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Health & Well-Being

Our in-house experts – from regular contributors Chief Medical Officer Dr James Aw and Wellness lead Leigh-Ann Ing to special guests – talk about health & well-being topics we hope you’ll find interesting and useful as we all strive to live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Alexandra Bhathal, Registered Dietician

Picky eater in the family?

October 15, 2021

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Aw, speaks to dietitian Alexandra Bhathal about encouraging healthy eating habits. Learn more

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Your latest questions answered about COVID

September 17, 2021

Our expert, Dr. Aw, answers questions about vaccines, the Delta variant, and what to expect for return to school. Learn more

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What is forest therapy? An outdoor activity we can all try

July 23, 2021

Forest therapy or "forest bathing" originated in Japan and helps with mental health, circulation and is a positive boost to the immune system. Learn more


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Your questions answered about COVID vaccines

June 30, 2021

Our expert, Dr. Aw, answers questions about mixing vaccines, variants, and a second dose. Learn More


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Anxiety: some lessons on how to deal with it

May 28, 2021

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, hear from Leigh-Ann Ing, Director of Global Wellness & Benefits Strategy at OMERS, as she reflects on one of the most challenging years of her adult life. Learn More


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Emotional resilience and bouncing back from adversity

May 7, 2021

At OMERS, we are shifting the conversation to focus on emotional wellbeing, a broader term that allows us to discuss a wide range of topics that contribute to how we all feel. Learn More

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Laughing our way to a healthier future

April 22, 2021

There are many known health benefits from laughter. Laughter improves engagement, wellbeing and fosters creativity and collaboration in the workplace. Learn More

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How are you doing — really?

March 23, 2021

Dealing with this pandemic has been a marathon on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. I’ve been listening to patients and colleagues in my medical practice go through a rollercoaster of ups and downs dealing with the uncertainty, anxiety, stress, COVID burnout. Learn More

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A healthy heart means a healthy brain: The Heart Brain Connection

February 19, 2021

It is curious how powerful emotions, (happy or sad), can deeply affect how we physically feel in the moment. That visceral warm and tingling feeling when experiencing an act of love and kindness or that horrible wrenching chest and gut feeling when someone has “broken your heart”. Learn More

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Diabetes Awareness and what you can do

December 16, 2020

The “Borderline Abnormal” Patient – Do you have Pre-Diabetes? Learn More

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Wellness Checklist with Dr. Aw

November 20, 2020

Wellness seems easy to understand – but difficult to master. There are many definitions of wellness and our life journeys are unique to each of us. Wellness is personal. Learn More

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Healthy Buildings and Well-Being

November 6, 2020

The new COVID normal has highlighted the importance of indoor air exchange and flow, disinfection protocols and health and safety protocols for buildings where we work and play. Learn More

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The Power of Music and Dance

October 20, 2020

Physical benefits of dancing include improved aerobic power, muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, gait (balance), bone density and reduced risk of falls and cardiovascular disease Learn More

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Stretches and tips to put your best foot forward

August 26, 2020

Join OMERS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Aw and fitness guru Brendan Fox as they discuss the common complaints when it comes to your knees, ankles and feet, and work through a series of movements that will help! Learn More

Kindness matters – maybe now more than ever

July 3, 2020

When was the last time you experienced the impact of receiving or giving kindness? Learn more

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Dr. Aw on Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

April 17, 2020

Poor sleep has been associated with impairment in motivation, emotion, cognitive functions and increased risk for certain medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.  Learn More

Introducing Dr. Aw

Dr. Aw has been a valued and trusted source of information, insight and guidance during the current COVID-19 crisis and we look forward to sharing his thoughts with you here. Learn More

Staycationing this year? We’ve curated some ideas

Travel isn’t expected to be as common this year as it has been in the past. We’ve surfed the net for the best ideas for vacationing at home. Learn More

Meditation – A Path to Relaxation

Meditation offers an opportunity to breathe and gain perspective. This week, we look at the benefits and a few online resources that may be helpful. Learn More

Can Lifestyle Boost Immunity

This brief article provides insight on the impact of nutrition, exercise and stress management on immunity, which tends to weaken as we age. Learn More







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