! The recipe includes cucumbers and cherry tomatoes cut into quarters, onions and feta cheese dressed with greek dressing. It is a delicious and refreshing summer salad!

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A great way to stay virtually active during physical distancing and as gyms remain close is by dancing! Dancing is an am...
07/08/2020

A great way to stay virtually active during physical distancing and as gyms remain close is by dancing! Dancing is an amazing way to stay fit due to its endless health benefits. Dancing improves the condition of your heart, lungs, muscle strength, endurance, motor fitness and aerobic fitness. Additionally, dancing improves your coordination, agility and flexibility. It also improves your mood when you listen to your favourite music!

There are many ways to attend a dance class! Many dance studios are holding virtual, live and free classes for anyone to attend. A great Youtube channel that teaches you dances and dancing skills such as turn is @avamayvibes! She posts videos that walk you through dances that you can learn from the comfort of your home. This is her profile:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgxCgyw0W8mvj1ocOKutZ5Q. If you have children, @SamCam has a Youtube channel dedicated to teaching children how to dance to classic Disney songs. Her profile is: https://www.youtube.com/user/SamCamsCreations. Play the music loud, find your rhythm and get moving!

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Posted @withregram • @macrecreation Weekly Schedule  July 6 - July 10Join us online this week for free virtual fitness p...
07/07/2020

Posted @withregram • @macrecreation Weekly Schedule July 6 - July 10

Join us online this week for free virtual fitness programming!

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A staple fruit in anyone’s summer diet is watermelon! Now in season for the summer, watermelon is a sweet, bright and de...
07/07/2020

A staple fruit in anyone’s summer diet is watermelon! Now in season for the summer, watermelon is a sweet, bright and delicious fruit to bring to the beach, cottage, or eat on a hot summer day! Watermelon is 92% water, making it a great snack to help get your daily intake of water. Since it has high water content, it makes it a great natural hydrator and makes you feel full longer. Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit that is high in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene (which makes the watermelon red), and cucurbitacin E (the more bitter the melon, the more cucurbitacin). Lycopene is known to help decrease risks of digestive system cancers and cucurbitacin E inhibits tumor growth!

A great way to use watermelon is in a watermelon strawberry caprese salad! Similar to a fruit salad, this salad makes a great snack, appetizer or dessert! It’s sweet summery fruit makes it a party-pleaser. To check out the recipe, clink this link: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a47361/watermelon-strawberry-caprese-salad-recipe/.

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As the days get warmer and we settle into phase 2 of re-opening, there are many outdoor areas that people are excited to...
07/06/2020

As the days get warmer and we settle into phase 2 of re-opening, there are many outdoor areas that people are excited to get back to for the summer. Hiking trails are a great way to get outside, get your physical activity and still have room to physically distance. The re-opening of trails does look different then before, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you venture out for the afternoon.

All the hiking facilities such as: washrooms, picnic tables and benches remain closed. Waterfall and escarpment viewing areas remain closed as well as there is not enough space to physically distance. With this information in mind, make sure you prepare yourself before you go hiking. Make sure you monitor your health as you hike due to the fact you will be unable to sit down for a break or use the washrooms. Accommodate yourself by shortening your walk or bringing snacks for energy so you can continue to enjoy hiking around the new rules. If you’ve ventured out for a hike lately, let us know where! We would love to see the different ways our McMaster community is staying active this summer.

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Happy Canada Day from the McMaster Okanagan Committee.
07/01/2020

Happy Canada Day from the McMaster Okanagan Committee.

When the pandemic first began, it was important that we developed a routine for ourselves and those in our homes. By fol...
06/30/2020

When the pandemic first began, it was important that we developed a routine for ourselves and those in our homes. By following a routine, our bodies have learned how to work from home, made us more efficient with our time, and made ourselves feel safe and secured during a very unsettling time.

By making some changes to your routine, you can get rid of the monotony and bring some more excitement back into your days! It can be as simple as changing up your walking/running route or trying a new meal. Planning a day trip, going to the cottage, or even camping out in your backyard can make all the difference in your life. Making slight alterations to your at-home routine will perk up a tedious schedule. Let us know what you do to jazz up your day!

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People all over the world are asking what they can do to become a better ally for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People o...
06/29/2020

People all over the world are asking what they can do to become a better ally for the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) community. Me and White Supremacy is likely be the most important book someone can read in order to take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations. The book requires readers to be truthful and introspective. It is not easy, and will likely make you very uncomfortable at times, but it is an important read for those who want to become anti-racist.

This book will walk you step-by-step through the work of examining:
Examining your own white privilege
What allyship really means
Anti-blackness, racial stereotypes, and cultural appropriation
Changing the way that you view and respond to race
How to continue the work to create social change

Author Layla Sayad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. She is an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East and has a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives.

This book is available at the Hamilton Public Library as an ebook, audiobook, and paper copy or you can purchase it through all major booksellers.

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