DIY First Aid Kit – Using Household Items

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

DIY First Aid Kit – Using Household Items

Make Your Own First Aid Kit – With Household Items   First aid kits are important to have around the house. They should be accessible and filled with everything you may need in case of an emergency. Most often, people only have a box of Band-Aids and some Polysporin lying in a drawer and don’t bother to actually make a first aid kit. But the fact is that if you make your own DIYfirst aid kit, you will feel comfortable and prepared that you have what you need should an emergency occur. First aid kits don’t have to be the pre-bought expensive ones. You are able to make your own using things right there in your own home. Find these items around the house to make your own hefty first aid kit!   Container for your DIY first aid kit Begin your first aid kit by finding some sort of sealable container you can keep the items stored in. If you have any left-over or unused Tupperware bins, they work great! Rubbermaid bins can withstand water and will stay sealed, making sure that your first aid kit does not go bad or get ruined over time. Be sure that your container is labeled so that if you are not around to tell someone where it is they can easily locate it in your house. Place your container in a visible and accessible spot – a place that it can stay dry and out of the way. Your hefty first aid kit is on its way to completion!   Basic DIY first aid Kit essentials Of course, there are some items you will have to go and purchase. This will include a few of the medications and pre-made items for your kit, but you can also find plenty in your house. Here are some items you most likely have and can include into your kit: Excess Safety Pins: Include any safety pins you have lying around and place them into a small Tupperware container so they are not rolling around in the bottom of your kit. Sewing Needles/Kit: Almost everyone has a small sewing kit (usually including thread, needles and a thimble) in their house. Soap: Seal your soap in a plastic bag or small container so it does not rub off on anything else in your first aid kit. Scissors: If you have children or do any crafting, you probably have an extra pair of scissors lying around the house. Great for cutting bandages! Tweezers: Add these to your kit to use for removing splinters or any small objects that cannot be grabbed with fingers. Blanket: Everyone always has an extra blanket lying around. Put this into your first aid kit to help with emergencies where an individual may need extra warmth or comfort from shock. Flashlight and Batteries: Adding a flashlight and extra batteries can assist with those times that the power goes out. Duct Tape: They say duct tape can fix just about anything, so why not use it to replace medical tape? Q-Tips: Everyone has these in their bathroom! These are great to clean small wounds or apply ointment to an affected area. Place them in a sealable bag or container to ensure cleanliness. Toilet Paper and Paper Towel: Two types of paper you will be happy...

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Responding to an Emergency: A Step by Step Guide

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Responding to an Emergency: A Step by Step Guide

  Knowing how to do first aid and CPR is an important skill to have in an emergency situation. Of course, you hope that it should never come to that point, but preparation is key. There are certain steps you should take between finding the person and using an AED to save their life. With all of the information out there on the actions you should take, it can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the reason we get certificated is so that we do know what to do when the time comes. Keeping yourself up to date on the latest and most effective efforts is important when jumping in to save someone’s life. No matter how scary it may be, remember that simply stepping up to assist has increased that person’s chance of survival significantly. Even more so if you use an AED! Reduce your stress – Here are step-by-step instructions so you are knowledgeable if the time should come!   Finding the Individual DANGER: Search for any dangers that may affect you! It is important that before rushing in you ensure that the area is safe for yourself. RESPONSE: Is the person able to respond? If there is no immediate response, use your fingers to tap on their collar bone to see if you get a response and yell “Are you okay?” or “Can you hear me?”. If you get a response that is a good sign! If not, continue… AIRWAYS: If the victim is unconscious it is crucial that you check to make sure their airway is open. First check their mouth. They may have choked on something that you can easily remove. If there is nothing in their mouth, gently tilt their head back and lift their chin. This will allow open the person’s airway. BREATHING: Check to see if the person is breathing at all. Lean over the person and put your ear to their mouth while facing their chest. Watch for 5seconds. If you can see their chest rise and fall that is a good sign. If you do not see/feel anything it means air is not getting to their brain and the time is ticking. CALL 911: Call for help! Instruct someone nearby to call 911 while you begin CPR. If you are the only one, call 911 and put them on speakerphone so you can begin CPR while explaining to them what happened.  CPR COMPRESSIONS: Begin compressions right away. For compressions, place one hand on top of the other, interlacing the fingers directly between the person’s nipples. The depth of each compression needs to be 1 ½ to 2 inches deep. Don’t know how fast to go? The most common beat to do compressions to is the song Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. Complete 100 compressions and then move to breaths. BREATHS: For breaths, mouth-to-mouth is the ideal option – pinch the victims nose with one hand and tilt their chin up with another – give two breaths. If the chest does not rise – readjust the chin to open the airway further. If it does not rise for a second breath, their airway is blocked – check their mouth again for any sign of a foreign object. With current research, if you are concerned about contracting disease from the person, studies suggest...

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CPR Recertification – Why Knowing the Latest is Best!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

CPR Recertification – Why Knowing the Latest is Best!

  Some people believe that lifesaving training is based off of common sense, and that doing a course is a once in a lifetime thing. The fact is that first aid and CPR recertification training should be something we constantly return to and learn the latest. Not only is this preparing you better for an emergency, but it is also protecting those around you by becoming the knowledgeable individual present. Over time, methods, practices, and approaches change and what we learned a few years ago in a CPR class no longer applies. Science is to thank for these changes. As we learn more about the human body and how it works, we can better understand how to assist in an emergency. Knowing the latest allows you to step in and confidently/properly help out. Not only that but it will also increase the chance of survival of the individual in need of assistance.   Changes to Past Approaches Over the years as science has developed further, approaches to first aid and CPR have changed drastically. Research has proven many past approaches to be incorrect or can cause more harm to the individual. One prime example of this is the idea of patting on the back to aid someone who is choking. This was something encouraged and thought to be helpful for many years. After a while it was understood that this was not helping and was actually causing more harm than anything. Now, it has been brought back! It was concluded that any movement is good movement when a person is choking, so back-patting is once again encouraged. It may seem like a confusing tirade of changed minds, but it just proves that the more we study, the more we learn.   Another change that has occurred in the past few years was that CPR included mouth to mouth. This was discouraged for a while, seen as a way that contaminants could be passed and then harm could be done to the person providing aid. It is encouraged that if you have access to a barrier, it can prevent the direct contact and indeed helps the person in need. The only thing is, that because it was encouraged for so long to have a barrier, it had the potential to deter people from stepping in to save a life. Now it is taught that if no barrier is available, there is a compressions only option. This encourages the responder to begin compressions without the mouth to mouth, and know that it is beneficial. Any assistance is good, and although you are not providing the breaths, it is still a viable option to increase the individual’s survival rate.   Timeline for CPR Recertification Although you may have taken a first aid or CPR class five years ago, things have definitely changed. Because lifesaving techniques develop yearly, you should get recertified in First Aid and CPR so that you are up to date in case you do happen to be the first responder in an emergency. The recommended renewal for your certification is every 3 years. A lot can change in that time and there will be new and improved methods to the practices you already know (such as J-Thrust versus the Heimlich). These updates may not just be about changing the methods...

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The Good Samaritan Act – Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared to Use an AED

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Good Samaritan Act – Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared to Use an AED

Often people wonder if waiting for someone else to help a person in need is better in those times you aren’t 100% sure what you are doing. They are scared that if they do something incorrect or don’t know how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that they will be held responsible for a person’s injuries or decease. The fact of the matter is that if you even have the slightest idea of what you are doing, you should run in without hesitation. You may be this person’s only chance of survival and it is crucial that you jump in right away. Many are afraid to use an AED because it delivers shocks to a person’s body and they believe it is more dangerous than leaving the victim alone until a professional can arrive. The stories where people have been sued by the victim because a rib was broken during assistance, also causes people to hesitate from helping someone. But for those who live in Canada, you have no need to worry. In Canada, there is a legislation that protects any volunteer who takes action to assist a person in need – The Good Samaritan Act.   What is The Good Samaritan Act? The Good Samaritan Act is a legislation that offers protection to any volunteers who provide assistance to a person that they believe to be incapable of decision, ill, or in serious harm (so long as the assistance is not negligent). The act was created to reduce the hesitation of bystanders and get them moving into action without fearing repercussions. Each province (excluding New Brunswick and Nunavut that do not currently have the Good Samaritan Act) has slightly different rules. However, these provinces encourage the right for a bystander to take action rather than waiting for professional first responders. Because many people hold the belief that if they use an AED they could get in trouble or hurt the individual further, they often hold back from helping right away. Studies have shown, though, that when you take action, begin compressions and use an AED right away, it can more than double the person’s chance of survival. With the Good Samaritan Act, all liability has been taken off the person assisting with the emergency aid so they can #savealife.   Do AED’s Require Training? Just knowing that using an AED on the spot could save a person’s life should be enough to motivate you to help. If using an AED is the thing causing you fear, ease your mind in that they are very simple to use. It is important that, despite not having training, your use of the AED could save this person’s life. Even if you don’t know the ins-and-outs of the machine, AED’s come fully equipped with step-by-step instructions that are voice activated. Every second counts for this person and the longer you wait the more harm that is done. Instead of waiting for that first responder to arrive, you can take on that role and be the first responder yourself. Take comfort in knowing that the Good Samaritan Act is the overarching law that will protect citizens like yourself, from liability when using AED’s and jumping in as first responders at accidents.   Still want to know more about AED’s? You can check out our blog that gives you...

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Heart Month – Everything You Need to Know!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Heart Month – Everything You Need to Know!

  If you have been present on social media in the past few days, you have probably noticed people discussing Hearth Month. Most assume that “heart month” is for Valentine’s day, but since when did it become a whole month? Heart Month is actually a month-long event dedicated to the heart (the “lub-dub” heart, not the Valentine’s shape)! Unfortunately, many people are not aware that this is in effect and go about their daily business not knowing any better. The fact is, that everyone should know what heart month is about because it is a month filled with support, fundraising, awareness and … yes, even a little love! Here is all you need to know about Heart Month and knowing how to keep your heart in tip-top shape!   What is Heart Month? Heart Month takes place in the month of February and is focused around heart health. Most of North America takes part in this monthly occasion by hosting various events and speaking up for those with heart disease. All across the country people discuss how they can raise awareness for heart disease, assist those who have heart disease, or discuss preventative measures. Heart healthy recipes are shared, articles discuss various heart research, and events and fundraisers are held to support those with heart disease.   Heart Disease – What is it? Unlike other disorders, heart disease can happen to anyone. It is a disease that affects the functionality of the heart and can be affected by our lifestyles and what we put into our bodies. Heart disease is not one overlying condition but it is actually categorized into different conditions. There is angina, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, and the more commonly known heart attack, heart failure, and cardiac arrest. Heart disease may affect the rhythm of your heart, how it is pumping blood, the heart’s muscles and blockages in your blood vessels. All types of heart disease are very serious, and it is a condition that should not be taken lightly. This is why it is important to be informed of heart disease and know what the risks and preventative causes are!   Heart Disease – Risks and Prevention Unlike some health problems, heart disease is preventable and can be managed throughout your lifetime. There are various risk factors that can be identified and improved upon to decrease your chance of heart disease. Some of these risk factors include smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets, over-consumption of alcohol, high stress, being overweight, and having too high of blood pressure. Luckily, all of these risks are manageable and so long as you do your best to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid these risks, you are on your way to a healthier heart! It is important to see your doctor for annual or biannual check-ups so they can assess and be informed of your heart health and have you working towards a healthier you!   Get Involved in Heart Mont If you are interested in Heart Month, get involved and spread awareness of heart disease. Donations are accepted through various organizations that go straight towards heart research and those with heart disease. There are also various opportunities for you to volunteer! The Heart and Stroke Foundation has many volunteer openings and you can even find opportunities within your own...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

  With the cold weather, it is easy to give up on buying your meal plan, and instead order in some pizza. It is quick and easy meal solution, but extremely unhealthy. But how, you ask, do I satisfy my pizza craving without filling my body with the bad stuff? Save yourself the guilt and carbs and turn your pizza into a healthy one with this easy and delicious cauliflower crust pizza! This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and low calorie so you don’t feel ashamed eating more than two pieces. The best part about this recipe is that you can choose whatever toppings you like! Whether you are a ham-and-pineapple person or only cheese, you can customize your pizza to your own preferences. Check out this yummy pizza crust recipe and satisfy those pizza cravings tonight!   Ingredients 2 ½ cups grated/ground cauliflower ½ tsp. dried basil ½ tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. garlic powder ¼ cup parmesan cheese (shredded) ¼ cup mozzarella cheese pinch of kosher salt 1 egg (slightly beaten)     Directions Preheat the oven to 425° Put the cauliflower into a food processor or blender until it is ground Place the ground cauliflower into a heat-safe bowl and cover it with plastic wrap with some holes to vent Microwave the cauliflower for 4 minutes, remove plastic, and stir cauliflower Place the cauliflower into a mesh strainer and use spatula to press out any liquids remaining (can also use paper towel to absorb more liquid) Place the cauliflower into a bowl and fluff with a fork Add the basil, oregano, garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella – mix well and add salt to taste Add the egg to the mixture and stir until it is completely blended Place the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (non-stick spray can be used additionally) Press the mixture to a ¼ inch thickness Place the pan into the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown) Remove the crust from oven, add your desired pizza toppings, and put back into oven for cheese to melt and toppings to warm. Slice up the pizza and enjoy!   A big thank you to Our Best Bites for this amazing healthy pizza crust recipe! We hope your pizzas are delicious!  ...

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Safety in the Workplace: Why Safety Moments Matter!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Safety in the Workplace: Why Safety Moments Matter!

We have all been there: work calls us in for another safety meeting to go over the standards, rules, and safety precautions. Most of us will roll our eyes, wondering why we need to continually attend these meetings. Many workers will not have experienced a time when they have needed those safety reminders, but for those that have experienced an accident, they are crucial. It is not until an accident occurs that the importance of those safety meetings comes into play, and at that moment, you’ll be thankful you know what to do.   Knowing what to do to ensure safety in the workplace is extremely important. You may scoff and joke around when your team is having a “safety moment,” but what you don’t realize is that those safety moments could be the thing saving someone’s life, adn that someone could be you. Keeping you and your team up to date is what will prevent accidents. Say, for example, someone was late to the meeting and didn’t learn that the new machinery had a few more advanced features that required more safety precautions. That person could find themselves in a serious situation because they were not up to date and could get seriously injured. Keeping your team up to date also means you can watch out for each other. If you witness one of your coworkers attempting to do something that is possibly unsafe, you will have the knowledge to intervene and stop it before an accident occurs. Find the safe way to do something and don’t take the risk of making a guess.     No matter if your job requires you to use tools, drive to locations, or deal with electrical components, thinking smart is one of the most important aspects of a safe work environment. Common sense is great, but in the workplace there are different methods and tools used that are not self-explanatory. Knowing your safety precautions will give you live-saving information that can help you think smart in any situation. It doesn’t matter if your job is simply to drive a truck from one place to another, or if your job is to sit and press a button all day, there is a reason for safety precautions in any workplace – and it may be to help you save others. Safety training can come in all sorts of different forms. If you work in an office, do you know CPR if someone is choking and goes unconscious? What about the dangers of bad posture from sitting in a poorly made chair all day? No matter where you work, or what you do, safety is always something that should be considered!     Take the right step and get your team trained in the areas that are most important for your workplace. First Edition First Aid Training provides a number of workplace safety courses, and best of all they can all be done online! There should be no excuse for your team not to get trained and be as safe as they can. Better to sit through a safety meeting and learn at least one new thing, than to miss the meeting and wing up lost during an emergency. As they say, better safe than sorry! Check out some of our safety online courses and...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover: Healthy Almond Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Healthy Almond Cinnamon Christmas Star Cookies

Tis the season to be baking! Christmas is around the corner and that means that Christmas star cookies and all sorts of other goodies will be surrounding you. It is hard during the holiday season to avoid the temptation of indulging in these treats, as most times they are very unhealthy. Many holiday treats are loaded with excess sugars, butter, and fat! So what can you do to help avoid filling your body with all that bad stuff? Fill it with delicious healthier treats! Who says that cookies have to be terrible for you? This great Christmas “Healthy Almond Cinnamon Christmas Star cookies” recipe that will leave you feeling better about yourself! Avoid those overly sweet desserts this year and make a batch of your own.   Cinnamon and almond are the flavors that melt in your mouth and leave you feeling nostalgic (a late night sledding, cozy by the fire, warm blanket kind of feeling!). A great way to avoid using unhealthy butter is to use alternatives such as chia, coconut products, and almonds. Check out this healthy almond cinnamon Christmas star recipe and let the guilt wash away this season, because these cookies are better for you!   Ingredients (Recipe makes 2 full baking sheets) 2 cups Almonds (purchase pre-ground almonds if you do not have a food processor) ½ cup Coconut Sugar 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds (ground) 2 tbsp. Cold Water 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup 3 tsp. Cinnamon (ground) 1 pinch of Vanilla Powder 1 pinch of Powdered Xylit (decoration)   Directions Preheat oven to 320°F Grind the almonds until it is a flour-like substance Place the chia seeds and the water into a small bowl, whisk them together and place the mixture into the fridge for 10 minutes Put coconut sugar, ground almonds, cinnamon, and the vanilla powder into a food processor – mix shortly Add the chia mixture and the maple syrup to the food processor and mix until it becomes a doughy substance (about 30 seconds) Roll the dough between two pieces of baking paper (be sure to not roll the dough too thin – aim for about 5mm thickness) Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies Place the stars on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper Bake for about 8-10 minutes (or until golden brown) Let the cookies cool and enjoy!   HeavenlynnHealthy created this awesome Christmas Star cookies recipe. Thank you for making our Christmas yummy and healthy!...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover: Caramelized Sweet Potato Apple Hash Browns

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Caramelized Sweet Potato Apple Hash Browns

With the holidays comes dinners with friends and family. Everyone brings a dish and the meal is extravagant and your plate is overloaded with food. Sometimes the hardest thing is trying to figure out what dish to bring. You want to bring something delicious but also nothing too boring. Mashed potatoes have been done a million times over and roasted veggies don’t really seem to fit the bill. What you need is a delectable dish of Caramelized Sweet Potato Apple Hash Browns that fits with the cozy theme of Christmas and has the guests coming back for more!   What better dish than one that has apples AND sweet potato in it. Not only is this dish vegan, but can also be used for the Paleo diet as well as the Whole30 diet. There is no way you can go wrong with bringing this side dish to your holiday dinners!   Ingredients (Recipe made to serve 2-4) 1 large Sweet Potato (peeled and diced) 1 large Apple (pink lady or granny smith apples work well – diced) 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil 2 tsp. Coconut Oil (to be used separately) ½ tsp. Fine Grain Sea Salt ¼ – ½ tsp. Cinnamon (ground) 1 tsp. Organic Coconut Sugar (optional – if doing a Whole30 meal, do not use this)   Directions Heat a large cast iron pan (preferably non-stick) over medium heat Add the 2 tbsp. of coconut oil to the pan Once the pan is heated, add the diced sweet potatoes and sprinkle them evenly with the sea salt Stir to ensure the potatoes are evenly coated in oil and salt Cover the pan for about 2 minutes Uncover and stir (be sure to lower the heat if the potatoes start to brown too much) Cover once more and let the potatoes cook for another 2-4 minutes (or until they are soft) Uncover the pan and continue to cook while stirring, until the potatoes are light brown all over Add the diced apples as well as the remaining 2 tsp. of coconut oil to the mixture If you decide to add the coconut sugar (for non-Whole30 version) add this to the mixture as well Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 more minutes or until the apples and potatoes are both brown Adjust the heat of your stove to ensure that the mixture does not burn One the apples and potatoes are nicely browned, soft, and warmed, remove them from the heat and stir in the cinnamon Let the mixture cool and enjoy!   A big shout out to PaleoRunningMomma for the awesome recipe! It will be one that will make guests happy and bellies filled. May all of your Christmas celebrations be cozy and...

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Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegan Crepes

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Blog, Blog Entry | 0 comments

Sunday Recipe Makeover – Vegan Crepes

Christmas morning is filled with excitement, joy, wonder, and…. hungry tummies! Christmas breakfast is a meal that goes hand-in-hand with stockings and new presents. Many times these breakfasts can be a bit unhealthy and involve bacon, sweet waffles, and other heavy items that leave you feeling bloated before your Christmas dinner. If you are staying in this Christmas and are unsure of what to do for breakfast, have you considered vegan crepes?   Crepes are an amazing breakfast food that is easy to make and leaves you satisfied but not feeling like you over-ate. Crepes are also a great alternative to eating a ton of carbs first thing in the morning. Plus they look pretty! Get your favorite fruits for a topping, or any other savory item you would like to fill them with. Strawberries are a great fruit to put on crepes, especially for Christmas to give it that red accent on your plate. Check out this recipe for vegan crepes and keep this in mind for your Christmas or any other holiday breakfast!   Note: This recipe requires the ingredients to sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour beforehand, so make sure you wake up early enough!   Ingredients (Recipe made to serve 12) 1 cup All-Purpose Flour ¼ tsp. Salt 1 ½ cups Unflavored Soy or Almond Milk 3 tbsp. Vegetable Oil (may also use any other neutral oil used for baking) 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup (optional) 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (optional) 1/3 cup Water (used to water down mixture if it is too thick)   Directions Place flour, salt, soy/almond milk, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla into a mixing bowl and whisk the ingredients together Cover and place the mixture into the refrigerator for 1 hour Lightly oil the surface of a non-stick frying pan and place the pan over medium heat When the pan has heated, place about ¼ cup of batter into the pan (this will be your test crepe!) Swirl the pan in a circular motion so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered with the batter Cook until the edges start to lift slightly away from the pan (roughly 1 minute) Carefully flip the crepe to the other side and cook for another 10-15 seconds Place the crepe onto plate If you notice the crepe seems thick and was difficult to swirl in the pan, slowly add a little bit of water to your mixture Lightly re-oil your pan for each crepe Continue making one crepe at a time, adjusting the mixture slightly by adding water to the batter if needed Serve crepes with your favorite fruit or savory item May your Christmas morning be delicious and filling! Thank you to ConnoisseurusVeg for the vegan crepe...

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