Health Promotion Newsletter Issue No. 34

20 Apr

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Spring is finally here though the weather is still a tad chilly. Perhaps you can use this time for a bit of spring cleaning and let the fresh air in! Speaking of new growth, which spring is known for, perhaps it is also a good time to try something new and join ACAS for our spring activities and workshops.

From the support program feedback, it has become evident that some of our clients have not been satisfied with the food menu selections. The program was attempting to introduce our clients to foods from a wide variety of cultures within the given budget.  While we do our best to accommodate the needs of our clients, we need your input on this matter. What does “better food” mean? Is this a request for healthier food selections or is it a cultural taste? Understanding that the program runs on a restricted budget, we strive to provide taste and variety in our menu choices. At the same time, I welcome any specific input in regards to menus in terms of their origins or content. Please feel free to contact me or your support staff to express your detailed descriptions of what you would like to see. We will do our best to address your concerns and thank you for your input.

Beginning in April 2017 and going forward, we will have our workshops begin at 5:30 pm instead of 6:00 pm to allow for more socializing time prior to seating for dinner. Another new feature we have added to our workshops is the opportunity to speak privately with the presenter following the presentation. We would ask that any clients, who are interested, sign up with the support staff at the event itself or in your RSVP such that we can book the time accordingly.

This month, the health topic is Turmeric. Recently there has been a lot of media coverage showing the health benefits of Turmeric. Please find below a recipe we have found that was created by a naturopathic doctor. It is a simple recipe to improve your overall health.

I want to wish you all a great blossoming spring!

Best Regards,

Kenneth Poon

Health Promotion Worker

647 278 3835


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Golden Milk

Golden Milk- essentially is a mixture of spices mixed into warmed milk (dairy, almond, soy, whatever you’d like). The following recipe is just for the spice mixture that you can store in a jar. Once this is made, you can just add 2 tsp of the spice mixture into warmed milk and enjoy whenever you’d like.

Golden Milk Spice Recipe

1/2 cup turmeric powder

1/4 cup cinnamon powder

2 tsp ground black pepper

1-2 tbsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


Directions: add 2 tsp of this spice mixture into a cup of warmed milk, stir and enjoy! (You can add this to bone broth as well for a savory and nutritious hot drink!)

All of these spices are anti-inflammatory, which means that they will help reduce the amount of inflammation present in the body. What this means clinically is that they could help reduce joint pain, indigestion (bloating, gas), and help prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Turmeric is also an antioxidant that promotes liver function and optimizes liver health, so as you can see, this herb has all around really great effects!

Also, you might find that this might help soothe that tickle in your throat, as turmeric also helps to boost immune function. If you’re finding that the discomfort lasts, you can purchase slippery elm lozenges to help soothe the throat. Slippery elm has anti-inflammatory effects on the mucous membranes (such as the tissues in the mouth, nose, throat, stomach, intestines, etc.) and forms a protective barrier for these tissues to prevent further irritation.

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