A comfortable way
to meet new friends
Meeting new people can help curb
loneliness and add intangible wealth to
your life. You can learn new ideas, hear
different perspectives, share stories and
appreciate others’ backgrounds.
For some, meeting new people comes
naturally. For others, it can be outside
their comfort zone.
Diana Wark is a training centre
facilitator and social worker with the
Calgary Sexual Health Centre. She
people can be
what you enjoy
you feel most
checking out community groups that
share your interests, such as a book
club or a walking group. “When you
engage in similar interests with people,
it’s easier to spark a conversation with
And if you plan on meeting new
people in person, safety is always
important. Let someone know where
you’re going and for how long.
“Meet them somewhere public with
people working around,” says Wark.
“This way, staff can help you if you feel
Reach out to your community centre
for groups in your area. You can also
visit meetup.com and search for interest
groups by city.
as a family
WRITTEN BY LYNDA HARRISON
Swimming, crafts, prizes, guest
speakers and fitness classes
are just a few of the fun things
happening on Healthy Kids Day
at YMCAs across Canada this
spring. All for free.
Activities and talks will
encourage family fitness,
health, nutrition, housing, child
care, employment and healthy
“At YMCA Healthy Kids Day, we
focus on how to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit all year long,” says Scott
Hutcheon, senior director of Communications for the YMCA of Northern Alberta.
“Come out and have a fun afternoon together as a family. Learn easy ways to work
together and make each day a little healthier.”
This year, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is April 29 in Calgary, May 26
in Medicine Hat and May 27 in Edmonton.
Visit your local YMCA website or centre for details.
BITES ILLUSTRATED BY REMY SIMARD
Lend a squeaky-clean hand
WRITTEN BY JANINE POERSCH
We can all lend a hand in preventing ourselves and others from
getting sick. Simply washing our hands after doing things such as
using the toilet, coughing, sneezing, handling food and changing
diapers can stop millions of germs from spreading and causing all
kinds of illnesses.
Here are five tried-and-true steps to squeaky-clean hands:
• Wet hands with warm water and apply enough soap to cover their surface
• Rub soap over palms, fingers, fingertips, thumbs and backs of hands and wrists.
Remember to get your cuticles and in
between your fingers, too.
• Scrub for at least 15 seconds
• Rinse your hands under warm
• Pat hands dry with a clean
disposable or cloth towel and
use it to turn off the tap.
If soap and water aren’t nearby,
use a hand sanitizer or alcohol-based hand wipe containing at
least 60 per cent ethyl alcohol or
Learn more about handwashing
at MyHealth.Alberta.ca; search