The Menstrual Years

A woman’s intuition with her body is like no other. Most women are aware when menstruation is approaching, either by cravings, mood swings, or bloating. Studies show up to 90% of women endure menstrual pain, resulting in absences from occupational and leisure activities such as exercise. How many of you, though, will plan your life or exercise routine around these monthly hormonal shifts? 

Posted by Stephanie McDowell on Jan 18, 2022 in Health

Unique Ideas to Set Your Wedding Apart

Planning a wedding can be a lot of work. There are so many small, but important details that need to be considered for your big day. As wedding season rolls around, the weddings you’re invited to might feel like the same night, over and over again. One question that probably comes to mind is, “how can I set my wedding apart from all the rest?” Here are a few insider tips to help you make your big day one that everyone will remember:

Posted by Margot Beaupre ... on Jan 16, 2022 in Health

Wedding Floral Dos and Dont’s

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can at times be equally as stressful as it is exciting. Add the unpredictability of a worldwide pandemic on top of things, and it seems like everyone in the wedding industry has had to become experts in pivoting. 

Posted by Katyln Corak on Jan 16, 2022 in Health

Let Them Eat Cake

Whether your wedding cake is at the top or bottom of your “to do” list, these tips from cake expert Amy Cardozo will help to ensure you have a cake that best represents you on your special day. 

Posted by Amy Cardozo on Jan 15, 2022 in Health

Ask for Help

In November, like so many others here in Fernie and around our province my little neighbourhood of Cokato went through unprecedented weather and we saw the devastating impact of an atmospheric river. I do not think I fully understood the power of water until those two weeks of storms. 

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Jan 08, 2022 in Health


Being Green is a journey we should all take. All journeys of change begin with that first step that kickstarts our personal journey. Sustainable change comes from within when we accept our responsibility to minimize the impact we have on our planet through a variety of actions such as consuming less, repurposing, reusing, recycling, and making conscious decisions to minimize our carbon burning and other ecologically harmful activities. 

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Jan 08, 2022 in Health

Be Kind to Yourself With Primary Cardiovascular Prevention

Kindness is an incredibly important part of the human experience. Kindness towards others, of course, but also kindness towards ourselves. We are entering into the part of the year when we are often more inclined to be selfless and give, give, give, without turning the tables and directing that same care inwards. I’ve shifted the definition of self-care in my mind and now consider it to be less self-indulgent and more health-focused. How can you better care for yourself than by promoting improved mental and physical health? 

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Nov 11, 2021 in Health

The Physical Implications of Fear

Many people find the idea of a little fear, in the form of a scary movie or a haunted house, enjoyable. It’s thrilling. These types of experiences create a spike in cortisol which can increase the heart rate and give you a burst of energy. T

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Oct 14, 2021 in Health

The Perception of Fear

Most of us will respond with, yes, right now in this moment I am safe. Anyone who has experienced a significant amount of trauma will look around and list all of the things that could go wrong at any time. This is because once the mind experiences something fearful it does everything in its power to stop us from feeling that way again.

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Oct 01, 2021 in Health

Inclusion in Health Care

I’ve written about the important of inclusivity in a health care setting in the past but the demand for health care workers to actively work to be more inclusive has increased significantly over the last two years, or at least our awareness of it has. 

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Sep 08, 2021 in Health

The Story Behind the Behaviour

Have you ever been in an interaction with someone or watched odd behaviours from a distance and thought to yourself, “What is wrong with that person?” We all have. It is an honest response to witnessing something that we do not understand. I

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Sep 01, 2021 in Health

Go Play

Remember what it felt like to climb a tree with reckless abandon? To paint with no care of what others thought of your work? To sing at the top of your lungs like no one was listening? To lose yourself in a made up childhood game?

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Aug 14, 2021 in Health

The Importance of Play

We can all appreciate the value of playing simply from an enjoyment perspective. Most kids count the minutes until recess, after school, the weekend, play dates; any opportunity to get out there and practice some free play with little to no structure. We know they enjoy it, possibly (hopefully) even enjoy it ourselves from time to time, but do we fully appreciate how important free play is and how useful it can be as an intervention? Probably not. 

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Aug 03, 2021 in Health

You Can Have Both

I feel like I am living in a place of duality and I can go from having so much hope and then I instantly question why the world is the way it is, and despair creeps in. We currently live in a world where the pandemic is coming to an end (hopefully) and there is joy and hope for the future. Within this however there is also fear and worry about what this means for us. Summer is bringing the sunshine and the natural benefits of vitamin D and camaraderie. 

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Jul 01, 2021 in Health