A comfortable wayto meet new friendsMeeting new people can help curbloneliness and add intangible wealth toyour life. You can learn new ideas, heardifferent perspectives, share stories andappreciate others’ backgrounds.
For some, meeting new people comesnaturally. For others, it can be outsidetheir 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 withpeople 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, guestspeakers and fitness classesare just a few of the fun thingshappening on Healthy Kids Dayat YMCAs across Canada thisspring. All for free.
Activities and talks willencourage family fitness,health, nutrition, housing, childcare, employment and healthycommunities.
“At YMCA Healthy Kids Day, wefocus on how to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit all year long,” says ScottHutcheon, 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 fromgetting sick. Simply washing our hands after doing things such asusing the toilet, coughing, sneezing, handling food and changingdiapers can stop millions of germs from spreading and causing allkinds 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 inbetween 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 atleast 60 per cent ethyl alcohol orisopropanol.
Learn more about handwashingat MyHealth.Alberta.ca; searchhandwashing.